Many people don’t really like exercise. Some of those people have had bariatric surgery. But, as gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, and lap band patients know, exercise is absolutely critical to reaching your weight loss goal after bariatric surgery. It has to be done.
We all know walking is good for us. All of us. Gastric sleeve patients, hernia patients, gallbladder patients, gastric bypass patients, gastric band patients, and even those who have no medical conditions to speak of. Walking for as little as 2 hours per week brings down all cause mortality, not just those related to obesity.
Bariatric surgery is the most effective way for obese individuals to lose weight and keep it off. Many studies over the last three decades confirm that finding. It has been proven to be more effective than diet, exercise, and medications at producing and maintaining weight loss.
Memorial Day is upon us. While it serves as a day to remember Americans who died in active military service for our country, it is often celebrated with family gatherings and BBQs. Traditional hamburgers and potato salad may be tempting at a BBQ, but aren’t exactly weight loss surgery friendly.
You’re eating right. You’re exercising. You’ve had gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, or lap band surgery. You’ve lost weight. But now you’ve stopped. You’ve hit a weight loss plateau.
This is good news for exercisers with obesity. Sit ups had a habit of turning people off to workouts. For people who are overweight or obese, forgetting about sit ups and instead including planks can change their attitudes about exercising. Exercise, including strength training exercise, is crucial to weight loss and improving overall health. In addition to adding lean muscle and promoting weight loss, exercise can help improve blood sugar levels in people with type 2 diabetes.
To encourage people to choose a healthier and more economical approach to lunch, we now have National Brown Bag It Day. For gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, and lap band patients, bringing food from home is a necessity after bariatric surgery, especially in the beginning. It’s not easy to find restaurants who cater to the specific dietary needs of the post gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, and gastric band diets.