Long Term Success
Long-term success with weight loss surgery requires you to change your lifestyle, develop new skills, have a good support system, make a commitment to better life management, and to regularly follow up with Dr Hodges!
It will take time to become accustomed to your new eating behaviors and lifestyle. While you may become tempted to fall back on old behaviors, lifelong behavior changes are necessary for long-term weight loss. Review the following guidelines on a regular basis to make sure you are staying on track!
- Be nice to your pouch and use your tool properly! See pouchology 101
- Make changes in your eating and exercise habits for life - this is not a "diet".
- Maintain adequate hydration.
- Eat when physically hungry. Stop at the first sign of fullness. Learn about head hunger
- Take time to eat. Allow yourself 20-30 minutes to eat a meal to recognize feelings of fullness.
- Do not eat and drink at the same time; this also means avoiding foods like soup.
- Wait 60 minutes after eating before drinking.
- Practice conscious eating and journal your food intake regularly!
- Eat a maximum of 3 small meals per day. NO SNACKING.
- Eat protein-rich foods, non-starchy vegetables, and fruits. Focus on the protein foods and eat 2 bites of these to every bite of vegetable or fruit.
- Avoid starchy carbohydrates, concentrated sweets, and sugar-free desserts. These are still full of calories and may increase your hunger.
- Avoid saturated and trans fats, and maintain proper portions of mono- and polyunsaturated fats.
- Strictly limit soft foods - these empty out of your pouch faster than more solid foods.
- Exercise regularly!
- Always take the vitamins and minerals recommended for your procedure.
- Don't listen to ideas from other people on how to cheat - you will only be cheating yourself.
- Stay engaged in the program! Regular follow-ups with your surgeon, dietitian, and exercise physiologist ensure accountability and help to improve weight control. Also, attend support groups where you will have the opportunity to discuss issues with peers going through similar experiences.