Healthy Habits After Bariatric Surgery
There are other components of a healthy post-bariatric life in addition to diet and exercise. Here are some habits to incorporate into your healthy lifestyle:
Many people who have bariatric surgery have previously used food as a coping mechanism to handle stress or soothe emotions. Make a list of healthy, non-food ways you can manage stress. Ideas include exercising, gardening, journaling, or making art (try coloring books for grownups!)
There are several reasons to avoid drinking alcohol after bariatric surgery. Alcoholic beverages will affect you differently after surgery, which can be dangerous to your health and well-being.2 Also, alcohol contains “empty” calories that can contribute to weight gain.
Your overall health can change significantly after bariatric surgery, especially if you had Type 2 Diabetes before surgery. Nearly 90% of bariatric patients who have surgery will be able to reduce their diabetes medications and up to 78% will see a complete remission and be able to eliminate medication completely.3 Check in with your primary care physician to reevaluate your need for blood pressure, cholesterol, and other medications.