Bariatric surgery requires a lot of effort and dedication leading up to and after the procedure. Keeping the surgery viable is a lifelong goal. Learn about some preliminary ways you can prepare for both the surgery and the lifestyle changes that come with it.
Learn About the Expected Lifestyle Changes and Try Them Out
You will have to make many changes leading up to surgery and even more of them after surgery. Trying some of these changes now can help you to see if you have the dedication necessary to maintain your weight and health after bariatric surgery.
Drop All Destructive Habits Immediately
If you partake in any destructive habits, now is the time to quit them. Most destructive habits are things you already know aren’t good for you. Quitting these things can increase your eligibility for bariatric surgery.
Even if you decide not to pursue surgery, quitting unhealthy and destructive habits can only help your health. Things you should consider include:
- Quitting smoking or chewing tobacco
- Severely limiting or completely eliminating alcohol
- Quitting coffee, energy drinks, and caffeine in general
Smoking or chewing tobacco can lead to an increase in possible complications during surgery. In fact, smoking does incredible amounts of harm to your body. Smoking can weaken your body when you need it at its strongest to face surgery. Smoking can interfere with your body’s blood supply and interrupt your body’s natural healing mechanisms.
Alcohol will actively work against your weight-loss goals, as it contributes to weight gain. After surgery, alcohol can become more potent and quickly lead to problems outside of weight gain. It will make it to your intestines faster and enter your bloodstream without the usual amount of dilution. This can cause you to become intoxicated faster and more potently. In turn, you can develop other alcohol-related problems easier, such as poisoning and liver issues.
Drinking caffeine isn’t as dangerous as some other habits, but this stimulant often comes paired with high sugar content. The combination will not go well with your sensitive stomach after surgery. You will have to cut some or all of these things out pre-op. Hopefully, you won’t pick them back up post-op.
Pick Up a Fitness Routine Today
Start a daily fitness routine. You don’t have to join a gym or enroll in a program. Start slow, and see if you can maintain a daily routine. You can take walks, go jogging, ride a bike, or do whatever else you can to keep yourself moving.
Your surgeon may recommend that you do some fitness routines before surgery. You will have to incorporate exercise into your life after surgery. Now is a good time to see if you can handle some daily exertions.
In some cases, you’ll actually help your eligibility for bariatric surgery by losing a few pounds naturally. The less weight involved with your surgery, the more successful. Even losing a pound or two can make a difference.
Change Your Diet Right Now
Deciding to go through with bariatric surgery is also a decision to change how you eat. Nutrition is one of the most important aspects of bariatric surgery. Your nutrition will matter before, during, and after surgery.
Good nutrition gives your body what it needs to make it through surgery with fewer possible complications. In addition, nutrition helps your body withstand the shock that comes with suddenly losing a lot of weight. In addition, good nutrition will help you heal faster after surgery.
You can start making changes to your diet right now. Doing so will give you a very good idea of how your eating will change for the surgery. One key dietary change you can start with is finding foods that give you more nutrients in smaller portions.
The following are some of the nutritional changes you can make right now:
- Eat foods rich in protein.
- Eat fewer carbohydrates.
- Avoid sugar whenever possible.
- Drink more water.
- Limit or eliminate sugary drinks.
A good multivitamin can help make up for anything your diet lacks. If in doubt, you can’t go wrong with nuts, berries, and vegetables. Lean meats are fine as well.
Work with a Bariatric Surgeon
Your surgeon will have a diet plan for you before you can go through with the surgery. You will also get a diet plan for after surgery. Changing your diet now will help you to understand exactly what it will take to make your surgery a success.
All of these lifestyle changes can prepare you for surgery and life after surgery. Even if you decide surgery isn’t for you, these changes can still help you maintain your health and lose weight.
Preparing ahead of time can also mentally prepare you for bariatric surgery, which is just as important as physical preparedness. You may end up visiting The Columbia Bariatric Surgery Center, or another one of our locations that offer bariatric surgery. To learn more about what to expect from bariatric surgery, contact The Surgical Clinic location closest to you.