Walking your dog can count as exercise. For gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, and lap band patients that can be a good thing. As January is Walk Your Dog Month, it seems a good time to highlight the health benefits associated with walking your dog (and walking in general):
Your blood pressure reading is made up of two measurements represented by numbers, i.e. 120/80. The top number is the systolic blood pressure and the bottom is the diastolic blood pressure. These numbers are measured in mm Hg, or millimeters of mercury.
In addition to eating fewer calories, bariatric patients need exercise to help them lose weight after gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, or lap band surgery. Sometimes all you can find is a small window to fit your exercise in. But don’t despair, you can still find something to do to burn calories and help you maximize your weight loss, especially if you can find a few small windows of time each day.
Fish is a good choice of protein for diabetics since it’s frequently low in fat, carbohydrates, and calories. While frying fish is a common way to prepare it, the frying process adds lots of fat and calories, which is not good for your weight loss efforts or for your heart. Grilling fish can be a much better choice.
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.