Exercise After Bariatric Surgery Increases Weight Loss

Updated: Jan 28, 2020

A recent meta-analysis found that participating in consistent exercise after Bariatric Surgery leads to a 4.2% lower body mass index.

Another study compared the weight loss of gastric bypass surgery patients who completed moderately intense physical activity for a minimum of 2 ½ hours per week against those who did not.

The patients who participate in 2 ½ hours+ per week showed significantly greater weight loss.

6 months after surgery – 5.5% greater excess weight loss (56.0% vs. 50.5%)

12 months after surgery – 5.7% greater excess weight loss (67.4% vs. 61.7%)

A third study evaluating 200 bariatric surgery patients found that physical activity adherence was the sole significant behavioral predictor of weight loss outside of dietary habits. In other words, other than sticking to your diet plan, it’s the main thing you can do to achieve and sustain your weight loss goals.

Good weight loss results and better overall health speak for themselves… a healthy diet combined with an appropriate exercise program equals long-term success.

As you probably know, exercise burns calories.

This is not the main reason exercise works. After all, if you weigh 160 kg, you will burn 200 calories per km walked at a pace of 5 km per hour. One cup of dried apples has over 200 calories, let alone your entire daily intake.

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Exercise will only directly burn a small portion of your daily calories.

The most important reason that exercise after bariatric surgery is important is that it boosts your metabolism.

This is especially important considering your body’s natural tendency to slow down your metabolism as you lose weight.

A higher basal metabolic rate means that your body will automatically burn calories at a faster rate even while you are resting, thus leading to additional weight loss.

Exercise after bariatric surgery leads to superior physical and mental health

To determine exercise’s impact on weight loss surgery patients, one study divided 60 morbidly obese gastric bypass patients into two groups:

1. Low-exercise (worked out 1 time for 1 hour per week)

2. Multiple-exercise (worked out 2 times for 1 hour each per week)

In addition to quicker weight loss, the multiple-exercise group had significantly earlier resolution or improvement of obesity health problems.

In fact, exercise for bariatric surgery patients and obese individuals alike has been shown to improve a vast array of physical and mental issues, including:

Physical Improvement

· Increased life expectancy

· Reduced abdominal fat

· Stronger, muscles, bones and lungs

· Reduced risk of disease

· Lower blood pressure

· Reduced triglycerides

· Increased good cholesterol and reduce bad cholesterol

· Improved blood sugar control

· Improved insulin control

· Reduced risk of cancer

· More energy

· Improved balance

Mental Improvement

· Improved appearance

· Improved motivation and mental “sharpness”

· Improved libido

· Improved focus and concentration

· Improved self esteem

· More likely to maintain commitment to healthcare goals

If you have any concerns or questions, please discuss these with the Exercise Physiologist as you are the only one who knows how it feels on your body, so you must communicate any concerns when they arise.

To book in a consultation with one of our Exercise Physiologists, phone 6122 0166.

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