7 Steps To Holiday Eating After Bariatric Surgery

You finally had your bariatric surgery this past year, and here you are about to face the holidays with dinners and parties. Don’t sweat it! You can still enjoy the holidays after weight loss surgery with the following tips.


Stay On Track

Keep the same basic rules you have been following since your surgery. The holidays shouldn’t change anything. Watch your portion sizes, take your time eating, begin with some protein, and you should be able to maintain.

Family eating on the holidays.

Concentrate On Eating

Well, that sounds dangerous. What we mean is don’t eat and talk, don’t eat and stand around a buffet table, don’t eat and graze. Socialize with your family and friends and then sit down and have your dinner plate. Focus on what you are eating and you will be less distracted, and yes, less apt to overeat.

Don’t Starve Yourself

If you know you have an event in the evening, eat as you always do during the day. Saving up calories is not a good idea as it will make it easier to slip into temptation and make you hungrier when you finally see and smell the goodies.

Avoid Alcohol

When you drink, it makes you hungrier. It’s tempting when you are at a gathering, but reduce your intake by drinking lots of water. Besides dehydrating you, alcohol is nothing but empty calories.

Find Time To Exercise

The holidays can be busy with visiting family members and lots of activities, but don’t cut back on your exercise schedule. It will just be that much harder to resume your regimen after the holidays are over.

Bring A Healthy Side To Share

If you prepare something healthy to take to a gathering, at least you know there will be one guiltless dish to indulge in. Others will probably thank you. Southernliving.com is a great resource when it comes making health foods, they published an article with 12 healthy sides dishes you could bring.

Don’t Forget To Stay Hydrated

The holidays are a time when it’s easy to slide and throw away healthy habits. Be sure you stay hydrated every day and drink lots of water. Don’t neglect your 64 ounces a day.


You have changed your life for a healthier one. Time to enjoy the holidays after bariatric surgery.

Contact Springfield General Surgery if you have any questions or concerns after bariatric surgery.