There are a number of adjustments that you have to introduce to your lifestyle post weight loss surgery, including your diet. You can, however, still enjoy some of the little things you fancy, such as eating out, without disrupting your weight-loss objectives or hampering recovery from surgery.  What is important is introducing the recommended adjustments to your meal choices post weight loss surgery, and you can socialize with friends over dinner or take your family out for dinner. In this blog post, we provide four helpful tips for when you wish you dine out with family or friends after undergoing weight loss surgery in Perth or any other place.

1. Carry your WLS(Weight Loss Surgery) card

Keep your Weight Loss Surgery card on you whenever you dine out. The card bears your physician’s signature, and helps inform restaurants about your weight loss surgery, and the fact that you need smaller than usual servings. You can give the card to a waiter discreetly, when placing your order and also ask for healthy meal choices. Presenting your WLS card when ordering meals also qualifies you for discounts at many restaurants.

2. Check the menu online beforehand

Various restaurants make their menus available online on food websites or fan pages. Before going out, plan ahead by listing some healthy meal options from the menu. Online menus provide detailed nutritional information for each meal, which makes it easy to find healthy options. Checking the menu online also helps you budget for the outing.

3. Order food with lean proteins

Order meals that contain lean proteins as the basic ingredient of the recipe, as they are necessary to accomplish your daily nutritional requirements. Lean proteins include foods such as chicken, fish, and turkey, and also contain Omega 3 fatty acids, which are highly beneficial for patients who have undergone bariatric surgery.

4. Avoid complimentary bread & request sauce on the side

Restaurants often offer complimentary bread before serving the main course. Politely ask the waiter not to serve you any bread. You should also avoid butter and take it easy on the sauce or dressings. To keep the amount of sauce consumed under control, ask the waiter to place the sauce or dressing on the side. Sauces and other condiments contain  hidden calories that your body can’t handle, especially after undergoing weight loss surgery.

Wrapping Up

Controlling your food intake is imperative if you are to achieve your weight loss objectives post bariatric surgery. Weight loss surgeries such as Gastric Sleeve limit the capacity of your stomach, which implies lesser quantities of ghrelin (hunger-producing hormone). As a result, post weight loss surgery, patients not only get satiated quickly, but also do not get hungry very often.To learn more about bariatric surgery procedures talk to seasoned obesity surgeons in Perth. Perth Surgical and Bariatrics has expert surgeons that are always ready to answer your questions and provide guidance on the best solution for your specific situation.  Fill out our contact form today or give us a call at +8 9370 9686