Best workouts to drop weight before surgery?

  • yogamomx5
  • Birmingham, AL
  • 2 years ago

I would like to provide a place for us to share the workouts that have helped us lose weight in preparation for surgery. Real tips. Questions. Eating plans. What is working for you. Support and encouragement.

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I found what worked best for me was a good mix of cardio and weight training.   You want to make sure your core is strong before this process begins.  The better shape you are the easier this will be.  

I have followed Weight Watchers for years now and love it!!   Calories do count so it's important to count everything that goes in your mouth.  Oh yes and let's not forget the water.  Lot's of water!!!  

Here are the guidelines I follow on a daily basis:
1.  I only eat 1500 calories a day.  Even when I am doing the heavy workouts.
2.  Weigh myself one a week to make sure I stay within my five pound weight range.
3.  Drink 8-10 glasses of ice water a day.  Stay away from soda!
4.  Stick to the following for foods:  whole grains, fresh fruits and veggies, low fat dairy (string cheese, cottage cheese, yogurt, skim milk or vanilla soy milk), only lean protein (chicken, fish, turkey, love salmon, only eat red meat once a week, olive oil is the only oil I use on anything, peanut butter and almond butter in moderation, whey protein shakes are also really good.  I make these with frozen fruit, vanilla soy milk and whey protein powder which I purchase at the health food store.
5.  I have one treat a day which is an ounce of extra dark chocolate.  Make sure it is at least 70% caco for the health benefits.
6.  I take vitamin C and a Super B complex each evening as well.
The one thing I will not give up is my coffee and flavored creamers.  I allow myself two cups a day and need it :)
Now I can't stress this one enough...EXERCISE!  I go to the gym 5 times a week and do an equal mix of cardio and weight training.  I also do the boot camp classes which really kick your booty.  All in all I spend about 6-8 hours a week in the gym.  You hurt like crazy but also feel good at the same time.
I think I have finally found what it takes to keep my weight off but it is still a daily work in progress.  Maintaining is almost harder than dropping the weight.
When I know I am going to have a busy day I plan my food out the night before so I make sure I eat properly.  Another key for me if to eat every 3-4 hours and add protein to each meal.  Never eat a carb without a protein.

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