We don’t know what the future holds for us, but we sure love to obsess over it, especially when it comes to a medical procedure. Patients from all across the world have a common fear, what to expect in a life after a bariatric procedure. Bariatric surgeries are carried out for patients who are obese and have tried different workouts, diets and even medications and still haven’t lost weight. But that’s not the only prerequisite for a weight loss surgery, patients must be committed to making lifestyle changes once the surgery is done. Although life becomes totally different for such people afterwards, knowing a few basic things in advance can go a long way.
Starting with the obvious, you just can’t eat like you used to. And more importantly, you may not be able to eat much immediately after a surgery. But once you do, you must adhere to a schedule. You have to be careful about including healthy, low fat, nutritious, vitamins enriched and easily digestible foods in your diet. Our dieticians at Houston Weight Loss center suggest following simple rules listed below:
- Eat smaller meals, preferably two to three times a day.
- Eat Protein rich diet.
- Go for low fat, healthy but dry food. This will help you feel full quicker.
- Eat slowly.
- Chew as much as you can. Chewing more will make the food softer and will be easier to digest.
- Don’t indulge in snacking or at least choose healthy options.
- Stop eating when you experience discomfort in your chest or upper abdominal area.
- Don’t drink while you are eating as it could be an overload for your stomach and can cause nausea or even vomiting.
Working out your body becomes the topmost thing after a bariatric surgery. You won’t be able to achieve your weight loss goals without exercising regularly. However, it doesn’t mean that you can start rigorous exercise right away. Instead going for short walks, light jogging and milder aerobics are recommended. Our specialists can even create a special exercise regimen for you aligned with your current weight, your weight goals, and of course, your health conditions.
With excess weight comes excess skin too and you only realize it after a bariatric process. That lose skin may appear disturbing to you. In order to choose a solution, you’ll have to consult with your bariatric surgeon or a bariatric specialist who can direct you to a suitable option. Tummy tuck, body contouring, arm and leg lift, breast surgery and chest lift are among the top solutions people choose for treating skin issues after weight loss. However, it is not recommended to go for any such procedure before 18 months after a bariatric process.
Adjustment To The Changes
Bodies don’t usually adjust to changes no matter what kind they are. After a bariatric process, a person might experience skin issues, hair fall, cough, indigestion or low blood pressure, this is your body’s way of reacting. But the good thing is your body can adapt to these changes after a while.
Apart from that you may feel emotionally low. Craving those chocolates and cheeseburgers and not being able to consume them will surely be hard. But obviously, it’ll pass.
If you still have any concerns related to a post-bariatric lifestyle, you can give us a call and avail our free bariatric consultation service any time you want.