Cutting Fat to Lose Weight*
Depending on the type of weight loss surgery that you choose to undergo, you may be recommended for a low-fat diet. Fat is naturally found in a lot of foods, especially meats, dairy, and baked goods. While some fats in your diet is healthy, there are some fats that are best removed almost entirely from your daily intake.
Cutting down on your daily intake of fat is typically helpful in encouraging weight loss. Of course, before you make any choices about your dietary plan after having weight loss surgery it is best that you talk to your weight loss surgeon. Sticking to your weight loss surgeon’s dietary advice following your bariatric procedure is essential for staying healthy and keeping up with your weight loss plans.
The easiest way to cut fats is to cut down on your consumption of empty calories. Empty calories are calories that are present, but don’t really serve any purpose. They are absent of nutritional value, they don’t add anything substantial to the meal, and they often go unnoticed, and what’s worse, unrecorded. These types of calories include those in sweets and processed foods.
These types of calories are especially hurtful after weight loss surgery, as every calorie counts in helping ensure you are meeting your daily nutrient goals.
Here are some tips for cutting them from your diet:
- Hidden calories in your food can create trouble when it comes to maintaining your weight loss efforts. The best thing to do is to take action at the food store, making a few healthy substitutions that will help you cook healthier food throughout the week.
- Healthy substitutions don’t have to be complicated. Start by swapping out whole milk for fat-free milk. You can also swap out butter for a low-fat margarine. Consider opting for a low-fat oil, too, and so forth. Then, when you are cooking, do your best to reduce how much oil and butter you use.
- Invest in a skillet that is non-stick, like a copper skillet, so that you can sauté vegetables and meat without adding oil or butter to the pan. These ingredients don’t add too much flavor to the meal but sure do increase calorie content, and so are worth avoiding when you can.
Making these adjustments can reduce how many calories are in your meal without causing you to lose out on any flavor. This is a great strategy for eating healthy and cutting down on unneeded fats after weight loss surgery.
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*Weight loss surgery results vary between individuals depending on the initial weight, medical conditions and adherence to prescribed treatments. Speak to Dr. Bass about the results you can expect.