A: After more than 10 years of experience with bariatric surgery I see the need to do 6 things.
Plan what you put in your mouth. Don’t just wing this. Make up your meals so you eat healthier.
Eat every 3 - 4 hours even if it is only a small meal or snack. It is important that you don’t skip any meals.
Try to avoid liquid calories as they don’t fill you up. Save your calories for when you eat.
Don’t drink when you eat. This may be hard at first but it is important to not drink 1/2 hour before or after you eat.
Accountability. We all need someone to help us stay on the right track. It is much easier with support than without. Join a WLS support group online if there is not one near you.
Exercise. It is important to move. You may only be able to walk at first but as the weight starts to come off and you can get around easier than why push it a little more. Maybe take up jogging or join a recreational team sport or a fitness club. Why not go to the gym and push it a little harder on some exercise equipment. Maybe use some machines that work out the muscles. Resistance training will benefit even into our golden years.