Having weight loss surgery will definitely upgrade your quality of life and health by losing substantial amounts of weight, however it’s up to you to stick to the right guidelines provided by your surgeon to achieve your weight loss goal and an overall success.
Now that started your weight loss journey, you may experience a plateau once in a while; this is no reason to panic or feel defeated. Experiencing a stall after weight loss surgery is the perfect moment to make little adjustments to boost your metabolism; a fast metabolism means more calories burned. The more you burn, the easier it is to drop pounds.
1. DON’T STARVE, EAT ENOUGH!
Although you need to keep low or cut calories it doesn’t mean you can skip meals or have poor eating decisions. When you eat less than you need for basic biological function (800 to 1,200 calories for most women), your body throws the brakes on your metabolism. Every single day you must eat a good breakfast and continue with small meals during the day… If you don't, your body goes into “starvation mode” (yes, it's paranoid like that) to conserve energy.
2. ICE COLD WATER AND MORE WATER…
Try to add a few cubes of ice to your glass of water, your body may burn a few calories heating the cold water to your core temperature. Also, buying a big bottle to carry your water will help to maintain hydrated and take enough fluids during the day, drinking 48 oz. can raise resting metabolism by about 50 cal. daily.
3. GREEN TEA
We suggest that caffeine must be consumed at least 3 months post bariatric surgery. Once you overcome this period, we recommend to choose green tea over coffee (green tea won’t punish you with acid reflux as the coffee); consuming 2 - 4 cups of green tea per day may torch an extra 50 calories.
4. SMALL PHYSCIAL ACTIVITY CHANGES
You must commit to leave a sedentary life behind and incorporate in to a more active lifestyle, join the gym, dancing classes, swimming, yoga or a simple daily walk of 30-45 minutes… any decision on this is better than sitting on the couch the whole day. Small movements such as stretching your legs, gardening, taking the stairs, walking the dog, even just standing to talk on the phone can add up to an extra 350 cal. burned per day.
5. EAT YOUR OMEGA-3'S
Eating fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids (salmon, herring, Mackerel, tuna…) will definitely help you regulate your metabolism, balance blood sugar and reduce inflammation. It may also reduce resistance to the hormone leptin, which researchers have linked to “how fast fat is burned”.
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