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Weight Loss Surgery: 4 Ways To Prepare

Obesity, which means weighing 20% more than what is considered healthy for a particular height, continues to be a problem across the United States. So many Americans struggle with obesity for various reason including genetics, overeating, unhealthy lifestyles, and a lack of commitment. Roughly 50% of Americans admit that they aren’t able to successfully lose weight because they don’t possess the necessary self-discipline.

If you find yourself struggling with your weight and you want to shed those unhealthy pounds’ research weight loss surgery options.

Weight loss procedures like bariatric surgery can be great for combating obesity. When it comes to preparing for bariatric surgery, however, it’s important to know what you should do in the days and weeks leading up to your procedure. Here are a few things you can do to prepare for your weight loss surgery.

Research Everything — Learning as much as you can about every aspect of weight loss can only improve your chances of losing weight. Read weight loss books, talk to people who have undergone similar weight loss procedures, and consult with an experienced bariatric surgeon

Stop Using Tobacco and Nicotine Products — If you smoke or use tobacco products, your chance of surgery complications significantly increase. You should be at least three months smoke free before any weight loss procedure.

Start Exercising — The last thing you want to do after you’ve lost weight is put it back on after a few weeks. To avoid regaining those pounds, make sure that you are regularly exercising. Start small and develop a simple aerobic to begin. You can adjust your routine as you get stronger and more fit.

Start Changing Your Diet — It’s important that you start improving your diet before your surgery so it is not as drastic of a change immediately following your procedure. Focus on cutting out unhealthy foods and replace them with healthier options.

If you want to learn more about bariatric surgery, contact the Center for Weight Loss Surgery at Wood County Hospital.