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Losing Weight During the Holidays

Holidays are a time to enjoy family and friends, and get-togethers almost always center around good food and conversation. Everyone brings delicious foods and desserts to numerous parties and gatherings, and life can get very busy and hectic, leaving little time for your regular exercise routine. For someone who is trying to lose weight, the temptations can be overwhelming.

Diet and exercise are the most important methods of losing weight. However, this may not always be possible or practical during holiday times. Either someone is staying at a hotel, where exercise options are limited, or they might be staying with friends or family where it is hard to get away. As well, it almost seems rude to refuse any food offered at these special occasions. However, the holidays is a time to focus on positive thinking. Focus on ways to eat healthy and maintain your weight. For example, if you stay in a hotel, why not take the stairs to your room instead of the elevator, or check out the swimming pool? If you are staying with friends or relatives, start a game of soccer with the family or take a walk around town. When the food is on the table, choose your favorite vegetables and fruits first - and enjoy sharing a colorful, healthy meal. If the cake is calling your name, chose a smaller piece.

For people that have had a hard time losing weight, and have had little success with fad diets or “easy” solutions, you may have considered different options such as lap band surgery. A lap band is a silicone device that is surgically placed around the stomach, and manually shrinks the size of the stomach so that the person is able to feel full with smaller amounts of food. Lap bands produce the best results when used in conjunction with a healthy diet and proper, moderate exercise. This is mostly because too much unhealthy foods can slow the results that the lapband is designed to give. Combining the surgery with healthy diet and active living will soon results in a healthier person. If that isn’t a great holiday gift then nothing is!

For anyone who has been struggling with the idea of getting lap band surgery, or for anyone who really wants to lose weight, don’t think it is too late for you. Lapband surgery may be just the thing to put your life back on track.

The Bariatric Team


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