It’s been busy busy busy here in the WeightWise clinic! After seeing several post-surgical patients yesterday, I noticed some who were struggling with some symptoms of what we call diet burnout or diet fatigue.
You’re probably familiar with at least some aspects of diet burnout: bored with the same foods; sick of eating meat; unsure of what foods to make for breakfast, lunch, dinner; wandering around the grocery store with an empty cart; or staring at the menu wishing for something — anything — other than a salad.
Diet burnout is a dangerous place to be, especially for those trying to continue on the path to a healthy weight and a lifetime of wellness.
One can only ignore diet burnout for so long before old habits sneak in and we find ourselves falling off track. It’s easy to make bad decisions when experiencing diet burnout — such as heading to the fast-food drive-through because you can’t be bothered to think of what to make for yourself and your family for dinner.
What to do? How can we avoid diet burnout?
How To Avoid Diet Burnout
The post-op surgical diet is a lifestyle more than a diet. In order to successfully get the weight off, and keep it off for a lifetime means sticking with the program long-term. It’s very important to battle against food fatigue and keep a wide amount of variety in your meals.
Meats and vegetables are anywhere! The possibilities are truly endless when it comes to meal ideas. You can find recipes on this blog, other blogs, Pinterest, Kraft Foods, and Food Network.
Even when you are in a last-minute pinch at the grocery store, just head down the spices/seasonings aisle and you’ll be amazed at the options!
It takes creativity, yes.
It takes planning ahead, yes.
But trust me when I say: It is worth it.
Worth it to enjoy your meals — and even more worth it to stay on track for the long haul while battling diet fatigue and getting new sources of energy while enjoying what you eat.
Spice it up, people!
A healthy diet full of good sources of proteins, vitamins, and minerals plus some fruits and vegetables can provide not just an energy boost when you’re feeling tired but also help manage energy levels and stress levels.
This blog post is not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. But it’s no secret that a diet full of healthy options arising from the consumption of different types of foods can help lower blood sugars and help us maintain a healthy weight.
Don’t forget to stay hydrated, too! (Especially with all those foods high in extra spices.)
There are plenty of ways to lose weight without all the stress and anxiety usually associated with that important goal.
One way to complement your food choices is by staying informed of healthy food supplements and options. You can do so by visiting the WeightWise shop. We’ve recently given it an upgrade, so it’s even easier to use and to search for items to fill up that virtual shopping basket.
Remember, weight loss is a process — something you choose to engage with each and every day. And while social media (not to mention old-fashioned media) may encourage us to pursue unrealistic body types and unhealthy lifestyles in order to achieve an often unrealistic standard, a wise consumer understands that it’s about what works for me and not necessarily for thee.
In other words, it may take some time to find a diet and exercise program that works for you. But always keep in mind that even while searching for what works, you are consistently seeking ways that will ultimately lead you to a healthier lifestyle. That’s a victory right there!
And when it comes to food, use the resources we provide for you here on the WeightWise website and the others we’ve mentioned above.
And be sure to let us know what recipes you’ve found — and where you found them — that helped you overcome your own food and diet fatigue. We’d love to pass them along to the rest of our readers!
Eat, drink, and be merry — but make sure you make wise choices when eating and drinking.
Get in touch with WeightWise today with any questions or concerns. We look forward to speaking with you!
We updated this post on Jan. 17, 2022.