Successful weight loss is commonly considered to be the net sum of calorie intake versus calorie expenditure. Although a seemingly simple notion, the prevalence of obesity in Australia continues to rise and is fast becoming our greatest health concern. A billion-dollar “dieting” industry exists, offering quick fixes, fads and big promises, however rarely delivers long-term, meaningful results. Numerous pills, products and celebrity-endorsed fad diets are focused on creating an energy deficit in order to achieve weight loss.
You may have heard or been told to limit carbohydrate-containing foods after weight loss surgery. But why is this? And how long do you need to do this for? This article will help to make this clearer and discuss the role of carbohydrates in your diet following weight loss surgery.
Self-monitoring is an important part of the weight loss surgery journey, and helps in preventing weight regain. Typically the most common self-monitoring strategy used by patients is weighing themselves at home. For many patients this habit is already strong, after years and years of dieting. The appeal of the scales is that they provide you with numerical feedback to measure your progress. While this is true, unfortunately often the scales become a problem in themselves. Many people fall into the routine of weighing themselves daily, and are often disheartened by fluctuating numbers. Does this sound like you?
Following the pre-surgery Optifast™ or Optislim™ diet is a significant dietary change and can be quite difficult! As we know, the pre-op diet is critical for the liver to shrink down in size, and allow your surgeon to perform the operation more safely. While this reasoning is important, we appreciate that this does not necessarily make the diet easy to follow!
Meal planning and preparation made easy!
Making a significant dietary change is difficult and takes time. Adjusting to your new eating patterns after surgery can be challenging, especially once real life sets back in and you are busy again with work, families and children. Setting aside a few hours at the start of the week to plan, shop and prepare your meals can help take some of the stress away and save you time throughout the week. It also ensures you always have appropriate and healthy choices on hand for those times when life is just too busy.