If you want to get back on track or just lose a few pounds quickly, there are some healthy changes anyone can make. By anyone I mean anyone, not just bariatric patients. Many bariatric patients feel that once they have had their procedure they can eat “just like a thin person.” Little do they know, most thin people work at it. Very few people just randomly eat what they want when they want and look amazing.
Start with liquid calories. Drink water. I’m talking 100 fluid ounces a day. Track it too. I prefer www.myfitnesspal.com but there are many options that are just as free and just as easy to use. Drink your water. If you’re a coffee drinker, drink even more water. And, if you’re a coffee drinker, drink some about a half hour before you work out. It will help you work harder and longer without you realizing it.
Ban white pasta and white bread. If your goal is something like five pounds in a week or so, drop all pasta and bread. If you’re going for more, start with a white bread and pasta ban, then you can add back in some wheat. Much like vegetables, the darker the bread or the pasta, the more nutrients it has for you.
Do 30 minutes of cardio every day for a week. It would be great if you did it every day forever. It would be great if I did it every day forever. Think of your goal. Is it long term or short term? If you want to make it a habit then 21 days of 30 minutes of cardio every day will have you missing it on the days you don’t do it.
Besides the white stuff, come on, you already knew French fries weren’t good for you, stop eating one thing. Baked potato chips every day, one cookie every day, something like that. A little sacrifice. It will add up.
And find a way to add some super foods to your menu. If you don’t like salmon, try it every possible way because it’s just that good for you. If you had that twice a week, that would be spectacular. Blueberries, strawberries, pumpkin, spinach, tomatoes, turkey, and walnuts are some other super foods. Make sure you’re taking whatever vitamins are appropriate for your bariatric surgery, for your age, for your health. Have your blood tested. Seems everyone is low on vitamin D these days.
All in all, these are simple and straight forward changes you can make. Just a few tips to shave off some pounds or jump start a major weight loss. Remember, you didn’t put the pounds on overnight, it just seems like you did. They won’t be off by the time you finish reading this. You have to start somewhere. Start today. Start now. You’re not in it alone.