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Tips for pre-surgery weight loss with a lifestyle coach
October 15, 2021 at 7:00 AM
Tips for pre-surgery weight loss with a lifestyle coach

When you’re preparing for surgery, there are certain things that you need to do to ensure that you’re healthy enough to go through with the surgery. At Keep Active Health & Wellness, we have some pre-surgery weight loss tips to help. Our team of lifestyle coaches can help you reach a healthy weight before surgery that will make having surgery and recovery much easier on you and your caregiver. Read our short guide for some tips to help get started.

Decrease intake of processed sugar

Conventional thinking used to be that fats are what made people gain weight. The logic made sense as it was assumed that fat was stored as more fat in the body. However, it’s been discovered that processed sugar is one of the main culprits of significant weight gain as the result of a chain reaction in the body. When we eat something high in sugar, our body produces a large amount of insulin, which is called an insulin spike.

While insulin is crucial in helping the cells in your body absorb sugar to be used as energy, too much insulin will cause your cells to take in too much of that sugar. This is opposed to letting it stay in the bloodstream and get filtered out later. When too much sugar is brought into the cells, not all of it gets converted into energy. The excess sugar is then stored as fat, which can be burned off as energy later.

Decreasing your intake of processed sugar allows your body to monitor your insulin production more easily and keeps your body from producing significantly more amounts of fat. What’s more, if your body is limited on the amount of simple carbohydrates in the bloodstream, it will turn to fat storage for energy.

Stop smoking

Few things in the world are as bad for your body as smoking. This is especially true when you’re trying to lose weight. Yes, smoking will increase your metabolism every so slightly, but the harmful effects it has on your lungs make it much more difficult to get moving so you can burn calories.

Keep in mind that it doesn’t matter if you’re quitting smoking or simply starting a new workout routine, the first few weeks are going to be difficult. Although, you’ll still find that you have much more endurance during your workouts if you’re not smoking. This means that you’ll see faster results and have a more positive outlook on exercise.

Don’t binge eat

It’s normal to want to eat. There are times like Thanksgiving and other holidays when it’s socially acceptable to overeat. However, binge eating can be a serious problem. While not everybody who likes to binge eat has a binge-eating disorder, it can still be a problem. The main difference between someone who likes to binge eat and those who live with a binge-eating disorder is that those with the eating disorder aren’t able to stop eating. Either way, regularly binge eating can be a harmful way to eat as it can be the cause of several overall health problems.

Increase activity

We touched on this somewhat with quitting smoking, but few things are as beneficial to your body as simple being active. If you haven’t kept a significant workout routine in a long time, getting up and going for a walk is a great way to get started. Exercise and physical activity can be far more beneficial for your body’s overall health than any medication or food, so the first step to improving your health is often getting up and moving around.

Schedule a consultation

If you’re looking to get help with pre-surgery weight loss before getting surgery done, get in touch with our team at Keep Active Health & Wellness. Our lifestyle coaches can help you make the difficult changes that will lead to lasting weight loss and might even help you avoid surgery. Give us a call at 540-785-8018 or send a message using our online contact form. We’re here to help.