Slimming Down in the Kitchen*

When it comes to losing weight, exercise and food choices dominate a lot of the conversation. Most of the attention surrounding dieting comes down to skipping dessert, cutting out fast food, and avoiding processed snacks.

To slim down we talk about finding time to exercise, making room in your schedule for workout classes, and avoiding temptations that will undermine your weight loss efforts. However, so much of what can help you lose weight doesn’t happen in the gym or even by avoiding the drive thru. Success comes from what you are able to do in the kitchen, and this often means making small changes to slim down recipes for dishes that you already know and love.

Oils aren’t healthy, bread isn’t always necessary, and lean meats don’t need to be loaded with fattening ingredients to be tasty. Simple changes like this can make a huge difference in your weight loss progress even before you undergo weight loss surgery.

When you meet with your weight loss surgeon you will be provided with dietary guidelines that will include a lot of vegetables and lean meats. Learning how to make these foods taste great can help you stay motivated to keep on track with your diet plan by keeping you interested in what you are eating.

Even making simple substitutions in your recipes can go a long way:

  • Try swapping out heavy cream and whole milk with skim milk.
  • You can also try dairy-free alternatives, like almond milk.
  • If a recipe calls for mayonnaise or sour cream you can make the dish a bit healthier but just as creamy by using Greek yogurt instead, which is loaded with protein.
  • In place of gravy, use a light broth that has just as much taste without the added cream.
  • Try having grilled meats instead of fried, and opt for spices instead of breaded toppings.

Making small changes like this can have a huge impact on your health and wellness goals. Small changes like this add up, and aren’t nearly as overwhelming as the larger changes that often take so much of the focus when you begin a weight loss program. After weight loss surgery, it is the small changes that you make to your everyday routine that will have the greatest impact on your health and wellness goals.

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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.