Preparing for a medical procedure is a daunting task. Mainly, because with any surgery, there are certain conditions attached. Moreover, you must commit to lifestyle changes as well, especially with a bariatric surgery.
For those of you who are planning or thinking about undergoing a Bariatric Surgery, the following 5 things will help you in the preparation.
Do Some Research
Gather information through books, websites, forums and even from people who have been gone through a Bariatric procedure. By knowing more about what’s in the package, you can prepare yourself mentally and physically, in a more educated manner.
Smoking and products with tobacco are inherently dangerous for anyone’s health and they can become a huge risk during and after the surgery. At Houston Weight Loss, we advise our patients to stop using all nicotine products once they are up for a Bariatric procedure.
Making healthy choices is recommended. Eating 3 meals a day with 2 snacks daily can help in nutrition. Patients are also asked to include more fruits and vegetables in their diet while eliminating sugar and fat as much as possible. Moreover, drinking plenty of water not only keeps you hydrated but also keeps the hunger at bay.
Not just calories daily but managing their average is also equally important. Analyze your food intake and see which food items make you feel uncomfortable. Taking notes will help your doctor in knowing your digestive system and allergies in a better way.
Build Your Exercise Regime
Physical activities are of crucial importance. Whenever a person undergoes a bariatric surgery, they are asked to make lifestyle changes. Exercising is one of those changes. Now, it’s important to act upon the advice of your doctor. Strenuous and high intensity workouts might not be a good match for you but you can start with low impact. Walking, cycling, yoga and Pilates are all activities that will keep your body healthy and fit in the long run.
If you still have any doubts, questions or any other concerns, we are more than happy to address them. At Houston Weight Loss, we are always ready to serve and educate our patients in the best way possible. For a free bariatric consultation, please give us a call today!