25 Nov Managing Healthy Weight After Tummy Tuck During Thanksgiving
The holiday season is upon us and the meal that we feared the most has come and we find ourselves dreading the damage that we are most likely to cause at the dinner table, but this Thanksgiving give yourself something to celebrate. The average American Thanksgiving meal consists 3,000 calories. That is in just one meal! According to the Calorie Control Council, the average weight gained on the holidays is 1 to 3 pounds. It may not seem like much, but after an invasive tummy tuck procedure it may disrupt your weight loss plan.
Here are some tips to help plan a healthy Turkey Day, to maintain that smooth and slim midsection.
Plan to Eat Beforehand
Most of us succum to spontaneous eating habits around the holidays, but that should not be a factor after abdominoplasty. We are adapting to a healthier lifestyle, which means having a well-balanced meal with minimal fatty foods and sugars daily. Instead of packing on the fat from Thanksgiving buffets, eat and fill your cravings at home. This way your stomach is full and you avoid making unhealthy choices of building more unwanted fat cells.
Take a Bite of Flavor
Mindfully eating the flavors you crave most on the holidays is easier said than done, but keeping to your daily intake of food is still important. Instead of filling up your plate by the mouthful, take a fork and acquire only a bite of the foods you enjoy most. Sugars and starches tend to cling on to us longer, so avoiding such foods when possible is recommended.
Earn Your Meal
Kick your physical activity up a notch and avoid the dangers of holiday weight. Our bodies can burn up to 100 calories per mile when running or walking, so know the facts about the calories on your plate, before stuffing your body. The average dishes served on Thanksgiving are followed with the distances of exercise to burn off the calories:
- Three turkey slices – 1.5 miles
- Half a cup of sweet potatoes – 1.3 miles
- One cup of mashed potatoes, added with gravy – 2.9 miles
- One slice of pumpkin pie with whipped cream – 4.8 miles
- One cup of eggnog – 3.4 miles
- One glass of wine, 4 ounces – 0.9 miles
Add Your Own Dish
The holidays are a time of celebration, but you do not need to eat everything that is in front of you, especially when it affects your weight management. Make your own contribution to the holiday dinner and bring along your own healthy dish, which will allow you to get your fill while avoiding the fatty and unhealthy portions of processed foods.
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, tummy tucks help improve weight loss in patients as it increases satiety, the feeling of being full after eating. Most overweight women who undergo abdominoplasty report that they achieve continued weight loss when they follow their healthy diet, all because they feel full throughout the day. The fat cells removed, reduce the patients’ need to feed in order to feel full, and during the holidays it will be a great contribution to avoid the calorie fillers.
Get to Bed On Time
Naturally, we feel the need to stay up well into the night since we do not have to go to work or school the day after Thanksgiving or Christmas, however research shows that weight loss can be disrupted if we do not follow a regular sleep schedule. A study from Brigham Young University reported that women who slept and woke up at regular hours daily had lower body fat than those who did not.
There are many advantages to maintaining your diet during the holidays. Your abdominal section will remain tighter and slimmer, your clothes will fit better, and you will feel happier about your body contour for the new year. Sticking to a structured holiday eating plan will help maintain results after tummy tuck. Abstaining from processed an unnatural foods will ensure that unwanted fat cells do not return. Add some of your own holiday flavor with your own healthy dish to achieve your filling this Thanksgiving.