As the COVID-19 virus pandemic reshapes the world around us seemingly daily, one thing that is certain is that our normal lives have been disrupted. Many bariatric patients rely on the structure of their post-surgical eating and exercise regimes to stay on track with their weight loss. For many, that has been sidelined. While your trips to the gym or class may be put on hold for now, gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, and lap band patients still need to fit exercise into their bariatric lifestyles.
High protein dinners that you can cook in one pan are perfect for weeknights. Fewer dishes mean less cleanup. That means you have more time for things like work, family time, exercise, and other important things. Keeping the protein high and the carbohydrates low is the ideal way to maximize weight loss after gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, and lap band surgery.
Are you a fan of Trader Joe’s Everything But the Bagel seasoning? If you haven’t tried it yet, it’s like eating an everything bagel without the calories and carbs of a bagel. This makes it a great choice for people who are trying to lose weight, like Dr. Shillingford’s gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, and lap band surgery patients.
Eggs are a food that many bariatric surgery patients eat a lot of. And for good reason: they are full of high quality protein and no carbs. One egg has 75 calories, 7 grams of protein, iron, vitamin A, lutein, zeanthanin, and B12 among many other beneficial nutrients..
Each bariatric surgery patient is different. Similarly, each bariatric surgeon has slightly different recommendations for a post op bariatric diet. Each surgeon has different guidelines for when to start purees, soft foods, and solid foods, as well as which foods fall into which categories. Eating a food too early can result in nausea, gagging, vomiting, diarrhea, or quesiness. It’s best to follow your bariatric surgeon’s advice for when and how to progress through the stages.
If you have decided to have gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, or lap band surgery, congratulations! You’ve made the first step in a journey that will change your life forever. While you wait for your surgery date there are some things you can do to prepare.
A study published recently in the Journal of the American Medical Association looked at obese patients with type 2 diabetes who underwent bariatric surgery (gastric bypass, gastric sleeve, gastric banding, or duodenal switch).
Some people use chewing gum as a weight loss aid. The idea is that if their mouth is occupied by calorie free gum then they aren’t eating calorie laden foods, which helps reduce their overall caloric intake and promotes weight loss. Yet, bariatric patients are told not to chew gum. Why?
Obesity is a worldwide problem. The World Health Organization estimates that 13% of the word’s adults are obese. In America, that number is closer to 40%. 93 million Americans over 18 are obese. The problem is not just obesity, but the risk of other health conditions that often accompany obesity, like type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome, heart disease, stroke, and cancer.
Mother's Day is just around the corner, have you gotten the mom in your life a present? While traditional Mother's Day presents of chocolates or other sweet treats are delicious, at Dr. Shillingford's office we think the mothers we know would enjoy something that made them feel good not just something that tastes good.