Eating for Weight Loss to Start 2016

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Happy Monday! Seriously. We know most Mondays aren’t so welcome when they’re the beginning of the work week. But this Monday, the first working day of the year, may be different. If you’re like millions of Americans, even if you’re not exactly looking forward to going to work, you’re dreading it a little less.

Work aside, you’re almost certainly looking forward to normalcy. Your schedule gets back to normal, the extra relatives go home, and you don’t need to go gift shopping any more. Best of all, parties are out, and healthy eating is back in style. That’s great news for your weight loss!

Here are a few tips to keep you on the right track this year.

Be Prepared

Being caught off guard can lead to bad things, like online orders at pizza places and trips to the drive-through. You don’t need to plan every meal all the time, but you can have some basic staples on hand so you can get something high-protein and low-carb whenever you need it.

-Protein bars and shakes make great last-minute meals and snacks.

-Instant protein oatmeal and protein cold cereal can start your day off right.

-Low-calorie, instant delicious meals can keep you motivated and losing weight.

-Protein snacks and desserts can keep you from diving for the bad stuff.

Throw Fresh Foods into the Mix

Fresh, unprocessed foods are the way to go. You can’t go wrong when you base your diet on lean proteins, vegetables, and fruit. That doesn’t mean you need to slave away in the kitchen for hours, or avoid all kitchen helpers. The most sustainable way to go may be to mix your own fresh ingredients with meal helpers to create low-calorie, high-protein meals and snacks. Here are a few ideas.

-Instant protein oatmeal or protein cold cereal plus a piece of fruit.

-Vegetables, beans, and chicken added to Protein Soups.

-Protein Pretzels or Chips dipped into Greek yogurt.

-A fresh green side salad served with any Protein Entrée.

Take Your Vitamins

When you’re losing weight, you can be at higher risk for vitamin and mineral deficiencies. The BariatricPal Store is your source for bariatric vitamins, including multivitamins, calcium, vitamin D, folic acid, iron, and vitamin B12.

Additional supplements can boost health along with vitamins and minerals. Fiber drinks can help you stay regular, along with reducing hunger and lowering cholesterol levels. Omega-3 fats are good for your heart, and probiotics are healthy gut bacteria that can help keep your metabolism in balance. Biotin is a B vitamin that may help with every weight loss surgery patient’s fear – losing hair.

The BariatricPal Store is behind your weight loss and healthy eating efforts, and our products can make weight loss easier. They help keep you full, they’re easy to store and prepare, and they’re delicious – so you never need to feel deprived on your diet. Check out the store and commit to the healthy 2016 you’re dreaming of!

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  • Alex Brecher
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