Top 10 Tips Before and After Gastric Bypass Surgery

6. Consult your doctor before taking any medication. Many drugs can cause nausea and slow the healing process.
7. Exercise. Make sure that as soon as you are able get out and walk you do so. It is easy for muscles to stiffen up, it’s not good to sit and you will shed weight even faster with exercise. Start small with a walk around your yard or neighborhood and build from there. As you lose weight, exercise will become easier and more pleasureable.
8. Learn to listen to your body. Only eat when you are hungry and stop eating when you are full. For the first few weeks you will be eating no more than a 1/4 cup of food per meal. Eventually, after a few months you may get up to 1 cup of food per meal. It is not recommended that you eat any more than this. The surgery will leave you unable to eat at some typical meal times so listen to your body; don’t eat just because others are eating.
9. Prepare for some small disappointments. At some point your weight will plateau and you will stop losing weight, or you may even begin to regain a few pounds. This is usually because you need to make a further change. You may need to reduce how much food you are eating, re-think the types of food you’re eating or increase how much exercise you’re doing. Don’t panic — You won’t lose something every week. If the plateau or weight gain goes on for more than a few weeks, speak to your doctor and together you will get back on the right track.
10. Be realistic. The surgery won’t change your life all on its own. A gastric bypass isn’t the solution, it’s a tool that you must learn to master. You must eat the right foods, exercise and learn what is right for your body.

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