Category Archives: Medical Weight Loss
June 24, 2020
Some argue having weight loss surgery is the “easy way out”, but those who have had surgery know it is just the beginning of a lifelong journey.
Sticking to the plan begins well before surgery day. It starts with changing your mind set on food. Food can no longer be used for comfort. Use food to fuel your body! Fruits and vegetables are packed with nutrients your body needs. Have at least one at each meal. Keep protein a part of your meals. Your body NEEDS it!
February 5, 2020
Did you know, it is estimated that upwards of 75% of Americans, are chronically dehydrated? 75%! That means the ¾ of us feel sluggish more often than we should, eat more than we should and generally keep our bodies working in a less than optimal state, from lack of water.
January 22, 2020
One of the most difficult dietary changes to make, post bariatric surgery, is getting enough protein. Protein is key to ensuring a swift and complication-free post bariatric recovery. This is especially true in the first year or two after surgery when your body is getting accustomed to reduced calories and a lower weight. Not only does protein speed up the recovery process, but it also helps you maintain lean muscle mass while you’re losing a significant amount of weight. Protein also helps keep you full longer on your new reduced-calorie diet.
December 6, 2019
According to the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS), in the years after weight loss surgery half of patients will regain 5-10% of their excess weight. This typically occurs as patients adapt to their new anatomy and become less strict with changes in diet and lifestyle made after surgery. Minor weight regain after the initial period of weight loss, which is about the first year to 18 months after surgery, is absolutely normal. However, weight regain can be concerning and we are always happy to discuss your unique situation and concerns. We never want a patient to hide weight regain in shame or fear of disappointing Dr. Chang and the care team. It is our goal to help you succeed. Every patient is different, but we find some things to be helpful across the board when it comes to staying on track:
November 25, 2019
There are two main types of diabetes: type 1 and type 2. Let’s start with their similarities: both are chronic diseases that affect the way your body regulates blood sugar or glucose. Glucose fuels and runs your body, and insulin produced by the pancreas is the “key” that unlocks the power of glucose and lets it enter your cells. Both types lead to chronically high blood sugar levels which increase the risk of diabetes and related complications.
November 8, 2019
Traveling for bariatric surgery seems relatively common, as evidenced when you scan popular online support groups. While discounted prices and quick workups may be appealing, there are several things you should consider, especially if you are looking to go out of the country for your bariatric surgery. Medical tourism isn’t without risks and it is important you do the appropriate research and feel confident in your decision, no matter where you choose to have surgery.
August 6, 2019
The days, weeks and months after bariatric surgery are very exciting times, to be sure. As the pounds melt off and the number on the scale decreases, most patients maintain a very high level of motivation, keeping their weight on a downward trajectory. However, the truly successful bariatric patient is the one who has mastered the art of getting back on track after a misstep.
June 14, 2019
Anxiety before any surgical procedure is perfectly normal. There are many unknowns and that can be scary. Bariatric patients may feel even more anxious because the results do not become apparent on the day of surgery – they have months and years of weight loss to pursue and maintain. Patients are often concerned about the safety of the procedure and potential complications after surgery. Of course, they may also worry about the long-term results. While all of these concerns are justified, they are also very manageable and the team here at Advanced Bariatric and Surgical Specialists makes it our goal to ensure the smoothest surgical process for each of our patients. So, let’s jump in and see how to best manage the anxieties and fears we may have before surgery.
December 5, 2016
I’ve heard that quite a few patients are doing medically supervised weight loss plans.
- When patients do temporary plans, they have temporary weight loss.
- When the diet stops, the patient is largely destined to regain weight. although this sounds like #1, it’s different. When you have to purchase foods or shakes or meal replacements, NO ONE will do this lifelong. Therefore they will only have temporary weight loss. The average American cannot afford the additional expense for a lifetime.
- Protein shakes as meal replacements don’t work. the feelings of fullness are partially generated by chewing your food. You will not get this from drinking a smoothie or drinking a protein shake.
- If the stomach is not properly filled, the patient stays in a starvation state. Studies of contestants from the Biggest Loser showed that their basal metabolic rate (BMR) went down by 25%. However, the same studay also showed that the BMR decreased with gastric bypass. The differences are the following…there was a smaller decrease with bypass and the calorie intake was lowered so much with bypass that patients were much more likely to keep weight off.
- Most patients I see for bariatric surgery have tried some gimicky medical weight loss plan…usually with Phentermine. If this really worked well, they would not be considering bariatric surgery!