Your weight loss after bariatric surgery will initially be rapid and noticeable. As you adjust to your new lifestyle and diet to achieve your weight loss goals, you’ll likely experience a boost of self-confidence and enjoy your ever-evolving changes in your appearance.
What you may not realize about your weight loss is the short and long-term health benefits that are occurring at the same time. After losing your first 10 pounds, your body starts experiencing a wide variety of positive changes.
Our weight loss surgery specialists at OakBend Medical Group provide comprehensive post-surgical care to ensure you heal fully from your bariatric surgery. They also offer high-quality aftercare to help you make needed changes in your life to maintain your weight loss surgery results.
To keep you motivated and on track for achieving your weight loss goals, our providers offer some insight into the many health benefits you’ll enjoy after losing just the first 10 pounds.
Lower blood pressure
For every pound of weight you lose, your blood pressure measurements can drop a point. This regulation of blood pressure is important for supporting your general health.
Weight loss also reduces your risk for cardiovascular-related damage that can lead to a heart attack, heart disease, and stroke.
With 10 pounds less to carry around, your body won’t have to work as hard to keep you mobile.
Restoring your natural energy levels also makes it easier for you to stay physically active, so you can continue losing weight and preserving your long-term health.
Obesity-related sleep disorders like sleep apnea that interfere with your breathing during sleep can zap your energy and increase your risk for heart disease and other serious health complications.
Losing 10 pounds helps you breathe easier, so you can get the restorative sleep you need to function better at every level. High-quality sleep is also essential for continued weight loss.
Less joint pain
A 10-pound weight loss takes excess pressure off all the joints in your body, including your spine, knees, and ankles, so you can enjoy physical activity without pain.
Continued weight loss also protects the long-term health of your joints and reduces your risk factors for arthritis and other degenerative joint conditions.
Less risk for heartburn
Excess weight puts pressure on the structures in your digestive tract. This compression forces acids from your stomach back up into your esophagus and mouth and results in heartburn. Recurrent backflow of acids can damage or destroy your delicate digestive tissues.
By losing weight, you can improve your overall digestive health and keep acids where they belong. Weight loss also reduces your reliance on acid-neutralizing medications and protects you from complications of tissue damage.
Reduced risk for diabetes
Obesity increases your risk for developing Type 2 diabetes because excess body fat interferes with your body’s ability to produce insulin.
Insulin is a hormone that converts sugar from your diet into the energy you need to function. As you begin losing weight, your body can use insulin more efficiently to regulate your blood sugar levels.
The dietary and lifestyle changes you need to make after weight loss surgery can also keep your blood sugar levels well controlled, so you no longer have to rely on diabetes medications.
Enhanced sexual function
Extra body fat can contribute to sexual dysfunction. You may also struggle with self-esteem issues that interfere with your sexual wellness and confidence.
After losing weight, you can breathe easier and have more energy for sexual activity. Your sexual function and drive can also improve because of better blood circulation and increased physical mobility.
If you’re ready to start enjoying the benefits of weight loss, schedule a bariatric surgery consultation online or by calling OakBend Medical Group today.