Embracing Summer After Weight Loss Surgery: Tips for a Joyful Season
The UK weather is getting hotter, and as the time for summer holidays abroad approaches, it can be overwhelming for those who have recently undergone bariatric surgery. If this is one of your first summers after surgery, Healthier Weight is here to provide you with some helpful advice. We understand the challenges you may face during this season, and we want to ensure that you have an enjoyable and successful summer while maintaining your weight loss goals.
1. Stay Hydrated with Water
During the summer heat, it’s crucial to stay hydrated to avoid dehydration. Drinking plenty of water throughout the day is essential for your overall health and well-being. However, it’s important to steer clear of fizzy drinks as they can be high in calories and the carbonation can cause stomach expansion. Make water your primary beverage choice and carry a water bottle with you to stay hydrated wherever you go.
2. Exercise Wisely
Exercising is an integral part of your weight loss journey, and summer shouldn’t hinder your routine. Beat the heat by exercising early in the morning or late at night when temperatures are cooler. This way, you can avoid peak temperatures and reduce the risk of heat-related illnesses. If outdoor workouts aren’t possible due to extreme weather, consider exercising indoors. Join a gym, take part in fitness classes, or find online workout resources that suit your needs.
3. Discover New Summer Snacks
Summer brings an abundance of fresh fruits that can be turned into delicious and healthy treats. One bariatric patient, Michelle, recommends fresh fruit ice lollies as a refreshing summer snack. Blend your favourite fruits, such as watermelon, berries, or citrus fruits, with some water or low-calorie juice. Pour the mixture into ice lolly moulds and freeze them for a guilt-free and satisfying treat.
Martine loves her “cheeseburger salad” – chopped cheeseburger topped with crispy lettuce, or wrap the lettuce leave around the burger so you don’t feel left out at BBQs.
For dessert? Janine loves 150g of fat free Greek yogurt mixed with 2 scoops of Mars or Snickers protein powder and a dash of milk, mix in chopped nuts. Pop it in a tub and freeze for 2-3 hours. This is a lovely Ice cream and helps with protein.
(For more summer snacks from our bariatric patients, keep an eye out on our Instagram!)
4. Take It Day by Day
Embarking on a weight loss journey can be both exciting and challenging. As you experience new things during the summer, it’s essential to take it day by day and avoid overwhelming yourself. Remember, you are working towards a happier and healthier life, and each step forward is a victory. Embrace the opportunities that come your way while staying mindful of your goals. Celebrate your progress and be proud of yourself.
As summer approaches, Healthier Weight wants to ensure that you have an enjoyable and successful season after your weight loss surgery. By following these tips, such as staying hydrated with water, exercising wisely, discovering new summer snacks, and taking it day by day, you can make the most of this exciting time while maintaining a healthy lifestyle. If you find yourself struggling or have any questions, our dedicated aftercare team is here to support you every step of the way.
Remember, your journey to a healthier and happier life continues, and Healthier Weight is here to help you thrive.
If you need further assistance or have any concerns, feel free to contact our aftercare team.
Enjoy your summer and embrace the new experiences that lie ahead!