Recovery takes time and needs your patience. The diet is strict. You may experience pain and discomfort while your body heals. The amount of time to return to normal activities may vary from patient to patient. Some patients return to work within a few weeks and see weight loss soon after surgery. For others, it may take a couple of months before they experience a noticeable weight loss. The body responds naturally to weight loss by increasing the signs of hunger and slowing down the metabolism. In fact, the metabolism becomes even slower than it is supposed to from weight loss. It means that your body is trying to regain the weight it doesn’t have. It usually happens after losing only 5% or 10% of your initial weight. Some people refer to this as the “plateau stage” in weight loss. However, the challenges that come our way are numerous, but here are some that are the most common.
1. The Stress
We live in a stressful environment, and the pressures of real life can lead you to eat nonstop. Eating is a way to deal with stress or as a way to calm down, but it can cause you to gain weight, which in turn produces more stress. Some help may be to incorporate relaxation techniques into your busy day. Try these powerful tools to keep tension under control:
- guided imagery
Get more information about emotions and nutrition to find healthier ways to get ahead and surpass the stress which may endanger your recovery process.
It is tough to maintain a certain level when it comes to nutrition, and hunger attacks can happen very often after weight loss balloon surgeries. You will be subjected to a clear liquid diet with instructions to drink 100 grams (4 ounces) of sugar-free liquids per hour. It is the first phase of the diet, and some may take it very hard. It is essential to avoid foods when you feel hunger. Deceive the hunger with water or other soft drinks, because if we say “it can’t hurt if I try just one piece,” it will eventually harm us.
3. Sleeping disorders
If you don’t get enough sleep, you will be more prone to obesity or become overweight. You may have diabetes and prefer to eat high-calorie, high-carbohydrate foods. Lack of sleep alters the natural rhythms of appetite hormones, which can increase appetite and contribute to overeating. Try to sleep at least 7 hours each night. Most of us still need to sleep an average of 8 hours per night. After the surgery, a patient needs to have rest. Otherwise, the effort and the undergone procedure are for nothing. A healthy environment for sleeping and a regular bedtime provide more prolonged and more restful nights of sleep.
Fight the problems which will come to you with clear mind and rest. That is the only way to remain healthy and quickly pass through the post-operational period.