After gastric sleeve surgery, following your weight loss plan is important so that you get the results you want. It can also help you avoid feeling sick from eating foods that you can’t tolerate. The holidays are notorious for challenging even the most determined dieters, since there are so many parties to attend with so much food available. Fortunately, you don’t have to let your weight loss goals fall by the wayside, and you don’t have to miss out on everything you love. These tips will help you manage the risk of holiday weight gain.
Eat Healthy Meal and Snacks Frequently
Arriving at a holiday event feeling hungry is a recipe for disaster. Eat high-protein meals and snacks every three to four hours, so that your hunger doesn’t get ahead of you. It will be much easier to give into overeating when you don’t feel hungry. Since you’re often on the go during the holidays, be sure to have some protein bars or other healthy snacks in your bag at all times, so you can easily grab one.
Tweak Your Recipes
A good way to satisfy your cravings for holiday foods is to tweak your recipes so that you get the flavors with fewer calories. Try baking with a sugar substitute or replace heavy cream with fat-free milk. Cut back on icing, sprinkles, and other toppings that add calories but that aren’t essential to the flavor.
Rethink Your Traditions
Balance the eating that happens at the holidays with activity. For example, get your family involved in a game of touch football and make that one of your new traditions that doesn’t revolve around food. These changes will make the holidays healthier for all of your guests.
Bariatric Care Centers offers assistance to all of our patients after gastric sleeve surgery, so that they can become accustomed to a new way of eating that helps them feel their best. Get answers to your questions about gastric sleeve surgery in Houston and our post-weight loss support services by calling (713) 339-1353.
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.