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When it’s late in the evening and your family is clamoring for dinner, it can be tricky to figure out what to cook with the ingredients on hand. Countless families rely on takeout menus and pre-made convenience meals. When eating highly processed meals becomes a regular occurrence, it’s easy to regain the weight you lost after bariatric surgery. There’s a simple solution for this: meal planning. Deciding what you’ll cook in advance can help your family stay on track with healthy eating habits—and prevent those inconvenient last-minute trips to the grocery store.

Assess the week’s work and activity schedule.
Good meal planning doesn’t actually begin with deciding what to cook. It begins with figuring out how much time you’ll have to work with during the week. Before you go to the grocery store, take a look at your work schedule and your other commitments, such as civic meetings. If you have kids, consider whether there will be any late nights due to school plays or soccer practice. This way, you can plan to have quickly prepared meals or leftovers on the busiest evenings.

Check the weekly sales.
Eating seasonally is more cost-effective and it can be healthier. Look for sales on seasonal vegetables and fruits, and try to plan some meals around those ingredients.

Select meals for the week.
An ideal bariatric diet is one that is well-balanced, with meals that satisfy despite having fewer calories. Plan to have vegetables and lean protein sources take center stage, with whole grains, fruits, and dairy products playing less prominent roles. As you get better at meal planning, you’ll learn how to carry over ingredients from one meal to the next for added convenience. For example, if you make grilled fish on Monday, you can use leftovers to make a lightened-up version of fish tacos on Tuesday.

When you become a patient at Bariatric Care Centers, you’ll receive extensive follow-up support services. Having weight loss surgery in Houston can transform your life, but only if you have the proper aftercare. Call us today at 713-339-1353 to request a consultation with our bariatric surgeon.

Disclaimer: This is only for general information. All patients should consult their doctors prior to following any of the recommendations in any articles and videos. Every patient has individual needs and limitations that only their treating physicians can be aware of.

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