Christmas is coming! You probably are happy and looking forward to sharing time with your family over this holiday season. However, this time of the year is definitely stressful for weight loss surgery patients, as it is also the time to be eating, drinking, and being merry! This time of year, between Christmas and New Year’s Eve, is also an anxious time for weight loss patients who are trying hard to keep up with their diet but those family reunions stress them out with the thought of gaining weight every time they open their mouths.
Weight Loss Team, the bariatric surgical center at the CMQ Riviera Nayarit Hospital recommends that weight loss surgery patients change their thought process and realize that Christmas does not have to mean the end of their healthy diet or weight loss efforts and sacrifices. Weight loss surgery patients must to be prepared and have an eating plan implementing certain rules over the festive season with commitment, they should be able to stay on track with all the hard work they have put in over the time leading up to the year-end.
It is clear that the patients Holiday lunch and dinner plans are going to be full of food and beverages that they cannot eat or drink, so they should plan ahead and make a dish that they can bring along with them that includes protein, vegetables, and salads to be able to avoid carbs, sugar, and fatty food.
If patients are thinking about skipping a meal in order to save calories for a later Christmas meal, Dr. Juan F. Hidalgo, the lead bariatric surgeon at Weight Loss Team says that this is never a good idea, because not only will this leave the patient hungry, the patient will also have less energy throughout the day and most likely eat more and of the wrong foods when they do have their meal. It is important for patients to eat healthy snacks like vegetables, salads and drink their protein shake before they head off to their gatherings. This will help them avoid feeling hungry and eating the wrong foods especially if choices are limited.
Patients should take into account the following tips to be ready for the Christmas holidays:
- Keep eating five times a day as they have been doing
- Keep doing physical activity every day
- walking to shops and parks instead of using a car
- park your car as far away from the entrance to stores and restaurants as possible
- Drink water, not sweet beverages
- Do not smoke
- Stop eating when full and satisfied
- Listen to the body and move away from the table and go for a walk
- Keep moving and try not be sitting down too much
- Plan Christmas activities not related to food, socialize in other ways
- Be positive and have a good relationship with food
- Pay attention to the real meaning of Christmas and enjoy
- Make healthy Christmas dishes
- Value your effort and do not quit
The Holiday Season is a time for joy and family. Weight loss surgery patients should put focus on family and friends, laughter, and cheer. They should not cheat themselves, they know what to eat according to their diet guidance given by their surgeon: 90 grams of protein a day, 30 grams or less of carbs, and 10 grams or less of sugar. They just need to balance their lifestyles to this macro. Moderation should be the key to success. To be ready for the Christmas holidays, patients have to be committed and follow all the tips mentioned above and they will enjoy eating right over this beautiful time of year.
For more information regarding Clinics/ Hospitals and Weight Loss Options mentioned in this article:
Weight Loss Team – Bariatric Surgical Center at the CMQ Riviera Nayarit Hospital
Telephone: Toll free 1(800) 404-9064 or + 1(818) 949-6911.