Life After Bariatric Surgery
Is there a different life after bariatric surgery? Losing a substantial amount of weight and drastically changing your appearance is certain to have more than just a physical effect.
In order to continue your weight loss efforts and maintain your results you’ll need to alter your diet and introduce a healthy dose of exercise into your daily regimen. Here’s a few things you need to know about what life will be like after you’ve had your weight loss surgery.
Follow Your Post-operative Instructions
Prior to leaving the hospital, your physician will have provided you with a post-operative care plan that will include information about the healing process, diet plan, and exercise. Following your doctor’s post-operative instructions are vital to your weight loss success and a happy, health life after bariatric surgery.
Eating right is key if you are going to maintain your weight and health. Ready4aChange offers nutritional advice and can provide you with a dietary consultant to speak with. Today it is about healthy living and caring for yourself like never before. Choose foods that are lower in fat and have fewer calories. Shop “smart” at the grocery store. Cook smart. Read about some easy ways to cook foods that can help you make recipes healthier by lowering the calories. Eat smaller portions. Make better choices when you eat out. Know your calories. These are a few things you can be mindful of.
Exercise will help improve your overall physique and health and it can also boost your mood. What better way than to start your day than with a daily walk? Find an exercise partner. You are more likely to stick to your plan if someone else is exercising with you. Join an exercise club, gym or class. Try different classes offered and participate in the ones you enjoy the most. Instead of the elevator, use the stairs. Walk as often as you can. If you have a dog, take your dog for a walk every day. The best thing you can do for yourself is continue the journey by staying fit. Talk to your weight loss physician first to find out when you can begin to exercise after weight loss surgery.
How will people react to the new and improved you? After bariatric surgery you are bound to also experience changes in your personal relationships. You might find yourself more outgoing, confident, and eager to take part in activities and events you might have turned down before.
On the flipside you might feel unease towards your “new” body, self-conscious about excess skin, or even a tad bit apprehensive about enduring such a big change. Rest assured that a good support system can help you overcome these issues. Counseling, close friends, and family members can help you address and deal with any new changes in your personal relationships.
After weight loss surgery many people opt for cosmetic surgery options to contour their new body or to remove the excess skin that remains after surgery. Some of these procedures might include face lifts, breast/body lifts, or a panniculectomy.
We want to help you thrive after your weight loss procedure. Understanding what life after bariatric surgery consists of will help you feel even more confident in making this empowering, life-changing decision.
Our care facilitators are here to answer any questions you may have and always keep your information confidential. If you are considering weight loss surgery, contact us today! 1-800-270-7120