Energy after Weight Loss Surgery

September 29, 2012

“I would love to work out, but I have no energy.” How many times have you said that? It’s a common problem we all encounter – weight loss surgery or not.

Food is our main source of energy and a balanced diet is essential in our lives. The kind of food we put in our body has a big impact on how we feel and after weight loss surgery, your dietary intake is limited. You can only eat a small amount, relatively speaking, so you need to be smart about what you eat. You will need to pick the foods that will give you the most energy.

Consumption of carbohydrates are the key to consistent energy, and protein is good for endurance. You want to make sure you put the proper fuel in your tank, but you also want to make sure it lasts. Complex carbohydrates such as whole grains take longer to digest keeping you full longer. But don’t forget about fruits and non-starchy veggies – they may not be complex carbohydrates, but they provide energy and important nutrition too.

Avoid foods that are high in fat and sugar. They won’t give you the energy you need – while you may have a spike in energy, it’ll come crashing down and gastric bypass patients will be risking dumping syndrome – very uncomfortable. Further, keep yourself balanced by drinking plenty of water and other fluids, but avoid sugary, caffeinated and alcoholic drinks which can work against your weight loss program. Did you know that oftentimes when you feel hungry your body just needs water? Dehydration can make you feel sluggish and can hinder your weight loss after bariatric surgery.

Weight loss makes you feel good about yourself and it becomes easier to move around. So, eat well and drink lots of water; listen to your body, motivate yourself and watch the great results you can achieve.

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