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Question: Would you enter a brand new car you purchased into a Daytona 500 race? No

So why would you start going to the gym shortly after getting a new stomach? If that worked for you (going to the gym) before surgery, why are you still obese? I haven't had surgery yet but I was into fitness/exercise before my slip/fall injury 2.5 years ago which has brought me to my August 27th VSG surgery. I've seen several posts of individuals wondering why their weight loss has stalled after 1 month because their lifting weights and going to the gym almost every day. Ask yourself, "What am I burning off?". You are taking in during your first month less than 500-600 calories, you are working that off at the gym and then, guess what "your hunger comes creeping back". No, I'm not an expert but I do have common sense. I want us all to be SUCCESSFUL & our first year is when we can turn this weightloss thing out!! So worry less about strenuous workouts and more on figuring out how to give your body more LOVE through figuring out how to balance out the right amount of food and nutrition. Remember - weight lose is 80 percent food and 20 percent exercise. Below information was taken from "Women's Health Magazine"

Here's what that might look like:

80 percent diet 20 percent exercise

"I see this in patients all the time,” says Lofton. “People think, ‘If I run the marathonor start going to boot camp, I’m going to lose weight’ but they’re often disappointed when they don’t.”

You don't need to hit an exact 80/20 ratio to shed pounds, but it is important for people to focus primarily on diet when they're trying to lose weight. "You can lose weight without exercise, but you cannot lose weight if your nutrition counteracts your energy expenditure through exercise," Matheny says.

WE WILL ALL SUCCEED! God Bless

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A great video by Dr. Vuong that explains weight loss surgery vs exercise. "Disclaimer" - this is not for EVERYONE. Those of you losing tons of weight working out 4-6 weeks after surgery - Kudos to you, but the rest of us let's take our time to heal.

Watch "Real Talk: Why You Should NOT Exercise After Weight Loss Surgery" on YouTube
https://youtu.be/aZrA4fgn_eg

Edited by HipHopDiva

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Losing weight (after WLS) does happens through metabolic and dietary changes

However

Raising your basal metabolic rate, strengthen of fascia and prevention of muscle atrophy can only happen through exercise (strength training in particular) That's why its usually prescribed as a part of a comprehensive plan. Humans need to move.

Dr. V had *some* points (especially if exercise becomes punishment for food crimes) but there is a notable difference in the physical shape you'll be in if you do/don't exercise

I've experienced both sides to the coin

Edited by GreenTealael

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Agree 110% "after" your pouch heals and your mind has mastered nutritional intake to burn fat not deplete much needed energy.

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1 hour ago, GreenTealael said:

Losing weight (after WLS) does happens through metabolic and dietary changes

However

Raising your basal metabolic rate, strengthen of fascia and prevention of muscle atrophy can only happen through exercise (strength training in particular) That's why its usually prescribed as a part of a comprehensive plan. Humans need to move.

Dr. V had *some* points (especially if exercise becomes punishment for food crimes) but there is a notable difference in the physical shape you'll be in if you do/don't exercise

I've experienced both sides to the coin

I think Dr. V. was talking about from the perspective of a newly operated person taking in 300-400 cals per day. That you should delay the gym gyrations until you have your nutrition set and are working it with enough cals to support intense gym workouts. But he never said don't walk. He wants people to walk from day 1.

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Hmmm, yes. That's what he's saying. I guess people think I'm saying "we don't need to workout". That's incorrect. Light workouts in the beginning and work your way up.

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I did not exercise for the first 6 months(I did,however,walk with my dog).After 6 months,I hit a long stall(for about 3 months-my weight was 180-170,not less not more).I started exercising,not vigorously,but most days of the week,and I was able to reach my first goal(145 lbs).I agree with you on "taking it easy" first 6 months,but after 6 months it is good idea to include exercising to your weight loss journey.I also see people who exercise vigorously,and I am happy for them,however,how long can you exercise at this level of the intensity?Boot camps,maraphon prep,etc?Not only I do not have time for this,but also I do not think it is good for your body(if doing it excessively). So,I chose moderate exercise program,which I think I can do for (hopefully) for the rest of life.

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1 hour ago, HipHopDiva said:

Hmmm, yes. That's what he's saying. I guess people think I'm saying "we don't need to workout". That's incorrect. Light workouts in the beginning and work your way up.

57 minutes ago, Andrejeus said:

I did not exercise for the first 6 months(I did,however,walk with my dog).After 6 months,I hit a long stall(for about 3 months-my weight was 180-170,not less not more).I started exercising,not vigorously,but most days of the week,and I was able to reach my first goal(145 lbs).I agree with you on "taking it easy" first 6 months,but after 6 months it is good idea to include exercising to your weight loss journey.I also see people who exercise vigorously,and I am happy for them,however,how long can you exercise at this level of the intensity?Boot camps,maraphon prep,etc?Not only I do not have time for this,but also I do not think it is good for your body(if doing it excessively). So,I chose moderate exercise program,which I think I can do for (hopefully) for the rest of life.

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I agree, weight loss is 70% diet 20% moderate workout and 10% genetics It’s not healthy or realistic to run a marathon on bariatric weight loss calories. Start slow and build up your exercise/activity.

Absolutely choose what you enjoy and can keep up with long term. Your fitness goals may change and evolve over time.

A small percentage of people choose to become, nationally ranked fencer, cross fitters, Spartan runners, triathletes, power lifter, body builders, hockey players etc. If they never had bariatrics no one would view their goals as excessive.

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I didn't really workout until 4 months post op when i joined a gym. Prior to that it was home exercises, walking and jumping rope. I only walk now but plan to lift again once cleared to minimize my plastics budget.

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26 minutes ago, Healthy_life2 said:

I agree, weight loss is 70% diet 20% moderate workout and 10% genetics It’s not healthy or realistic to run a marathon on bariatric weight loss calories. Start slow and build up your exercise/activity.

Absolutely choose what you enjoy and can keep up with long term. Your fitness goals may change and evolve over time.

A small percentage of people choose to become, nationally ranked fencer, cross fitters, Spartan runners, triathletes, power lifter, body builders, hockey players etc. If they never had bariatrics no one would view their goals as excessive.

I so admire you guys and want to be y'all when I grow up!!!! You all look amazing and exude good health!

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8 hours ago, HipHopDiva said:

A great video by Dr. Vuong that explains weight loss surgery vs exercise. "Disclaimer" - this is not for EVERYONE. Those of you losing tons of weight working out 4-6 weeks after surgery - Kudos to you, but the rest of us let's take our time to heal.

Watch "Real Talk: Why You Should NOT Exercise After Weight Loss Surgery" on YouTube
https://youtu.be/aZrA4fgn_eg

I LOVE it! Thank you for sharing!

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I was cleared at 8 weeks. If my surgeon says it’s ok, I’m good with that

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19 hours ago, NYJenn said:

I was cleared at 8 weeks. If my surgeon says it’s ok, I’m good with that

Awesome! I think some people forget that everyone's body is different!

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52 minutes ago, Goldn02Grl said:

Awesome! I think some people forget that everyone's body is different!

Indeed. Maybe that's why some people think one must exercise hardcore after WLS to be successful. They forget that everyone's different. ;)

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