This is one of the times of the year which has my inbox full of bariatric clients asking about their surgery results and why is it that their scale is a bit stuck. Everybody is very motivated when the New Year begins and then by about February and March the will-power starts to falter and in April we are all getting nervous because it’s time to be “Spring-Summer” ready. It’s time to peel off the layers of winter clothing and we were looking forward to hitting specific goals by this time. What’s up and how do we place our foot back onto the accelerator ?
The plea often sounds like this – is there a faster way to drop the last 10lbs ? what can I do to get the scale moving quickly ? Did I do something wrong and mess up my surgery ?
I write a lot and I blog about this exact subject often. It’s one of the most popular subjects. There are not any miracle ways or liquids diets or supplements that will make any long term difference. It’s about dedication and hard work and eating the right foods to keep your body satisfied and to keep hunger at bay. It’s about saying “no” to foods which will elevate blood sugar / insulin levels and keep your body from ridding itself of the excess weight. It’s about drinking more water, ditching the sugar and moving more. Pre surgery there were not any short-cuts to long term results. Post surgery we need to use our tool and make good decisions. There are some things that we just have to do for long term success. Here is a short list of things which I think are super important for long term success and for getting that scale moving again. It’s a simple reminder of what we can do today.
- Make a meal plan and stick with it
- Get some daily exercise – walking counts too
- Drink lots of water – don’t drink with meals
- Keep a food journal and write it all down
- Sleep your 8 hours a night
- Don’t graze
- Make consistent smart food choices
- Protein first
If you need some additional help with meal planning, here’s one that counts every calorie and every macro for you. It shows the meal breakdown and also the full day breakdown/ calories and grams. It’s a full 3 weeks with recipes and menus attached. BACK ON TRACK/ RESET
Bariatric surgery is a journey which doesn’t magically begin and end. It is striving to learn more about nutrition and to make good decisions each and every day. We want to get healthier and to move more and to eat as smart as possible. It is a journey. Here’s to making good decisions this week ! Now go drink some water please 😉
About the Author: Sheri Burke is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and Bariatric Surgery Coordinator at International Patient Facilitators in Tijuana and Cancun, Mexico. She has worked with bariatric surgery clients for over 10 years and especially enjoys providing nutritional guidance to pre and post bariatric clients. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two teens and cooking up a nutritional storm in the kitchen.
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