A physician-controlled weight loss program puts you on the path to a healthier life. But staying on course with your program is your responsibility. Fortunately, helpful tools are available to you. Learn what must have tools you need before you begin your weight loss program.
1. Meal Prep Containers
Many factors lead to failed weight loss attempts, but unhealthy food choices are a common factor. Exercise is a helpful weight loss component, but what you eat is most important. People often fall prey to poor eating habits out of convenience. But following the physicians' nutritional plan is an integral part of your weight loss.
Meal prep storage containers help keep you on track. With storage containers, you can prepare your meals in advance. You don't have to worry about running behind and stopping at a fast food restaurant. Choose containers that are both microwave and dishwasher safe for added convenience.
Invest in an alarm clock if your weight loss plan includes exercise. A significant hurdle people new to exercise face is making exercise a habit. Exercising at the same time every day allows you to establish a routine that may help. Invest in an alarm clock so that you can get up at the same time for exercise if you plan to work out in the morning.
You can set the alarm on your phone or smartwatch if you want to exercise later in the day, such as after work. Even if you remember that you need to work out, the alarm is an extra reminder of what you have to do. Get clearance from the physician before you begin an exercise regimen.
3. Bed Time
Sleep impacts every function of your body, including your brain function. A lack of sleep reduces the brain's impulse control role. Poor impulse control increases the chance of you making a bad choice like eating too much. Overeating is an impulse-driven action that will stifle your weight loss. You make far better decisions when you're well rested. Seven to eight hours of restful sleep is the target range to aim for.
Sleep deprivation also increases ghrelin production. Ghrelin is a hormone that controls your appetite and sends signals when to eat. Elevated levels of the hormone may cause you to eat more than you should.
4. Food Scale
Bariatric weight loss programs often rely on portion control. Your health, weight, and weight loss goals are some of the factors used to establish your eating plan. Accurately measuring food is impossible if you're only relying on your eyes. Eyesight measuring generally leads to overeating. A piece of meat might look like four ounces but could actually be twice the amount.
Food scales keep you on target. A scale minimizes overeating and keeps your portion sizes precise. List your portion sizes for each food group on a sticky note and place the paper near the scale for quick reference.
5. New Activity
More than 40% of people say they eat when they're bored. Discover a new way to spend your time if you're concerned with boredom-induced eating. Redecorate a room in your home or join a book club to stay busy and prevent boredom during your downtime.
Marathon training is an even healthier way to fight boredom. Find something you like and go for it. But don't fight boredom by overextending yourself. Overextension makes it harder to get enough sleep and hurts your weight loss efforts.
You deserve to reach your weight loss goals and to lead a healthier life. At WaistLines, we help you achieve your weight loss goals. Our physician-prescribed plans paired with the above-mentioned tools will help you earn long-term success. Contact us for assistance.