You’ve Had Weight Loss Surgery, Now What?

At a high level, it's easy to understand what happens after weight loss surgery, right? You have a procedure, such as lap band surgery, and you lose weight. Simple, right?


Yes, most people who undergo weight loss surgery lose weight–but it's certainly not simple. It's a process that involves recovery, significant lifestyle changes, potential complications and then: weight loss.

Here's a closer look at what you can expect after weight loss surgery:

You’ve Had Weight Loss Surgery, Now What? Recovery
After a procedure such as lap band surgery, most people spend at least two days in the hospital. This gives doctors a chance to make sure the procedure went as planned and allows incisions to heal. Once you've gone home, you'll need to take it easy for three to five weeks. You'll be up and moving, but you'll want to avoid any strenuous activities.

For your procedure to be successful, you'll have to change your diet significantly. Initially, you'll eat (drink) mostly liquids. Eventually, you'll be able to re-introduce more "normal" foods back into your diet–but your portions will shrink considerably. After a while, you'll want to get on a regular exercise routine. This will help maximize the benefits of the procedure–and keep you healthy.

On the other hand, you'll probably start to feel more energetic, and your risk for serious health problems such as diabetes, high blood pressure and even sleep apnea goes down significantly.

Potential complications
Of course there is risk that comes with undergoing a weight loss procedure such as lap band surgery. You'll want to make sure your incisions heal correctly and don't become infected. Constipation can occur, and so can the development of gallstones. You also may have excess skin, which can be dealt with through surgery. The good news is that relatively few people who have surgery (about 5 percent) have serious complications.

Weight loss
The ultimate goal, of course, is to lose weight. If you adjust your lifestyle and stay healthy, your chances of reaching your goal are good. Most people lose about 60 percent of their excess weight after surgery. And that's more good news!

Creamy Concoction: Low Cal. Crème Brulee

With a new year, comes new lifestyle choices. One of the biggest is eating healthy and maybe shedding some pounds with dieting and exercise. However, if you have a sweet tooth or can't help yourself when it comes to those fatty foods, sometimes it can be a little hard staying on that diet! Fortunately, there are guilt-free solutions and one of them happens to be this scrumptious low calorie crème brulee.

This decadent dessert is a creamy concoction of milk, sugar, and brown sugar all combined to make something that is only 140 calories! You can also add a bit of whipped cream or even a hint of mint to this recipe, but it is good enough to eat just by itself. What makes this crème brulee so guilt free? It's all in the evaporated milk and egg, which are both low fat and egg substitute respectively.

Creamy Concoction: Low Cal. Crème Brulee | BeLiteWeight | Weight Loss Recipes Here are the ingredients you will need, which yields about six servings altogether.

  • One can, or 12 fl. oz., evaporated low fat 2% milk
  • One cup of egg substitute
  • 1/3 cup of granulated sugar
  • One teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 6 teaspoons of light brown sugar


And here are the cooking instructions.

  • Preheat oven to 325F. Whisk the egg substitute, evaporated milk, vanilla extract, salt, and granulated sugar in a mixing bowl. Pour a bit of the mixture into six (or however many) ramekins that hold about 6-ounces.
  • Boil some water in a pan. Place the ramekins into a baking pan and pour the boiling water into the baking pan at about 1-inch deep.
  • Bake the ramekins for about 35 minutes. Take out of the oven, let cool, and then place them in the fridge to set for several hours or overnight.
  • Preheat the boiler. Blot the tops of the crème brulee and then add one teaspoon of brown sugar to tops of each crème brulee. Broil with the tops about 6-inches away from heat for about five minutes, allowing for the sugar to caramelize.
  • Allow the tops to harden for one hour and serve.