The success of any obesity surgery requires you to take responsibility for your eating and exercise patterns. You need to regularly monitor your weight and attend your follow up appointments as part of achieving your goal and staying healthy.
Here are our top tips for getting the most from your weight loss surgery.
1. Make lifelong diet changes
It’s important to follow a healthy diet after your surgery. You will need to cut out high calorie, low nutrient foods such as sweets and soft drinks and limit highly processed foods, eg, pies, sausages, biscuits and chips. Instead, you’ll need to eat foods that are high in protein, like eggs, milk, fish and nuts and eat plenty of fruits and vegetables.
You will need to eat smaller qualities of food and chew your food slowly. Do not drink while eating (but drink sufficiently between meals). Stop eating as soon as you no longer have the feeling of being hungry (fullness).
Alcohol is high in calories so you’ll also need to cut down on the amount of alcohol you drink.
2. Make a habit of exercising regularly
Exercising may feel difficult at first because obesity puts a lot of strain on your body. Regular exercise is vital for maintaining a healthy weight post-surgery and it also plays a big part in your mental wellbeing. Find an exercise you enjoy, join a class or fitness club, or find a walking buddy. Set some fitness goals and make a commitment to achieving these. Start slowly and build up. Record your progress so you can see how you improve over time.
3. Have a good support network
People may react differently to your weight loss and you might get comments about your body that you’re not used to. Make sure you have someone who understands, to talk to and support you on your journey – whether it’s a friend, family member or a health professional.
4. Think about any underlying issues that contributed to your weight gain
There are many physical and psychological issues that contribute to weight gain, and many of the triggers that caused you to gain weight will still be present after your surgery. Again, consider talking to someone who can help you readjust.
5. Monitor your medications
Losing weight can affect the amount and type of medications you take. Make sure your specialist and GP know which medications you’re taking, and let them know about any new side effects.