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Top 3 Tips for Life After Weight Loss Surgery

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Losing weight is one of the hardest things to do in life. We all know that the changes we make to our diet and exercise can help enormously, but making those changes for life can feel almost impossible. The challenge is to live actively on a relatively small number of calories. For the vast majority of us, this is just too uncomfortable and restrictive. If you love food and find getting out and about just doesn’t fit into your preferred lifestyle, you may really struggle to lose weight and keep it off.

Many have reached the point of being eligible for surgical procedures like a sleeve gastrectomy to prevent overeating. This can be a really hard to commitment to make for anybody, but if you love food, having to restrict how much you eat can be incredibly unpleasant. It may force you to savor every bite you get, and you may feel happily full more easily, but you may certainly miss the habits associated with eating. When we watch TV, a lot of us are guilty of curling up on the sofa with a packet of snacks. After surgery, those days are over.

Stay Active

Instead of watching TV, now is the perfect time to get out of the house to give you something else to do besides eat. Meet with friends for a stroll or sign up for some great group workouts. Swapping your TV time for something more active can be hugely impactful on your lifestyle and be just the thing for successful and permanent weight loss. Now TV can be recorded, watched on demand, or even viewed on our smartphones. You have no need to sit on the sofa to catch up with your favorite show. Watch it while you walk on a treadmill instead!plate of salad

Eat on Smaller Plates

If you have previously enjoyed large portions, it can be hard to be happy seeing only a fraction of the amount of food on your plate. You can trick yourself a little psychologically by dishing your meals up on a smaller sized plate. If it fills the plate, it looks like there is plenty of food there. Other ways to enjoy smaller meals include drinking a mouthful of water before every bite. Some say this can help digest it more easily too. This way, you will not gain the weight back by eating too much.

Get Some Exercise

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Losing weight can be distressing. Having surgery can certainly be an effective way to change how you see food. But you will need to add activity to your lifestyle so you can tone up and achieve the figure you want. No matter how old you are, gentle exercise like walking really can make a huge difference. As your shape changes and you become lighter, you can improve your posture and start to enjoy different activities more and more.

If you feel now is the time to address a serious weight problem, you are not alone. More and more people across the globe are looking for solutions for the long term and not just a one-off quick fix. Look them up, and get some support from others in your situation.