Undergoing weight loss surgery is obviously a big decision. Because of this, you need to remember that a lot of planning and lifestyle changes are required before you can even book a surgery date. And it doesn’t end there – youâ€™ll also need to keep up those lifestyle changes and healthy habits for the rest of your life. Otherwise, the surgery may not be as effective and you might even experience difficult side effects.
Weight loss surgery isn’t a magic pill. Your weight lossÂ doctor might ask you to lose a certain amount of weight before your surgery. If your weight is a result of poor health habits, itâ€™s important to get into the swing of your new healthy life before surgery.Â Here are a few tips to help you with the transition.
Read the Fine Print
Just like itâ€™s important to read a legal document, you should know exactly whatâ€™s going into your body. You probably know that you should read nutritional labels, but do you? Many restaurants offer nutritional information online, so look it up before you go out to eat. If a restaurant doesn’t offer this option, review the menu online and look up the content of what you plan to order.
Donâ€™t be afraid to ask for substitutions, or to clarify how a dish is prepared. It will take some time to get used to checking things before you eat. Help keep on track by recording your meals, snacks and beverages. There are a number of free online trackers such as SparkPeople and Livestrong.
Get a Colorful Plate
Have you ever noticed that kids like to eat things that are the same color? Thatâ€™s because their palate isn’t developed yet (and theyâ€™reÂ finicky). However, a colorful plate is often a sign of a healthy plate. Make sure your salads have plenty of vegetables like carrots, bell peppers or red onions. Check to make sure that your meal is balanced with plenty of vegetables, fruits, proteins and complex carbs.
While your plate should be colorful, you also might have to learn what a portion size really means. When reading a label, check to see how many servings there are. If youâ€™re letting yourself have one cup of popcorn (which is often very low calorie), actually measure it in a measuring cup. Itâ€™s probably much less than you think.
Eat Throughout the Day
Eating breakfast kick starts your metabolism, and should never be skipped. However, itâ€™s also important to eat throughout the day. This helps keep you from feeling hungry, stabilizes your metabolism and helps you avoid blood sugar crashes. Six small meals throughout the day are better than two or three large meals.
Itâ€™s easy to overeat when youâ€™re hungry. You should also be drinking the right amount of water for your weight. Divide your weight in half, and thatâ€™s how many ounces of water you should be consuming per day. This helps aid weight loss, keeps you feeling fuller and also improves allÂ aspectsÂ of your bodyâ€™s functions.