Like many people, you may have looked forward to this season to arrive. The warming of the weather makes it the perfect time for picnics, barbecue parties, and more. The team at Foothills Weight Loss Surgeons in Knoxville knows that taking part in these fun-filled events can be a challenge if you have just had a weight loss surgery.

You don’t have to isolate yourself this summer to keep up with the changes after surgery. The following strategies can help you manage summer events with less stress:


  • Plan ahead
    Being committed to the needed changes after surgery can contribute to your long-term weight loss success. Although barbecue and other gatherings may seem a challenge, planning ahead can help you stick to your goals.

    Knowing what kind of food will be served can help you decide whether you should eat at home or bring something with you. Oftentimes, bringing a dish that you can eat can be a good idea. It won’t just help you stick to your goals, but it may also help the host.
  • Stick to your routine
    It’s not a good idea to go hungry before the party. If eating a full meal before the event isn’t your cup of tea, eating a protein bar or drinking a protein shake may help. Making ‘room’ for the event often leads to overeating.
  • Eat intentionally
    It’s too easy to eat mindlessly during summer gatherings. You socialize and eat at the same time, which makes it easier to eat more than you can handle.

    You can avoid this from happening by sitting down at a table to eat. Eat slowly and savor each bite. Chew! Chew! Chew! Using a small plate can also help in making sure that you eat just the right amount.
  • Stick to calorie-free liquids


Barbecue parties often include alcohol. Skip it as much as possible. Alcohol has a lot of empty calories.

Stick with water and remember to take small sips.

Celebrate your new life this summer! With the right planning and preparation, you can enjoy these summer events and focus on what really matters. 

If you haven’t had bariatric surgery but are considering it, learn about the surgery process by attending one of Foothills Weight Loss Surgeons free seminars or view the seminar online. Visit for more details!