Gastric balloons are fast becoming a preferred alternative to traditional weight loss surgeries for a number of reasons; they are implanted through a minimally invasive procedure often done in the office, have a quicker recovery, and and don’t involve altering the anatomy or incisions. Moreover, the pain and scarring is also non-existent compared to traditional weight-loss surgeries. Gastric balloons help to serve people who have weight to lose, but not so much weight that they would benefit more from bariatric surgery (BMI between 30 and 40). If you are planning to go under the knife to lose weight, speak with the experts at DFW Bariatrics and General Surgery and Texas Weight Loss Docs in Dallas. Continuing on the subject, we give you an overview of what to expect after a gastric balloon surgery. Read on.

Transition Diet

A gastric balloon procedure can be considered a jump-start towards healthy and controlled eating habits, but the results of the procedure largely depend on your ability to follow the prescribed diet plan. After you undergo the procedure, a liquid diet for 24 hours, and then transition to normal food. As the balloon occupies room in your stomach,  you will eat less and feel fuller faster. You can also consult your doctor to determine whether you need to continue with the same diet, or work with a dietician to see what modifications might be necessary.

Exercise Regime

When it comes to losing weight loss, exercising is important too. The literature suggests that 20% of weight loss is dependent upon exercise. The goals of your exercise regimen should be to increase your endurance, flexibility, and strength. Exercises such as walking, swimming, a stretching routine, yoga, and lifting light weights will help. Doctors suggest a minimum of 2.5 hours of exercise in a week, spread out over 3 to 4 days. Block out time to exercise at the same times on the same days of the week, to make it less intimidating to get started each day and help you build endurance.

Beating Addictions

Our bodies secrete certain hormones that tell us when we’re hungry. Junk food may override those hormone signals by overstimulating our reward centers, which is similar to the way our bodies and brains react to an addictive drug. If the desire for food or drugs takes priority over your personal health, family, friends, work, and your appearance, it’s a sign of addiction. You need to be mentally strong to give up any kind of food or drug addiction after the procedure.

Looking to Lose Weight? Consult a Bariatric Surgeon!

If you are looking to beat your obesity and take control of your health, the journey starts at DFW Bariatrics and General Surgery and Texas Weight Loss Docs in Dallas. Consult one of our weight loss surgeons specialized in minimally invasive and surgical weight loss procedures to determine a suitable course of treatment. To learn more about our other non surgical weight loss procedures such as endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty, or schedule an appointment with one of our bariatric surgeons, fill out our contact form or simply call (469) 620-0222.