The Importance of Exercise After Weight Loss

The Importance of Exercise After Weight Loss

Losing weight is an astronomical feat, especially when you consider the benefits to your overall health. Whether you did it on your own or you had weight loss surgery, shedding the pounds is a huge deal. But, your journey doesn’t end after the weight is gone. Exercise and eating right are still very important for your long-term maintenance.

Our team at Snow Bariatric Center in Flower Mound, Texas, is ready to help you not only succeed with your weight loss, but also help you keep the weight off. Dr. Robert Snow is our board-certified bariatric surgeon, who helps you form your weight loss plan and continues to help you long after the weight is gone.

Benefits of losing weight

Weight loss isn’t just a fix for your self-esteem, it significantly improves your health in a number of ways. For example, excess weight puts a lot of pressure on your joints, which leads to pain, and puts you at risk for diseases, such as osteoarthritis.

However, there are a slew of other health issues related to excess weight. While genetics may also play a role, your risk of the following diseases is much higher if you’re obese:

Excess weight can impact your mental health as well. You’re much more likely to suffer from depression and anxiety when you’re overweight or obese.

Losing weight is one of the main steps you can take to not only improve your physical health, but also improve your confidence and mental health too.

Exercise is important

While eating right is important after weight loss, exercise is equally important. If you’re considering weight loss surgery as an option for a healthier you, it’s important that you understand why exercise helps you keep the weight off for good.

Lean body mass is a key component to your metabolism. This means the more lean muscle in your body, the better potential your body has to keep its metabolism at peak levels. This is especially true if you’re trying to lose weight at an older age, as lean muscle deteriorates over time.

While cutting calories or undergoing weight loss surgery helps you shed the weight quickly, it takes maintenance to keep the weight off for good. Exercise helps you do that by burning calories even after your workout is done.

This is possible, because your body needs to rebuild and repair your muscles after you’ve worked out. This takes energy, meaning you’re burning calories when you don’t even know it.

Working out also provides you with the framework to continue making healthy choices. This is because when you exercise, you feel much less stressed, and you sleep better. Both of these are key to preventing poor eating habits.

Starting a routine

After losing a significant amount of weight, or undergoing weight loss surgery, you might not know where to start as far as exercising goes. Dr. Snow helps you start a routine and stick with it to see you through your weight loss journey. 

Exercise isn’t just something you want to dive into without first consulting Dr. Snow. Too much too soon leads to injury, which could result in weeks or months of no physical activity. You want to ease into a new routine, and do a variety of exercises, including:

You want to make sure to mix up your routine so your entire body gets a good workout. This allows not only a good cardio workout, but muscle-building exercises as well. It keeps your metabolism moving, your mood in check, and your weight off.

If you’re looking for an easy-to-follow maintenance plan after your weight loss, start by calling one of our convenient offices in Texas. You can also request an appointment online using our handy booking tool. 

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