A person who has undergone gastric bypass surgery can lose up to 50% of the body weight within 6 months after surgery. The patient keeps losing weight up to a year after surgery. it is a good practice to visit your surgeons regularly after surgery to check for excessive weight loss that may happen a few months after surgery.
I have a neighbor who actually went to the hospital because of dehydration. Being a weight-loss surgery patient herself, she complains that she could barely eat anything. Although she is losing the weight, much of that weight loss is from her muscles as well! A lack of nutrients mean a lack of protein, which is essential for muscle health.
But, surgery only works as part of a total medical treatment plan. It is not a magical cure for obesity. Patients who fail to follow the treatment plan recommended by their surgeon after surgery very often regain the weight they lost. The decision to undergo weight loss surgery face is also irrevocable, since most procedures cannot be reversed. Decisions involving surgery of any type should only be made in consultation with a physician.
After this phase you can move onto a full liquids diet. Some may be very excited to be able to start on something more filling or some may find that their new stomach makes odd squelches at the thought. Everyone is different and will start on the next phase at a different point. The full liquids are shakes, and breakfast drinks and any other non-clear liquids that you can think of. You may be on the full liquids diet for a couple of weeks.
Anyone with alcohol or drug dependency will not be eligible for the procedure. The doctor may say that small amounts of red wine are okay, but anything other than that cannot be ingested after the lap band has been put in place. This is because individuals with addictions such as drugs and alcohol can cause severe harm to themselves and they can reverse the process.
No painful exercises. Before their exercise mats warm up, people drop out from gym sessions. They cannot stand the painful exercises and discipline. It would be a waste of money and time to sign up and drop out without seeing the desired results.
Youtube is another excellent resource for before and after weight loss photos. Many Youtube users have posted their pictures or videos for the world to review. It is worth a visit, and be sure to comment on them. To find the photos, go to the Youtube site right here, then search for “before and after weight loss”, “weight loss success”, and “time lapse weight”.
3) Solid foods (“Chew foods”) NOT SOFT OR LIQUID FOODS (Not “Slidy, slippery” foods). When first out of surgery, patients are given a specific diet (diets vary based on band vs. bypass as well as doctor preference). During this phase, it is okay to have soups, pureed food or liquid meals. After this initial phase, however, solid foods is a must. Solid foods have the nutrients needed for survival. Chewing is most important! Patients should take bites about the size of a pencil eraser and chew the food ten to thirty times, until it becomes more of a liquid before digestion. As well, an important reason to not eat slippery foods is they go down easily and patients can overeat because of them.