About Weight Loss
Bariatric surgery increases your likelihood of experiencing weight loss success by reducing hunger. With this major obstacle out of the way, you can make a series of healthy choices and engage in positive behaviors that will help you reach your weight loss goal.
Long-term weight loss requires a combination of dietary changes, increased activity levels and a positive attitude towards a healthier way of life.
Weight loss surgery is the most successful method of long-term weight loss available. It is considered a valuable form of therapy for the treatment of obesity. Lap Band surgery is the safest form of weight loss surgery available.
Losing weight can reduce your risk of developing obesity related diseases, including:
The Weight Loss Diet
To lose weight you need to reduce the number of calories you eat daily. However, you cannot cut calories at the expense of nutrient intake. By making healthy food choices, you can maximize the amount of nutrients you eat without overdoing it on calories.
Start following a healthier diet by:
- Eating whole foods, including lean protein sources, fruits and vegetables
- Avoiding highly processed foods
- Cutting out foods that are high in sugar and fat
- Only eating when you are hungry and avoiding emotional and situational eating triggers
Becoming More Active
In addition to cutting calories through your diet, you can burn calories by becoming more active. This includes initiating more planned exercise opportunities, as well as increasing your level of activity throughout your normal day.
Walking is an especially healthy activity to start with after weight loss surgery. In addition to walking more at work and around the house, try going for short walks in your neighborhood to burn more calories.
Making Psychological Changes
Your attitude will play a big role in your weight loss program. Instead of focusing on things you can’t have or shouldn’t do, focus on the health benefits you are experiencing. As you work on making physical changes to your body, consider ways you can boost your mental health.
This may include:
- Managing stress in healthier ways
- Managing time more efficiently
- Eliminating negative self-talk
Making Environmental Changes
Your home, your work and the places you visit frequently have the potential to affect your weight loss efforts either positively or negatively. Set yourself up for long-term success by making healthy changes to your environment.
You can do this by:
- Clearing unhealthy snacks out of your home and workspace
- Staying away from fast-food restaurants, bakeries and other tempting eateries
- Socializing in ways that don’t involve food
When you make the decision to lose weight, you’ll need to make a few basic changes to your current lifestyle habits. Following a weight loss plan without initiating long-term change will make maintaining a healthy weight level challenging.