With over 42% of adults in the US living with obesity, there are literally millions of people trying to lose weight every day. While diet and exercise are the first step in weight loss, they are often not the answer for long term weight loss for many adults.
Exercise is critically important for everyone, but especially for gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, and lap band patients. First, exercise is key for weight loss, which is the goal of bariatric surgery along with the health benefits associated with weight loss.
As part of Dr. Shillingford’s bariatric surgery package (including his out of pocket packages), Dr. Shillingford’s office communicates to his patients via a monthly emailed newsletter.
Every month Dr. Shillingford’s gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, and lap band patients are invited to participate in a Nutrition Support Group hosted by Susan Peacock, Bariatric Dietitian. Previously, there would be one In Person group meeting at Dr. Shillingford’s office and another hosted virtually.
Soft proteins (such as cheeses, flaky fish, and beans) are often easily tolerated by gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, and lap band patients. But, once your new stomach is able to tolerate harder, denser proteins (often around Stage 5 of Dr. Shillingford’s post-op diet), adding them into your bariatric diet definitely has a benefit.
Fish is often one of the animal proteins most easily tolerated by gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, and lap band patients. As such, it should be something bariatric patients try at the appropriate stage after their surgery even if they never really liked fish before.
For many people, it’s been hard stay active while we’re at home. Many of us are still working from home and soon kids may be starting school from home. That can mean a lot of sitting down instead of the usual ‘running around’ we did before the pandemic made it safer to be at home.
Soda is the guilty pleasure of many Americans, both young and old. Aside from water, soda is the most consumed beverage, beating out milk, coffee, tea, and beer.