Keeping the Weight Off
During the first year or two after gastric bypass surgery, diet and exercise changes often come easily. With all the rapid weight loss, patients are often excited about staying healthy by eating right and being active. Once weight loss goals are reached, however, it may be tempting to be less diligent sticking with healthy diet and exercise habits. To maintain a healthy weight though, patients should continue to exercise, keep snacking to a minimum, eat small portions, and have a strong support system that encourages good habits.
Ongoing Health Benefits
The list of direct and indirect health benefits connected to significant weight loss is long and impressive. Obesity-related conditions that may be resolved after gastric bypass surgery include sleep apnea, hypertension, metabolic syndrome, and diabetes. Getting healthy, of course, means that you feel better, but it can have some other great benefits too. With improved health, patients can save money on doctors' visits and medications. As patients lose substantial weight, they often are able to do things with family and friends they might not have been able to do before. Being more active and fit can lead to a better social life, stronger interpersonal relationships, and even improved job performance. Given all the physical and social advantages gastric bypass patients enjoy, it should be no surprise that many of them also report improved metal health and self-esteem.