Why is Meal Prep So Important After Weight Loss Surgery?
Short on time? Don’t let that lead to last minute, unhealthy, meal choices which derail your weight loss goals. Be prepared! Give meal prep a go. Preparing your meals in advance ensures you are eating good food often, no matter how busy you are. It also allows you to plan out your uptake of nutrients to ensure you meet your requirements. Find out how to do it, and how meal prep can enhance your nutritional outcomes post-surgery.
A large number of elements play a part in meal planning, such as time, convenience, and kitchen supplies. Once you get into a pattern of producing a meal plan that works for you, you’ll be pleased you did it. Also, the longer you continue it, the easier it will get. Including meal prep into your regime doesn’t have to be complicated. Whether this is cooking an additional portion at dinner time to refrigerate for the next day, or waking up 30 minutes in advance in the morning to swiftly make something before breakfast. Not only does this save you time during your lunch break – as your lunch has already been prepared- but it also saves you money.
Benefits of meal prepping
You’ll learn about the favourable alterations you can and need to make in your diet and lifestyle from your surgeon and dietitian. We know it’s crucial to follow your up-to-date eating and drinking orders following surgery to get the best results. The temptation to eat whatever you want could be strong, especially after only being on a liquid diet during the first few weeks after surgery. Having something prepared and ready to go should help stop you from making unhealthy choices too often or skipping your meal. Tastes can also change following surgery, and having a meal plan will allow you to incorporate new meal ideas into your regime. Dare yourself to attempt one new recipe a month, and you’ll be amazed at the original ideas you try that quickly become your favourites.
How to do it.
- Shop with a list. It is best to generate a shopping list with your meals already outlined. Take into consideration what ingredients you need, as well as how much you need of each. Utilise the same foods in numerous recipes each week; this will allow you to buy ingredients in volume and save money, as well as to cook enough to have leftovers.
- Shop on a full stomach. Avoid going to the grocery store ravenous, as this lets your hunger control what you purchase and means you are less likely to throw in foods which aren’t nutritious. When you do sense hunger coming on, prepare for this by having healthy replacements on your list.
- Shop the rainbow. Include a large variety of fresh foods in your plan, drawing from all the food groups. Trying a new fruit or vegetable each week is a great way to educate yourself about food as well as add variety.
- Protein first. When planning your meals, always plan around your protein. Lean options like fish, seafood and chicken are always a great idea.
- Use an app. Initially, meal planning may be overwhelming. A way to alleviate yourself from feeling like you are taking on too much is to make use of apps, websites, and support from others. Apps such as Baritastic, Lose It, and MyFitnessPal help track protein and fluid, log nutrients, remind you to eat, and so much more. They are magnificent for holding you responsible by showing you precisely what you are putting in your body each day.
- Share your prep. Share what you’re up to with your friends and family. They may also get on the bandwagon of meal prepping. They can also help hold you accountable for your lifestyle choices. This helps give you extra support and makes sure you are on the right track.
Why not trial meal prepping for a month and see how you go? We promise you’ll love the sense of routine and how easy it makes sticking to a diet plan. Remember, this is less about being regimented and denying yourself, and more about planning to include everything your body needs to function well. With this approach, you may find you have more time in your day for the things you really want to do, like exercise, self-care and your family. Good luck!
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