Exercise is one of the best things you can do for your health. That is even more true for gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, and lap band patients. Exercise helps to burn calories and promote weight loss while helping to build lean muscle mass. Building lean muscle mass helps your body burn more calories while at rest, which ultimately helps you lose weight and keep it off.
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:
It’s no coincidence that May is both American Stroke Month and National Blood Pressure Month. They are inextricably related and calling attention to one calls attention to both. And we need to call attention to both high blood pressure and stroke.
When you need dinner on the table quickly, ground beef can be an easy choice. It cooks up within minutes and can be moist and delicious. Add in vegetables and you’ve got a high protein, low carbohydrate dinner that can fit into a post bariatric surgery diet.
Gallstones are hardened deposits of digestive fluid that can collect in the gallbladder. The gallbladder is a small organ in the abdomen that holds bile before it is released into the small intestine as part of the digestive process. When they form, gallstones can range from as small as a grain of sand to as large as a golf ball. People with gallstones may have only one, or they may have many.
We all know that exercising is key to maximizing your weight loss after bariatric surgery, but exercise is also good for other things. Adding lean muscle means your body will burn more calories even when it’s at rest. It can also reduce your risk of chronic diseases, like high blood pressure, heart disease, and type 2 diabetes.
We’ve all done it- you plan to work out, but when the time comes you have an excuse or reason to skip it. Or you just plain forgot. This is an instance where it’s not “the thought that counts.” You actually have to complete the workout, not just think about it for you to reap the rewards.