Losing weight through surgery is a significant achievement, but the journey doesn't end there. Weight loss surgery, such as gastric bypass or sleeve gastrectomy, is a powerful tool to help you shed excess pounds, but maintaining those results requires effort, commitment, and lifestyle changes.
Here, our expert bariatric medical professionals at Peachtree Surgical & Bariatrics have five key strategies to help you maintain your weight loss surgery results and enjoy a healthier, happier life.
Adhere to your post-surgery diet
Following your surgery, we recommend a specific diet plan to support your recovery and ensure long-term success. Your plan usually starts with a liquid or pureed diet, gradually progressing to soft foods and, eventually, solid foods.
Stick to this diet to give your body time to heal and adjust to the changes in your digestive system.
Over time, you can reintroduce a wider variety of foods, but always prioritize protein-rich options and fresh fruits and vegetables. Avoid high-calorie, low-nutrient foods, as they can undermine your progress.
Physical activity is crucial to maintaining weight loss surgery results. Regular exercise not only helps you burn calories but also preserves and builds lean muscle, which boosts your metabolism.
Work toward a mix of cardiovascular exercise, strength training, and flexibility exercises to keep your body strong and fit. We can help determine the right exercise plan for you, especially in the early stages of your post-surgery recovery.
Practice portion control and mindful eating
After weight loss surgery, your stomach's capacity is significantly reduced. Practice portion control by measuring your food and eating smaller, balanced meals.
Pay close attention to your body's hunger and fullness signals, focusing on mindful eating. Eating slowly and savoring your food can help you recognize when you're satisfied, preventing overeating and discomfort.
We also have some recipes for you to consider.
Proper hydration is essential for good health and weight maintenance. Drink plenty of water throughout the day to support digestion, help control your appetite, and keep your body functioning optimally.
Avoid high-calorie or sugary beverages, which can add unnecessary calories and contribute to weight regain.
Seek support and accountability
Weight loss surgery can be a challenging journey, and having a support system is invaluable. Our team can provide you with resources about what to expect after surgery and show you success stories, as well.
Consider joining a support group to help you navigate the ups and downs of post-surgery life. The goal is to make it easy to stay on track.
Maintaining the results of your weight loss surgery is a lifelong commitment. While the surgery can kickstart your journey to a healthier weight, it's consistent effort and lifestyle changes that will keep you there.
Focus on these five strategies to help you achieve long-term success and enjoy the many health benefits that come with maintaining your weight loss.
If you have questions about weight loss surgery and how to maintain your results, call our Atlanta, Georgia, office today at 404-977-5824 to book an appointment. You can also request a consultation by filling out this form.