Staying with a Plan in Difficult Times

Life itself is often the biggest obstacle people face when trying to lose weight after gastric band surgery. While a diet plan may be predictable and unchanging, life is not and that constant variance is often the cause of lapses in judgment and potential diet failure.

A sudden death in the family, a job loss, vet bill and other stressful events can send a dieter running to the refrigerator for comfort or to the local fast food restaurant for a quick, easy milkshake meal. It can also make exercise seem like an impossible task.

LAP-BAND surgery patients who are able to stick to their diet plan during difficult times are more likely to lose weight successfully. The trick to becoming one of those successful dieters is to view your diet as your port in the storm. Instead of letting the chaos and sadness around you overwhelm you and knock you off track, think of your diet plan as a refuge. Your diet plan offers you some sense of stability; it gives you something predictable to steady you and something to rely on.

By focusing on your diet as a life preserver, you can weather any difficulty while still aiming toward your goal of a thinner, healthier you. While gastric band surgery provides you with the tools for weight loss, it is powerless to change how you react to the obstacles that life places before you. Only you have the power to meet these challenges and conquer them instead of letting them derail your weight loss plans.

Leslie
When snacking, you definately want to stick to portion size. 15 nuts of any kind is a snack size serving. Remember snacks need to be under 200 calories. Try a protein bar, 2% or low fat cheese with a few whole wheat crackers, p-nut butter, or a slice of deli meat rolled with a slice of cheese or cream cheese. Remember not to do too many carbs, they won't stay with you for very long and soon you'll be looking for something else to eat.
Maggie
I really got into mixing peanuts with Cherrios (espcially bannana nut) and eating them from a cup. They are small and it takes longer to eat them. I seem to crave the "crunch".
Erika
It's so easy when you're sitting at a computer all day to make terrible diet choices. I'm not a milkshake drinker, however, I love cookies. Lately, I've really been craving cheese. I've really been strugglin with getting in my liquids, which makes me feel sluggish later in the afternoon. I'd love ideas for better office snacks.

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