When you have undergone bariatric surgery, you are looking at a brand new phase in your life. No matter what type of bariatric surgery you have chosen, it is important to remember that you must be careful and aware of what is going on with your body. Do you know what to expect in terms of weight loss goals?
Take It Slow
For a few weeks after recovery, don’t even get on the scale. You have just undergone a life-changing type of surgery, and the most important thing for you to do is to make sure that you are healing correctly. The first two weeks are usually spent on a liquid diet of some kind, and then as you move forward, take the time to carefully integrate solid foods into your diet. Remember that any signs of discomfort or problematic sensations should be reported right to your doctor.
When you are integrating normal foods back into your diet and getting around normally, you will discover that you really start losing weight around the 1 to 3 month mark. Remember that everyone’s body is different, but at the end of the day, you must be willing to keep track.
Six Month Check In
Around six months is when you should be turning a critical eye towards your results. If you have been eating what is comfortable for you and staying within the bounds of the diet, you should have seen a fair amount of weight loss by this point. Gastric bypass surgery can lead to as much as a 40% reduction in your weight, while a banding process will usually result in a loss of roughly 30 pounds or more. Around this point, you should be going in for a check up to talk with your doctor about any issues, and together, you can put together a schedule that will help you lose the rest of the weight.
Around this point, your weight loss might have plateaued, but if you need or want to lose more weight, you need to consider what to do from here. Integrating exercise into this process if you have not yet is ideal, but take a look at what you are eating; sometimes, it is not enough to simply eat small amounts.
Consider what your weight goals should be regarding bariatric surgery, and remember that everyone gets different results.
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