3 Practices To Manage Weight After Bariatric Surgery
After the bariatric surgery, it’s usual that you will lose weight really fast.
This period of weight loss can be tiring. You may experience weakness. But you must remember to follow through your dietary regimen and you must also remember to take your meds and supplements. But what happens when you have lost your weight and got acquainted with the diet intake?
How can you ensure that you maintain the weight? Well, here are a few very important practices that you must follow through.
Eat right. Stay active. Get support.
First of all, you cannot fall back to an unhealthy diet just because you have a smaller stomach now. In fact, now that you have a smaller stomach, it’s much riskier to overeat or eat fast food. Now your diet consists of 3 major components – healthy food, plenty of water and your prescribed supplements.
- Eat in small portions.
- Chew your food properly.
- Eat a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables to get sufficient micronutrients.
- Eat more protein food like meat, fish, dairy products, beans and lentils.
- Cut down on grains and carbs like rice, wheat etc.
- Avoid sugary food, fast food, oily food.
- Avoid packaged food.
- Avoid soda and caffeinated drinks.
- Drink at least 3 litres of water throughout the day.
- Drink a glass of water half an hour before each meal.
- Supplements are as important as your diet. Take them as prescribed.
Abide by any other dietary restriction that your doctor might ask you to follow.
Staying active is extremely important. You must spend 30 minutes of your day exercising rapidly says Dr Venugopal Pareek. Your doctor or your physiotherapist is likely to ask you to do some directed exercises. Exercising helps you burn calories and maintain your weight. It also makes you feel better and motivates you further to work up to your goals.
- Walking, jogging, running and swimming are great aerobic exercises.
- Keep a track of how much you are exercising. Use a fitness app.
- Weigh yourself weekly to make sure that you are not gaining excess weight or losing too much.
- Stay healthy mentally, entertain yourself so that you do not seek comfort in excessive eating.
But do not stress on it. If exercise stresses you out, you can talk to a counsellor to help you through.
Changing your lifestyle is not easy, especially if you have to do it by yourself. If you find it difficult, you must find a comfortable environment where your loved ones will understand your need and help you change your ways. You will also have to discuss your new lifestyle to your social peer groups. All of these takes courage and persistence. And you can find some of them with support groups where patients of bariatric surgery talk about their hurdles and success stories.
The lifestyle that you adopt after bariatric surgery is not a temporary change. Dr. Venugopal Pareek says to continue enjoying the health benefits of bariatric surgery, you must make up your mind to keep up with a healthy lifestyle. If you have any difficulties regarding this, you can talk to the doctors at Sunshine. They will be able to guide you in a better direction.
About the Doctor:
Dr Venugopal Pareek – Bariatric Surgeon Dr Venugopal Pareek is one of the best Laparoscopic and Bariatric Surgeon in the city has done more than 9000 surgeries in 12 years. Trained in the esteemed Nizam’s Institute of Medical Sciences in Surgical Oncology, Dr Pareek has the expertise in Bariatric Surgery. He has attended several conferences and published articles on medicine as well in various national and international journals.
About Sunshine Hospitals:
A Multi Super Speciality Institution, 500 bedded Sunshine Hospitals (Paradise Circle, Secunderabad) is promoted by globally reputed Joint Replacement Surgeon Dr AV Gurava Reddy (Orthopedic Doctor) and like-minded associates who share the objective of making world-standard healthcare available, affordable and accessible to the common man. Sunshine has now become one of the best hospitals for many treatments including Orthopedic, Gastroenterology, Cardiology, Trauma and Neurology.