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.
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.
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.
New Year’s resolutions often include things like weight loss, eating better, and exercising more. Those resolutions often lead to a spike in new gym attendees. Encouraging people to exercise to promote health and weight loss is great. But exercise should be done safely. This is especially true for gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, and lap band patients who have recently had their bariatric surgery and are at a higher risk of injury.
Stress is a pretty common occurrence among adults, and holiday time can add to it. We’ve all felt the effects of stress at one time or another due to a deadline, test, or an emergency- the fast heart beat, the sweating, the heightened state of alertness. But chronic stress- stress that does not subside, but rather persists- can put pressure on the body that can lead to negative side effects.
Many gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, and lap band patients report difficulty swallowing and digesting chicken and beef after their bariatric surgery. Since adequate protein intake is so important after weight loss surgery (with a goal of 60-80 grams of protein), not being able to eat proteins they usually tolerate can make eating and meeting their protein intake a challenge.
People carry excess weight in different places. For many obese people, even people who have lost their excess weight after bariatric surgery, they carry excess fat and skin in their upper arms. This drooping or wobbling skin is unaffectionately called “bat wings.”
Aldi, a recent addition to the local grocery industry, has a new feature: grocery delivery at home. It’s called Instacart and it is available in the Boca Raton and surrounding areas, which are frequently where Dr. Shillingford’s gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, lap band, and laparoscopic surgery patients live.
Cheese is often one of the foods that gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, and lap band patients add back into their diet after starting on their post bariatric surgery diet . Cheeses like ricotta and cottage cheese can often be tolerated even in the pureed stage of the diet. As weight loss surgery patients graduate from stage to stage, cheese is often a food that can help patients meet their protein goals as it can fit in at foods at breakfast, lunch, dinner, and as snacks (if needed).
Most patients who have gastric bypass (also known as Roux-en-Y) surgery are able to maintain successful weight loss, according to the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. Gastric bypass surgery is credited for being the most effective treatment for obesity in Western Medicine, with with gastric sleeve surgery close behind. But not all gastric bypass patients lose weight equally or maintain their weight loss long term. Researchers at Binghampton University in New York set out to find out what factors might influence these discrepancies.