Los Angeles, California (PRWEB) June 22, 2013
The Lap Band Center has announced that they are offering patients simple tips on what can be done to maintain their desired figure after undergoing lap band, or bariatric surgery.
Although lap band surgery easily and readily offer patients a new lease on life, Dr. Naim, the head consulting doctor at The Lap Band Center, explains that even with this form of weight loss surgery, some effort must be undertaken by the patient to ensure that the weight stays off.
Before getting into detail on the exact things that patients can do to maintain their new figure, it is important to note exactly what lap band surgery is. Also commonly known as bariatric surgery, it is a revolutionary weight loss surgery that implements the use of a band, or ring, that is placed around the top of the stomach. This creates a small pouch that controls the patient’s level of satiety. With the lap band in place, patients will feel full after consuming only a small portion of food, which helps with weight loss. The great thing about lap band surgery is the fact that the ring can be tightened or loosened, or even completely removed. The fact that lap band surgery is an FDA approved form of weight loss has made it very popular amongst those who are at least 30 pounds overweight and looking for a quick fix to their health issues.
As per Dr. Naim, there are two main steps that patients have to take to maintain and upkeep their newly lost weight. Not only will these steps help patients stay healthy, they will also find that they will feel and look good inside and out.
Although exercise is detested by many, patients are encouraged to practice some form of exercise to benefit their health. A little bit of cardiovascular exercise several times a week will do wonders for one’s health. Recommended exercises are swimming and cycling. Dr. Naim urges patients to partake in team sports to increase their willingness and motivation to exercise as team sports are known to be more fun and exciting than going to the gym. Other recommended forms of exercise are yoga and pilates. These stretching and toning exercises will help tighten the muscles and skin of those who lose weight quickly due to lap band surgery. The issue many patients face is saggy and loose skin, and yoga and pilates help tone and firm one’s body. Attending classes several times a week is a good start, although it is recommended that patients try to enforce this habit on a daily basis, not just for bodily health, but mental as well.
2. Eating Well
According to Dr. Naim, Even though lap band surgery helps quicken one’s level of satiety, there is no denying that in order to maintain a svelte figure, one has to consume healthy food and stay away from processed and fried foods. Patients are advised to eat everything in moderation and to opt for healthier eating habits such as choosing to drink fresh juice or water instead of soda, and to order grilled instead of fried food. Loading up on whole grains such as brown rice and brown bread, and vitamin-rich foods such as fruits and vegetables are also encouraged. Although indulging in sweet and fried treats once in a while is fine, patients should keep in mind that these very same foods are probably what contributed to their obesity pre-lap band surgery. Hence, it is important to only consume these foods occasionally no matter how tempting they may be. If patients have a sweet tooth, substituting refined and processed sugar for apple sauce in baking is a good tip to keep in mind to cut down on unwanted calories. Patients are urged to buy healthy cooking cookbooks and to amass healthy eating recipes from friends and the internet.
There is no denying that lap band surgery is a great way to lose the pounds quickly, efficiently and safely. Patients who have undergone this surgery can attest to the fact that they now look and feel great and no longer have to worry about obesity-related diseases such as stroke, heart attack, high blood pressure and many more.