13 Feb Celebrating 6 year after life saving surgery
Angela Chouaib, MD and founder of Secret Surgery Ltd, is proud to be celebrating the 6 year surgiversary of her life saving RNY Gastric Bypass.
Angela says “I am blessed and eternally grateful to have had a wonderfully empathetic and supportive surgeon Marcus Reddy” Angela lost 10 stone in 10 months and has successfully maintained ever since. See her before photo below.
Angela knows all too well the pitfalls and obstacles that a patient can face after their surgery. Luckily, she’s here to give us all some crucial advice about how successfully work with our weight loss ops. “If you stick with these”, she says, “they will be the lifestyle changes that will lead you to a normal BMI, health, and happiness…”
1. Stop Dieting. Remember that you aren’t on a diet – it’s a lifestyle change. Don’t count calories; just place a small portion on a saucer or tea-plate and use that as your guide for portion control. Never plate up more than you need, or you’ll stretch your pouch over time.
2. Eat every three hours, whether you’re hungry or not. This will keep your metabolism going.
3. Only eat until you feel full – then stop. Place the rest of your dinner in the bin; don’t save it to snack on later.
Angela Chouaib before weight loss surgery
4. Sip water throughout the day from a sports cap bottle. This will limit the speed that you can drink at. Don’t drink and eat at the same time – stop water consumption around 20 minutes before and after each meal. Avoid alcohol wherever possible. Empty calories and fizzy drinks aren’t good for us!
5. Try to eat mainly high-protein foods. Avoid bad carbs, such as rice, pasta, potatoes and bread.
6. Chew your food well when you’re eating. Try to pace your eating by placing your cutlery back on the table in between mouthfuls.
7. Limit yourself when it comes to processed foods. Even if they’re low-fat, they probably don’t contain the vitamins and minerals you need to stay healthy.
8. Take daily vitamin supplements, and find a time of day when you’ll always remember to take it. For me, it’s with my morning coffee, so they sit next to my sweeteners in the cupboard.
9. Weigh yourself once a week, at most; look at your monthly weight-loss to get an understanding of your averages. Aim for seven to nine pounds per month.
10. You don’t have to treat yourself with food. Nail painting, earrings, massages, face packs and flowers can be just as nice as a sweet snack, but won’t leave you feeling guilty. This, over time, will help you learn to love yourself again without the need for chocolates.
Angela says “I was always treated as an individual and my thoughts, feelings were respected at all times and most importantly my pre and post-operative expectations were managed extremely well. The gastric bypass gave me a second chance at living a healthier and happier life. For anyone who has recently undergone weight loss surgery, everyone here at Secret Surgery is rooting for you. You’ll get there!
To take the next step and receive a FREE personalised info pack and quote please visit www.weightlosssurgeryabroad.com or call 0843 289 4 982 or email wls@SecretSurgery.co.uk