How to Survive the Holidays After Weight Loss Surgery By Gerald Witt on December 08, 2022

surviving the holidays after weight loss surgery

When a person is extremely obese, weight loss surgery, also known as bariatric or metabolic surgery, may be utilized as a kind of treatment. Several diseases associated with obesity, such as type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure, can be treated alongside significant weight loss. It's a serious procedure, though, and should generally only be considered after you've tried to lose weight with a good diet and exercise regimen.

Weight Loss Surgery Options

Finding the best option for you may seem overwhelming with so many surgical weight loss treatments currently accessible. To assist you in beginning the discussion with your healthcare physician, here is a primer on the weight loss procedures that are now available.

1- Gastric Sleeve

A type of weight-loss surgery is the gastric sleeve. Bariatric surgery is another name for surgery for weight loss. This procedure is also known as a vertical or sleeve gastrectomy (VSG). By limiting your food intake, gastric sleeve surgery helps you lose weight. Between 60 and 80 percent of your excess weight could be lost.

With the gastric sleeve surgery, about 80% of the stomach is removed as well as the section of the stomach that causes hunger, the gastric fundus.  Similar to the results of gastric bypass surgery, the quantity of food a person can consume is restricted. The production of several hormones is also impacted by surgery because the stomach is smaller. This can make you feel fuller more quickly and may lessen some of your cravings for food and hunger.

2- Mini Gastric Bypass

The mini gastric bypass (MGBP) works by limiting how much food may be consumed at once, by producing malabsorption, and by changing the gut chemicals that regulate appetite.

Bypassing a portion of your intestine and reducing the size of your stomach to promote early satiety and reduce food absorption, a gastric bypass is a surgical treatment used to treat obesity. Similar to the sleeve treatment, a smaller stomach limits how much food can be eaten and how hungry you can get.  This surgery is less aggressive than a full RNY Bypass and only uses one connection point.

3- RNY Gastric Bypass

Roux-en-Y (roo-en-wy) gastric bypass, more often known as gastric bypass, is a surgical technique for reducing stomach size and facilitating the digestion of food. After a gastric bypass, only a little pouch of the stomach remains, and anything you eat or drink passes directly into the first section of your small intestine.

One of the most popular procedures for bariatric surgery is gastric bypass. The gastric bypass procedure is used when diet and exercise have failed or when you are experiencing serious health issues as a result of your weight.

Challenges of Bariatric Surgery During the Holiday Season

Once again, family feasts, office sweets, and Christmas parties are in the air. After weight loss surgery, the holiday season can be particularly difficult. Fortunately, you can still appreciate this time with close friends and family. The key is to prepare in advance and consume in moderation.

Don’t Forget the Basics

You can continue to practice healthy eating habits even though it's the holiday season. Consider your portion sizes, begin with lean protein, eat slowly, and keep track of your intake. You can prevent overeating by remembering these fundamental guidelines.

Make Healthy Choices

The patient's diet plan, which calls for 90g or more of lean protein per day, must be the focus of their efforts. Less than 10g of sugars and less than 30g of total carbohydrates each day. On this basis, they should essentially stop eating sugar and perhaps provide them with some options for making healthy decisions at holiday dinners and parties.

Go Easy on the Alcohol

To begin with, alcoholic beverages are a great source of empty calories. Eat your calories rather than drink them. Also, keep in mind that alcohol not only increases your calorie intake but also causes dehydration. You should be aware that after having bariatric surgery, alcohol may affect you differently. With less alcohol, you might experience the effects much sooner. Additionally, after a few drinks, you're more likely to overindulge at the buffet table.

Drink Plenty of Water

Planning ahead and drinking plenty of water is essential. This makes it possible to consume 64 ounces of liquid per day while avoiding drinking within 30 minutes of eating.

Final Thoughts

Keep in mind that your weight gain and subsequent weight loss didn't occur overnight. Your body won't instantly change as a result of one-holiday gathering, and one mistake shouldn't make you feel guilty all the time. Do not forget to treat yourself with kindness. Instead of feeling sorry for yourself, try reaching out to the experts at Weight Loss Team in Puerto Vallarta for guidance.  Weight Loss Team has more than 18 years of surgical experience helping patients lose weight through bariatric surgery in a modern state of the art hospital located in safe Puerto Vallarta Mexico.  Skip the border and choose Puerto Vallarta for your weight loss surgery, and have a safe and Happy Holiday’s while making smart choices at your holiday gatherings.

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