Exercise is one of the best things you can do for your health. That is even more true for gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, and lap band patients. Exercise helps to burn calories and promote weight loss while helping to build lean muscle mass. Building lean muscle mass helps your body burn more calories while at rest, which ultimately helps you lose weight and keep it off.
Thanksgiving is upon us and so begins the gauntlet of the holidays. For many Americans, the holiday season is a time of overindulgence and weight gain. But for gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, and gastric band patients, overindulgence and weight gain just don’t work into their plans for weight loss and improving their health.
Many gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, and lap band patients report difficulty swallowing and digesting chicken and beef after their bariatric surgery. Since adequate protein intake is so important after weight loss surgery (with a goal of 60-80 grams of protein), not being able to eat proteins they usually tolerate can make eating and meeting their protein intake a challenge.
People carry excess weight in different places. For many obese people, even people who have lost their excess weight after bariatric surgery, they carry excess fat and skin in their upper arms. This drooping or wobbling skin is unaffectionately called “bat wings.”
Bacon, Avocado, and Tomato Deviled Egg is A High Protein Meal for Bariatric Patients’ Breakfast, Lunch, or Dinner
Eggs are one food that people often think of for breakfast, but really they can be enjoyed at any meal (as long as you are into Stage 5 of your post bariatric surgery diet). Eggs are a great source of protein (6 grams in a large egg) and are packed with vitamins and minerals. For gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, and lap band patients who are able to tolerate hard boiled eggs after their weight loss surgery, this dish may prove to be one you want to keep in your fridge for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
Aldi, a recent addition to the local grocery industry, has a new feature: grocery delivery at home. It’s called Instacart and it is available in the Boca Raton and surrounding areas, which are frequently where Dr. Shillingford’s gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, lap band, and laparoscopic surgery patients live.
Cheese is often one of the foods that gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, and lap band patients add back into their diet after starting on their post bariatric surgery diet . Cheeses like ricotta and cottage cheese can often be tolerated even in the pureed stage of the diet. As weight loss surgery patients graduate from stage to stage, cheese is often a food that can help patients meet their protein goals as it can fit in at foods at breakfast, lunch, dinner, and as snacks (if needed).
Most patients who have gastric bypass (also known as Roux-en-Y) surgery are able to maintain successful weight loss, according to the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. Gastric bypass surgery is credited for being the most effective treatment for obesity in Western Medicine, with with gastric sleeve surgery close behind. But not all gastric bypass patients lose weight equally or maintain their weight loss long term. Researchers at Binghampton University in New York set out to find out what factors might influence these discrepancies.
One minute can be a good goal for a non-runner to achieve. When on a walk, set a timer on your phone and begin running when you hit the ‘start’ button. Run like you’re trying to catch something or someone. It’s OK if have a hard time making it the full minute. Just keep trying every day for one minute, and you will be able to do it. Then, you could try adding a second minute later in your walk or doubling your running time for a two-minute interval. A second minute, or even third, does seem to increase the benefit to your bone health. Plus, it burns a few more calories that can contribute to weight loss.