If you’re a candidate for bariatric surgery, your New Year’s resolutions may have something to do with losing weight and leading a healthier lifestyle. While weight loss surgery can transform people’s lives, sustaining a healthy weight always involves a degree of willpower and consistent self-control.
At Foothills Weight Loss Surgeons in Knoxville, TN, we know that sticking to weight loss goals is easier said than done – particularly during winter! As the cold nights close in, you’re probably craving a hot mug of sugary cocoa or a comforting bowl of chips. Fortunately, however, almost anyone can stick to their weight-loss resolutions if they follow a few simple tips and tricks, including:
1. Don’t “cheat” on Weekends
Lots of people want to overindulge on weekends, particularly if they’re having a few glasses of wine or beer. However, falling at the first few hurdles could crush your motivation and slow your chances of success. Try to treat weekends as the start of your new life and whip up a nutritious meal for the whole family to enjoy!
2. Reward yourself
New Year’s resolutions aren’t supposed to punish you – they’re designed to improve your life! With this in mind, feel free to reward yourself whenever you hit a weight loss milestone. Rather than fall back into bad habits, however, why not treat yourself to a new dress, a spa day, or even stream your film?
3. Write down a precise plan
You know how the old saying goes – “failing to prepare is preparing to fail”. With New Year’s resolutions, writing down a precise plan of action will boost your chances of success and increase motivation. There’s no greater feeling than ticking off a to-do list, after all. When writing your plan, answer questions such as:
- How many times will I visit the gym per month?
- What dishes are on my meal plan?
- How will I distract myself if I experience cravings?
4. Forgive yourself if things go wrong
It’s easy to catastrophize and throw in the towel if you slip up on your weight loss journey. It’s important to remember, however, that almost everyone experiences obstacles. If you give in to temptation, remind yourself of how far you’ve already come and try not to dwell on the past.
Want to find out more about weight loss surgery?
If you’re morbidly obese and considering bariatric surgery, Dr. Mark Colquitt and our team at Foothills Weight Loss Surgeons in Knoxville are here to help. We offer cutting-edge surgical solutions designed to help patients transform their health for good.
If you’re ready to transform your life, the first step is watching and completing our free online educational seminar, where you’ll learn about your surgical weight loss option and the bariatric journey. Get started today by visiting this link or by calling our office at (865) 984-3413.