One of the most common questions Dr. Dirk hears from his patients is “What will my life be like after weight loss surgery?”
If you’re wondering the same thing, you’ll be happy to hear about all the positive ways surgery will affect your life.
Get your happiness and energy back
After having weight loss surgery, you will get your life and your health back under control. You will be able to:
- Live life to the fullest and enjoy your family, friends and children again
- Get on an airplane without worrying about the seat belt length
- Climb a flight of stairs without running out of breath
- Easily tie your shoes
- Enjoy food and see it as your friend, not your enemy
- And so much more
All the usual tasks and activities that are hard for you now because of your excess weight will become a breeze.
Important information to know about life after surgery
Below you can find all important information you need to know about what your life will be like after weight loss surgery. Read on to learn what you can expect after surgery and how you can prepare for your new life.
- Healthy Eating
At first, it may seem like you will be eating a lot after surgery. You will be eating more nutritious foods and eating more often, but you’ll be taking in fewer calories overall. Our nutrition guide will give you the information you need to keep yourself healthy after weight loss surgery.
Your new diet will include:
- Following a high-protein, moderate-fat and low-carb nutrition plan. You will eat five to eight small meals throughout the day (small portions of ¼ cup to 1 cup).
- Eating beef, ham, roast beef, turkey, chicken, fish and tuna fish for protein. Milk, yogurt without added sugar, eggs, cottage cheese and low-fat cheese products are also good sources of protein that you can enjoy.
- Eating fruits and vegetables, which have lots of good nutrients. However, you will be eating them in smaller amounts than you may be used to (a few slices of an apple rather than the whole apple, for example).
- Protein shakes and protein bars, which can also help give you the nutrition you need during the day.
- Enjoying dessert in very small amounts. While the amount you can tolerate will depend on the type of surgery you have, some of Dr. Dirk’s patients say that they can eat two to three bites of dessert. Then they quit because they feel full and know they will get sick if they have more.
- Vitamins and Supplements
Taking vitamins and supplements helps your body get what it needs to stay healthy. Dr. Dirk will make sure that you are getting the right nutrition by ordering blood tests to make sure everything is working as it should. His office can also tell your family doctor what to check for, if needed.
After surgery, you’ll take a multivitamin and other supplements every day. Dr. Dirk tells all his patients to take a chewable multivitamin twice a day, a B12 supplement once a day, calcium once a day and iron once a day. All of this is explained in our nutrition guide.
- Regular Exercise
After weight loss surgery, you should wait at least two weeks before you start exercising. Start with simple movements rather than diving into a high-impact exercise program.
Daily aerobic (cardio) exercise is important for good health and weight loss, as well as for boosting your mood. It will also help you get rid of your medical conditions faster and lose more weight than patients who don’t exercise every day. As your conditions get better and you lose weight, you will be able to exercise for longer periods and with more intensity.
- Increased Energy
Because of the surgery and your exercise routine, you will have more energy. Dr. Dirk’s patients tell him that their fatigue disappears and they look forward to getting out of bed in the morning.
This means you can look forward to having the energy to do what matters most to you, whether that’s taking long walks, going for bike rides, playing with your kids, participating in a tennis match with friends or whatever else your weight has been keeping you from enjoying.
- Improved Medical Conditions
Many patients suffer from medical conditions because of their excess weight. In some cases, these conditions completely disappear after surgery. Medical conditions that often improve or disappear after weight loss surgery include:
- Hypertension (high blood pressure)
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
- Sleep apnea
- High cholesterol
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Joint and back pain
- Better Self-Esteem
Many patients suffer from depression due to their obesity and medical conditions. As these conditions improve or disappear and your weight drops, the healthy, happy person who has been hidden inside you will begin to come out.
You’ll feel great being able to buy clothes in smaller sizes and go about your days feeling comfortable and confident. You’ll feel a boost in self-esteem at work, during job interviews and when meeting new people. Simple things like crossing your legs and sitting in a booth at a restaurant will feel effortless again, rather than stressful and uncomfortable.
- Alcohol in Moderation
If you enjoy alcoholic drinks, you don’t need to worry. You can still enjoy them after surgery. However, you’ll find that one drink goes a long way — you won’t need to drink a lot.
It’s also important to understand you should drink alcohol very carefully after weight loss surgery. If you’re going to drink alcohol, make sure you’ve got someone you trust to help you if you feel sick after drinking. Drinking alcohol every day or in excess amounts is not safe and will have a bad impact on your health.
- No Tobacco Allowed
If you currently use tobacco products, this may be the one part of life after surgery that you will not find so wonderful. There is no good health plan that includes cigarettes, chewing tobacco or any other kind of tobacco products, so you will need to stop using them. Dr. Dirk suggests quitting now so that you won’t have such a hard adjustment after surgery.
In the long run, quitting tobacco will improve your health in many ways. If you need help quitting, ask your doctor for advice on medicines or programs that can make it easier for you.
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