You are taking steps in the right direction to ensure a healthier, happier you in the future. With surgery to assist you in weight loss, your risk of health problems such as Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and heart attack, among others, can be drastically reduced. But in order to get weight loss surgery, you first need to prepare your body for a lifestyle change.
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Measuring portion sizes and eating foods that are nutritionally sound are important to the effectiveness of your weight loss surgery, so it is best to get into the habit of eating healthy foods in smaller portions before the operation. That can help to lessen any cravings you might have later on, as well. It is important to be sure to also follow the pre-op diet your health care professional provides before your surgery.
After surgery, you will need to adjust to the new you. Your appetite, energy levels and other things may change quite a bit. Eating slowly, separating foods and liquids, and keeping track of your weight loss can keep you focused on the goal of your journey and motivated to continue doing better.
Finally, know that you do not have to navigate this path on your own. You may have family or close friends you can rely on for advice and support along the way, whether by sharing your diet or lending an ear on a particularly rough day. In addition, most communities also have counseling options for those who have undergone weight loss surgery. Dr. Barnes provides support groups and long-term follow up counseling that can help you make sense of your thoughts pre- and post-surgery, and guide you back on course if you falter.
If you are in the beginning stages of your weight loss journey and would like a professional opinion, contact Barnes Bariatric Solutions. The knowledgeable staff can answer your questions, give you information and let you know whether you might make a good candidate for weight loss surgery. Remember: The best time to get healthy is today. So, make the call; you will not regret it.