A lot of people who embark on a dramatic weight loss journey do it for a variety of reasons. Health is, of course, a strong focus. Carrying excessive weight can put a lot of pressure on your body. But physical health isn’t the only reason why we want to lose weight. I am ashamed of […]
Maintaining a healthy weight is a great way to improve your overall well-being and boost your self-confidence. If you’ve recently had significant weight loss, then you should certainly feel proud of your achievements. But many people have difficultly with their new body image. If you struggle to accept your body after significant weight loss then […]
Weight loss surgery is no easy operation. Physically it takes its toll as recovery takes a good month. And chances are that you’ve focused all of your energies on physical health after weight loss surgery. But I will bet that you have paid little thought to the emotional toll that such a massive life change […]
Bariatric surgery is a term that encompasses many different treatments — such as a gastric sleeve surgery. All of these treatments and surgical procedures are aimed at obese people who need to lose weight. The idea with each of them is they alter your digestive system to promote more weight loss. Many obese individuals need […]
Stress-eating is among the most common causes of weight regain after bariatric surgery. Moreover, if it is left untreated, the issue can significantly reduce your quality of life. It’s important, then, to learn about reducing stress after bariatric surgery. “What is more dangerous than death? Mental stress.” – Anusha Waddepelli Vacation and short-term distractions can […]
Good health habits are generally slow to develop. And it takes a lot of effort to stay the course for the long journey. After the bariatric diet ends, we try various other diets and exercise routines. Yet still we seek that magical combination of what is both enjoyable and easy to stick with. And that’s precisely […]
When you’ve been sedentary and morbidly obese for a long time, it can be difficult to get into a regular exercise routine. Following the weight loss that comes from bariatric surgery, you’ll feel renewed energy. But you may still need to take things at a slow pace for your safety. It’s unlikely you’ll be ready […]
Weight regain after bariatric surgery is a reality. The numbers aren’t conclusive, but one study found that excess weight loss is at approximately 77% within the first year but drops to 56% after five years. Another study found that only 40% of gastric bypass patients maintained a 30% or more loss after 12 years. Obviously, […]
At one time or another, we are subject to fat shaming and weight discrimination. Even in the sacred space of healthcare, practitioners often treat us indifferently rather than properly. The New York Times newspaper reports our healthcare system — in its attitudes, equipment and common practices — is ill prepared. And its practitioners are often […]
Bariatric surgery can be an effective way to lose weight, particularly if other options haven’t enabled you to achieve your goals. However, any type of weight loss has an impact on your mental health. Fortunately, many clinicians ensure their patients have access to emotional support and counseling prior to and following bariatric surgery. Of course, […]
A review in JAMA finds that many people seeking surgery for morbid obesity also have psychiatric issues. In this article, we address which psychiatric issues can delay bariatric surgery. For example, depression and eating disorders are common in people seeking weight loss. How serious a concern are they to your bariatric surgery program? Hospitalization […]
Hello again! Last month we discussed what to expect in your bariatric presurgical psychological evaluation. In the next couple of articles, we’re going to talk about what these evaluations are really looking for and why. Today we’re focusing on depression before bariatric surgery. Depression and obesity often go hand-in-hand, according to this data brief by […]
When I thought about writing an article on the purpose of the bariatric surgery psychological evaluation, I realized that I won’t be able to give you many “hard facts” about these evaluations. Unfortunately, there are no strict guidelines in the field of bariatric surgery on how to conduct these assessments. This lack of guidelines leads […]
At least once in our lives, we’ve all been told to take our vitamins, most likely in our early child years. While chewing our tasty Flintstones vitamins, we probably were unaware of the health benefits that these candy-like vitamins possessed. As adults, we have a far better understanding of the importance of taking our vitamins […]
There are so many bariatric starter kit and bariatric box options on the market, along with an overwhelming amount of prepared food for the bariatric diet. So it’s no surprise, then, that finding bariatric food best-suited for your needs and tastes can be confounding. And as it is my desire to find the best tasting […]
A bariatric bento box offers a great solution for every foodie who has had bariatric surgery. Unlike a traditional lunch box, the small compartments within a bento box allow for bariatric-friendly portions of healthy food. And as long as you select from 4 food groups for its contents, the bento box will be nutritionally sound […]
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