The last and most challenging part of Life Change involves adopting essential new habits. This is the key to lifelong success following weight loss surgery.
Weight loss surgery is not a quick fix. It is, however, an effective treatment for morbid obesity. Think of weight loss surgery as a tool to jump start your weight loss and give you the leverage you need to build healthy, lifelong habits. So long as you follow the tips, nutritional advice and life changes we recommend, you’ll lose a significant amount of weight and keep it off… for life.
No baseball player can win the World Series alone. No student can’t earn an A+ without learning the material. Similarly, it will be nearly impossible for you to attain lifelong weight loss without the proper support and knowledge.
In addition to the support of your loved ones, the Center for Weight Loss & Metabolic Medicine's support groups should become an ongoing source of support for building new habits and maintaining weight loss. This group, held several times a month at three convenient locations, serves as an excellent venue for prospective patients, new patients and recovering patients alike to exchange information and renew their motivation. You’ll find it much easier to meet your new dietary challenges when you’re comforted by others who are already achieving success.
Check our Event Calendar for upcoming meeting times and locations.
Princeton Fitness & Wellness Center Program
We’ve come together with Princeton Fitness & Wellness Center to combine all of our knowledge, care, and resources to provide a fitness program specifically for the needs of bariatric patients.
This 12-week course also includes special cooking classes with a registered dietitian from UMCP and visits from different weight loss specialists.
Lifelong Daily Activity
To make your weight loss journey a lifelong success, you’ll want to get into the routine of doing some sort of physical activity every day. Choose a variety of exercises you enjoy, such as walking, bicycling, light jogging, swimming, aerobics. It’s important to choose activities that you enjoy. It will help you treat your activity habit as playtime rather than a chore.
Exercise provides many health benefits and helps to maximize your weight loss. Regular activity not only burns calories, but it helps to preserve muscle tissue during rapid weight loss.
The recommended amount of exercise for bariatric patients is 30 minutes a day. If you're not used to daily physical activity, this might sound like a lot. But you’ll be surprised how easy it can be.
Start small, with just 10 minutes per day (or whatever you’re physically able to do). Then slowly build up, adding another minute or two to your daily activity every few days until you reach the recommended 30 minutes. You might also try to exercise at the same time each day. The steady routine will help to reinforce it as a lifelong habit (just like brushing your teeth).
Your Life is Waiting…
If you’ve been following our advice and achieving weight loss success, CONGRATULATIONS!!!
Keep it up! We’re proud of your commitment and we’ll continue to support your efforts to maintain your new healthy weight.
However, if you’re still deciding whether weight loss surgery is the answer, we encourage you to come and see us. You’ll have a chance to meet one-on-one with a bariatric surgeon, our dietitian, our insurance specialist and our bariatric life coach. We’ll answer all of your questions and help you determine if weight loss surgery is right for you. Why wait? Your life is waiting.