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Lifestyle Changes to Make Before Weight Loss Surgery

by nc_admin | Feb 24, 2022
It is vital to know the lifestyle changes you have to make before the surgery. These lifestyle changes are essential to help you obtain both positive and long-lasting results.

Have you determined that weight loss surgery is right for you? It is vital to know the lifestyle changes you have to make before the surgery. These lifestyle changes are essential to help you obtain both positive and long-lasting results.

Starting to lose weight before surgery is important to reduce the fat in and around the abdomen and liver, prepare patients for a new way of eating, and help them stay safe during the procedure. While the exact recommendations will be recommended by your doctor and dietitian, guidelines may include the following:

Two-Week Pre-Op Diet: You’ll be required to switch to a 1200 calorie/day pre-op diet two weeks before your appointment date. The goal is to get 1,200 calories with 60-80 grams of protein each day to lose 5% of your starting weight. The purpose is to shrink your liver to ensure a safe operation. This diet must be high in protein and low in carbohydrates.

The best foods include:

  • High protein shakes or bars
  • One meal per day of 5 oz or less of lean meat and veggies, no starches
  • Make sure to sip on water throughout the day to get 64 oz

Foods to eliminate include:

  • High-sugar beverages
  • High carbohydrate/sugar foods
  • Starchy vegetables such as corn, peas, potatoes, etc.
  • Alcoholic drinks

Final Thoughts
The two-week pre-op diet must be adhered to in order to shrink your liver. Surgery can be cancelled if your liver is too large to perform surgery safely. To be sure you get the best possible results from weight loss surgery, stay committed to the pre-op and post-op lifestyle changes. The better you do, the higher your chances of success.

About Author
One of the most experienced weight loss surgeons in the country – Dr. Nick Nicholson – along with a full staff of surgeons, physician assistants, and other experienced clinicians, help patients reverse obesity with LAP-BAND, Gastric Bypass, Sleeve Gastrectomy, Gastric Balloon and Revisions.