Four Tips for Weight Loss*
There are a few strategies that you can employ to ensure that your efforts to lose weight are successful. Even after bariatric surgery, you will need to maintain a healthy diet in order to take and keep the weight off for good. While you will have some limitations on what you can eat immediately after weight loss surgery, you will eventually be ready to expand your diet. Try out the strategies below to make the most of your weight loss efforts:
- Keep track of calories. To lose weight, you need to take in fewer calories than you burn. How many calories you need each day will depend on your current weight and your activity level.
- Eat a variety of fruits and vegetables. Apples, blueberries, oranges and cranberries are among the best fruit choices. The best vegetables to eat are spinach, broccoli and carrots. Once you are on a regular diet, try to eat at least two servings of fruits and vegetables at each meal. Shop for fruits and vegetables at the weekend farmers markets here in Fort Myers or Naples, Florida.
- Only fill your plate once at each meal. If you allow yourself to go back for seconds, you can easily lose track of how much you are eating. Making sure that you are eating the proper portion sizes can help you make sure that you are not consuming too many calories.
- Keep a food diary. Writing down what you eat serves two functions. First, if you know that you have to account for every cookie, you will slow down and think twice before eating high calorie snacks. Second, it allows you to see what you are eating, and make sure that you are within your calorie allowance for the day.
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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.