San Antonio, Texas (PRWEB) February 3, 2009
The San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo is getting ready to kick off in San Antonio. What promises to be an exciting two weeks of fun and celebration can also serve up temptation for people trying to stick to a weight loss regime. Doctors Mickey Seger and Terive Duperier, bariatric surgeons for the Bariatric Medical Institute of Texas (http://www.bmioftexas.com), have compiled several simple tips to help post-op bariatric patients and anyone interested in weight loss enjoy the rodeo while staying active and committed to weight loss.
1. Eat a small, healthy meal before you depart for the rodeo. If you are not hungry, you will have more self control and be able to make wiser food choices.
2. Pack a snack. Bring grapes or other portable fruit to munch on to help you feel full before you walk through the tempting food areas. You may not eat as much if you have something in your stomach.
3. Park at the back of the parking lot and get some exercise while preparing to attend the rodeo. Just as we advise patients to park as far as possible from the grocery store when shopping, we think it's a great idea to get a good walk in when you are heading to and from the rodeo.
4. Wear comfortable shoes. You are much more likely to walk around if your feet do not hurt.
5. Make smart decisions when you are enjoying the wide variety of tasty treats. First and foremost -- avoid fried foods and seek out healthier alternatives such as grilled meats, shrimp, vegetable dishes or even bbq beef. And if you absolutely have to sample something that is not nutritious, keep portion control in mind.
6. Share a treat! It's ok to enjoy the food at the rodeo, but portion control is important. Splitting a treat with a friend or two enables you to enjoy the food without the calories, guilt (and it's easier on your wallet, too!)
7. Drink water instead of high calorie sodas or beer. Be sure to drink plenty of water as you will need to stay hydrated for all of your walking.
8. Stand up and cheer or dance during the music performances. Don't be afraid to move around and enjoy the shows. Dancing is a fun and easy way to burn calories.
9. Explore the Texas Star Marketplace. There are more than 600 exhibits and vendors taking place in the rodeo this year. Walk around and check out the exquisite handiwork and unique items. Even if you are not buying, it's fun to look and keeps you moving.
10. Be adventurous and have fun! Climb the rock wall in the carnival area or climb up and down the large tractors on display.
Located in San Antonio's Medical Center area, the Bariatric Medical Institue of Texas helps patients achieve their weight loss goals through various surgical procedures including gastric bypass, adjustable gastric band and sleeve gastrectomy. Additionally, the surgeons perform a full spectrum of advanced laparoscopic procedures, including laparoscopic Nissen Fundoplication (anti-reflux surgery), laparoscopic colon surgery, laparoscopic pancreatic surgery, and laparoscopic hernia surgeries.
About BMI of Texas
Founded in 2008, BMI of Texas is focused on helping patients achieve their long-term weight loss goals. More information on the practice can be found at http://www.bmioftexas.com.