There are a variety of side effects associated with being newly divorced–such as insomnia, anxiety, and weight loss. While weight loss may not seem like a bad side affect for some people, for others it can contribute to the development of serious health problems. This article discusses some great tips to keep in mind if you have been recently divorced and are interested in preventing weight loss.
Keep Track of What You’re Eating
This is a great way to prevent weight loss after getting divorced. Purchase a journal that has plenty of room to write notes for each day. In order to prevent weight loss, it is important not only to write down exactly what you are eating at each meal, but also how you feel before, during, and after the meal, as well as how much and at what time you ate. Finally, be sure to keep track of your current weight, and write this down alongside each journal entry as well. Keeping a detailed journal is a great tool. If you notice that your weight begins to decrease you can simply look back at your journal for the past few days, and take an objective look at what you have been eating. Chances are, you’ll notice that you may have been eating smaller amounts of food, and therefore and consuming fewer calories in your diet.
Join a Support Group
Joining a support group is another great way to prevent weight loss after getting divorced. Be sure to choose a support group that is specialized for your circumstances. Being able to talk to others who are in a similar situation will not only provide you with an outlet to get your feelings out in the open, but it will also give you some great tips for starting a new phase in your life. Ideally, find a support group that meets at least twice per month–groups that meet less often than this typically will not hold your attention and provide you with the opportunities that you are looking for.
Follow the Food Pyramid
Finally, when trying to prevent weight loss following a divorce, be sure to follow the recommendations of the food guide pyramid. The food guide promotes the consumption of 6 to 11 servings of whole grains per day, along with 2-3 servings of fruit, dairy products, and meat, and 3-4 servings of vegetables. While fats aren’t encouraged, they are allowed in small portions. By following the recommendations of the food guide pyramid, you are sure to get an adequate number of calories in your diet. This will, therefore, prevent unwanted weight loss. If you have concerns about what types of foods to choose to meet these guidelines, consult with a registered dietitian. An RD will be able to help you make some great choices about which foods are best for you.