Life After Gastric Bypass Surgery - My Bariatric Life

My Bariatric Life Health Guide
  • Albert Einstein defined insanity as doing the same thing again and again but expecting different results. In other words, if you wish to incorporate meaningful change into your life, you must do things differently.

    You did not become accidentally obese. That is not to say that your weight problem was an engineered result either. I am sure you did not draft a blueprint for poor health and poor management skills, but I imagine there were those nagging moments when you knew beyond doubt that you were swimming with sharks. You may have even pursued some degree of change or alteration, but soon enough you were back in the water counting fins and hoping those things don’t really bite.

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    But they do.

    Enter Einstein; now listen clearly. You cannot become who you wish to be by being who you were.

    The Need for a Change in Lifestyle after Bariatric Surgery

    If you already have had a gastric bypass, congratulations. You are on your way, but early in the process. If you are of the opinion that the mission is accomplished, that weight loss surgery is the cure all, I’m afraid you will be in for disappointment. There is still much to be done.

    Expectations must be realistic. Surgery will help you lose excess weight, and quality health can be maintained if you do the work. Most gastric bypass patients lose half of their excess weight in the first year-and-a-half if they are open to changes in lifestyle. mimis-obesity

    Medications after Gastric Bypass Surgery

    You will be prescribed medications upon discharge from the hospital, and you may already be on medications for existing health conditions associated with your obesity. You may have to crush your medications initially because you may not be able to absorb full pills adequately. And they could get stuck in your stoma. 


    Eventually, you may very well be free of those meds that were prescribed to address obesity-related health conditions.

    The Bariatric Diet

    Perhaps the most crucial change in lifestyle will be how you eat.

    Eat 55-65 grams of protein daily. At least half of each meal should be protein. Eliminate sugar and starch carbohydrates, alcohol, carbonated beverages, chewing gum, and caffeine.

    Take small bites and chew food thoroughly. When you feel full, stop eating.

    Hydration is important, and you should be drinking 1.5 - 2 liters daily unless your physician advises otherwise.


    Become an expert on using the "pouch rules."

    Bariatric Vitamins and Supplements

    Vitamins and supplements are needed on a daily basis after gastric bypass to prevent nutrient deficiencies. A multivitamin must be taken as well as iron, folic acid, copper, and zinc supplements after gastric bypass surgery.

    Calcium supplements are needed after gastric bypass surgery to prevent bone disease. Vitamin D is important as is vitamin B12 sublingual or intranasal because deficiencies may result in fatigue after gastric bypass surgery.

    Exercise after Gastric Bypass

    Thirty minutes of exercise per day is reasonable for the average obese person who has healed after gastric bypass surgery. Exercise is important for continued weight loss and also strengthened the heart, burns calories, and improves metabolism. Begin slowly after consulting with your bariatric surgeon, and increase the intensity over time.

  • Bariatric Support Groups

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    Support groups for bariatric patients are recommended and should be engaged. They are a valuable asset whose members can relate directly to any issues, concerns, or joys the bariatric patient is experiencing. They also can keep members grounded about the realities of recovery after gastric bypass surgery.

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    Obesity Help - accessed 6/2/12
    UCSF Medical Center - accessed 6/2/12

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    My Story...
    You can read about my decision to have weight loss surgery back in 2003 and my journey to maintain a lifetime of obesity disease management since that time. My wish is to help you on your own journey of lifetime obesity disease management with shareposts along the way to help you navigate that journey successfully.

Published On: June 04, 2012