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Prevent Christmas weight gain and festive overeating after gastric sleeve surgery

Prevent Christmas weight gain and festive overeating after gastric sleeve surgery

Prevent Christmas weight gain and festive overeating after gastric sleeve surgery

The silly season is often associated with overindulging and the dreaded Christmas weight gain, but Dr Adib and his team of dietitians are here to tell you can enjoy the festive fare even after gastric sleeve surgery.


Risks of overeating after gastric sleeve surgery 

For those with a gastric sleeve, It’s not only about the weight loss, but also about the physical repercussions of overeating. You could experience:

  • Reflux
  • Nausea
  • Abdominal pain and cramps
  • Diarrhea
  • Stretching the gastric sleeve


Tips to prevent Christmas weight gain after bariatric surgery

After gastric sleeve surgery, some of our patients feel as though they’re missing out on the Christmas celebration meals or are scared about the food choices that lie ahead, but we’re here to tell you can have your cake, ham or pavlova and eat it too! It will be the portion that matters.


Check out these helpful tips below to make the most of your holiday eating:

1. Know what you can and can’t eat

Dr Adib and your dietitian will cover everything you need to know about what’s on the menu for you and what should be avoided. Keep to their advice, and you’ll be setting yourself up for success.


2. Avoid overindulging

It’s easy to fall to lose control of your diet during the festive season. The distraction of family and friends can sometimes make it difficult to maintain focus on your food consumption. You can navigate around these obstacles with some simple, but effective strategies to keep your diet in check:

  • have a small meal or snack before heading out
  • Keep portions small, opt for a smaller plate,
  • choose a small portion of lean protein you enjoy ie turkey, fish, ham, tofu, chicken, beef or lentils
  • pair the protein with salad or steamed, low starch vegetables
  • fill your plate just once

And finally, stay well hydrated on calorie free fluids between meals. Great for helping to manage appetite.


3. Make it count nutrients-wise

Remember, protein first! Protein is crucial to keep your hunger (and cravings) in check and one of the most important nutrients you need for weight loss – so stack on up on the protein.

Fibre is also helpful to keep you full, slow digestion and reduce insulin spike. Be sure to include that on your plate!

When selecting treats, opt for a modest portion to stay within your calorie limit, but not miss out on the “good stuff”.


4. What about alcohol?

It’s especially easy to drink your calories over Christmas. Cocktails, mocktails, wine, carbonated drinks and fruit juices are all high in calories and offer little nutritional value.

  • Plan to have healthier options on hand like diet cordial or infused water, and if you want to have alcohol, go for something like a gin and soda over a fruity cocktail or beer.
  • Alcohol is diuretic, so make sure to keep water on hand to stay hydrated
  • It’s important to remember that your body handles alcohol differently after surgery, you’ll feel the effects of just one standard drink very rapidly so avoid getting behind the wheel.


5. Navigate comments about your eating habits with prepared responses

It can sometimes be overwhelming dealing family and friends questioning your food and drink choices. You may be faced with the pressure to “have another”!

Prepare yourself with polite responses that shifts their attention from you.

You have no obligation to anyone to disclose your surgery if you don’t want to.


6. Set realistic expectations

With a calendar full of events, it’s essential to be realistic. Shift focus to maintaining, not losing, weight during the festive season.

Take the pressure off yourself and enjoy the celebrations guilt-free!


7. Treat yourself

Allow yourself to enjoy the festive season. Weight loss surgery isn’t about deprivation.

If you fancy a dessert (and you’re not already full), go for it!

Choose a lighter option and smaller portion and savour every bite.


The first few weeks post-surgery

If your surgery is only recent and you’re still in the liquid, puree or soft diet phase, you’ll need to strictly keep to Dr Adib’s and the dietitians’ orders. It can be challenging but keep in mind the phase will pass and the outcomes will be worth it!


Contact us for help with Christmas weight gain

Whether it’s your first post-surgery Christmas or it’s been many years, if you feel you need a little extra help, our dietitians are on hand to help provide useful tips and advice. Reach out and talk to us.

From the team at Brisbane Obesity Clinic, we wish you a wonderful Christmas of happy memories and happy, mindful eating!

Call us to make an appointment today.

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