The adjustments made to your stomach will involve permanent changes in your eating habits that must be adhered to for successful weight loss. It is mandatory that the patient will be on a liquid and soft diet for the first three months after the surgery. When you start eating solid foods it is essential that you chew thoroughly. You will not be able to eat steaks or other chunks of meat if they are not ground or chewed thoroughly, or else prepare to experience some side effects.
If you are looking to watch your diet, try planning your meals around a total of 2,000 calories a day. Pay attention to your meals, and make certain that you get what you need, starting with Vitamin An and ending with Zinc. Know that your diet may not always supply your body with what you need, so be willing to change your diet or take vitamin supplements.
If you have been a smoker all along, post weight loss surgery that will have to stop. Smoking after bariatric surgery many lead to heart major heart problems as nicotine can cause the arteries to become narrow.
Dumping syndrome is another problem that the patient may complain of. Since the food moves quickly form the stomach to the small intestine, the patient may experience nausea, cold sweats and chest pain after eating food.
The gastric band patient still needs to undergo some lifestyle changes after surgery. In the next few weeks after surgery, the gastric band patient needs to have a liquid diet only. This will give the stomach a chance to heal and adjust to its new size. What patients need to understand is that they still need to watch what they eat. The quantity of food can be controlled but the quality of food you ingest is still up to you. So you need to make the right food choices.
Alcohol should not be consumed for at least 48 hours after the surgery. If you go by what the doctor says, one must refrain from intake of alcohol for a minimum of a month.
The U.S. National Institutes of Health recommends weight loss surgery face for people with a body mass index (BMI) of at least 40 or for people with BMI 35 and serious medical conditions such as diabetes. BMI is a measure of the weight-height. It is calculated by dividing weight in kilos by the square of height in meters.
Obesity is not a weakness of character. Obesity is a disease – a medical condition that requires medical treatment. Sometimes the cause of the disease is an unmet psychological or emotional need, with food as a kind of surrogate therapy. Other times the sufferer is biologically addicted to food, just like a junkie is to heroin. Whatever the cause of a given case of obesity might be, however, the person behind it deserves our compassion. Contempt towards those suffering from a disease isn’t the Tar Heel way.