When it comes to a weight loss surgery, losing weight is the only goal patients have in most cases. However, post-op weight loss doesn’t always translate into a healthy aspect. Sometimes losing weight comes at the price of losing muscle.

At Houston Weight Loss, we often meet patients who are more focused on losing weight with a caloric deficit yet they ignore how important muscle mass is, and how losing weight without muscle strength is more detrimental than beneficial for health.

If you have been facing difficulty in losing weight and are considering a weight loss surgery, we suggest you keep muscle building at the top of your weight loss plan. Below are some tips by our experts that will help you along the way.

Start Gradually

After your bariatric surgery, the most important thing is to heal completely. Even after that, take things slow. Try to opt for lighter weights, try body weight exercises, keep it low impact and don’t go crazy on reps. Remember, tough workouts can easily cause an injury and damage your overall body health.

Incorporates Weight In Cardio

Ankle weights, arm weights, and light dumbbells are great for low impact cardio exercises. You can even go for a light jog or run with ankle and arm weights. However, stick with lighter weights only.

Stretching Is The Key

Tough workouts can cause muscle cramps, stretching, however, can prevent that. After a bariatric surgery, always follow a stretching routine before starting a workout.

Protein Rich Diet

Diet is always the most crucial aspect of a healthy lifestyle. Eating nutrient packed foods which are high in protein will help you build muscle quickly. Apart from that, you can also cut out foods that hinder your muscle growth. Analyze what works for you and what doesn’t, and modify your diet accordingly.

Stay Hydrated

Water is life and your organs need it all the time. Make sure you are hydrated all the time by drinking 8 to 10 glasses daily. With the right hydration, your muscles will be more flexible, healthier and will allow you to do more reps in the gym.

If you or your loved one is struggling with obesity and is looking for help, bariatric surgery could be the right option. To know whether you are a candidate for a weight loss surgery, call us for a free bariatric consultation today!

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