Congratulations on the success of your surgery. Now that you’re concerned about weight loss after fibroid removal, I’m here to help you out with this article.
You will also find this article helpful if you’re yet to have surgery and simply wondering if weight loss after fibroid removal is possible.
A fibroid is a benign tumor in the wall of the uterus and it is very common among women of reproductive age. It’s a known fact that there’s a relationship between the fibroid and weight gain.
The amount of weight gained with fibroid largely depends on how big the fibroid is.
Other factors that contribute to weight gain include trying to replace blood loss or constantly feeling weak with overeating but that’s an article for another day.
Do You Lose Weight After Fibroids Are Removed?
You may lose weight immediately after fibroid removal if the fibroid is very big.
Being in the hospital for several days where you will only be taking fluids after surgery and mostly home-cooked meals when you’re allowed to eat solid foods can also contribute to weight loss.
However, it’s possible to gain weight after surgery due to fluid retention. Fluid may accumulate in your body in response to inflammation that is necessary to promote healing.
This weight gain is temporary. As your body heals your weight goes back to normal.
If you want significant weight loss after fibroid removal, the journey begins when you get home.
Tips For Weight Loss After Fibroid Removal
First and foremost, get adequate rest. Fibroid removal be it myomectomy or uterine fibroid embolization is major surgery. Your body needs time to recover. Give yourself about six weeks to heal after the surgery.
Eat Healing Foods
Recovering from a fibroid removal surgery can be physically and emotionally draining.
In the early days, your diet may be mostly comfort foods either from friends and family or you requesting for it to help you cope. This is not all bad because you actually need enough calories and protein to heal during the initial recovery period.
If you can only tolerate comfort foods like ice cream, jello, etc, it’s okay.
However, as your appetite improve, focus on eating more healing foods.
Some foods including vegetables, fruits, protein, and healthy fat are known to help promote recovery after surgery, reduce inflammation, boost immunity, and help prevent weight gain.
Healing foods include leafy green vegetables because they are high in antioxidants, eggs due to high content of vitamins, nuts and seeds such as almond nuts because they are high in protein, healthy fats, vitamins and minerals that support healing, sweet potatoes because they provide energy and help with wound repair.
Furthermore, eating foods that are high in fiber like fruits, vegetables, beans, oats, brown rice, etc will help prevent constipation which is common after most surgeries.
If you’re hungry between meals, you can snack on healing foods that contain protein and fiber such as yogurt and apple slices which help with your hunger and keep you full.
Watch your portion
You want to go easy on yourself after surgery by not going on a crazy diet so my best advice for people who are trying to lose weight after surgery is to ease themselves into weight loss by watching their portions.
A very easy way to start reducing your food intake is to drink 500mls of water before eating.
A lot of us are used to drinking water during or after meals. This is not a bad practice but if you’re trying to lose weight by watching your portion, then you need to drink water before you start eating. This automatically makes you feel less hungry and ultimately you’re able to control the amount of food you eat.
Another way to control your portion to achieve weight loss after fibroid removal is to plate backward.
What do I mean by plating backward? Rather than the traditional way of plating where you fill your plate with carbohydrate and then top it with little protein and vegetables, you fill your plate first with vegetables.
Half of your plate should be vegetables, a quarter carbohydrate, and the last quarter protein.
Reduce your intake of sugary foods and refined carbs
Even though you have removed the fibroid, your tummy is most likely no longer like the way it was before you started feeling the fibroid in your tummy.
Therefore, aside from watching your portion, you will have to reduce your intake of sugary foods and refined carbs such as white bread, cookies, cake, meat pie, etc.
Sugary food and refined carbs are high in calories and they slow down your weight loss progress.
Additionally added sugar and refined carbs can lead to hormone imbalance which also makes weight loss more difficult.
Limit fried foods to achieve weight loss after fibroid removal
Fried foods are notorious for being ridiculously high in calories because of the oil used. Aside from the calories in oil, most of the vegetable oils used in frying are not healthy. Healthy oils include extra virgin olive oil, coconut oil, and avocado oil.
Instead of frying your food, you can grill, pan-fry or invest in an air fryer.
Ensure adequate water intake
There’s a common myth that drinking water makes the tummy bigger but that couldn’t be further from the truth. You need to drink enough water to recover from the stress of surgery and also boost your metabolism to lose weight.
Also, the body oftentimes confuses thirst for hunger. This makes you eat when in fact you’re just thirsty. When you eat snacks rather than drink water, you eat more calories and that will slow down your weight loss results.
A simple way to know if you’re well-hydrated is to look at your urine before flushing. If your urine is concentrated, you’re definitely not drinking enough water.
Do your best to only take low-calorie drinks like water, herbal teas such as green tea, ginger tea, moringa tea, etc instead of carbonated drinks and store-bought fruit juices.
Exercise to fast track weight loss after fibroid removal
You can start exercising when your scar is completely healed.
However, you can do low-intensity exercise like walking as soon as you feel strong enough. Walking can help speed up your recovery after surgery. It’s a good way to burn calories and fat without jeopardizing your recovery.
When you go for your follow-up visit, you can ask your doctor if it’s safe for you to start exercising and start as soon as you get a green light from your doctor.
Will my stomach be flat after fibroid removal?
If you had a flat stomach prior to you noticing the fibroid, your stomach is very likely to be flat after the removal.
On the other hand, if your stomach was not flat before the fibroid became big enough to require surgery, the tips shared in this post will help you on your journey to a flat tummy.
Find motivation to keep going
Trying to lose weight can be difficult to do without someone to cheer you on regularly.
Set small goals like losing 1 kg per week or 4kg in a month. When you set realistic goals, weight loss becomes more tolerable.
Celebrate every small win. If you lose 1kg, celebrate! You can reward yourself with non-food items such as a pedicure, going to the movies, getting a smaller size dress, or exercise gear.
Be patient with yourself. If your goal is to lose 20kg in a month or some other unrealistic goal, change your mindset.
When you see your weight loss journey as a lifestyle change and not a quick fix, losing weight becomes more sustainable.
Losing weight just like gaining weight takes time. Be consistent and you will reach your goal weight in no time.
Fibroid removal can be a stressful and life-changing experience depending on the indication for the surgery.
It takes a lot of courage to recover mentally and physically.
You have just experienced monumental stress and you need time to adequately recover.
Be patient with yourself and slowly instigate these weight loss tips when your body is ready.
Finally, if you have a friend or sibling who has had a fibroid removed, do not compare your journey with theirs. Comparison is a thief of joy. Everyone’s experience with fibroid removal is unique.
Focus on your own recovery and give yourself adequate time to get back to your desired weight and body shape.