The holiday season is fast approaching which means lots of social events and get togethers. This is often a cause of concern for many patients, as they wonder how they can still enjoy social occasions and what they can eat. As weight loss surgery is a tool that you will work with for the rest of your life, we of course want to make it work in social settings! This is very important and can easily be achieved with a few tips and tricks.
This is a really common question that patients ask us after surgery. Have you also been wondering this? If so, you are definitely not the only one. The rule of thumb with this is make sure you listen to your body. Soon after surgery you will most likely find that you do not have an appetite for snacks. Over time, as your body adjusts and your portions increase slightly you may find that your appetite increases and you find yourself hungry between meals.
Lifestyle changes are critical to achieving sustainable weight loss with bariatric surgery. Each person is different in terms of what works for them however developing positive habits certainly increases the likelihood of long-term success. Tools for estimating precise energy requirements have not yet been validated in a population of patients following bariatric surgery. This is why all guidelines are general, and it is important to keep close contact with your dietitian, to ensure that your nutritional needs are being met.
Many patients are often concerned about Christmas and the holidays, as they think after surgery they will not be able to enjoy this time of year as much as they used to. As we have talked about many times before, weight loss surgery is a tool that you will work with long-term. Therefore, it is important that everyone still enjoys Christmas and getting together with family and friends! We have put together some tips for Christmas day and the holidays to make sure you enjoy it as much as you always have, while still maintaining your new lifestyle! Read below for our suggestions and we would love to hear your ideas also!
There is lots of information online around what and how much you should eat after bariatric surgery. Many patients come across this while researching surgical options, and it is often very confusing. One of the questions we get asked most often is: how many calories should I be having each day after my surgery?