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How to Prepare for Weight Loss Surgery

Even after you have decided to undergo a surgical procedure to help you lose weight, you will still need to make some lifestyle changes to lose as much weight as possible and keep it off. Eating large amounts of food with a smaller stomach will certainly be problematic, so you will need to adjust your eating habits accordingly. There are some things you can do before your surgery to make the process go more smoothly and effectively. A study by the Stanford University School of Medicine found that for every 1% of weight loss before surgery, you could expect to
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An Overview of Duodenal Switch Surgery

If you’re exploring your bariatric surgery options, a duodenal switch (DS) could be a major contender. This procedure has been around for over 20 years and is considered the most effective weight loss surgery for improving type II diabetes, with an impressive 98 percent cure rate. DS surgery also results in more weight loss on average than any other bariatric procedure. Learn more about the duodenal switch to determine if it could be the right option for you. How Duodenal Switch Surgery Works The duodenal switch combines two weight loss techniques: restriction and malabsorption. First, the surgeon removes about two-thirds
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Bariatric Surgery Misconceptions

With obesity affecting more American adults and teens than ever before, an increasing number of people are considering bariatric surgery to help them achieve substantial weight loss. Yet, myths about gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy, and duodenal switch surgery run rampant. Let Garden State Bariatrics and Wellness Center set the record straight on the most common bariatric surgery misconceptions. Misconception: Bariatric Surgery Is the Easy Way Out. This myth stems from the notion that the traditional way to lose weight – that is, dieting and exercising – is too hard for some people, so bariatric surgery is, therefore “easy.” However, having
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Low-Impact Workout Ideas for Weight Loss After Bariatric Surgery

If you’re struggling with obesity, you’ve probably tried adopting an exercise routine before with little success. Fortunately, after bariatric surgery, the effects of exercise are much more pronounced. In fact, while the procedure and associated dietary changes are sure to lead to long-term weight loss, exercise is another lifestyle change you should plan to make. You’ll need to tailor your workout plan to your specific needs and abilities, but we recommend at least 150 minutes of moderate exercise each week, or 30 minutes of physical activity per day, five days per week. Here are some low-impact workout ideas to help
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Lifestyle Changes after Bariatric Surgery

The decision to have bariatric surgery is a huge turning point in your battle against obesity, and it should be made with all the facts available. You need to have a realistic view of what surgery will be like, how long recovery will last and what sort of results you can expect if you follow your surgeon and your bariatric team’s guidelines. Whichever surgical procedure you choose, important lifestyle changes accompany it, and true weight-loss success occurs when those to go hand-in-hand. So, what kind of changes are we talking about? Nutrition Nutritional changes before and after bariatric surgery are
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Tips for Healthy Snacking at Work

Snacking after bariatric surgery can be controversial. Some surgeons do not recommend snacking after weight-loss surgery while others find it helpful while you adjust to your new post-op lifestyle. However, everyone agrees that if you do snack, you need to have a plan so you do not end up making unhealthy choices. Having healthy snacking options available at work especially can help prevent you from succumbing to unhealthy temptations around the office. Having healthy snacks on hand can also help you stay fueled when you are in the middle of a big project and cannot leave the office or you
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Benefits of Choosing Bariatric Surgery

For many people, obesity is a lifelong struggle. There are many schools of thought about how best to lose weight and keep it off, and by the time people begin to consider surgery, many of these options have typically been exhausted. The good news? There are many benefits to choosing bariatric surgery. Bariatric surgery decreases a person’s stomach capacity, making it necessary to take in less food. People who have had bariatric surgery must eat small meals, eating slowly and taking care to chew their food carefully. They feel full more quickly, and this makes it much easier to lose
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Having Support through Weight Loss Journey & Surgery

Making the decision to have weight loss surgery is immensely personal. It’s a huge commitment and a lifelong lifestyle change. The people who are most successful in an undertaking of this magnitude, though, are the ones with a good support system in place. People with a strong support system are more likely to remain positive and motivated, and to be successful in long-term weight loss. In an ideal situation, the person undergoing the surgery will have friends and family members who act as cheerleaders, celebrating every victory along with the person making this very important journey toward a better life.
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Importance of Protein in your Diet

If you’re trying to live a healthier lifestyle, you’ve probably encountered many differences of opinion when it comes to a healthy diet. Some tout low-fat foods, others low carb, some eschew grain while others avoid meat. One thing just about everyone agrees on, though, is the importance of protein. Why is a protein such a big deal? Your body uses protein for a number of things. Proteins help build muscle, blood and internal organs, and hair and nails are made almost entirely of protein. It’s used by your body in building and repairing tissue, and it’s also used to make
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Making Lifestyle Changes Instead of Dieting

The diet industry is a huge money-maker in the United States, and with good reason. Recent studies indicate that almost 40 percent of adults in the U.S. are obese, and about 17 percent of teenagers. When there are so many diets from which to choose, why are so many people still struggling with their weight? It could be because permanent weight loss requires more than just a diet: it takes a lifestyle change. Eat mindfully. Start reading labels, to get an idea of what you’re putting into your body in terms of calories, carbs, and sugar. Use smaller plates to
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