July 21, 2017
Path to Health
This is the start of an exciting journey to help you reclaim your health and get back to the things you love in life. Our team will be with you every step of the way, and we want to start by sharing what to expect of your new life and providing some success tips.
Post-op visits with Dr. Moore or Dr. Thomas
After your surgery, the Moore Metabolics team will work with you closely to schedule the appropriate office visits in your first year, and then we’ll look forward to seeing you for your annual visit.
Commitment to life-long health
As a tool, your surgical treatment will be most effective when used in combination with healthy eating habits and physical activity. Your long-term success will depend on a life-long commitment to your health.
Set yourself up for success
When it comes to seeing results and staying positive about your new healthy life, it’s important to set achievable goals. Start small and work your way up. You can set a variety of goals, from losing 1 to 2 pounds to being able to walk a mile, to sticking with your diet for a week, or shopping without exhaustion. Mixing it up will help keep you moving forward without getting bored.
Celebrate your achievements without food
You’ve come a long way, and you deserve to celebrate your achievements. The key to staying on track is to reward yourself with indulgences other than food, like a spa day, a new haircut, new clothes, or sleeping in – any healthy activity you want. And remember to keep your Moore Metabolics support team in the loop. We’ll be happy to share in your successes!
Our team will work with you to develop a diet and fitness plans that’s right for you, but here are few tips to help you eat better and feel better.
- Stay hydrated, but avoid drinking during meals
Drink at least 64 ounces of fluid a day. But don’t drink anything 15-30 minutes before a meal, and wait 30-60 minutes after a meal before drinking again. Liquid causes food to empty from your stomach too quickly. The goal is to keep food in your stomach so that you feel full sooner and stay full longer.
- Eat several small, nutritionally balanced meals each day
Protein-rich foods such as lean meat, eggs, low-fat dairy products (yogurt, cheese, etc.) will help you feel fuller longer. Starches and whole grains, fruits, and vegetables will give you a variety of vital nutrients. Take very small bites (the size of a pencil eraser) and chew thoroughly.
- Avoid desserts and items with sugar listed among the first 3 ingredients
They may be hard to resist, but these high-calorie items offer very little nutritional value. The key is to get the most out of everything you eat. Sweets not only sabotage your efforts to maximize your nutrition, but for bypass patients, high-sugar and high-fat foods can lead to dumping syndrome, an unpleasant side effect.
- Eat slowly so your body can tell you when it’s full
While you get used to your smaller stomach, eating slowly and without distraction will help you recognize when you are full. Taking your time will also keep you from feeling uncomfortably full.
- Take the recommended vitamin and mineral supplements
Added supplements may be required after bariatric and metabolic procedures. Surgery may change your anatomy causing a decrease in your body’s ability to absorb nutrients.
- Try new foods cautiously to see what you can tolerate
Some foods can cause nausea, pain, vomiting, or may block the opening of your stomach. While this is unpleasant, it’s perfectly normal for bariatric and metabolic surgery patients. When you try new foods, do so carefully. Over time, your stomach will get stronger and you can revisit those problem foods.
- Regularly exercise at least 30 minutes every day
If 30 minutes a day seems like a lot right now, don’t worry. Gradual increases in activity will get you there—start with simple things like vacuuming, gardening, or short walks. Strength-building tones muscle to burn more calories and tighten sagging skin. As little as 30 minutes of exercise per day can reduce the risks associated with diabetes, premature death, heart disease, high blood pressure, and colon cancer. It also improves muscle and bone structure, and improves mental health.
- Get fit, eat right, and stay healthy
Adopting a new lifestyle is never easy, but with the right support, you’ll be on your way to a healthier you.
Diet & Exercise Trackers
Starting a new routine and adjusting your lifestyle will take some time, but the only way to see results will be to stay positive and stick with it.
Stay on track – anywhere, anytime
Download these helpful apps to easily keep track of your diet and exercise regimens.
Lose It! allows you to set daily caloric goals, track meals and exercise. Plus it helps keep you motivated and moving forward.
MyFitnessPal keeps track of your favorite foods and activities, and connects you with other users to share tips, recipes, and more.