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Sticking to health goals during the holidays

November 19, 2020

November is officially here! That means Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s are right around the corner! With the holidays nearly here—no matter which ones you celebrate—cravings and temptations abound. Whether you’re a sucker for a sweet holiday drink from a coffee shop or you can’t resist a second helping of pie, stuffing, and mashed potatoes, it can be difficult to remember your health and wellness goals during the holidays. 


Making huge weight-loss goals during the holidays may or may not be realistic for you this season. Instead, try for a different goal that doesn’t focus on the number on the scale. Perhaps focus on eating a clean diet or cutting down on your sugar intake. Strict, lofty goals can make you feel guilty and trapped, which will add unnecessary stress on top of holiday stress. 

Choose what to enjoy 

Pace yourself. It’s okay to indulge in some of your favorite treats this holiday season, but be sure not to overdo it. Instead of indulging in half a dozen of your favorite holiday cookies, limit yourself to one or two. Rather than enjoying all the holiday treats you’re offered, only choose the one you enjoy the most. 

Lean in to your support system

Accomplishing your goals is a whole lot easier when you have people on your side. Partner up with those around you that are driven by their health and wellness goals this holiday season. They’ll be able to hold you accountable, and vice versa. They’ll also be a great resource to discuss frustrations and triumphs, and you can recruit them to safely join you for brisk walks and healthy dinners.  

Come prepared for parties

While large family gatherings aren’t recommended this year due to COVID-19, you may still be attending some small gatherings with close family that you’ve already been in close contact with. If you are heading to holiday parties, go prepared with effective strategies for overcoming temptations, including bringing your own healthy dishes. Limit your alcohol intake, drink plenty of water, and fill up on veggies before eating other foods. Don’t go to any gatherings starving, as this may make you prone to overindulge. (It’s also important to note that you shouldn’t go to the grocery store hungry, either.) Bring your walking shoes, and plan to go for a brisk walk following the meal, instead of lingering by the table and grazing on leftovers. 

If you are struggling this season, don’t hesitate to reach out to your Lap-Band® Specialist for support. 

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Important Lap-Band® System Safety Information

The Lap-Band System is indicated for weight reduction for patients with obesity, with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of at least 40 kg/m2 or a BMI of at least 30 kg/m2 with one or more obesity-related comorbid conditions. It is indicated for use only in adult patients who have failed more conservative weight reduction alternatives, such as supervised diet, exercise and behavior modification programs. Patients who elect to have this surgery must make the commitment to accept significant changes in their eating habits for the rest of their lives.

The Lap-Band System is not recommended for non-adult patients (patients under 18 years of age), patients with conditions that may make them poor surgical candidates or increase the risk of poor results, who are unwilling or unable to comply with the required dietary restrictions, or who currently are or may be pregnant.

The Lap-Band System is a long-term implant. Explant and replacement surgery may be required. Patients who become pregnant or severely ill, or who require more extensive nutrition may require deflation of their bands. Anti-inflammatory agents, such as aspirin, should be used with caution and may contribute to an increased risk of band erosion.

Placement of the Lap-Band System is major surgery and, as with any surgery, death can occur. Possible complications include the risks associated with the medications and methods used during surgery, the risks associated with any surgical procedure, and the patient’s ability to tolerate a foreign object implanted in the body. Most common related adverse events include: Band slippage, pouch dilation, stoma obstruction, gastroesophageal reflux, esophageal dilation, cholelithiasis, incisional infection, abdominal pain, gastroenteritis, or nausea and vomiting may occur. Reoperation may be required. Rapid weight loss may result in complications that may require additional surgery. Deflation of the band may alleviate excessively rapid weight loss or esophageal dilation.

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