Bariatric surgery is no quick fix. It is a commitment towards a healthier life that pays off if you play by the rules. However, even if you choose to get either gastric bypass or gastric sleeve bariatric surgery from an excellent surgeon, there are a few precautions and steps that you will have to take to ensure that you get the desired results.
In the first few months after the surgery, your path to weight loss is set only if you work-out on a daily basis and follow the instructed diet. Bariatric surgery leads to rapid weight loss. This leads to losing most of the fat from your body, along with a lot of muscle. Having a regular exercise schedule can help you build your muscle so that when you do lose the weight, you look fitter, and do not have as much saggy skin. Muscle also helps to gauge and control your metabolism.
Exercising after bariatric surgery is the safest and the most effective way in which you can maintain your lean body mass and also maintain your metabolism which will, in turn, help you lose more weight.
What happens when you do not exercise after bariatric surgery?
• The recovery time for the surgery prolongs.
• You are at a higher risk of developing any kind of post-operational complications.
• With no physical activity your stress level can increase.
• You will not lose weight in the right way.
• Maintaining weight will be difficult after the surgery.
A recent study that was carried out by the Obesity Journal found that of the 190 patients who underwent this surgery, 68% said that they were more physically active within a year after the procedure. This meant that they performed some other form of vigorous or moderate exercise after the surgery. It was also found that those who exercised regularly lost 13.2 more pounds on an average as compared to those who were inactive.
Lastly, it was also found that those who were more active showed fewer signs of anxiety and depression, and had a higher mental health score as compared to those who did not work-out.
This being said, it is important that anyone who undergoes weight loss surgery must ensure that they take a little time out of their schedule to do some form of exercise and live a healthier life. While bariatric surgery is the initial push that you need towards losing weight, it is ultimately the exercise regime and proper diet that will help you reach your desired figure and health status.