The bariatric patient care team at University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics wants to give patients the necessary tools to make healthy choices before and after surgery. They accomplish this goal by providing each patient a customized eating plan and helping them wade through dieting misinformation.
Changing your lifestyle for success after bariatric surgery
Changing your life also means changing your lifestyle. Eating plans can be hard to follow sometimes, so keeping a food diary can help you remain accountable. It is also important to exercise for at least 30 minutes a day. Exercise is essential for weight loss and weight maintenance, and it helps prevent serious complications after surgery.
Since many health complications from obesity will go away as weight is lost, medication changes may also be necessary after the surgery. This can include changing dosages or cutting certain medications out completely.
Surgery is only one of the tools needed to succeed. Sticking to the bariatric lifestyle, diet, and exercise plan will help ensure success.