How to Ensure Success After Your Stomach Sleeve Surgery
Bariatric surgery can be an amazing tool to help you lose weight.
For those who are morbidly obese, lifelong dieting often shows no results. Surgery can be the answer to this frustration.
But, surgery is only the beginning of this weight loss journey. It's not a solution that allows a patient to avoid putting in the work.
It's true, people can gain all or some the weight back after surgery. That comes from not being fully prepared for the roadblocks that lie ahead. You don't have to be one of those people. The hard work isn't over after your stomach sleeve surgery. But, you can set yourself up for success.
In doing so, you'll be put on a path towards a healthy and happy life.
Seek Out a Support Group or Counselor
Weight loss is never just about the physical. Obese or not, many people have a complicated emotional relationship with food.
The stomach sleeve surgery can help with the physical side of losing weight. It's important to address mental health struggles in relation to weight loss.
Seeing a therapist or joining a support group are both great options. With a support group, you can talk to people who have been through what you have.
A therapist can help you dive into your personal issues. This is especially important if you think you might have food addiction problems.
Getting outside, impartial support is a huge help. You should also enlist the support of people close to you.
Have a Talk with Loved Ones
Making sure your loved ones are on board for this lifestyle change is a great way to ensure long-term success.
Have open conversations about what you think you might need help with. Talk to your significant other and let them know that you need their full support.
You can't make anyone adopt the same positive eating habits. But, you can let them know that you expect them to be respectful of yours.
Talk to them about the way things will be changing so they know what to expect. For example, give them the heads up that you can't keep ice cream in the house for the time being.
Keep Unhealthy Foods Out of the House
This is especially important if you have a food addiction or binging issues. A stressful day might make you feel like binge eating. It will help if junk food isn't within arms reach during that time.
Even if you don't have these kinds of problems, now is the time to train you re-train your brain.
You don't have to cut unhealthy foods out of your life forever. A healthy lifestyle includes having a treat once and a while!
But, you do have to learn that junk food isn't an everyday food. Keeping them out of the house will help you remember that.
Don't Drink Your Calories
After stomach sleeve surgery, you'll be feeling fuller, faster. However, liquid calories from things like soda an alcohol can sneak up on you.
Even though those drinks aren't making you feel as full, they're still adding to your calorie intake. Losing weight is all about math. It's the calories you eat compared to the calories you burn.
If you're piling on calories from a big, sugary latte, it doesn't matter that you don't feel full. Use your day's allotment of calories for things that are nutritional and will keep you fuller, longer.
Try Meal Prepping
Another way to help you stay on track with healthy eating is by meal prepping. When people aren't sure what to eat and get overwhelmed, they often reach for a bad option.
How many times have you told yourself you'd buy a salad for lunch at work? Then at noon, you're starving and suddenly it's a lot more appealing to get a burger.
Planning what you'll be eating the next day or for the whole week takes the guesswork out. You're also a lot less likely to throw out the grilled chicken salad you took the time to make just so you can get the burger.
While you're eating that healthy salad take the time to teach yourself to eat mindfully.
Slow Down Your Eating
After your surgery, you won't have the same amount of hunger you used to. However, you still need to learn how to listen to your brain when you're full.
One way to do this is to start eating slower. Research shows that it does help you make you feel fuller faster.
You might not even realize how quickly you're eating. Be conscious of it at your next meal.
Do you still feel hungry after your meal? Give yourself 20 minutes and then reassess. It takes about that long for your stomach to tell your brain that you're full.
While food is a bigger part of weight loss, adopting an exercise routine is also necessary for success.
Do Something Active Every Day
Of course, wait until you're cleared by your doctor to exercise. But, after that, commit to doing something active every single day.
Adopting a strength training routine is an absolute must. Muscle burns fat faster than cardio. Plus, strong muscles is what you need to live a healthy life.
Just because weightlifting is better for weight loss than cardio doesn't mean no cardio at all. Cardio is great for the health of your heart.
But, there will always be those days you can't get to the gym. There are also days where you should give your body a rest. That doesn't mean no activity, though.
Take a walk around the block. Get up from your desk and do a lap around the office every hour. Even go to the mall for an excuse to move around a little.
It will help you lose weight, but will also keep you in the mindset that you're an active person.
Life After Stomach Sleeve Surgery is a Journey
You can lose weight and keep it off after stomach sleeve surgery. But, to do that, you have to put in the work. This isn't about dieting, success comes from adopting a new, healthy lifestyle.
Have you been thinking about getting bariatric surgery? If you have the right mindset and are ready for the effort it takes, this could be the right option for you.
Give our bariatric coordinator, Angela, a call today. She can answer any of your questions and discuss your options.