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.
Weight loss, bariatric surgery, and well, let’s face it life, can be difficult sometimes. Having support, a friendly ear, or words of encouragement can make all the difference.
Did you walk out of your doctor’s office with a prescription for an abdominal ultrasound? Maybe you complained about abdominal pain, or your hormone levels are abnormal, or you are experiencing inflammation in your abdomen.
We all scramble to cook a homemade dinner some nights. Those nights always seem to follow busy day, a day where things just didn’t go your way, a day when you might have previously picked up some take out to make your night easier.
If you are morbidly obese, you may a higher risk of being hospitalized with the flu or other similar respiratory virus. According to a recent study, risk of hospitalization was highest for adults at the lowest and highest ends of the BMI spectrum. Those who fell into the “normal” range had the lowest risk of hospitalization.
Many of Dr. Shillingford’s gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, and lap band patients incorporate cauliflower rice into their post bariatric surgery diet. It tastes good, it’s low in carbohydrates, low in calories, and it’s packed with vitamins, minerals, and fiber.