Staying motivated can be quite a task, even for the most motivated of us. It is normal to sometimes we go into a slump that can make it difficult to even think about making positive changes in your life. If you get into such a state, you have to remember what you are trying to work towards.
A large number of people who go through bariatric surgery do well for a while, and then regain their weight. A small percentage of this is due to a physical cause related to the surgery, or a new illness. For the majority of people, weight regain is the lack of follow up care.
Getting into a comfort zone after surgery can lead to bariatric failure
Bariatric surgery is a tool,
By Jessica Basso, RN, BSN
Every patient’s weight loss journey is different and unique. Weight loss support groups provide a place where patients can find help and assist each other throughout the journey, both pre- and post-operatively. Patient support can be from family, friends, coworkers, neighbors, and other WLS patients.
Studies have found that patient support increases the chances of long-term success for losing and maintaining weight.
By Vincenza Garcia, RD, CDN
Taking a physical exam before bariatric surgery ensures your body is healthy enough to withstand the procedure. But according to bariatric practitioners, emotional health is just as important for bariatric patients. It is important to be mentally prepared for the surgery and at TriState Bariatrics, we recommend the following tips for getting ready:
Set realistic goals
Whereas we would all want to lose weight overnight,
To maintain body weight, you must maintain an energy balance: energy intake has to be equal to energy expenditure. Your body has two hormones that regulate food intake and body weight. These are leptin and the “hunger hormone”, ghrelin.
Ghrelin is the hunger hormone while leptin stops appetite.
Why body weight and brain function go hand in hand
Obesity works on a number of different metabolic pathways that can affect the way your brain operates. A growing body of evidence has suggested that obesity is linked to cognitive deficits and that weight loss leads to improved brain function. More so, obesity is a known risk factor for
- Alzheimer’s disease,
What you need to know about Whey Protein
Whey protein is the liquid by-product produced during the curdling of milk. It is a complete protein source, which means that it contains all 9 of the essential amino acids. More so, whey protein is the base of many dairy products such as milk, cream and cheese.
The Importance of Hydration for Weight Loss
By Lisa Deguzman
When trying to slim down and lose weight, people often overlook how much or how little fluid they consume. The body’s need for hydration is an integral part of successful weight loss and maintenance. Our bodies are composed of approximately 75% water depending on our age,
By Diana Larson, RN
As you age, your body undergoes certain changes, and you may find yourself making excuses for why you can’t exercise like you used to. Changes in mobility, flexibility, and joint stiffness may leave you feeling like exercise isn’t always possible. However, the benefits of exercise greatly outweigh the risks.
By Laura Greaney
Hypothyroidism is a condition in which your thyroid gland isn’t producing enough of the thyroid hormone, thyroxine. It is a common medical condition found in a lot of bariatric patients, mostly women. It is also referred to as an underactive thyroid.
The thyroid hormone is responsible for that every important metabolism!
Vitamin B12 deficiency After weight loss surgery
Research shows that most patients with obesity suffer from a deficiency of micronutrients such as Vitamin B12 before surgery. These deficiencies persist even after surgery. In this post, we will discuss Vitamin B12 deficiency, its symptoms, why it is prevalent after gastric surgery, and, what to do about it.
Is your daughter getting married?
Weddings are a special time, not just for the bride, but for the mother of the bride as well. As a mum, your daughter’s wedding day is your proud moment. As much as your daughter sailing off to start a life of her own it is her life’s milestone,
By Laura Greaney MSN
Summer is in full swing and it has brought the heat. Excessive heat generally causes people to have a lower appetite. Due to the heat and suppressed appetites, meal prepping can seem like an even more tedious task. Though these summer months are a great time to enjoy yourself,
By Emilie Rosano MS, RD, CDN
Pursuing a healthier lifestyle does not mean you have to forgo fun-filled summer activities. While your thoughts of barbecue season may conjure up images of carbohydrate-laden foods and abundant cocktails, there are simple ways to stay on track this season.
Any good guest would bring a dish;
By: Dr. Allison
As the heat of summer approaches, make sure your days in the sun include plenty of fluids. to stay hydrated this summer, aim for 64 oz. of fluids daily. Choose mainly pure water or low-calorie (<5 calories/serving) beverages.
However, if you need a change, add a packet of sugarless flavoring,
Summer has finally arrived and with regards to diet and food choices, it presents its own set of challenges. On my way home from work, I pass several seasonal ice cream stands. I also have several outdoor parties to attend. I ask myself, “How can I participate socially and be a part of the party without undoing all the work I put in over the winter?” Read on below to find out how to have a healthy summer diet that will keep the weight off.
H. pylori and how it affects bariatric surgery
When undergoing bariatric surgery, you are sent for several tests, most of which you may not understand. Some of these tests include:
- Blood work. To create a baseline for your vitamin and mineral levels, we take blood work. This helps to check for deficiencies and determine if taking more vitamins is necessary after surgery.
Hair Loss after Bariatric Surgery
We all want to achieve great weight loss results and still have great hair. However, this is not always possible as hair loss after bariatric surgery is very common. The hair loss associated with bariatric surgery is called telogen effluvium and has to do with the normal hair growth cycle.
Obesity increases the risk of Iron deficiency anemia
Obesity and iron deficiency anemia appear to be unrelated. But according to studies, there is an increased risk of iron deficiency among people with obesity. Researchers(Cepeda-Lopez AC1, Aeberli I, Zimmermann MB., 2011), say that an obese person is likely to get anemia because of:
- Impaired iron absorption,
How will bariatric surgery affect your pregnancy?
Pregnancy after bariatric surgery is an issue that most women grapple with. Though you could diet or change your lifestyle to lose weight before pregnancy, if you are morbidly obese, bariatric surgery is a more viable treatment option.
In fact, studies have shown that bariatric surgery reduces these risks associated with maternal obesity:
Is Your child Likely to Suffer from Childhood Obesity?
Childhood obesity is becoming a major problem in the United States. Latest data from the CDC shows that 1 in 5 children and young people up to 19 years old in the USA are obese. These overweight children are likely to become overweight adults.
PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) and Its Relation to Obesity
By: Jessica Basso, RN
PCOS, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, is one of the most common hormonal disorders in women of reproductive age. A woman affected with this condition will experience:
- Irregular menstrual bleeding/cycles,
- Excess androgen, which is elevated levels of male hormones,
Infertility is a medical condition characterized by a diminished or inability to produce offspring. It is not a gender-specific condition but can affect both men and women. Infertility may result from a problem with any of the steps involved in conception. These steps include:
- A woman’s body must release an egg from one of her ovaries.
Severe obesity is a chronic disease with symptoms that build slowly over an extended period of time.
How Your Weight Could Be Causing Sleep Apnea and What to Do About It
By: Dr. Kristin Allison
Sleep Apnea is a serious but treatable sleep disorder. The mainstay of treatment is CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure), a machine that uses a steady stream of air to gently keep your airway open throughout the night.
How Getting a Good Night’s (Or Day’s) Sleep Affects Your Weight
By Susan Manez MS,RD,CDN
Adequate sleep duration and good sleep quality are of utmost importance in promoting healthy weight loss and maintenance. Sleep can affect your weight and overall health. This is according to multiple studies that have established that a lack of sleep can lead to increased body fat.
Do’s and Don’ts for Successful Recovery From Sleeve Gastrectomy
By: Jody MacHugh, FNP-BC, CBN, RNFA
The sleeve gastrectomy is a bariatric procedure that is typically done laparoscopically. That means you will only have 5-6 small incisions on your abdomen. Successful recovery from sleeve gastrectomy begins as soon as you leave the operating room and you have rested enough.
Is Success After Weight Loss Surgery All About What You See on The Scale?
By: Dr. Kristin Allison
First and foremost, weight loss surgery success has to do with the amount of weight lost. At Tri-State Bariatrics, we consider patients to be successful if they lose more than 50% of their excess weight.
5 Things You Can Do to Prevent Loose Skin After Sleeve Gastrectomy
By Susan K. Manez MS, RD, CDN
Weight loss has a lot of positive “side effects”. Some of them include:
- Increased energy,
- Improved health,
- Better confidence,
- Greater mobility.
But weight loss can also have a few less pleasant consequences as well.
How to deal with body image issues and improve intimacy after weight loss surgery
By: Elizabeth Handler, ANP-BC
Prior to weight loss surgery, patients are eager to think about all the exciting changes that will be happening. They are excited about
- The possibility of no longer needing medication for diabetes or high blood pressure,
How to Prevent Loose Skin after Sleeve Gastrectomy. It doesn’t have to require surgery. You can do it on your own.
By Susan K. Manez, MS,RD,CDN
Read how ‘slow and steady’ is a loose skin from Sleeve Bariatric Surgery solution…
Weight loss has a lot of positive “side effects”.