Thanksgiving is coming and with that will likely be a selection of delicious (but very sugary) desserts. Gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, and lap band patients may find it hard to resist these tempting morsels. So many Americans overindulge on Thanksgiving, but bariatric patients in particular should try their best to stick as close to their post op diet as possible to avoid potential side effects like nausea and diarrhea.
No matter what your weight is, whether you’re overweight, obese, or a normal weight, we can all fall victim to eating triggers. Eating triggers are the things that get us to eat even though we aren’t really hungry.
Yes, it’s another thing on your calendar. Another car ride. Another event to go to. Another thing taking you away from family, responsibilities, work, or fun. But losing weight is hard. And doing it alone is even harder. Attending support groups for weight loss might add a burden to your calendar, but the benefits can definitely outweigh the burden.
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.
One side effect of bariatric surgery can be changes in food preferences. This can be especially true in the early stages after gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, or lap band surgery, but may also persist.
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).
Not everyone has health insurance, and even those who have health insurance may not have coverage for bariatric procedures. Each insurance policy is different. To learn if you have coverage for gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, or lap band surgery, it’s best to read your plan documents or call your insurance provider to find out.
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?