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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 ReShape Lap-Band Systems are approved for adults with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 40 or higher, or a BMI of at least 30 with health conditions related to obesity, who have not seen success with other weight loss methods, like supervised diet, exercise, and behavior modification programs. Choosing this surgery means committing to changes in eating habits for the long term.

The Lap-Band procedure is not approved for individuals under 18 yo, those with conditions that may make them poor surgical candidates or lead to poor results, such as inflammatory or cardiopulmonary diseases, problems with the stomach and digestion, symptoms or family history of autoimmune disease, scarring of the liver, individuals unable or unwilling to follow the necessary dietary restrictions, individuals with alcohol or drug addictions, or those currently pregnant. Individuals who become pregnant after band placement may require deflation of their bands.

The ReShape Lap-Band Systems, a long-term tool, may need to be adjusted if you get pregnant, sick, or malnourished. Be careful with anti-inflammatory drugs as they could make the band wear away. Like any surgery, placement of the Lap-Band may have complications such as risks from drugs and methods used, general surgery risks, how well your body handles a foreign object, or in rare cases, risk of death.

As with any surgical procedure, there are risks associated with metabolic and bariatric surgery that you and your doctor should discuss. Potential risks associated with the Lap-Band include nausea, vomiting, heartburn, stomach blockage, constipation, swallowing difficulty, diarrhea, abnormal stools, abdominal pain, weakness, incision pain, infection, fever, hernia, chest pain, band movement, stomach pouch expansion, unusual healing, pain at the port site, port movement, and/or hair loss. Additional surgery might be needed. Losing weight quickly could lead to complications requiring more surgery. 

Talk to your doctor, and/or visit our website at for more information on its benefits and risks.