Summer in Florida can be hot. Really hot. Like standing next to the sun hot. Despite the heat, bariatric surgery patients still need to exercise to help promote weight loss, build muscle, and improve their body and mind. But how do you exercise in the heat without getting heat stroke or dehydration?
The medical nutrition therapy patients had an average weight loss of 4.2% of their body weight, which is less than the 10% reduction often recommended by clinicians to improve blood sugar, blood pressure, and other comorbidities that can lead to medical complications. Gastric sleeve surgery patients and gastric bypass patients showed significant weight loss, with both groups losing an average of over 20% of their body weight.
According to a recent study conducted by the Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), some office workers consume an over 1,000 calories per week from food obtained in the office (not including the food they brought from home or ordered from take out). A quarter of the study participants racked up close to 1,300 calories in a week. An extra 1,300 per week can contribute to nearly a 20 pound weight gain in a year.
Fish is a good choice of protein for diabetics since it’s frequently low in fat, carbohydrates, and calories. While frying fish is a common way to prepare it, the frying process adds lots of fat and calories, which is not good for your weight loss efforts or for your heart. Grilling fish can be a much better choice.
Planks strengthen your core muscles and each variation helps target different muscle groups so it’s good to add different versions to your fitness repertoire. The side plank is specifically good for improving balance and concentration in addition to really working those core, back, and leg muscles.
Recent environmental and political events have highlighted the need for sustainable foods. Producing foods, fibers, and other plant and animal products using farming and production techniques that protect the environment, public health, and animal welfare has become a hot button issue for many Americans. We see the label bandied about a lot regarding fish, grains, and produce, but there is also a lot of concern regarding the sustainable production of meat.
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.