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Losing weight in a healthy and sustainable way is essential to gain lasting results for your physique. But knowing how to achieve a healthy weight and maintain it can be challenging. Weight loss surgery is highly effective, but to sustain the results, combining your procedure with healthy eating is essential.

In this blog, the experts at BMI Surgery examine some healthy foods that can help you achieve more significant results from your weight loss journey and increase your chances of success.

Our Top 3 Lifestyle Changes after Surgery

To see the results you hope for, we recommend combining the following three lifestyle changes with your surgery:

  1. Make healthy snack choices
  2. Eat fat-burning foods that boost your metabolism
  3. Control portion sizes

Make Healthy Snack Choices

Snacking is the downfall of many diets. Research shows that making healthy snack choices can help you to keep hunger at bay, ensuring that you feel fuller for longer while making it easier to manage your weight. Choosing healthy snacks will guarantee what you eat between meals and supports your weight loss efforts rather than sabotaging your good intentions.

The following options contain a combination of healthy fats, protein, and fiber, making them excellent choices:

  • Carrot sticks with hummus
  • Mixed nuts (walnuts, brazil nuts, cashews, and almonds)
  • Greek yogurt with berries
  • Wholegrain crackers with avocado
  • Cherry tomatoes with mozzarella

Choose Fat-Burning Foods

Choosing foods that help you burn fat and speed up your metabolism is a great way to maximize your weight loss efforts. Here are some of the fat-burning, metabolism-boosting food heroes to include in your weight loss diet:

  • Greek yogurt: Greek yogurt contains conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), which is known to have fat-burning properties.
    Green tea: Green tea may not be a food, but the beverage’s reputed thermogenic properties can help you burn more calories.
  • Eggs: Eggs are a high-protein food, and eating them can trigger a thermic effect that boosts your metabolism.
  • Chicken: Chicken is a form of lean protein and helps to increase your muscle mass, which burns more calories.

Control Portion Sizes

Controlling your portion sizes is an easy way to avoid overeating and maintain your weight loss. We recommend using your plate as a guide when making meals at home or eating out.

To do this, think about your plate in sections.

  • Vegetables, greens, or salad: half a plate
  • Protein: a quarter of a plate (meat, eggs, dairy, tofu, etc.)
  • Complex Carbohydrate: a quarter of a plate (whole grains, starchy vegetables, etc.)
  • Fatty food: half a tablespoon (cheese, oils, butter, etc.)

As you use your plate as a rough guide, note that there is no “one size fits all” method for weight loss, and some people may require more or less food. But, this method is a great start! By being aware of your portions, it can be much easier to lose and maintain weight loss in a healthy, effective way.

Achieving Long-Lasting Weight Loss Results

Figures from the CDC show that almost half the U.S. population (49.1%) is trying to lose weight. So, if you hope to make some lifestyle changes and lose a few pounds, you are certainly not alone.

Losing weight and maintaining weight loss long-term is not always easy. For this reason, many people choose weight loss surgery to assist them. However, maintaining weight loss requires a change in lifestyle alongside bariatric surgery. Committing to making this combination of changes, alongside weight loss surgery will set you off toward success on your weight loss journey and deliver the results you have been hoping to achieve.

Find Support for Your New Habits

Find support for your new habits! With years of experience, our qualified team of experts can create customized plans after your weight loss surgery, so you can stay on track. Find quality support, advice, and encouragement as you embark on your weight loss journey from BMI Surgery!

Transform Your Body at Birmingham Minimally Invasive Surgery

Maintain your weight loss with healthy eating habits! Our team at BMI Surgery can help you with post-operative care and offer expert advice to help you maintain your results! Call us at (205) 850-1973 or contact us online to transform your body today!