The bariatric life is not easy. Some people think it’s a quick fix or an easy way out but I am here to tell you that it’s not. You put in the work. You do the effort. Don’t let anyone tell you anything else. I have lost almost 140 lbs. and counting. I am serious when I say to you that I did that. I know I did. It’s my accomplishment. No one can take it away from me. I won’t let them. If you work with me, I will teach you the same too. You can overcome emotional overeating. You can succeed as a bariatric patient. You can do anything you set your mind to. You can become a bariatric badass like I am.
It’s within your power, you just have to believe.
Okay, I’m going to be honest. I struggled with these, but you don’t have to. I’d suggest if you are still in the pre-op stage, to begin practicing now. Now, I will begin by letting you know that not every doc is the same. Rules vary among surgeon groups so I’d suggest you check with your doctor, but these bariatric rules seem pretty standards, so here goes.
- Eat small meals. Your stomach is small. Remember that. You can’t overfill it or you will get sick. You should probably stick to about 2-3 oz. per meal.
- Go slow. Your meals should take about half an hour to consume. Try to use small utensils so you take small bites. Be sure to chew each bite about 30 times so that it’s a bit of paste or liquid-y as it goes down. This can be hard to learn and I learned the hard way. You can easily throw up if you don’t follow this bariatric rule.
- Drink at least 64 oz. of fluid every day. More if you can. This will keep you hydrated.
- Make sure you get between 60 – 75 grams of protein a day. This is important to prevent muscle loss. You should also include some weight-bearing exercises as well to tone and keep extra skin to a minimum. This can be a hard goal for me to reach personally because I cannot eat meat. My surgeon told me that about 20% of his patients have the same problem. I am the most reluctant vegetarian ever, but I gotta do what I gotta do. I have found some good veggie burgers and plant-based protein supplements. I also drink at least one full protein shake made with soymilk every day.
- Do not drink soda or anything carbonated. It will stretch the stomach and impede weight loss.
- Please try to avoid drinking from a straw. Why? It causes air to build up in your esophagus and stomach which can lead to painful gas and stomach stretching.
Bariatric rules, like all other rules are there for a reason. Again, your surgeon’s office may differ from mine. I have found that these work for me and I have worked hard to make it so. I really hope that you can work on following the bariatric rules too. They will give you the opportunity to live the best bariatric life you can.
For more information, please feel free to call me for a free consultation today. I can be reached at 512-484-7634. If you are motivated to change, I am happy to work with you.