The flu is all over the news this winter. It’s taking its toll across the country and, sadly, leading to dozens of deaths. While the news is not specifically related to bariatric patients, we want to keep our gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, and lap band patients healthy. That includes things like promoting weight loss, achieving normal blood sugar levels, reducing hypertension and high cholesterol, but also helping to reduce the chance of contracting contagious infections like influenza.
Is the fig the next flavor craze? According to the Swiss company Firmenich it is. The 120 year old family owned company has been creating “fragrances and flavors for the world’s most desirable companies, delighting billions of consumers every day,” according to their company profile, so it stands to reason they know what they’re talking about.
Weight loss happens when you burn more calories than you take in, creating a calorie deficit. For gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, and lap band surgery patients, maximizing this calorie deficit is important to maximize weight loss. To do that you would have to know how many calories you are taking in and how many you are burning each day.