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Establishing Healthy Habits after Bariatric Surgery for Long-term Results

Living a more active, healthy lifestyle takes persistence and a methodical approach. The doctors and nutritional counselor coordinating with Tijuana Bariatric Center can help you practice healthy habits after bariatric surgery at a hospital in Tijuana, Mexico. The medical team there can offer instructions and tips that can encourage your long-term weight loss success, and minimize your chance of potential side effects.

Why Surgery Alone is Not Enough

It is important that any bariatric patient understand surgery on its own is not a cure for being overweight. While it can reduce your weight dramatically, lasting success is built on a foundation of healthy habits, including:

In fact, for the very best results, your doctor will often recommend that you begin establishing these habits even before you undergo surgery. You should also consider joining support groups or online forums to speak to other patients in similar situations. 

Healthy, Mindful Eating

As one of the two most important components of weight loss, your diet must be carefully regulated. Patients must adjust to both different types of food and smaller portions. While bariatric surgery sets physical limitations to enforce your diet, most patients find it much easier to adjust if they change their habits beforehand. This not only improves your long-term results but makes recovery smoother, as well.

While the specifics of a patient’s diet may vary depending on their case, everyone receives very similar instructions. You should be aware of three key considerations:

  • Your food and beverage choices
  • How much you consume
  • How quickly you eat
Apple, salad, and measuring tape

Balancing the types and amount of food you are eating is essential.

What to Eat & How Much

The size of your meal is limited to avoid stretching out the stomach after surgery. Patients are limited to three small meals a day. Because space is limited, the makeup of your meal is also extremely important. In order to maximize your energy and minimize wasted space, food must be high in protein and low in carbohydrates. Overly sugary or fatty foods should be avoided completely since they fill more space in the stomach while offering little nutritional value. After surgery, these foods can also trigger significant physical discomfort.

Since many patients are tempted to overindulge at mealtime, smaller snacks may be recommended in between. This can dull the edge of your appetite and ensures that you still get the nutrition you need without overeating. Your doctor may also suggest supplements to prevent nutritional deficiencies.

You should be aware of three key considerations: your food and beverage choices, how much you consume, and how quickly you eat.

How Fast You Eat

One of the most overlooked (but most important) habits is to change how quickly you eat. It can be tempting to wolf down food, especially when you are particularly hungry. However, by slowing down and chewing carefully, patients often feel more aware of how much they are eating – and, consequently, they are better able to control that amount.

Consistent Exercise

Establishing and sticking to a regular exercise routine can be one of the most difficult parts of losing weight. Many patients lead sedentary lifestyles before their surgery, often because of related medical conditions. Especially in these situations, it is important to start becoming more active as soon as possible.


Finding an exercise routine that works for you is instrumental to your success.

Small changes can add up. For example, simply walking for ten minutes, three times a day can have a significant impact on your metabolism. Over time, as it becomes easier, you can transition to more intense exercises, such as cardio, strength training, and yoga. Your doctors can advise you on when to increase the intensity of your workouts. What kind of exercise you do matters less than the regularity, and you should aim for thirty minutes a day, several times a week.

Managing Stress 

While dieting and exercise have the most significant impact on weight loss, patients must also consider a number of other aspects of their health. Stress after bariatric recovery can often exacerbate other issues, including:

  • Drug dependency
  • Alcohol dependency
  • Eating disorders
  • Mental illnesses

If patients fall back on old habits to cope with this stress, it can undermine not only their weight loss but their overall health, as well. For these reasons, it is important that you begin to address any problems before surgery. That way, you will already have coping methods and options available to you if hurdles do arise.

Specialized Weight Loss Care

"This place was amazing. The care was first rate. The coordinators were so kind. I changed my mind a ton of times and they were so patient with me. I'm so happy I had my procedure and I'm so happy I used Tijuana Bariatric Center."

-Lori Ann Barnson

"My experience at Tijuana Bariatric was good from beginning to end. I would recommend their services if you are considering Bariatric surgery. A standout for me was Medical Coordinator Lanelle DeCaire. It was a pleasure to work with her."

-Jana Thomas

*Disclaimer: results are not guaranteed, may not be permanent, and can vary per individual.

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Successful weight loss requires the right tools and best support available. Reach out today to take advantage of the information and support provided through the Tijuana Bariatric Center

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