You may have undergone weight loss surgery to take off those stubborn last few pounds after a significant weight loss (for example, liposuction or cellulaze.) Or, you may have had a surgery geared towards major weight loss, such as bariatric surgery (i.e. lap band surgery.) In either case, after your surgery you will naturally be concerned about maintaining your new physique by keeping the fat off. Here are our best tips for doing so.
Eat with Health in Mind
Try out new, healthier foods one at a time to see if they are to your liking or if you can adjust to eating them.
1. Avoid Consuming a Lot of Sugar and Fat
Try to avoid pre-packaged and processed foods as much as possible. If you do eat these products, read labels and buy only the ones that have a protein to calorie ratio of 10:1 or better. Cut out fried food, candy, and all sweetened dairy products such as ice cream and flavored yogurts. Go for the sugar-free versions.
2. Eat a High Protein, Low Fat Diet
Emphasize fish, dairy, meat, beans, and other legumes. You can also focus your meals around lean chicken, lean turkey, or tofu.
3. Eat Plenty of Fresh Fruits and Vegetables
Fruit makes a great snack. During meals, finish your protein first, then go for the veggies. The best options include potatoes, carrots, green beans, tomatoes, squash, cucumbers, bananas, and avocados.
4. Eat Smaller Meals
Obviously, consuming fewer calories will help keep your weight down. But also, your body burns calories more efficiently if they are consumed in smaller portions. With this in mind, plan about 5 small meals evenly spaced throughout the day, and avoid snacking as much as you can. Do not eat after 8pm. Pay attention to how your body feels – it may take 15-20 minutes after you’re finished eating to feel “full.”
5. Drink Water
First, choosing to drink water over all other caloric and sugary drinks helps you keep weight off. Moreover, you need to drink a lot of water (aim for at least 64oz. per day) to help your body flush out all the waste products and toxins that present themselves after weight loss. Water also keeps your stomach feeling full, which helps you not to snack and stick to your regular, 5-meal schedule.
Stay Physically and Mentally Active
Your surgeon will probably recommend that you start moving 48 hours after your surgery. But this does not mean you can sign up for an aerobics class! You must take it easy for the first three weeks, listening to your body’s signals about when you’ve had enough for the day and need to rest.
1. Commit to an Exercise Program
After three weeks have passed, try to exercise about four days a week for 30 minutes at a time. Exercise not only sends endorphins to your brain, making you feel better, but it also burns fat and builds lean muscle, maintaining the sleek results of your surgery. If you’re not in the mood for a full workout, walking outdoors can be a gentler way to boost your mood and burn some calories at the same time.
2. Weigh Yourself Weekly
Keeping tabs on your numerical weight helps boost motivation. If you are staying on track, it increases satisfaction with the good job you are doing. If you notice that the numbers are creeping up, you can correct yourself quickly and refocus on cooking healthy meals or rededicating yourself to your exercise routine.
3. Occupy Your Mind
Find activities besides eating that make you happy, and continuously add to that list. Paint, draw, listen to your favorite music, take up an instrument, or start attending a weekly game night. Satisfy your mind, not your stomach.
1. See a Nutritionist
A nutritionist or dietician can help you create a personalized healthy diet plan that is doctor approved.
2. See a Psychologist
On top of the physical stress, you are going through a lot of mental stress after your surgery and adjusting to your new lifestyle. You can talk to a psychologist about any issues that are impeding your progress, and she can give you stress relief tips, so you don’t feel the urge to stress-eat.
3. Explain Your New Lifestyle to Friends and Loved Ones
If your social life revolves around food, you will need to be the one who comes up with innovative ideas for gatherings. You may find that you need to see people with unhealthy habits less often. Your new lifestyle is an adjustment for the people in your life as well. They may even become jealous of the improvements you have made. Be prepared to discuss what you are doing with the people you care about.
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