Planning a Vacation after Weight Loss Surgery
Weight loss surgery will change your life. Yes, it will likely lead to dramatic weight loss, which will affect your health positively; to achieve this weight loss, patients must stick to a very active schedule and healthy, nutritious, low-calorie diet.
Vacation plans often include buffets and afternoons lounging by the pool, though, and these might not be the best options for promoting weight loss after surgery.
So how can you plan a healthy, fun vacation after having the lap band, gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, or any other weight loss procedure performed?
We suggest you start with the following basic questions:
How Long Ago Was Your Surgery?
Depending on where you are in the recovery process, you might want to opt for a more restful getaway; if, however, you have recovered and have entered the more active phase of your post-operation life, then you may be very motivated to take a more active vacation than you may have previously considered.
That's great! That's what weight loss surgery is all about — enabling you to take advantage of a healthier, richer life. Just make sure with your surgeon that you're clear to participate in the activities you have in mind — Dr. Korman, our medical director, and bariatric specialist would probably recommend against skydiving two weeks after the lap band, for example.
Where Will You Be Going?
This is important for many reasons, including opportunities to maintain a healthy level of physical activity (preferably with variety and fun, which are the whole point of going on vacation!) and the availability of diet-friendly foods. You may have used past vacations as an occasion to go crazy with unhealthy yet pleasurable meals. However, that isn't an option this time — planning can help make sure you'll be able to enjoy a healthy selection.
What Do You Like to Do in Your Spare Time?
Earlier, we said that weight loss surgery is all about enjoying all the potential of a healthy life. One of the central concerns is the most basic one: What do you want out of your vacation? Leisurely hiking and swimming at a national park? Walking tours of historic places? A week on the ski slopes, ballroom dancing lessons, time at home with the family playing football in the park? It's up to you.
If you'd like more information on what is advisable to do on vacation after weight loss surgery, please call us to discuss. We're happy to help you as you plan a trip that is both enjoyable and healthy!