Welcome autumn! The start of a new season is a great time to refresh your fall nutrition and fitness routine. For those considering or already in the process of weight loss surgery, a new start toward health and wellness is already underway.
At this time of year, I encourage my bariatric patients to introduce something “new” to their weight loss journeys in order to promote mental and physical stimulation. Emotional and physical health go hand in hand, as we’ve discussed.
Here are my 5 favorite autumn tips to continue your weight loss momentum and revel in the glory of the new season, right here in central New Jersey:
1. Expand your food horizons
By now, you’ve found out what “clean eating” is and how delicious it can be. Take a road trip and sample real foods from local farmers’ markets (I hear there are good stands in downtown Freehold, Brick and Toms River) or spend an hour at the grocery store discovering a new array of seafood, vegetables or fruits to try.
2. Set a new stage
While you take back control of your nutrition and exercise, change up your surroundings as well. Make your home clean and clutter-free. Pick a room that drives you crazy — a closet, your desk, the garage (I can relate here…) and get rid of what is not needed, used or appreciated. Paint the room a different color, move furniture around.
3. Change up your exercise regime
Don’t think taking a class at the gym is for you? Try it once, you may be surprised. Borrow a bike and ride at the park. You can cover more ground and enjoy more of your surroundings. Do you always walk in the morning? Once the hot weather is over, try a brief walk in the morning and after dinner to keep your metabolism humming all day long.
4. Mix up your menus
Try some new recipes that feature the rich foods of fall, such as pumpkin and other squashes. Some of my patients host Recipe Nights where everyone brings a dish and copies of the recipe to share.
5. Try something new
Haven’t visited the nearby beach in the fall or visited New York or Philly in years? Get out of town for the day and see some new sites. Been meaning to try water aerobics? Find a course that fits your schedule and ask if you can sample a class at no charge.
While you are losing weight and regaining good health, make sure you have some fun along the way.
Post a comment below about how you are changing up your daily routine. I’d love to hear from you!
Bariatric Surgery Success is More Than Just the Operation
If you have tried all the other diets and have not achieved the level of success you are looking for, join me at the next free patient seminar, held at CentraState Medical Center in Freehold, where I talk about the safest bariatric options – gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, changing a lap band to a more productive bariatric option.
Are you ready to come in and talk about your health and weight goals? Great! We looking forward to partnering with you on this life-changing journey.
Call any of our friendly Prime Surgicare team at 732-982-2002 and let’s get going!
About Dr. Seun Sowemimo, MD, FACS
Dr. Seun is a top NJ bariatric surgeon and the medical director at Prime Surgicare, with offices in Freehold serving Monmouth and Ocean counties. He is board-certified, Columbia and Yale University fellowship-trained in advanced laparoscopic, bariatric and general surgery.
To learn more, visit his YouTube channel or call Prime Surgicare at (732)-982-2002.