Gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, and gastric band patients know that exercise, along with their low calorie diet, is crucial to maximize their weight loss success. There’s just no getting around the fact that exercise helps burn calories, reduce body fat, build lean muscle mass, and helps improve both blood pressure and blood sugar levels. Workouts and strength training should be incorporated into a bariatric patient’s new lifestyle after they have been cleared to exercise by their bariatric surgeon.
Running is probably not the activity most bariatric patients think will be their exercise of choice after their gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, or lap band surgery. Walking, biking, pilates, or Zumba might come to mind before running. Even kickboxing. But running shouldn’t be put to the bottom of your list. It may not be easy, especially at first, but running has a ton of great benefits. If you don’t really believe us, we’ve listed only 5 out of the many benefits of running:
Let’s say you’ve had bariatric surgery and meat just isn’t sitting right in your new stomach pouch, which is a common situation for some people after gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, or lap band surgery. Someone suggests for you to try seafood, but you never really tried it before.
Bariatric surgery patients are supposed to refrain from eating carbohydrates (even complex, high fiber carbohydrates) until one year after surgery or when they have lost the excess weight. For some weight loss surgery patients, not eating carbohydrates for breakfast can be a real struggle.
If you have Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) and are obese, there may actually be good news.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea is potentially serious and potentially fatal sleep disorder in which breathing stops and restarts several times while sleeping. Symptoms include, but are not limited to:
Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is a common comorbidity of obesity. It can damage arteries, lead to heart attack or heart failure, damage your kidneys, lead to cognitive impairment and dementia, and cause a stroke or TIA among many other possible medical issues. Achieving and maintaining a normal blood pressure is key to preventing these side effects.
Burgers (whether they are turkey burgers or lean beef burgers) make a great ‘go to’ meal for gastric sleeve patients. Burgers are packed with protein, can be made small to accommodate the smaller portion size of weight loss surgery patients, they are inexpensive, and quick to make. And best of all, you can vary the toppings to add a variety of flavors to keep your meals interesting.
Chicken breast has been the “go to” protein of choice for those trying to cut calories and lose weight. It’s full of protein, and when you buy them skinless they are quite low in fat. This combination of high protein, low fat, and low calories has been the recommendation of doctors and dietitians to promote weight loss.
After you’ve been cleared by your bariatric surgeon to lift and workout after your gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, or lap band surgery, exercise should be something you incorporate into your lifestyle in order to maximize your weight loss. When you are able to incorporate strength training into your routine, consider adding resistance bands to amp up your workout.