Many patients are able to reach their weight loss goals within a year after bariatric surgery. However, establishing healthy habits to maintain that ideal weight is often a challenge. But with Tijuana Bariatrics to support you, successful weight loss and management is well within your grasp. Contact our office to learn more about how to keep up with your weight loss goals after surgery.
Reaching Your Weight Goals
Reaching your initial weight goals alone is a difficult task. Patients must learn the limitations of their adjusted stomach capacity and develop healthy habits to accommodate the change.
In terms of what to eat after bariatric surgery, patients must decrease the size of their portions and the number of times they eat each day. Not only does this prevent overeating and intestinal discomfort, smaller and healthier meals can help patients lose a considerable amount of weight.
Exercise is also integral to losing weight. Gentle routines immediately after surgery can help ease patients into regular exercise. As they recover, they can begin building more intensive regimens by incorporating cardiovascular exercises and strength training, as well. With gradually more comprehensive exercise, patients typically experience noticeable weight loss.
Maintaining Weight Loss
For many people, the excitement of shedding weight makes reaching their goals that much easier. It is when they hit that ideal weight that motivation becomes a problem. While some weight gain is normal, some patients experience significant weight regain. This is where habit steps in: when motivation falters, the familiarity of routine can pick up the slack until it returns. Doctors can recommend a variety of tips to help you regain motivation instead of weight.
Sticking to your diet can often be the most difficult part of maintaining weight. Our culture often positions exorbitant meals as treats, whether as part of a holiday celebration or just as part of the weekend wind-down. But such irregular splurges can easily derail your routine.
Thus doctors highly recommend keeping a consistent eating pattern across weekdays, weekends, and holidays. Writing a food journal can help you monitor your consumption versus weight loss and set your routine more firmly, as well as create a sense of accountability. For people who are not consistent writers, regular support groups or nutritional therapy can serve a similar purpose through social interaction. Some clinics also offer diet classes to teach patients good eating habits.
Additionally, it can be tempting to skip certain meals when trying to lose weight. Breakfast, in particular, is often passed over because of the inconvenience of eating early in the morning. Yet this can lead to increased hunger later in the day, which can make overfilling more likely. Many patients have found that eating breakfast everyday actually helps keep their eating habits more regular and in check.
The motivation to stick with your exercise routine is often tied to the type of exercise you do. Most patients find that choosing exercise they enjoy helps them keep up the routine even after reaching their weight loss goals.
Patients can keep up a minimum of 30-minute exercise routines 5 times a week with any number of exercise routines. Popular options include biking, swimming, hiking, and community sports teams. A huge array of exercise classes is also available, with selections like kickboxing, yoga, Pilates, and various types of dance. The ideal form depends entirely on your interests and schedule.
Contact the Office of Tijuana Bariatrics Today
Keeping up with your weight loss routine can be hard. Tijuana Bariatrics’ team is here to help. For more information on how to maintain your regimen, contact the office today.