Lifestyle Changes Before Bariatric Surgery

You’ve decided on bariatric surgery, so there are a few important changes you need to make in your diet and your lifestyle. Your surgeon can help. The surgeons at Suburban Surgical Associates and Suburban Metabolic Institute offer a wide range of surgical and metabolic services, including bariatric surgery. They have two convenient office locations in Hinsdale and Elmhurst, IL, to help you.

What You Need To Know About Preparing for Bariatric Surgery

Bariatric surgery is an important step in making you healthier. Even losing just a few pounds can help to:

  • Make breathing easier
  • Lower your blood pressure
  • Reduce stress on your heart
  • Reduce stress on your joints
  • Increase your energy
  • Enhance your self-esteem
  • Increase your confidence

Now that you’ve decided on bariatric surgery, you want to get the most benefit from the surgery. That means committing to a healthy lifestyle. It’s important to try to lose weight before surgery. You should:

Reduce or eliminate saturated fats in your diet–you can do this by switching from full-fat dairy products to low fat, and by eating lean proteins like fish and poultry, instead of red meat.

Reduce or eliminate refined carbohydrates–you can do this by switching to whole grains and avoiding white bread, white rice, and foods with white flour and refined sugar.

Eliminate drinks with a high sugar content, caffeinated beverages, and alcohol. Your tolerance for alcohol will be diminished after surgery.

Be mindful of what you eat–you can do this by eating slowly and chewing your food well. Don’t eat while doing something else. You need to focus on your food and enjoy every bite. When you feel slightly full, wait a few minutes before eating more, to avoid overeating.

Drink protein shakes or use protein powder because you will need to consume more protein after surgery.

You should also establish a regular exercise routine and have it in place before surgery. Find an activity that you enjoy, so you can stick with it. Try to exercise for at least 30 to 60 minutes on most days of the week.

Want To Know More About Lifestyle Changes Before Bariatric Surgery?

To discover more about lifestyle changes you should make before bariatric surgery, call the surgeons at Suburban Surgical Associates and Suburban Metabolic Institute. You can reach them in either of their convenient office locations in Hinsdale or Elmhurst, IL, by calling (708) 484-0621. Call today.

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