Tips for Changing Your Eating Habits Following Weight-Loss Surgery
The only way to lose weight is to reduce your calorie intake so that you consume fewer calories than you burn. This is true whether you decide to have weight-loss surgery or rely on willpower alone. For many individuals, it is hard to make the right food choices and to keep portion sizes under control. That is where a gastric bypass or gastric banding can help. If your stomach size has been reduced you have no choice but to pay more attention to what you eat or otherwise there will be negative consequences.
If you are overweight, your stomach is probably used to you eating more than your body actually needs. It therefore becomes harder to reduce the amount you eat without feeling hungry. If you continue to eat too much, the end result is weight gain, but you may not see the effects of your eating habits immediately. However, if the size of your stomach has been reduced through bariatric surgery, it is more difficult to eat too much, as you feel full very quickly. If you try to eat more than your stomach will allow, the chances are you will be sick, and thus less inclined to overindulge again.
Even if you have had weight-loss surgery, it is still possible to eat the wrong kinds of food, though. Since you can only consume smaller quantities, it becomes even more important to make the right food choices, or otherwise you may suffer from nutritional deficiencies, which could lead to health problems. Although bariatric surgery can be a useful tool for helping you to lose weight, you cannot rely on that alone to help you achieve your weight-loss goals. You still need to eat regularly and there is no point trying to cheat, as you will only be cheating yourself, and this will be reflected in your weight loss.
You have to be prepared to change your eating habits so there is no point stocking up on the types of foods that led to your weight problem in the first place. Besides, if you have had gastric bypass surgery it is particularly important that you avoid consuming simple sugars, as your body will not be able to process them and you could experience vomiting, cramping and bloating. This is known as gastric dumping syndrome. Ideally, you should eat small meals six times a day and ensure you chew your food properly and don’t rush. You should also avoid snacking and make sure you drink plenty of water throughout the day, though not at meal times, as it will fill you up, which isn’t good when you’re already consuming so few calories.
These tips for changing your eating habits following weight-loss surgery apply to the following surgeries, all performed by Ready 4a Change:
- Gastric Bypass aka Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass
- Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy – VSG
- Lap Band
- Revision Surgery
- Gastric Plication
- Mini Gastric Bypass
- Duodenal Switch
It is important to eat a balanced diet of protein, fruit and vegetables, and whole grains, as this will give you the nutrients your body needs. It is particularly important to incorporate more protein into your diet during the recovery period. It is worth bearing in mind that after surgery your body will not be able to process certain vitamins and minerals, so that you will need to take a vitamin supplement daily. Whichever kind of bariatric surgery you have, substantial changes to your eating habits will be required for you to achieve long-term weight-loss success.