In addition to eating fewer calories, bariatric patients need exercise to help them lose weight after gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, or lap band surgery. Sometimes all you can find is a small window to fit your exercise in. But don’t despair, you can still find something to do to burn calories and help you maximize your weight loss, especially if you can find a few small windows of time each day.
Once you schedule your bariatric surgery, life changes. You will have lab work and appointments to go on. You will have a new diet to plan for and a hospital stay to pack for. Once you have your gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, or lap band surgery there are many more changes to prepare for:
Ginger is widely regarded as a calming flavor, helping to quell nausea and stave away vomiting. Unfortunately, gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, and lap band patients often experience some episodes of nausea or an upset stomach after their weight loss surgery.
A mountain climber isn’t actually what it sounds like. There’s no mountain involved. No flights to the Himalayas. No special cold weather clothes. In fact, you don’t even need any gear. A mountain climber is a bodyweight exercise that helps to burn calories for weight loss, build stamina, and strengthen your core muscles.
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?
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.
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.
Since May is American Stroke Month and National Blood Pressure Month, it’s only fitting that we take a closer look. As Dr. Shillingford focuses much of his practice on performing gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, and lap band surgery (which requires patients to be obese or overweight), his patients are at a higher risk of heart issues, including high blood pressure and stroke.