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Thriving After Weight Loss Surgery

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If you’re considering bariatric surgery to achieve your weight loss goals and the “new you” of your dreams, you likely know about the lifelong lifestyle commitment that comes after your operation.

We want you to have a strategy, and we don’t want you to feel overwhelmed. We’re here to add to your post-bariatric surgery preparation by breaking down some simple keys to success into manageable steps. Also, learn just how effective weight loss surgery can be with some bariatric surgery success rates to encourage you along your way.

Bariatric Surgery Success Rates

The long-term success rate of bariatric surgery is between 68 and 74%. Studies show that the beneficial effects on weight loss are maintained for up to 20 years after gastric bypass surgery. That’s an average of two decades of successful weight loss!

Most patients who undergo bariatric surgery maintain 50-75% excess weight loss, with an average patient losing at least 100 pounds. These numbers should give you all the encouragement you need to commit to your new lifestyle.

Weight loss surgery patients typically lose the most weight 1 to 2 years after their bariatric surgery and see substantial weight improvements in obesity-related conditions, so forging those new lifestyle patterns are especially important following your operation so you can pave the way to success.

Keep reading to learn the best lifestyle tips to succeed after weight loss surgery.

Develop Mindful Habits

Listen to your hunger cues instead of paying attention to the clock. Watch out for the foods that trigger your cravings. Becoming more aware of real hunger as opposed to emotional eating is half the battle. The rest comes down to your dedication to living a healthier life.

Drink Lots of Water

It’s important to stay hydrated and ensure that you avoid drinking 30 minutes before eating a meal and 30 minutes after. Aim for 64 ounces of water a day and avoid drinking liquids with calories. Try sugar free water enhancers if drinking plain water is difficult for you.

Eat Protein First

Foods with protein are the best to meet your body’s nutritional requirements. Protein also takes longer to digest, resulting in less food eaten overall. Be mindful to stop eating before you feel full as you manage your post-bariatric surgery diet.

Stay Physically Active

Keeping up with your exercise plan is a recipe for success. Along with exercising regularly, simple tricks like taking the stairs instead of the elevator, parking farther away while doing your shopping, or going for a family walk after meals all add up to more movement (and more burned calories) throughout your day.

Join A Bariatric Support Group

When you’ve made the life-changing step to lose weight and get healthier through bariatric surgery, there may be times when you need some extra support.

Check out our virtual AdventHealth Weight Loss Surgery Support Groups for the opportunity to connect with your health care professionals and fellow bariatric patients.

Count on Us for Solid Support Before and After Bariatric Surgery

We’re humbled by your trust in us, and we’ll do everything in our power to support and protect your whole health on your weight loss journey.

Learn more about our world-renowned bariatric care team by visiting us at AdventHealthWeightLoss.com. You deserve to feel whole.

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