Exercising After Bariatric Surgery

After your bariatric surgery, you can begin a rigorous exercise program to continue to lose weight and avoid regaining it.

We recommend 150 minutes of moderate physical activity, such as brisk walking, in a week or 75 minutes of vigorous physical activity, such as jogging or swimming laps, in a week.

Exercise Leads to Results

In a UT Southwestern Medical Center bariatric surgery study that involved 33 adults, 21 participants were randomly assigned to the exercise program and 12 to the control group. Exercise group members worked out at least five days a week, gradually increasing the number of calories burned from 500 the first week to at least 2,000 calories the final week. All participants received dietary counseling and were told to keep their daily caloric intake between 1,200 and 1,500 calories.

By the end of the 12 weeks, more than half the study participants were able to burn an additional 2,000 calories a week through exercise and 82 percent surpassed the 1,500-calorie mark. While all participants lost an average of 10 pounds, those in the exercise group became more aerobically fit.

The work was supported by the National Institutes of Health and the Southwestern Medical Foundation.