Weight-loss results vary from person to person and is not guaranteed after surgery.
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How Can Bariatric Surgery Help?

Bariatric surgery can help you to lose weight, but it won’t do the hard work for you. Each weight loss procedure offers a particular kind of assistance to make it easier for you to stick to your diet, but it is still up to you to eat well and exercise.

How Bariatric Surgery Works?

Bariatric surgery comes in three different forms:

Bariatric surgery comes in three different forms: the gastric band, gastric bypass, and sleeve gastrectomy. All three of these procedures can help you to lose weight by restricting the amount of food that you can eat at each meal. Your stomach will fill up faster after the surgery, so you should end up eating less while still feeling satisfied.

In addition to restricting the amount you can eat, a gastric bypass also helps you to lose weight by changing the route food takes through your digestive system. Since the food is diverted past a section of your small intestine, you will absorb fewer calories from the food that you eat. You may also experience an aversion to sweet foods after a gastric bypass, which can make it easier to cut back on sugar.

The sleeve gastrectomy procedure also provides an additional form of assistance. Since part of your stomach will be removed during the procedure, you will be producing less of the appetite-stimulating hormones that make you hungry. Having a smaller appetite should make it easier to eat less.

Losing Weight After Bariatric Surgery

The physical effects of weight loss surgery will help you to lose weight by making dieting easier, but you will still need to work hard to make changes to the way you eat. The mental effects of the surgery can help you here, as knowing what a significant step you have taken to improve your health should help you to stay committed to your new diet.

Before you have your bariatric surgery, you will spend some time working on a diet and exercise plan with your doctor. Although the weight loss surgery will make it easier for you to eat less, you won’t lose weight unless you are consuming fewer calories than your body is using every day. You will need to ensure that you are eating a balanced, low calorie diet and avoiding foods and drinks that are high in fat or sugar.

It is best to eat several small meals a day after weight loss surgery and to learn to appreciate your food slowly, stopping when you feel full. In addition to eating well, you should also incorporate plenty of physical activity into your routine as you lose weight. Your aim should be to develop healthy new habits that will last for the rest of your life, even after you reach your target weight.

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Weight-loss results vary from person to person and is not guaranteed after surgery.