Gastric surgery and beyond
People who suffer from dangerous levels of obesity now have many options available to them when it comes to losing some excess weight. In addition to strict exercise and diet there are some different medications you can try. When all else fails, there are various types of weight loss surgery, also known as bariatric surgery or gastric surgery. The most common of these procedures include: Gastric bypass surgery (stomach stapling); Gastric bands (limiting how much food you can eat); Intragastric balloon surgery (a balloon which is inflated inside the gastric area); Sleeve gastrectomy (actually reducing the size of the stomach to about 15% of its original size). All four of the above procedures operate on the principle of reducing the stomach size and thereby reducing the potential food intake.
After your gastric surgery you will experience dramatic and rapid weight loss. In fact, during the first year you can expect to lose about 15 pounds per month. After this year it will decrease somewhat, however you can continue to lose more weight if you eat and exercise properly. The risk of heart disease will decrease, as will that of sleep apnea, bone disease and various other sicknesses. You should expect to have lower cholesterol levels and blood pressure.
Just because you have undergone one of these surgeries does not mean that you can simply revert back to your previous lifestyle. You must receive post-surgical nutrition education and learn how to eat less. This can prove difficult in a modern world where we are otherwise encouraged to eat bigger portions. You should drink a full glass of water before each meal. This means you will get ‘full’ quicker and not likely to eat as much. Guidance will be available to you regarding balancing nutrition in every meal. You will learn about caloric intake and reading food labels. An important part of your weight loss program is to understand your own body’s propensity to put on weight with even minimal food intake.
You are much more likely to succumb to deficiencies in iron and other vitamins. You should take supplements, especially ones containing iron and Vitamin B12 in order to avoid the risk of anaemia. Regular visits to your physician will ensure continuing progress long after the operation.
You should engage in regular exercise following your bariatric surgery, under the guidance of a skilled fitness trainer who will design an individual program for you. It is important not to overdo weight loss exercise as it can be unhealthy to lose too much weight too quickly. Likewise you should not over engage in muscle increasing type exercise as this can increase your weight and cause you to be disillusioned.
This is not a time to get depressed about these negative thoughts, but instead it should be a time to reflect on learning new lifestyle skills. Your overall sense of wellbeing will in fact be boosted and now you can enjoy the pleasures of eating healthily and the benefits of exercise. You will have a new lease on life!