Healthy Habits

Bariatric surgery alone is not enough to guarantee your good health. The procedure is primarily a tool for kick-starting the process of weight loss for patients who have been unable to reach their goals through lifestyle modifications alone. Tijuana Bariatrics can help you establish and maintain healthy habits after bariatric surgery in Tijuana, Mexico. Good habits can ensure that you keep the weight off and improve related conditions that can compromise your overall health. For more information on the importance of healthy habits after bariatric surgery, contact our Tijuana Bariatrics office today.

Establishing Healthy Habits

Bariatric surgery physically alters the anatomy of your stomach to decrease its capacity. More intensive procedures may also reroute the digestive tract as a whole. Because these changes are so foundational, they require equally significant adjustments to your diet and lifestyle.

Immediately After Surgery

Establishing healthy habits starts even before your procedure. While patients can change their diet and exercise afterward, the surgery itself has dramatic effects on your body that can be difficult to manage. Beginning the adjustments beforehand can ease your transition into a new lifestyle and increase your chances of success.

Be sure to follow your doctor’s instructions as closely as possible. Sticking to a new diet or exercise regimen to the letter can be difficult, but patients should be committed to following the doctor’s recommendations as thoroughly as they can.

Dietary Changes

Smiling woman getting ready to eat saladBecause your stomach is so much smaller after surgery, meals must be consumed in smaller proportions. Most doctors recommend eating three small meals per day that are high in protein and low in carbohydrates. Sugary or very fatty foods should be avoided. Other habits and foods can lead to overfilled stomachs, as well. Patients should try not to snack between meals or drink during or immediately after eating. Additionally, gas bubbles from carbonated or sweetened drinks may put the stomach at risk and should be cut from your diet. While you eat, it is important to slow down. Chewing thoroughly and consuming thoughtfully can make you more aware of how much you have eaten. 

While much of your dietary changes will involve downsizing, bariatric surgery can affect your ability to absorb vitamins and nutrients from food. Thus patients must also add supplements to combat potential deficiencies. Certain nutritional supplements can help to maintain normal micronutrient levels. Additionally, while you should limit what you drink during and after meals, you need to consume at least six cups of fluid each day to keep hydrated. Doctors will typically recommend high-protein liquid supplements, skim milk, and sugar-free or non-carbonated beverages.

Exercise Habits

Adjusting to an exercise regimen can be especially difficult. Prior to surgery, many patients have led sedentary lifestyles, often because of related conditions. For this reason, it is important to begin with a gentle exercise routine, such as walking, shortly after surgery. In the months after your surgery, your doctor can guide your transition to more comprehensive exercise routines. These typically involve cardiovascular exercises, strength training, and stretching. For the best results, your routine should last at least 30 minutes and be repeated several times each week.

Other Considerations

Smoking and alcohol consumption can often lead to weight gain and other health complications. Most surgeons require a psychological evaluation that addresses this concern before approving a patient for surgery. These healthy habits are one of the most important changes you will need to commit to. If addiction is an issue, the dramatic after-effects following the procedure can make recovery all the more difficult.

Schedule a Consultation with the experienced Patient Coordinators at Tijuana Bariatrics

At Tijuana Bariatrics, patient recovery and satisfaction is our priority. To learn more about bariatric surgery and the healthy habits you will need to adopt, contact the office today.