Many gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, and lap band patients report difficulty swallowing and digesting chicken and beef after their bariatric surgery. Since adequate protein intake is so important after weight loss surgery (with a goal of 60-80 grams of protein), not being able to eat proteins they usually tolerate can make eating and meeting their protein intake a challenge.
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:
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.
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.
Eggs are a great source of protein for gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, and lap band patients. They are full of vitamins and minerals, low in carbohydrates, and packed with protein. Once you’ve entered the phase of your post bariatric surgery diet where eggs are allowed, they can be the foundation for a quick and easy meal, whether it’s breakfast, lunch, dinner, or even a protein based snack.
Many gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, and lap band patients were not used to routine exercise prior to their weight loss surgery. Incorporating exercise into your post bariatric surgery lifestyle is a must in order to achieve maximum weight loss. But that doesn’t mean everyone likes it.
A new study out of Australia may shed some new light on specific vegetables that can help promote arterial health. While many studies have linked vegetables with heart health including reduced risk of heart disease and stroke, this is one of only a few studies that has looked specific types of vegetables (24 in fact) to see how they contribute to the health of arteries.
Is the fig the next flavor craze? According to the Swiss company Firmenich it is. The 120 year old family owned company has been creating “fragrances and flavors for the world’s most desirable companies, delighting billions of consumers every day,” according to their company profile, so it stands to reason they know what they’re talking about.