Many Americans turn to weight-loss treatments to avoid the crippling effects of obesity. One of the best ways to help an obese person lose weight and prevent life-threatening problems such as heart disease and diabetes is to undergo bariatric surgery or gastric bypass.
Bariatric surgery is recommended for people who have a body mass index or BMI of 40 or higher, which is classified as extreme obesity. However, this procedure has side effects and risks like any other surgery. So, how do you can keep on track after bariatric surgery? Continue reading below to find out more.
Bariatric surgery procedure involves reducing the stomach size by removing a portion using a gastric band, or rerouting or resecting the small intestine to the stomach. After the procedure, it is crucial to make permanent lifestyle changes, get regular exercise, and watch your diet to ensure long-term success.
Expect lifestyle changes after bariatric surgery, and online community groups, like VSG Community, can help you smoothly accept and transition to these changes. During the first three to six months after the weight-loss surgery, your body reacts to rapid weight loss as manifested by feeling tired, experiencing body aches, dry skin, and mood changes.
Here are some tips when changing your lifestyle to reduce these unpleasant physical reactions:
- Don’t drink any alcoholic beverages because alcohol is absorbed more quickly into your system than before. It has mood-altering and sedative effects, which are more difficult to control.
- Keep your skin moisturized at all times by keeping yourself hydrated. Drink at least eight glasses of water every day.
- Apply moisturizing lotion to extremely dry skin areas. Keep your skin protected by staying away from direct sunlight.
- Avoid engaging in strenuous activities during the first couple of months because your body is adapting to the new size of your stomach. This is to avoid dizziness, fainting, and extreme fatigue.
- Stop smoking to avoid the increased formation of blood clots. After bariatric surgery, there’s an increased chance of blood clot formation in the legs that may travel to the lungs, which is fatal.
Diet and Nutrition Changes
Bariatric surgery is also suitable for those who are obese (BMI of 35 to 39.9) with weight-related severe health problems, such as high blood pressure, severe sleep apnea, or type 2 diabetes. It is even recommended for those who have a BMI between 30 and 34 because of serious weight-related health problems.
How does bariatric surgery affect your diet? You need to follow your doctor’s recommended dietary guidelines after the procedure. The goal is to eat a ba