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.
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.
Don’t wait until your BMI is over 40 to have bariatric surgery. That is a theme of a study published this past fall in the Journal of the American Medical Association Surgery. According to the study, patients who had bariatric surgery after their BMIs were above 40 were less likely to achieve a BMI under 30 after their first year post surgery.
Hypothyroidism is a term used to mean an underactive thyroid gland, meaning your thyroid gland doesn’t produce adequate amounts of hormones. Your thyroid gland is a small butterfly shaped gland located just below your Adam’s apple that produces triiodothyronine (T3) and thyroxine (T4). These hormones help control your body’s metabolism, body temperature, influence your heart rate, and regulates production of proteins. When these hormones are unbalanced, it can wreak havoc on your body.