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Preparing for Your Operation

Preparing your body for surgery is like preparing for a marathon! It takes hard work and discipline to achieve great outcomes! Optimizing yourself can be done by having an optimal body mass index, being in good cardiovascular shape, and minimizing behaviors that are detrimental to your health.

Dr. Ross' Weight Loss Program

Your body primarily uses carbohydrates and fats for energy. When you do not provide your body with these, it will begin to mobilize fats that have been stored up over the years. The longer you deprive your body these substances, the more it will use up its own fat for energy.

Therefore, the basic principle of weight loss is to eat less carbohydrates and fats, and to increase protein consumption. Look at the labels on the back of food, you may be surprised at how much fat and sugar is in even the "healthiest" foods. In addition, keep in mind that the more you exercise, the more energy your body requires. The more energy it requires, the more fat it will burn. More exercise = less fat!

Good food options include:
Chicken Turkey
Fish Egg Whites/Egg Beaters
Fiber Vegetables
Fat-Free Diary Products Skim Milk
Steamed Rice
Pasta (sauce should be tomato-based, have no meat, and be under 4 grams of fat), baked potato (without butter, sour cream, &/or Bacon)
Salad dressings such as Balsamic Vinaigrette and Olive Oil

Remove from your diet:
Cookies, Cakes, Ice Cream, Candy, Chocolate (these food have tons of fat and no nutritional benefit), Peanuts, and nuts in general
Red Meat (Steaks, Burgers, Hot Dogs, etc. have a high fat content)
Pork Products (Bacon, Ham, Pork Chops, etc.)
Cream or Meat based Pasta Sauces (or any sauce that has more than 4 grams of fat)
Fried Rice, mashed potatoes (if made with butter or margarine)
Regular Dairy Products (loads of fat)
Fatty Salad Dressings (Ranch, Thousand Island, Bleu Cheese, etc. READ labels)
Whole Eggs (Egg Yolks and filled with fat and cholesterol)


Cardiac Exercise will help burn fat quickly. Walking, jogging, swimming, and biking are all great ways to work out. Start Slow and build up a little every day. Remember that the more you exercise, the more energy your body requires and the more energy it requires, the more energy it will burn. More exercise =less fat!

If you do smoke, it's time to stop! Studies have shown that if you stop, your risk of complications after surgery will be greatly reduced. Even a few weeks after you stop smoking, your body will strengthen itself and be more ready for the physical stress of surgery.

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Sharona Ross, M.D. - Tampa Laparoscopic Surgeon
Located at 3000 Medical Park Dr, Suite 500 Tampa, FL 33613. View Map
Phone: (813) 615-7030