28th April 2016 Our top tips to prepare you for weight loss surgery
Making the decision to have weight loss surgery is life changing, and on the run up to the procedure nerves can start to take over. That’s why we've devised a list of a few simple tips to help you prepare for your surgery and to help calm your nerves.
Before your surgery, get some first hand advice
If you haven’t already, get in touch with someone who’s had the same surgery as you, if possible with the same provider. If you’re with Healthier Weight, we will always try and put you in contact with one of our patients so that you can ask them any questions. This will help you relax and know that you’re in safe hands
This involves everything from medical supplies to food. Get your supply of Multivitamins ready before surgery and if possible, all of the food for your Post-op diet. Once you know what you're doing and have everything you need, you can concentrate on your recovery and adapting to your new eating habits.
Do your research
This one may seem obvious, but ensure that you read everything your patient care team have given you. Make sure you’re educated about everything, from the procedure itself, to the golden rules for success and the pre and post-op diet requirements.
Get some recipes for each post-op food stage
This is a huge step that will change not just your weight, but your whole outlook on food. Many of our patients say that they end up loving foods they never liked before. Take this as a great opportunity to try new foods and expand your taste buds. Even though you’ll be on a liquid, then pureed, diet for a few weeks, you can still experiment with new flavours and textures.
Look at online forums
After your surgery you can join an online forum. This is a fantastic way of connecting with others and sharing your experiences. Healthier Weight has its own post-surgery Facebook forum, and all of the members say how great it is to be able to share their journey with others and give/receive tips and advice. Everyone in the group is in a similar situation and having that support there is really beneficial, especially if you’re having an off day or need motivation.
If possible, involve family and friends
Weight loss surgery is something which some people choose to keep private. However, it’s always a big help to have at least one person who knows about your situation who you can rely on for a helping hand if you need it. Be it popping to the shops or helping you dress your wounds.
Plan your weight loss goalThis is a great time to take a step back and reflect. Set yourself some goals for the future and write them down. Writing down your current weight and goal weight is a great start. Record your measurements too – hips, waist, thighs etc – and compare them every so often. You will literally watch yourself shrink - in the mirror and on paper!
Be flexible with your goals
Having goals is fantastic, but your body isn’t set to a timer, and sometimes things won’t go exactly how you expect, so don’t be too hard on yourself. Think off the scale achievements too, e.g "I want to do a 5k run next year" or "I want to fly on a plane without an extender belt" or "I want to run after my kids in the park". Having small goals like this along the way will make your achievement so much more satisfying when you reach your goal weight.