Making the decision to have gastric bypass surgery is a big one. Gastric bypass surgery can be incredibly effective in helping you shed weight during the first year, but you will need to make changes that will be permanent.
Once the surgery is over, you have the recovery portion to tackle – and it can be tough. The first month or so after surgery can be difficult not only physically, but emotionally as well. You will need to come to terms that your life will be changing and that you will have to stay the course to stay on the path to a new, healthy lifestyle so you can keep the weight off. Here are some tips that can make your recovery process positive and successful.
Tip #1: Drink, Drink, Drink
Shoot for a minimum of 64 ounces per day. One of the most common issues to arise in the first month is dehydration. Since you can’t take big gulps anymore, try keeping a bottle of water with you at all times and taking little sips every few minutes throughout the day. You’ll be able to get down a surprising amount of fluid if you are just constantly sipping.
Tip #2: Keep Moving.
Start walking as soon as you are able to move around without too much pain. You will need to take it easy right after surgery, but as soon as you can, you will need to get up and move. Create a workout routine that helps you exercise your muscles and allows you to work up a sweat. If it will help, get a walking buddy that will help keep you accountable. Remember your life before weight loss surgery and use it as a motivator to keep moving and keep the weight from coming back.
Tip #3: Follow Your New Diet Closely.
Once you have weight loss surgery, there are some strict diet guidelines you will need to follow. This is something that you can control and something that will allow you to succeed. Wake up and take a brisk walk, then come back and eat a well-balanced breakfast that is rich in healthy foods. Learn to say no to fatty snacks and foods that are high in refined sugars. Talk to your diet about other restrictions that you may have so you can be sure you stay on the right path.
Tip #4: Don’t Be Afraid to Ask for Help and Support.
If you’re serious about making a change to your health, you will need support and encouragement along the way. Attend a support group with other people that have undergone weight loss surgery. Or, talk to a friend that has been especially encouraging during your surgery and ask if he/she will serve as your accountability partner. If you’re having an especially tough time during the week, don’t be afraid to ask for help. Your friends want to see you happy and healthy and they will want to help encourage you to live a healthy lifestyle.
Gastric bypass recovery is a process that is full of ups and downs, but if you prepare for them and are willing to set you mind to conquer the changes that will happen in your life, you’ll be set on a path for happier and healthier life!
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