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Living a Healthy Life After Bariatric Surgery

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Living a Healthy Life After Bariatric Surgery

Building Healthy Habits After Bariatric Surgery

When it comes to addressing obesity, treatment goes beyond losing weight. It's important to make positive lifestyle changes to ward off health issues. The health experts at Antelope Valley Medical Center are here to share some tips to help you work toward a healthier lifestyle and improve your quality of life.

Lead a More Active Lifestyle

One of the most effective ways to support your health after having bariatric surgery is to lead a more physically active lifestyle. The average adult should aim to get at least 150 minutes (2.5 hours) of moderate-intensity physical activity each week.

While 150 minutes may seem like a lot, it works out to being about 30 minutes a day 5 days out of the week. Try some of the following activities to help you ease into your fitness routine:

  • Brisk walking
  • Swimming
  • Gardening
  • Bike riding
  • Dancing

Build a Balanced Diet

Another important part of leading a healthier lifestyle is building a balanced diet that is rich in essential vitamins and nutrients. Along with cutting back on trans fats, sugars, and added sodium—keep the following tips in mind to help you eat healthier:

  • Choose whole grains.
  • Eat lean proteins like fish and poultry.
  • Choose foods with healthy fats like plant oils, fish, and nuts.
  • Eat a colorful variety of fresh fruits and vegetables.
  • Skip sugary drinks and opt for water and tea.
  • Take a multivitamin.

Maintain Follow Up Appointments

For the first year following your procedure, your doctor will want to schedule several follow up appointments, which will then turn into annual visits. These are important as the weight-gain, and weight-related health issues can return even after having a bariatric procedure.

Bariatrics Program in Lancaster, CA

At Antelope Valley Medical Center, we are dedicated to helping patients start a journey towards a healthier lifestyle and improved quality of life. Having bariatric surgery is a viable option for patients who are morbidly obese—helping them to safely lose weight while also minimizing risks for weight-related health issues.

Call (661) 949-5000 or visit our dedicated bariatrics program page for more information.