Many people are undergoing weight loss procedures in order to achieve a more idea body weight. This is an important consideration in that achieving a more ideal body weight can help people prevent heart disease, strokes, sleep apnea, diabetes, and a number of serious health issues.
The team at our bariatric surgery center believes that the gastric sleeve is an ideal option for surgical weight loss, and we've been covering its many benefits and related issues on this blog for the last few months.
Eventual Weight Gain vs. Lasting Weight Loss
We noted in a post last month that patients can gain back some of the weight they've lost after the initial year or so simply given how the body adjusts to the changes experienced following surgery. While regaining some weight is normal, many patients ask us how they can make their weight loss last and maintain a more ideal BMI for years down the road after surgery.
Right now, we want to focus on how gastric sleeve patients can improve their chances of lasting and successful weight loss. These are some basic tips, though we'll provide more information during the consultation process.
Support Groups and Counseling Help Build a Strong Foundation
One of the keys to success is seeking counseling and looking for a support group or groups to join. Patients can sometimes struggle with anxiety, stress, and depression following their gastric sleeve surgery simply given the major changes to their lifestyles. Having professional help and a network of people in similar situations can lay a great foundation of support for success.
Moral Support from Your Loved Ones Is Also Key
Another key for gastric sleeve surgery success is support from family and friends, since having emotional support from people close to you will be crucial going forward. Be sure to talk about your struggles and triumphs with those closest to you as they will provide excellent encouragement as time goes forward.
Eat Healthy Meals That Are Nutritious
Just because you're consuming fewer calories doesn't mean you can eat just anything. Ideally you should be eating healthy as well. Be sure to look into foods that are nutritious as well as delicious. Search for recipes online for people who've undergone bariatric surgery, and be sure to check with others in your support group about their eating habits and favorites foods. This will help take the weight off fast and keep it off down the road.
Exercise Regularly to Tone, Trim, and Maintain
Diet alone is not enough for lasting results. It's of the utmost importance that you also exercise regularly and exercise well. This means cardio, weight training, stretching, and core strengthening. All of these types of exercise won't just help keep you looking trim, but they'll improve your overall sense of wellness, allowing you to feel your very best and healthiest.
Check In with Experts to Ensure Lasting Success
Even with a good support network in place and a solid diet and exercise routine, sometimes you can experience the occasional slip. That's nothing to get down about, however. If you should ever notice fluctuations in weight, be sure to check back with us or your general physician. We will be more than happy to provide advice and guidance as you continue your journey for lasting weight loss and improved health.
Learn More About Gastric Sleeve Surgery
If you would like to learn more about gastric sleeve surgery and your many other options available for effective surgical weight loss, be sure to contact our Tijuana weight loss surgery center today. Our entire team looks forward to meeting you in person and helping you achieve effective, lasting weight loss that improves your overall sense of wellness.