A mountain climber isn’t actually what it sounds like. There’s no mountain involved. No flights to the Himalayas. No special cold weather clothes. In fact, you don’t even need any gear. A mountain climber is a bodyweight exercise that helps to burn calories for weight loss, build stamina, and strengthen your core muscles.
Summer in Florida can be hot. Really hot. Like standing next to the sun hot. Despite the heat, bariatric surgery patients still need to exercise to help promote weight loss, build muscle, and improve their body and mind. But how do you exercise in the heat without getting heat stroke or dehydration?
According to a recent study conducted by the Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), some office workers consume an over 1,000 calories per week from food obtained in the office (not including the food they brought from home or ordered from take out). A quarter of the study participants racked up close to 1,300 calories in a week. An extra 1,300 per week can contribute to nearly a 20 pound weight gain in a year.
We all know walking is good for us. All of us. Gastric sleeve patients, hernia patients, gallbladder patients, gastric bypass patients, gastric band patients, and even those who have no medical conditions to speak of. Walking for as little as 2 hours per week brings down all cause mortality, not just those related to obesity.
Bariatric surgery is the most effective way for obese individuals to lose weight and keep it off. Many studies over the last three decades confirm that finding. It has been proven to be more effective than diet, exercise, and medications at producing and maintaining weight loss.
Since May is American Stroke Month and National Blood Pressure Month, it’s only fitting that we take a closer look. As Dr. Shillingford focuses much of his practice on performing gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, and lap band surgery (which requires patients to be obese or overweight), his patients are at a higher risk of heart issues, including high blood pressure and stroke.
Even if it’s greek yogurt, put it down. Just for a second. Turn the container around and check the sugar content before spooning in another delicious mouthful.
Yogurt and greek yogurt have gained popularity in recent years due to their high protein content. For gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, and lap band patients, greek yogurts often have upwards of 10-13 g protein in each 6 oz cup, which goes a long way toward meeting their daily goal of 80g protein. But, if you are trying to lose weight (like bariatric surgery patients) or even just be healthy, you’ll want to make sure you aren’t eating heaping spoonfuls of sugar alongside of your protein.
Juicing has gained attraction as a health craze for a few years now. One of the most popular vegetables to juice is the carrot. Naturally sweet and visually stunning, carrot juice also contains less than 100 calories, 2 g protein, 2 g fiber, potassium, vitamin C, vitamin A, and vitamin K (in one cup of juice).
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.