Eating Right is Always Important
Making the decision to get the Lap Band surgery is a popular one among those who have been approved to undergo bariatric surgery for major weight loss. While the Lap Band isn’t for everyone, it is a safe procedure that has been recommended by doctors for years, and shown its effectiveness over the decades that it has been commercially available. It is important to remember, though, that getting the Lap Band is not the only part of losing weight any more than losing weight is the only key to be healthy: while the Lap Band is going to be a big help on your journey to a stronger, happier you, it is just as important that you take ownership and responsibility for your own body, and for your daily habits. Making sure that you stick to a diet filled with healthy foods is essential for any and everyone, but can be a struggle for those on their way into or out of bariatric surgery. Remembering why you chose to have your surgery in the first place can be helpful in your journey to overall great health.
Half of any Health or Fitness Journey is in the Kitchen
Whether someone needs to lose two pounds or two hundred pounds, it is impossible to do so without a proper diet. Part of what most of us struggle with is whether to go home and cook nutritious food, or to order food out because it’s more convenient. In almost every circumstance, it is better for you to go home, and spend a little time cooking for yourself and your family, if you have one. People who cook at home are less likely to have dietary-related diseases and chronic conditions. There is no guarantee, of course, but while the Lap Band does its part to ensure that your portions are controlled, you will need to make sure that you are portioning healthy, home-cooked food.
Fruits, Vegetables, and Water: The Healthy Trinity
Anyone that has successfully lost weight and kept it off will tell you about their proteins and their lean meats, but they won’t hesitate to elaborate on the importance of getting your vitamins and minerals mostly from fruits and vegetables. Even for those carrying a little extra weight, but are otherwise at low risk of developing chronic conditions, eating plenty of fruits and vegetables, and avoiding processed foods and refined sugar is paramount to minimizing risk of health-threatening conditions like diabetes and hypertension. Water, often overlooked in its importance, is the most important nutrient that we have as humans. Drinking plenty of water can help you eat less, and have positive benefits for skin and digestion. If you’re concerned about being able to stay hydrated and getting all of your necessary nutrients, consulting your medical team is the first step. They may have suggestions for you, or refer to a dietician.
Never Underestimate the Power of Healthy Food
No matter whether you’ve been in perfect shape since you were a teenager, or if you’ve just gotten the hang of eating with your Lap Band, what you eat will matter. Even people who have been healthy and without dietary-related disease for their entire lives can be afflicted by diabetes, cancer, and heart attack by filling their diets with fast food, deep-fried foods, and refined sugar. Don’t let your hard work go to waste. Eat right, and feel great!