Success in achieving better health cannot be achieved through surgery alone. Maintaining weight loss after surgery depends on your ability to continue to make the lifestyle changes that you did while preparing for surgery. Our team will continue to work with you on a personal eating and exercise program that works for you.
Eating for life
Adopting healthy eating is important to maintaining a healthy weight. Prior to surgery, you will meet monthly with a dietitian. Together you will develop a personal eating program that includes learning to make good food choices and appropriate serving sizes. You will begin to adopt these changes before surgery.
After surgery, portion sizes will be more important than ever. Your stomach will be smaller and, you will need to eat much smaller portions than before. As a result, your dietitian will recommend you eat five to six high-protein meals each day to maintain a healthy amount of energy intake every day. It is very important you follow this recommendation. Water is another key ingredient for your health. You should drink 64 oz. of water every day. You will also take daily multivitamins. With help from your dietitian, you will learn to be successful and maintain good nutrition for life.
Exercising for life
Another important component to health is regular exercise. During your regular visits before surgery, you will meet with a physical therapist or trainer. You will work together to find options for physical activity that you can use every day. It will be important to begin increased physical activity before surgery.
Following surgery and, after a period of recovery you will want to restart your daily exercise. Small increases in exercise can improve flexibility, range of motion and balance. It can also lower your chance of injury and soreness. Staying physically active will help you maintain a healthy weight. It will also lower your risk for a variety of health problems. Increasing physical activity also means spending less time doing low-energy activities like playing video games or watching TV. Instead, you can choose fun, active options to help you live a healthy lifestyle.
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