Did you know that preparing for weight loss surgery will actually make you more successful over the long run? It will also minimize your risks of complications, reduce stress and increase the overall amount of weight you will lose over time. Preparation for surgery should start at least 6 months before your surgery date and involves reversing poor habits. Weight loss surgery cannot be effective if you don’t change your habits, so start know so you are mentally, physically, and emotionally ready for the journey ahead.
Here are the habits you need to start adopting before surgery:
#1: Change Your Eating Habits:
After weight loss surgery, you will eat much smaller portion sizes. Start now by start eating smaller portion sizes and a diet that is rich in vegetables and proteins.
#2: Start taking a multivitamin:
After surgery, it is harder for your body to absorb nutrients and you are consuming less food. A multivitamin is needed to help supplement your body with the nutrients needed for your body to be healthy.
#3: Start moving:
Movement is essential to weight loss surgery because it reduces the risk of complications. Find an activity you enjoy and exercise at 20-30 minutes each day.
#4: Drink more water:
Start increasing your water intake an additional 64oz. each day. Water will help you fill fuller faster and also help flush out your digestive system.
#5: Stop any alcohol or tobacco use:
Studies show that both alcohol and tobacco use can cause complications to your recovery after surgery. Alcohol is absorbed at a much faster rate into your blood stream causing intoxication at a much quicker rate causing patients to give into cravings at a much higher rate. Tobacco use can cause clots in your blood stream complicating your recovery after surgery.
#6: Seek Out Support:
Connecting with others who have been through weight loss surgery is critical to your own weight loss success. Find a support group that can help you before and after the surgery because they can provide advice and support that your family and friends cannot provide.
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