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May

After Weight Loss Surgery, Shop Smart

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Weight loss surgery makes it easier to lose weight by greatly reducing your appetite. This makes it easier to avoid snacking and to cut down on portion sizes, as you will grow full quickly after you begin to eat.

What weight loss surgery doesn’t do is make those sweets look any less enticing. It doesn’t erase your desire for your favorite snacks. It doesn’t make them taste any different. And if you continue to surround yourself with the sweets that you crave then you are more likely to eat them anyways—even if you aren’t hungry, and even if it is likely to leave you with an upset stomach.

The trick to having a healthy week is having a healthy shopping trip. When there is junk food in your house, it becomes infinitely more difficult to stick to your medical weight loss plan. Moments of temptation can become your undoing if you are constantly surrounded with snacks that you know you should avoid.

Weight loss success starts at the grocery store. Keeping your head in the game for the hour you spend at the grocery store every week can have a huge impact on your weight loss success throughout the week.

Here are a few strategies for keeping your household healthy and your weight loss progress on track:

  • Set yourself up for success by adopting healthy shopping strategies like sticking to the perimeter of the grocery store, loading your cart up with healthy dairy products, fresh meat and lots of fruits and vegetables.
  • Do your best to avoid items on the impulse stands, as they are placed there strategically to throw you off your plan and tempt you to cave and buy something you will regret having in the house later.
  • Write yourself a list based on what you need to prepare healthy meals all week, and then stick to your list.

Don’t leave your chances for success with your weight loss program up to your ability to overpower late night snack cravings at the end of a stressful day. Keeping unhealthy foods out of your house is a great way to create a barrier that will encourage you to lose weight.

After weight loss surgery, your weight loss surgeon will provide you with strict dietary guidelines. Keeping these healthy foods in your house will make sticking with this weight loss plan infinitely easier.