Savvy Shopping After Weight Loss Surgery
You’ve spent your whole life shopping smart, but after weight loss surgery, honing that skill becomes critical. You have rules to follow after your procedure, and that will motivate you to keep on track, but weight management is about changing the way you live. That starts at the grocery store. Now is a good time for you to master the skill of savvy shopping and improve your family’s eating habits, as well as your own.
Grocery Store Prep
A little prep work before you go shopping keeps you on track once you are in the store. Make a list of the things you need to buy, mapped out based on the floor plan of your store. If the first aisle as you enter the store on the right is dairy products, they go at the top of your list.
Stick to the perimeter of the store as much as possible, so you can focus on natural foods like produce, meat, and dairy while staying away from processed products.
Bring reusable shopping bags and buy only enough food to fill them. This is a clever way to buy only the essentials on your list.
Be a Health-Minded Consumer
The second half of a savvy shopping experience is reading labels. Learn to read the labels on processed products, so that your eyes go right to the critical information. Labels are standardized, so once you know what to look for, it will be the same on every label.
Start with serving size and calories. A bag of chips may say it has 100 calories per serving, but there are five servings in the bag. Learn to do the calculations in your head, so you know exactly how many calories you are buying.
Pay attention to the protein in each product. Protein is especially important after weight loss surgery, so the more protein the better.
Good verses bad nutrient – You want high levels of vitamins, calcium, and iron, but low amounts of sodium and cholesterol.
Weight loss surgery forces you to change your lifestyle, but developing good habits is what keeps you on track.