The holidays are here. And you may be feeling a little nervous about the challenges of upcoming celebrations if your weight loss surgery was recent. Then again, you may be over confident and think that weight loss surgery is all you need to protect against weight regain. In either case, some holiday survival tips are in order.
You have something of an advantage if your weight loss surgery was recent, because you cannot physically tolerate eating as you did not so very long ago. And you will regret it soon enough if you try to overeat the limitations of your new anatomy. If, on the other hand, your weight loss surgery was in the distant past, you would do best to stay the course that has been successful for you thus far. Read, “The Success Habits of Weight Loss Surgery.”
Holiday Survival Tips for the Bariatric Patient
- Do not arrive at celebrations feeling hungry. Bring a protein bar (check out our top picks) or another healthy snack for the ride over.
- Many bariatric surgeons remind us to eat protein first at every meal. The protein in the holiday turkey or ham will preserve lean body mass and boost fat burning metabolism.
- Drink plenty of water before or after your meal. Read, “Gastric Bypass Water Loading.”
- Chew slowly and mindfully. Eating quickly will slow the release of hormones that make you feel full.
- Bring a healthy dish to holiday gatherings, from which you may eat without guilt or getting ill.
- Out of sight; out of mind! Sit and socialize at a distance from the kitchen or buffet. Turn your back to the food if you must.
Use Family and Friends for Support
Do not be shy about using your family and friends as sources of support. Make your needs known and ask for help if necessary. Family and friends are normally willing to lend a hand. If you have a good relationship with relatives and friends, ask that they make healthy treats available. Read, “Support after Bariatric Surgery is Key.”
Be social and use your allies. Talk to them in advance about not pressuring you to eat foods that will sabotage your diet, if need be. And if you are feeling pressured, make them aware and ask for their support. If all else fails, politely excuse yourself and go somewhere for a 5-minute break (the bathroom if you must). When you return, the conversation focus likely will have moved onto another topic. For more tips on surviving the holidays after bariatric surgery be sure to read, “Controlling Portion Sizes at the Holidays.”
In good health,
Content is the opinion of the author and does not constitute or is a replacement for medical advice.
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