Dussehra is a time when we celebrate the victory of good over evil. It is an occasion to win over bariatric evils too & we present seven unhealthy habits and ways to be overcome. Let us make 2016 Dusshera a meaningful one for our life. Regardless of to what extent you’ve been leading an unhealthy lifestyle, now is a good time to change! Here are 7 changes that you can incorporate to lead a healthy life post bariatric surgery and to sustain the achieved weight loss.
- Not Exercising: We all know that eating right and burning off the calories is the universal truth to losing weight. It is important to follow a healthy fitness routine after bariatric surgery as well. For example, patient is encouraged to walk on the day of surgery itself. Upper & lower body workouts can be started one month after surgery. Exercises not only help maintain muscle mass but is a great aid in maintaining weight long term.
- Unplanned Meals: A bariatric patient needs to carefully plan his/her meal by having proteins instead of junk food to control unwarranted urges. Additionally, one can also maintain a health journal to keep oneself on the healthy track.
- Not Drinking Water: Dehydration post bariatric surgery is a preventable complication. Having 1.5-2 liters of liquids a day can help avoid fall in health.
- Not taking nutrition: In order to maintain good health, it is important to provide the body with enough minerals and vitamins. Deficiency in taking important nutrients can harm your overall health. It is preferable that all bariatric patients should regularly consult their bariatric team for guidance and seek timely advice.
- Bad Food Habits: Post bariatric surgery, it often happens that the patients start believing that alcohol or sweet consumption is an expression of new found freedom or normalcy which had eluded them for decades. However, they fail to realise the fact that unlike their slim friends, they continue to have tendency to gain weight if they go overboard.
- Not following the Bariatric Diet: All bariatric patients must follow the diet as per the recovery stage. Avoid eating solid, spicy food and too much food during the healing phase. Not following the same could put you to risk or damage your fragile stomach.
- Ignoring your Relationship with food: It is important to rework your relationship with food. Think of food as a fuel to keep your body healthy and functioning, instead of seeking emotional comfort from it.