Year Three: Life After Gastric Sleeve
At year three, success generally comes from the patient’s environment, activity, and, most importantly, following the post-op diet. To continue moving forward into years 3 through 5, exercise and nutrition are more important than ever.
Appetite cravings return even more than year two – yet patients generally do not have the full capacity to be hungry and have a fraction of cravings as pre-op. Portion sizes continue to grow and are about half as much as before gastric sleeve surgery.
Food addiction is extremely powerful, and it gets easier to regain weight every year.
Key Takeaway: Weigh yourself regularly and stay on track
Year Ten: Life After Gastric Sleeve
After ten years of post-op gastric sleeve surgery, it’s critical to follow the post-op diet day after day and form an exercise routine. Patients need to take it one day at a time, and every day needs to be a conscious decision to eat well and be physically active.
At year ten and on, continued success comes entirely on how well you maintain a healthy lifestyle. Old habits are easy to return at this stage as your body has fully adapted to the new stomach size and almost completely balances out the nutrient deficiencies.
Key Takeaway: Every day, make a conscious decision to eat healthy and be active