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Succeeding in Weight Loss

With bariatric or weight loss surgery, you have made a commitment to change your lifestyle and live a happier and healthier life. Below are some helpful keys to successfully maintaining this lifestyle:

  1. Try to eat three structured meals per day and practice mindful eating. Listen to your hunger cues, learn to read the food triggers that govern your impulses and once you understand that, the rest is your motivation and commitment to living a healthier life.
  2. Focus on protein first – Protein best meets the nutritional requirements of your new stomach and body. Chew food well and remember to stop eating before you feel full.
  3. Drink water – 64 oz. or more is the goal. Water is best but any non-carbonated, sugar free beverage is acceptable.
  4. Exercise Regularly – Physical activity is half of the weight loss equation, equally as important as your new nutritional intake! Additionally, exercise releases hormones into the body that not only make you feel good, but also help to curb hunger. Consistent exercise will help you lose more weight, keep it off, and live a healthier life overall.

For more helpful post-operative nutrition tips, see our post op nutrition progression booklet.