We all know that the “little things add up.” Just like making good choices after weight loss surgery at CHRIAS can help you shed unwanted body weight, alternatively making little mistakes can prevent weight loss and in some cases even cause you to gain weight back. Weight gain after hard work to lose excess weight can be disappointing, especially if you didn’t know you were making a mistake! After surgery, attending support groups, keeping follow-up visits, and learning about nutrition can help you in your continued success. Attend our support group on June 18th at 6pm to learn even more about “Avoiding Mistakes That Lead To Weight Gain.” In the meantime, we offer a few weight loss tips on common weight loss mistakes.
Not Eating Enough
Yep, you heard that right. One of the keys to sustainable weight loss is making sure you fuel your body with enough calories that it doesn’t think you are starving. Additionally, making sure you get enough calories throughout the day and not just in one larger meal will keep you feeling satisfied and your body’s hunger hormones in check. After gastric sleeve or gastric bypass surgery it’s especially important that you enjoy a few high-protein, high fiber, and nutritionally rich meals throughout the day.
While follow-up visits might seem like an extra bother once you’re a few months into your surgery, frequent visits with your surgeon and his team will help your doctor to ensure that you’re healthy and also allow him to offer help (or make adjustments for our Delaware LAP-BAND Patients) if your weight is slowing prematurely. Don’t cheat yourself of this important step.
Skipping Your ZZZs
In a previous blog, we discussed the benefits of making sure you’re getting enough quality snoozing to keep your hormones level and your body a fat burning machine. Getting enough deep sleep helps your body to control hunger feelings and which can help you control mindless snacking and the urge to overeat.
Sipping On Sugary Drinks
It’s easy to take in an alarming amount of calories without even realizing it when you’re sipping on sugar filled drinks like soda, juices, or sweetened teas. The average American adds an additional 355 calories to their day thanks to sweetened drinks. That can add up to upwards of 37 additional pounds gained each year.
Waiting to exercise, if you have your physician’s permission, may not lead to weight gain, but it might slow down your weight loss. After bariatric surgery, your most rapid time for weight loss is the first 12-18 months after surgery. Take advantage of that time to lose more weight, tone muscle, and firm up skin by breaking a sweat at least 3 times a week. Ideally, nutrition experts have suggested getting in 150 minutes of moderate exercise each week for the best heart health, weight loss, and disease prevention benefits.
Weight gain after bariatric surgery can be prevented. To learn more about avoiding mistakes that lead to weight gain after surgery, attend our free support group. To learn more about our Delaware weight loss surgery clinic, attend a free informational seminar, contact us online, or call us at 302-892-9900.