Embarking on the path of weight loss surgery is a transformative journey. It's not just about shedding pounds; it's about embracing a new, healthier lifestyle that includes proper diet and exercise. At Garden State Bariatrics in New Jersey, we are committed to the well-being and success of our patients. A crucial aspect of achieving your weight loss goals is understanding how nutrition affects your body during this transformative process. Key Considerations: Protein Intake and Rapid Weight Loss Similar to the challenges faced by those struggling with obesity, rapid weight loss and dietary restrictions after bariatric surgery can trigger changes in
How to Avoid Weight Regain After Bariatric Surgery
You did it. You worked hard to meet the requirements necessary for undergoing bariatric surgery. You had the procedure and got through recovery. You quickly shed pounds in the year after surgery, and were keeping up with your post-surgery diet. But… First you hit a plateau, and now the pounds have started to come back. At this point, some patients want to give up. Don’t let this be you: you can get back on the right track, and we’re here to help. Why Do Patients Regain Weight After Surgery? Weight regain after bariatric surgery is not uncommon. While sometimes a
Bariatric Surgery vs. Weight Loss Medications: Comparing Costs and Long-Term Results
As obesity rates continue to rise, more and more people are seeking effective solutions for weight loss. Two popular options are bariatric surgery and weight loss medications. While both approaches aim to help individuals shed excess weight, there are significant differences in terms of cost and long-term sustainability. Read on to explore the efficacy, financial implications, and sustainability of bariatric surgery compared to weight loss medications, and to learn more about the potential benefits and drawbacks of each approach. The Financial Burden of Weight Loss Medications Weight loss medications have gained popularity as a non-invasive alternative to bariatric surgery. Studies
Don’t Drink Your Calories!
Let’s Talk About (NOT) Drinking Calories! Perhaps you’ve seen the ad below in your travels around the internet. It’s the fall after all and one must have the proper beverage at all times! Hate to be the guy who rains on the parade, but you definitely want to avoid all these types of beverages. If you want to see what you will be subjecting your body to if you drink one of these follow this link: https://www.starbucks.ie/nutrition and then click on the “Download Beverage Nutritional PDF” and then go to page 7 of that PDF: the “Autumn 22 Promo Beverages”.
Can you do this for your whole life?
Anytime is a good time to establish new habits but in our culture, January seems to be the most popular time to do so. So let's talk about the ‘R word’ (Resolutation). Since our beat around here is health, nutrition and diet I will confine my remarks to those topics. We all know most ‘diets’ don’t work whether you start it in January or any other time of year. Why is that? Might I suggest it’s because most diets are impossible to maintain. Anyone remember the cabbage soup diet? Are you really going to eat cabbage soup for your entire
What’s In a Label
I want to talk about changes the food industry has made that will support both of those efforts. As of 2020, nutritional labels on purchased foods have new requirements. There are several changes on these new nutritional labels. Three of which I want to bring to your attention: Portion sizes are more realistic and reflect the amount that people actually eat. In the past, food companies would often have artificially small portion sizes which made the food seem like it had less calories than it really did. However, be careful not to let these larger portion sizes be an excuse
Do Diets Work?
Before considering this question, let’s start by acknowledging that “Diet” is a 4-letter word! The answer is “it depends.” They do and they don’t. One thing I can say with certainty… a ‘diet’ that does NOT work is SAD….the Standard American Diet. So, anything that moves you away from SAD will be beneficial. Here are some past blogs where I’ve discussed SAD: Taste Buds Rehab The Micro…What? There are no shortage of diets out there: Paleo, Vegan, Vegetarian, Keto, Mediterranean, Pescatarian, South Beach, Atkins... you get the idea. These fit the definition of "the kinds of food that a person,
March 14, 2021 | Weight Loss
If you are reading this and have already had bariatric surgery, then hopefully you are engaging in some form of exercise that is appropriate for your age and degree of mobility. One thing people find after losing some weight is that they can do more…walk more (and further), spend more time on an exercise bike, or elliptical or rowing machine etc. One standard piece of advice I have for all my patients is…as you feel you can do more, you should. What is the reason for that advice? As we get more fit there will be a tendency to hit
I want to discuss something that should be on your ‘never to do’ list. If you have had bariatric surgery, and frankly even if you haven’t, you should never ‘drink’ calories. I mean that in the very literal sense, btw. You should never consume calories in liquid form. So, first off, like all rules there are exceptions. The one exception to this rule, if you have recently had bariatric surgery you have been advised to consume your protein drink. This is obviously a liquid with calories (it has protein after all)… but other than that exception I would strongly suggest
The Best Diet
Did I get your attention with my little teaser about the “Best” diet? Spoiler alert there really is no “best” diet for everyone. On the other hand, there is likely a best diet for you. What are the clues that what you are doing is really optimum for you? First off, we must acknowledge that diet is a loaded term, mostly because virtually everyone who has struggled with their weight has been on one and for most people the experience is frustrating. Instead of the word ‘diet’ let’s use the term ‘nutritional strategy’ or perhaps ‘eating plan’. There are only
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