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How to Enjoy the Holidays and Still Lose Weight

By Ayotunde Adeyeri, MD, FASMBS

‘Tis the season for temptations everywhere. From holiday-only family favorites dating back to your childhood, to trigger foods that you avoid at all costs, the next month is going to require some extra commitment to your weight loss goal.

Recognizing there will be challenges ahead of time is essential.

Some people are prone to be so conservative they don’t eat enough, while others may be tempted (or swayed) to veer away from their bariatric nutrition plans.

First and foremost, remember that food is now fuel for your body, nothing more.

Your most important job is to get the biggest nutritional buck from small portions to stay healthy and energized.

If you have achieved your goal weight and are on maintenance, don’t add useless calories from empty carbohydrates or sugars because this can re-trigger old bad habits and cravings.

How to Celebrate and Keep Losing Weight

Plan Ahead

Eat something before you go, plan what you’ll eat at the event and have plenty of water with you. Create a response when someone hands you a piece of cake (or accept it and discreetly get rid of it). You may wish to drink a protein shake beforehand to fill up.

Eat Three Meals Every Day

The party tonight doesn’t mean you should skip lunch. Eating three meals each day helps to prevent “grazing,” which can add many calories between meals.

Manage Portion Sizes

Buffets can be deceiving. Be particularly careful of portion sizes. If you’re in a restaurant, get a to-go box to pass on your leftovers. Use a salad plate at the buffet.

Go Ahead–Play with Your Food

Slow it down—see how disinterested you can be in your food. This small effort can be surprisingly empowering. You are in charge of the food now, not the other way around.

Chew and Chew Again

Chew foods well to ensure that nothing gets stuck passing through the narrowed outlet from the pouch. Failure to eat small portions can lead to vomiting, which can put a real damper on your fun.

We are all pulled outside of our comfort zones now and then, and the holiday season after your weight loss surgery is undoubtedly one of those times.

But with some forethought and adopting these simple-but-effective tips here, you’ll welcome 2019 feeling stronger and more empowered than ever.

Finally, on behalf of myself, Melissa, Linda, Mary Ellen, Lori and Amy, we wish you a blessed holiday season, serenity, joy and good health in the New Year.

Are You Ready to Start Your Weight Loss Journey?

If 2019 is the year you take back control of your weight, set the stage in December by attending one of Dr. Adeyeri’s New Patient Seminars:

  • Wednesday, Nov. 28
  • Monday, December 10
  • Wednesday, Dec. 26.

To learn more, call our friendly bariatric team at (732) 217-3897.