Holiday Season Weight Management Requires a Little TLC

By Ayotunde Adeyeri, MD, FASMBS, Medical Director

Regardless of your bariatric weight loss stage—beginning, middle or maintenance—approaching the holiday season, and the mountain of food that goes along with it, can be dicey.

Everywhere you look, it seems, people are eating and drinking:

The break room at work is laden with sweet and salty confections and every magazine you read is chock-full of more food images.

It’s enough to make a person in the midst of weight loss feel like an outsider.

Or it is?

Holiday Weight Management

At Sterling Surgicare, we want to help you navigate this happy but nutritionally-challenging season with aplomb. It can be easier than you think.

You are beginning or already engaged in a life-changing journey to rid yourself of excess weight you’ve been dragging around for years, sometimes decades. It’s been with you from the moment you wake up in the morning until you fall asleep at night.

It’s the ‘albatross around your neck’ that you can’t pull off.

Until now.

You Can Control Holiday Weight Gain

Remind yourself that the piles of food and the thick, fat-laden beverages just don’t mean as much anymore.

You’re on a far more important journey and don’t need to carry the extra baggage that unhealthy holiday foods demand.

I’m not going to suggest that you stay home this holiday season to avoid tempting situations. In fact, I recommend the opposite: Accept those party invitations, go out with co-workers after work. Laugh, tell stories, socialize and enjoy yourself! You deserve it.

Just because you aren’t digging into the platter of oversized holiday baked goods doesn’t mean you can’t have a wonderful time.

Quick Tips to Manage Holiday Food Challenges 

Here are simple techniques to help manage holiday food challenges–and still enjoy yourself along the way:

·         Don’t do the ‘I’ll just have one…’ because that single treat wakes up the sugar and carb monster, beckoning you to come back, again and again.

·         Make a game out of finding the healthy food at an event. In this day and age, just about everyone serves a salad, some simple protein, raw vegetables or fruit.

·         Eat all your daily meals and snacks, so you aren’t starving and make less ideal food choices.

·         Create a personal mantra to repeat when you feel tempted, such as “this just isn’t worth the cost” or “nothing is going to stop me now.”

·         Keep it simple: eat (what’s on your nutrition plan), drink (wisely), be merry

Without question, the holiday season is a difficult time to stay on track with your bariatric nutrition plan. On the flipside, you are in control of every situation you face that deals with food. You decide what happens. I have a feeling that, more often than not, you will keep your eye on the prize and stay on course.

If all else fails, ask yourself where you want your weight to be on January 1, 2018.