Can I exercise after Gastric Bypass surgery?

Exercise is important post-gastric bypass surgery – both to help your recovery after the gastric bypass and to help with weight loss.

It is recommended that patients begin walking as soon as it is comfortable post-surgery, usually 1-3 days after. Patients are advised to gradually increase the exercise level from slow walking as the weight loss increases.

Post- surgery the body absorbs less calories as part of the malabsorptive element of gastric bypass. The body naturally stores fat when calorie intake is reduced and as a result can start burning muscle instead. Increasing the amount of exercise and forming more muscle will help the body burn fat instead and as muscle uses more calories than fat, the more muscle you have the more weight you will eventually loose.

Patients should talk to their bariatric surgeon for guidance on how to plan an exercise regime for after gastric bypass surgery.

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