Thanksgiving can be a challenge for those who have just undergone bariatric surgery. But with the right preparation and mindset, you can survive Thanksgiving and still enjoy the festivity of the season! Here are some tips from Foothills Weight Loss Surgeons on how to navigate Thanksgiving without breaking dietary restrictions:

Eat protein first
Protein is vital after your procedure. For one, it helps build and maintain muscle mass, which is important for weight loss and two, it helps keep you full for long.

Skip the booze
As tempting it may be to grab an alcoholic drink, resist the urge to do so. Eating your meals with alcohol can fill you up easily without providing your body the nutrients it needs.

Try small plates
Using small plates can help you with portion control. When eating, take the time to really enjoy your meal. This can help you gauge when you have enough. Strive for feeling of satisfaction rather than fullness.

Have a light snack
Going into Thanksgiving dinner feeling starved doesn’t always end well. Have a small snack before the big event to avoid gorging on all of the heavy foods.

Focus on Family
Most importantly, focus on family and friends. Yes, it’s true that food is a big part of most of our holidays, but Thanksgiving is a day to enjoy time with the ones you love. Keep the focus on what you are grateful for, and remember how far you’ve come in your weight-loss journey.


Foothills Weight Loss Surgeons in Knoxville want to be there every step of the way. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to reach out. We hope you have a wonderful holiday season!

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