How will I achieve the best results?
Exercise: Walk at least 20-30 minutes every day.
Follow-up: For optimal weight loss and best surgical outcome, it is vital for you to keep all your follow-up appointments.
Four Rules for Successful Weight Loss:
- Eat protein at every meal, 3 to 4 meals per day.
- Never snack between meals.
- Drink plenty of water.
- Exercise 20-30 minutes every day.
What will my diet be like once I am home?
During the first month after surgery, your stomach is swollen and very small. You will be able to eat only very limited amounts of food. It is important that you concentrate on eating the most important foods for healing: PROTEINS. All proteins must be very soft and mois in order to pass through your new little stomach successfully. If you eat too fast or too much, it will feel like heartburn and may cause you to become sick, so be careful.
Build up to eight 8-oz glasses of water every day, drinking small amounts frequently. Avoid all other beverages, especially alcohol, coffee, tea and carbonated sodas.
A multivitamin with iron is to be taken twice daily and vitamin b-12 in a sublingual (dissolves under the tongue) form should be taken three times per week. Take vitamins as chewable or swallow one at a time with water or yogurt. You may cut the vitamins in half if swallowing it in pill form. Additionally, after the first month, begin taking 1500 mg of calcium with Vitamin D each day.