Posted - November 28, 2011

Holiday Weight Management Tips

It is very common for people to gain weight over the holidays. There are so many parties and so many fat and calorie-laden foods available that it can be hard to stay on track with weight loss and weight maintenance goals. This is especially true for people who need to follow very restricted diets, such as those who have had lap band surgery in Denton.

If you have had lap band in Denton, you need to try to limit foods that are high in fat, sugar or calories, which unfortunately describes many of the foods commonly served over the holiday season. Try to concentrate on consuming mainly nutrient dense foods that are low in starch, sugar and fat.

You can take steps to help you stick with your diet, including enlisting your family and friends to help you out. Work together to come up with healthy menus that fit in with your diet, and get them to join you for walks and other non-food related activities.

Joining a support group can help you get through the holidays without giving in and eating too many off-limit treats, as can adopting a mantra and developing positive coping strategies, such as meditating or exercising.

Although it may be tempting to give in to the urge to eat lots of holiday goodies, for people who have had lap band surgery this can lead to unpleasant or dangerous side effects, including vomiting, bloating and diarrhea. It also increases your risk for gaining back some or all of the weight you have already lost since the surgery.