Cholesterol is a fat-based, waxy substance that is produced by our liver and also introduced to the body from animal based foods. Our bodies need cholesterol for the production of sex hormones, vitamin D, and digestive enzymes. But too much cholesterol can be bad. According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), high cholesterol is often the result of lifestyle choices such as diet, combined with genetic factors.
This Friday is Good Friday, an important day for Catholics. In observance of Good Friday, many Catholics do not eat beef, pork, chicken, turkey, and other meats. For weight loss surgery patients, that can greatly limit their choices for high quality proteins to help them meet their daily protein goal (usually around 60-80 grams of protein) after bariatric surgery. Consuming adequate protein is crucial for maintaining muscle mass while losing weight.
Success after bariatric surgery is not always measured by a scale. Yes, your weight and your BMI do matter. But for so many gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, and lap band patients successes can also be measured in quality of life or in the day to day victories that remind us that we’ve changed for the better.
Bariatric patients should prioritize protein, then vegetables, and fruits. Added sugars are something that should be avoided in a weight loss surgery patient’s diet (see Dr. Shillingford’s post op diet guidelines). But this can be hard. Even harder than you think. That’s because sugar can be pervasive, appearing in food items you wouldn’t think to check, like meats, sauces, and soups. And it gets even trickier because food manufacturers sometimes use different forms of sugar in their products, meaning you might not see the word “sugar” listed on the ingredient list. Instead, you could see a name you don’t recognize as sugar.
Stamina describes a person’s ability to maintain mental and physical activity and focus. A person with low mental stamina may find it difficult to concentrate on tasks or they can become easily distracted. A person with low physical stamina may tire quickly. After bariatric surgery, as with any surgery, it can be normal to have a decline in your stamina levels. Once you have had time to recover and have been cleared to begin exercising by Dr. Shillingford, MD or your bariatric surgeon, you may feel yourself becoming stronger as you experience weight loss and have more energy than you used to have.
If there was one pose you could do everyday to help improve your body would you do it? Well, there is. Plank pose is a strength training pose that works several muscle groups (including abdominals, arms, legs, chest, back, and glutes) at one time. It’s done isometrically, meaning the pose works by contracting your muscles and holding one steady position. Planks won’t take the place of aerobic workouts which burn a lot of calories.
The CDC estimates that one in three people have prediabetes. That means it could be you, your partner, or even your sibling. Or your Uber driver, your pilot, or your child’s babysitter. Prediabetes is a condition where a person’s blood sugar is high but not high enough to be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. If prediabetes is not treated, it can progress into type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes can lead to blindness, amputations, and kidney failure as well as heart disease, stroke, or death.
Vegetables should be a huge priority in gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, and lap band post op diet, just behind protein which should be the first priority. Starting at Stage 5, post op bariatric patients who are tolerating their diets should begin adding lettuce and soft cooked, low starch vegetables. When Stage 6 begins, you can add raw vegetables for more variety and texture in your diet.