After undergoing a cholecystectomy (gall bladder removal), your physician might advise you to lose a few pounds. The benefits of losing weight after gall bladder removal far outweigh the amount of will power and determination it takes to shed the pounds. You can achieve a targeted weight loss goal when you follow a definite plan. Losing weight and keeping it off depends upon you and your willingness to stick to your weight-loss strategy. When you shed pounds gradually, they are more likely to stay gone. If you really want to lose weight, start now.
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Assess your diet. Fried chicken and other fried meats as well as snack foods such as crisps have high fat content and remain in the stomach for a long time prior to digestion. Stay away from fatty foods for at least four weeks after surgery. Change your eating habits for the future and choose more low-fat foods.
Increase your intake of fruits, vegetables and whole grains. You don't have to spend a fortune on these items; adjust your shopping habits and look for special sales on fruits and vegetables.
Reduce your intake of breads, pastries, soda pop, candy and sweet spreads. You do not have to quit everything at once. Cut back on each item gradually. As you notice your weight loss, cut back more.
Move your arms and legs often and with vigour. Use fitness machines or exercise indoors in bad weather. Outdoor exercise such as mowing the lawn or walking in a park gets your blood pumping and fresh air circulating through your system. Exercise daily for a minimum of 45 minutes.
Tips and warnings
- Avoid alcoholic beverages and drinks that are high in sugar.
- Consult your physician if you experience weight gain.
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