Let’s prepare for life after the balloon removal. By now, with the help of your dietician and the balloon, and your participation, you have established eating patterns and have learned to take responsibility for your food intake – all leading to a healthy lifestyle.
Here are 10 Tips to Stay Healthy Post Spatz Balloon:
- Stay Away from Sugary Beverages: Eliminate beverages with high calories and sugars. They have little nutritional value and will promote weight gain.
- Make Physical Activity a Priority: Aim for 20-30 minutes of activity daily. It could be anything from walking to light calisthenics, swimming, biking or even dancing- find what suits you best and try to have fun with it.
- Eat a Balanced Diet: A mix of protein with fresh vegetables and some carbohydrates will help maintain lean body mass.
- Be Kind to Yourself: If you feel like you have eaten too much over the past few days make sure to make the corrections needed but don’t beat yourself up over it. You have the power to eat properly and you can do it. Don’t give up!
- When is the right time to stop eating? Set your food boundaries based on your food intake from the previous week – in other words be aware of and take ownership of your food intake. Try to recognize when you feel full and stop eating at that point.
- Create New Healthy Habits: Create a daily plan that is constructive and productive. Idle time? Add an activity that improves your quality of life; an experience that you enjoy, and look forward to doing it.
- Drink Plenty of Water: Hydration is key to having a balanced diet and a healthy body. So, stay hydrated and drink more water.
- Eat with purpose. You are creating a healthy lifestyle for yourself. Only eat when your body is hungry and in need of nutritious food. That way you are developing a healthy relationship with food.
- Get a Good Night’s Sleep: Hormone levels are altered when you don’t get enough sleep and can make you feel hungry. So, rest up and it’ll be easier to eat right ?
- Lean on friends and family for support: We could all use some support. Let your family or friends know how you are doing and to make sure that they hold you accountable.