As part of their introduction to a bariatric program most patients are taught the Four Rules, which tend to be consistent from one bariatric program to the next. Many patients agree to follow the Four Rules which will work in concert with their surgically altered stomach and digestive system to bring about rapid massive weight loss. Some patients mistakenly believe they can return to the eating and lifestyle habits they practiced before surgery once they have lost the desired amount of weight. However, patients who return to their pre-surgery lifestyle and diet often fail to achieve full body fat loss and frequently regain much of the weight they initially lost.
For patients to lose all of their excess weight and maintain that weight loss they must follow the Four Rules for the rest of their life. Before undergoing any surgical procedure for weight management one must be fully aware of the Four Rules and willing to commit to them for life. Below is a quick look at each rule as it applies to WLS patients:
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Lots of Water: Like most weight loss programs, bariatric surgery patients are instructed to drink lots of water throughout the day. Water hydrates the organs and cells and facilitates the metabolic processes of human life. Water flushes toxins and waste from the body. Patients are prohibited carbonated beverages and advised to drink caffeinated or alcoholic beverages sparingly.
No Snacking: Patients are discouraged from snacking which may prevent weight loss and lead to weight gain. Specifically, patients are forbidden to partake of traditional processed carbohydrate snacks, such as chips, crackers, baked goods, and sweets. Patients who return to snacking or grazing defeat the restrictive nature of the surgery and weight gain results.
Daily Exercise: Patients in recovery from morbid obesity must increase their daily activity and progress to formal fitness building activities that include aerobic conditioning and muscular strength and endurance. Walking, swimming, and biking are all encouraged following gastric surgery. Patients who continue to follow an exercise routine will sustain weight loss and live healthier lives. Patients who do not include exercise as part of their bariatric weight loss program will most likely regain weight and suffer from co-morbidities they hoped to relieve with surgical weight loss.
Nearly a half-million Americans this year will undergo some form of bariatric surgery for the treatment of their morbid obesity. Surgical intervention is proven to be the best treatment for many people in affecting long term weight loss and weight management. However, surgery does not work alone. Patients who are compliant with the Four Rules of dietary and lifestyle change are most likely to enjoy improved health and mobility following a bariatric intervention.
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