What can I do to increase weight loss after bariatric surgery?

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You should start by following the diet prescribed by your bariatric care team. Exercise is just as important. Start your program as soon as possible.. In addition to preventing complications after surgery, it will help you lose weight. Start by walking short distances and increase the length and speed every day. You will want to walk every 1-2 hours after surgery for at least the first month. Do not perform any stomach exercises, weightlifting or swimming for at least four to six weeks. If you begin to have pain, stop what you're doing and rest.
 
Other ways to increase weight loss after bariatric surgery are:
  • Stay hydrated. Drinking water can help prevent you from mistaking thirst for hunger (and keep you in check with your diet).
  • Eat protein. Focus on eating protein from foods to help you stay satisfied. If you aren’t getting enough protein, you may start to feel hungry.
  • Schedule an appointment with your surgeon and/or dietitian to receive personal guidance to lose additional weight.
To increase weight loss after surgery, it's important to change your diet and exercise. In this video, Richard DiCicco, MD, a bariatric surgeon at Memorial Hospital of Tampa, describes how your diet will need to change after surgery.
Results from weight loss surgery can be dramatic, but nothing is automatic. Lifestyle changes are required of the patient to ensure long-term success.
You have to eat small frequent meals, instead of traditional larger meals. The small stomach from bariatric surgery is restructured to hold less. Eating large meals can cause problems.
It's not just about the size of the meal. You need to commit to healthier nutritional habits. A dietitian can help you create a plan.
Additionally, those who exercise after weight loss surgery are less likely to regain weight. Exercise can often be easier after substantial weight loss.
Follow-up counseling programs are commonly available after weight loss surgery to help patient adapt to the sudden changes in lifestyle that are required.

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