Embarking on the path to a healthier life after gastric band surgery is a transformational journey. Shedding excess weight brings a renewed sense of vitality and control. Success in this journey requires making significant lifestyle adjustments. Though it might be challenging at first, with persistence, these changes will become integral parts of your daily routine. Here are six essential guidelines to ensure your long-term success after gastric band surgery:
Stick to 3 Balanced Meals and Limit Snacking
Focus on having three balanced meals a day at dedicated times for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. This practice helps you control your appetite and monitor your food intake. Avoid snacking that can add unnecessary calories and interfere with the sensation of feeling full.
Reduce Intake of 5 Harmful Carbs (Pasta, Potatoes, Bread, Rice, and Sweets)
These “white carbs” are quickly converted into sugars, offer low nutritional value, and are high in calories. Minimise your consumption of these refined carbs to prevent unnecessary weight gain.
Avoid Liquid, Pureed or Blenderised Foods and Separate Eating from Drinking
Consuming whole foods rather than liquid or pureed forms maintains essential nutrients like fibre. Limit the drinking of liquids with meals to avoid uncomfortable symptoms, such as abdominal cramping, nausea, and vomiting, due to the new configuration of the stomach and intestine.
Chew Each Bite Thoroughly and Enjoy a Leisurely Mealtime
Taking the time to chew each bite 12 times and enjoying your meal over 30 minutes can enhance digestion and satisfaction. Slow eating and small bites also minimise the occurrence of uncomfortable digestive symptoms.
Exercise Regularly, 20-30 Minutes Daily
Exercise is a crucial component of a healthy lifestyle. Start with shorter sessions and gradually increase your workout time. Consider engaging in various online workouts and support platforms to make exercise more convenient and engaging.
Maintain Regular Follow-Up with Your Gastric Band Specialist
Consistent follow-up visits throughout the year will help you stay on track and provide opportunities to address any concerns or celebrate your achievements. Your specialist and support team are here for you.
Use Surgery as a Tool, Supported by Healthy Lifestyle Habits
Gastric band surgery is a powerful tool, but long-term success depends on the consistent integration of healthy habits into your daily life. Remember, if you ever feel overwhelmed, the team at Gastric Band Support is here to provide the guidance and support you need.
Your journey with Gastric Band Support is filled with potential and promise. By adhering to these guidelines and leveraging our support, you are well on your way to a healthier and happier life. Feel free to revisit these rules as needed, and never hesitate to reach out to us with any questions or concerns. We’re here for you every step of the way!