Slim. Fit. Happy.

“Spectacular achievement is always preceded by unspectacular preparation.” – Robert H. Schuller

“The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today.” – H. Jackson Brown Jr.

“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” – Benjamin Franklin

You may have guessed what these quotes have in common – preparation is key to success. This concept applies to most aspects of life, and is crucial when it comes to weight loss.

So, how do you prepare to succeed in losing weight? Two of the best ways are to prepare your meals in advance and have a well-planned menu. Begin with your shopping list for the grocery store. Plan out your meals for each day and stick to the list. Next, cook and package your meals in portion controlled containers. The benefit here lies in that they are portioned out and are convenient to grab and go, which can help you avoid the “starving by lunchtime” issue and the “I didn’t bring anything for lunch so I’ll just get fast food” temptation.

A lot of people struggle with meal planning and prepping and then run into the problem of not eating breakfast (which then leads to hunger and poor choices later in the day). The old adage that “breakfast is the most important meal of the day” is true! Same goes for lunch, snacks and dinner. Having something ready in advance will make it easier for you to make healthy choices.

Need more help? Talk to our Clinical Dietitian or sign up for New Directions!

Our next support group will a special Pot Luck and Clothing Swap held on Wednesday, September 6. Support groups are FREE and open to everyone, so please join us! Guests should make their favorite bariatric dish to share and bring copies of the recipe to the meeting along with clothes that are too big to swap with people in varying stages of weight loss. We need your participation to make this one a success, so please register and bring your food and clothes! The meeting will be from 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM in the Willow Room (adjacent to the cafeteria) at Providence Hospital. Click here to register!

If you would like more information about how Anchorage Bariatrics can help you with a customized weight loss solution, would like to attend a free informational seminar, or our Monthly Support Group, please call us at 907-644-THIN.