Understanding Calories and Menu Planning for Weight Loss Success!

Low-fat. Non-fat. High protein. High Carb. High Fat. Paleo. Celebrity Cookie. Juice cleanses. The Cabbage Soup Diet. It seems like every time you open your browser you see a new health article shouting the benefits of the next must-try diet. With all this mixed information available at the touch of a button, it’s easy to get confused about what diet techniques, weight loss tips, and health information is really useful at helping you achieve a healthy weight and steady weight loss. While some of these styles of dieting are helpful for short term (and occasionally longer term) weight loss, every body is different and not every style of diet will work for every person. What weight loss really comes down to is supplying your body with the correct amount of healthy calories that sustain weight loss as well as fuel you with the nutrients needed to become, and remain, your healthiest self. Patients who have bariatric surgery at our Delaware clinic will also meet with our nutritionists to determine a healthy food plan post-surgery.

That being said, one of the most important aspects of weight loss is ensuring that you eat balanced, nutritionally-rich meals instead of filling yourself with “convenience foods.” All calories are not created equally and your body needs different kinds of calories to keep you running like a well-oiled machine. But what do you do when it’s 5pm, you’re hungry, and your local diner is calling you like a siren to the rocks? Meal planning can help you avoid pit-stops at the drive-thru when it’s time to prepare dinner for the family. It can also help you stay focused on eating the high-protein meals recommended after having gastric bypass or gastric sleeve surgery. Here are a few meal planning tips from CHRIAS to help minimize meal prep and keep you eating well during a hectic week:

Plan a menu for the week. Knowing what’s on the agenda not only helps you plan your calories for the day, but it can help with “supper stump” (that notorious moment of standing in the kitchen not knowing what to make).

Shop for the week. Prepare a shopping list with all the items you’ll need to prepare your meals. Having to run to the store for a missing item takes time and adds temptation to eat out.

Pre-prep ingredients. Prepare vegetables for the week on a day where you have more time (like a weekend). Measure out ingredients like spices, pasta, or rice and keep them ready in plastic baggies, storage containers, or bowls in the fridge or pantry.

Healthy eating is not only essential for continued success after weight loss surgery, but it can also improve the health of your loved ones who enjoy your home cooking! To learn more weight loss techniques, attend one of our free support groups. Or, sign up for a free informational seminar to learn more about gastric band, gastric sleeve, or gastric bypass in Delaware.

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