Chicken thighs have a reputation for being juicy and flavorful, a perfect combination for bariatric patients. The dark meat of chicken thighs is moister than chicken breast, which is helpful to gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, and lap band patients struggling to eat protein after their surgery.
Once you schedule your bariatric surgery, life changes. You will have lab work and appointments to go on. You will have a new diet to plan for and a hospital stay to pack for. Once you have your gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, or lap band surgery there are many more changes to prepare for:
Chicken is often a staple in a high protein, low carbohydrate diet such as the post bariatric surgery diet followed by gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, and lap band patients follow. Chicken provides high quality protein, can be low in fat and calories, is inexpensive, and is very versatile.
For bariatric patients (gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, or gastric band) having a high protein breakfast is often essential to fitting in your total daily protein needs. But for those trying hard to stick to their post bariatric surgery diet and keep up with their busy lifestyle, cooking breakfast every morning just isn’t in the cards.
Ginger is widely regarded as a calming flavor, helping to quell nausea and stave away vomiting. Unfortunately, gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, and lap band patients often experience some episodes of nausea or an upset stomach after their weight loss surgery.
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.
For gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, and gastric band who are entering the semi-solid food phase of their post bariatric surgery diet, finding foods to eat that you both enjoy and tolerate can be tricky. Some foods taste good, but don’t sit well in your new stomach. Some foods are tolerated by your stomach, but your mouth (or nose) is a different story.
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.
Planks strengthen your core muscles and each variation helps target different muscle groups so it’s good to add different versions to your fitness repertoire. The side plank is specifically good for improving balance and concentration in addition to really working those core, back, and leg muscles.