Secret to Weight Loss Success: Plan Ahead
After having weight loss surgery, making healthy meal choices is more important than ever. That is because a poor choice or an oversized meal could leave you with severe stomach discomfort, not to mention potentially throw off your weight loss progress.
But when hunger strikes and you are out and about, these smart choices and health goals are far from being the first thing on your mind. Instead, you are thinking about food—from wherever you can possible get it. Everyone is guilty of this. It is 6pm on a weekday and you don’t know what is going to be for dinner. You go home, hungry, sort through the fridge and argue with your family until someone pulls something out of the freezer, leaving you to snack on whatever you can find until dinner is ready to eat. The other scenario is a drive-thru window, which puts food on the table—but not food that is good for your health or weight loss goals.
There are always going to be days like this, but planning ahead can severely cut down how often you are put in this type of situation. Here are a few tips for planning your meals so you can stay a step ahead of hunger:
- Make a weekly schedule. No one likes eating the same thing day after day, but you can easily find five or six meals that you can rotate throughout the week, leaving you one or two days a week to plan something unique or quick.
- Plan before you shop. Decide what meals you want to prepare and write out a list of ingredients, and then go food shopping to get what you need. The food store shouldn’t be a place where you grab whatever looks good—only get what you need for the week. This will save you money and help you eat healthier.
- Prep meals on the weekends. If you know that your weeknights are hectic, then plan ahead for that sort of chaos by prepping meals on the weekends. You can divide out ingredients and make sure that meat is defrosted, making it easy to get dinner going in a cinch.
When it comes to losing weight there is no magic formula. To be successful you need to make smart choices when it comes to your diet, be as active as possible, and ultimately find a balance in your life that puts healthy habits over unhealthy habits. After weight loss surgery, your ability to lose weight will be heightened, but this doesn’t eliminate the entire challenge. Once you have bariatric surgery you will have the advantage of reduced hunger, but sweet temptations and fast-food restaurants aren’t going to entirely disappear! You’ll need to manage those choices much in the same way you had to before, just with a physiological advantage on your side.