Eat Healthier with the 5 P’s


Just about everyone has been in a situation before where you wanted to lose a few pounds as quick as you could, maybe to fit into a special outfit for a big event, or to look your best when you are meeting up with a couple of old friends. But this isn’t the objective when you take on something as big as weight loss surgery. Those quick tricks that help you shed a couple of pounds aren’t sustainable, and they don’t have a lasting impact on your health.

To successfully lose weight and keep it off, you need to find a way to embrace healthy changes to your diet long after your medical weight loss program comes to an end. Developing a healthy eating style can help you reach your weight loss goal and maintain that weight loss long-term.

Following the 5 P’s of healthy eating can help you with this process, and the best part is that they are super simple to remember. According to this way of thinking, all of your meals should be:

  1. Planned
  2. Portion Controlled
  3. Peaceful
  4. Proportionate
  5. In their Proper Place

Take a minute to think about what this looks like in terms of your daily eating habits. When you are eating on the go, not really thinking about what you are putting in your body and how that meal fits into your healthy eating goals, you are more likely to break from your routine and indulge in something that is high in fat or overloaded with calories you don’t need. The healthiest meals that you enjoy are planned out ahead of time, are managed appropriately in size, are enjoyed in a peaceful atmosphere where you can focus on what you are putting in your body, are well-balanced with the nutrients that you need, and are enjoyed at the table—where you can really focus on making sure that you are treating your body the right way.

Planning your meals ahead of time can help you assert more control over your diet. This will help you make sure that in addition to picking the right foods, you are eating the right portions of those foods. Eating in one designated place will help curb mindless eating as it will prevent you from eating a bag of chips on the couch, for example. Sticking to the 5 P’s of healthy eating can help you make healthier choices as you work on improving your health after weight loss surgery.