Things you can do before opting for surgery to lose the weight

Things you can do before opting for surgery to lose the weight

Things you can do before opting for surgery to lose the weight - motherhooddiaries

Whether you are slightly overweight or morbidly obese, surgical procedures are becoming far more common than needed. Sometimes, all it takes is a consistent healthy attitude towards diet and exercise, rather than running to the surgeon to fit a gastric balloon in your stomach, in order to lose the weight. If you’ve been having a tough time trying to lose those last few kilogrammes off your waist, but nothing seems to be working, then it may just be that you need to change things up a bit with your diet and exercise. Here are some things you can do before you opt for surgery to lose the weight.

Massively cut down on all the junk/processed food

Junk/processed food - motherhooddiaries

Goodbye Haribos, Kingsize Mars bars and monster packets of crisps,  and say hello to oatcakes, sweet potatoes, and greens! You don’t have to remove everything you enjoy, just think about cutting back on sugar and starch. These foods stimulate insulin, which is the hormone that encourages fat storage. When the insulin reduces, the body finds it easier to burn fats instead of carbs. Kidneys also work better and, in turn, reduce bloating and excess water weight.

Start filling up on Protein, Fat, and Vegetables

Eggs and protein

Fat? Yes, there are such things as good fats and they are massively important to a good diet. Start introducing a protein source to every meal, like fish, meat, chicken or eggs. Fat and low-carb vegetables should be included in your meal too, which will boost the nutrients to help your body fight the flab and work at an optimum level. Leafy greens are perfect and can offer a combo platter of nutrients in one meal. Good fats can come in the form of oils, for example, olive oil, coconut oil, and rapeseed oil. You can also add avocados to your meal, which have plenty of good fats in them and so many nutrients packed in.

Eat when you are hungry and stop when you are full

Eat when you are hungry stop when you are full

Most of the time we do not listen to our bodies and overeat to the point of bursting. Not knowing when there is an off switch can lead to becoming overweight because you haven’t given your body enough time to tell you that it is full and that it doesn’t need that extra food. When you find that your stomach is starting to feel empty, that is the best time to eat a nutritious meal, as the body is able to absorb all the good bits when it is not trying to digest other heavy foods. This is why they say to fill up on fruit at breakfast because you have an empty stomach when you wake up and the nutrients from the fruit can be absorbed by the body quickly and more efficiently. It is also important to eat consistently, so your sugar levels are not fluctuating throughout the day. Have you ever noticed how much more you want to pig out on bad stuff later on in the day when you skip a meal? It is because your body’s sugar levels are down and it’s looking for sweet stuff to bring it back up. Don’t forget that sugar is only a quick high and you will soon experience that dreaded crash again.

Go for regular exercise that gets the blood pumping

Run to exercise

You don’t need to go all out and exercise yourself to exhaustion. In fact, continuously overworking your body is just as bad as not working your body at all. Go for the mantra of getting the blood pumping to the point of being just out of breath and feeling the sweat coming. Thirty minutes of exercise is recommended every day and that could be a brisk walk in the park or a run if you’re feeling fitter enough to do more. I personally find cardio strength exercises the best form of exercise, where you are increasing the heart rate and building muscle at the same time. And you don’t have to take the kitchen sink with you when you’re exercising outdoors. Read more here for some great packs that you can run with.

And, if you have tried everything above and just want the quick fix solution

Then, the gastric balloon is an option, but it’s recommended as a last resort option to those whose health is at risk because they are overweight. The gastric balloon works by inserting an inflatable balloon into the stomach on a temporary basis. The balloon then effectively reduces the overall space inside your stomach, so that you feel full faster after eating less food than what you are generally accustomed to. Most patients who make ideal candidates for a gastric balloon procedure are those who typically have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 30 – 35 or 27 – 30 with comorbidities. In addition, patients having a BMI of over 50 who desire to lose weight prior to a bariatric surgery also qualify. It is important to note that the gastric balloon is only temporary and would need to be removed every six months.

At the heart of every weight loss program is calorie restriction, i.e. you need to burn more calories than you are eating. Cutting out carbs and fats etc may help in the short-term, but once you start binging on the foods that you’ve cut out and craved for so long, your weight will balloon again. Take a very healthy attitude towards eating. You don’t have to cut out anything, just eat in moderation and think smart. Eating more sugar than protein is not going to help you lose the weight, but eating more vegetables and being active every day will. Keep the mind free of any guilt and undue pressure. If you have a bad day and you binge on McDonald’s, write that day off and start again the next day with a healthier attitude towards losing weight. You’re doing this for yourself and for your long-term health, not for anyone else. Good luck!

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Leyla Preston is the owner and Editor of Motherhood Diaries global magazine for parents. Leyla is a busy mother of two even busier boys; Aron, 5, and Aidan, 4. When Leyla isn’t feeding, managing a gazillion tasks or cleaning the infinite mess at home, she is busy working on this magazine and a new cooking channel coming very soon – no rest for the wicked! You can follow Leyla on Twitter (@M_Diaries) or join the busy Motherhood Diaries Facebook group where all mums get together and share stories and solutions with one another:

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