• Let’s pack our bag!

    After going through the long process of bariatric surgery, a planned vacation sounds great! What are all the things that we need to foresee? What kind of vacation should you plan? Vacation that involves all you can eat buffet and 24 hour open all inclusive food and drink OR lounging at the pool all day will NOT be an IDEAL vacation for you.

    Several things that you need to ask before you pack your bag: Let's pack our bag!

    When was your surgery? If you had your surgery recently, make sure that you discuss your plan with your surgeon and meet with the dietitian to make sure that you are able to make healthier choices during your vacation. After about 6 weeks of healing process, you shall be able to do activities without extra limitations.

    Where will you go to? If you are going to travel within the country you would have a better idea on what to expect and you can research restaurants/places to eat along the way or places that you will visit. When you are going to a destination that is a bit more exotic, it will definitely help to bring along your protein powder or protein bars for your meal replacements. You probably won’t like the exotic foods that are unusual anyways.

    Will you have time to exercise? If you plan to travel on your schedule and itinerary, you probably be able to fit some time to exercise in between your destinations. However, when you are going with a tour group, you may have more limited time and you shall discuss the schedule ahead of time so that you can fit your exercise time and still follow the group.

    Anywhere you go in the world, you shall enjoy every bit of it! After all, life after surgery shall be lived to the FULLEST! Please call the office if you have any questions or concerns when planning your vacation, we will be happy to help!

  • Tips for Recovering from Gastric Sleeve Surgery

    Gastric sleeve surgery near Houston is a popular and effective weight loss procedure. After your surgery, adhering to your doctor’s advice during your recovery will help to reduce complications and support your weight loss efforts. Here are some strategies you can use during gastric sleeve surgery recovery to get the best possible results. Tips for Recovering from Gastric Sleeve Surgery

    Follow Your Post-Surgery Diet

    The diet your surgeon provides you with after your gastric sleeve surgery is not only intended to help you lose weight but also to ensure that you reduce your risk of post-surgical complications. Because the size of your stomach is drastically reduced, eating the wrong foods or overeating can cause nausea, vomiting, and other gastrointestinal complaints. Most patients follow a liquid diet after surgery and slowly reintroduce solid foods. Stick to each stage of your diet closely to avoid problems.

    Track Your Food and Drink Intake

    Because you will be on a reduced calorie diet, it will be important to keep a food journal so you can see exactly what you are eating. Keeping a journal will also help you identify poor food choices so you can eradicate them from your diet. Getting your calories from healthy foods is important so you get the necessary nutrients within your daily calorie allotment. Managing your liquid intake is also part of recovery. Drink only no or low-calorie beverages, and avoid all types of carbonated drinks, which can cause abdominal distress. Drinking liquids can fill you up, so your doctor at a weight loss clinic will help you determine when and how much to drink per day so you still feel hungry enough to eat.

    Ask for Help

    Adjusting to life after weight loss surgery takes time. It’s normal to have questions along the way. As concerns arise, don’t delay in contacting your bariatric clinic for support. At your weight loss surgery center, the medical team will be available to support you during your recovery and as you work towards your goal weight.

    Disclaimer: This is only for general information, and all patients should run this by their doctors prior to following any recommendations in any of these videos or postings, as every patient has specific needs and limitations only the treating surgeon could be aware of.

  • Eating After Weight Loss Surgery

    After bariatric surgery in Houston , what you eat will have a significant impact not only on your recovery but also your future weight loss. Watch this video for insight into the typical post-bariatric surgery diet.

    After weight loss surgery, you will typically be asked to follow a clear liquid diet followed by a transition to a full liquid diet. Under the guidance of your weight loss clinic, you will slowly add solid foods to your diet in small amounts. For effective weight loss, your surgeon will likely recommend focusing on lean proteins and cutting the amount of carbs you eat. To avoid complications and gastrointestinal distress, you will need to eat only small amounts at each meal and avoid excessive sugar and fat.

    Disclaimer: This is only for general information, and all patients should run this by their doctors prior to following any recommendations in any of these videos or postings, as every patient has specific needs and limitations, only the treating surgeon could be aware of.

  • Medical and Surgical Approach to Weight Loss

    Obesity is a complicated medical problem without a one-size-fits-all solution. For most people, effective weight loss only occurs when multiple efforts are combined for treatment. Bariatric surgery in Houston can play a significant role in achieving your weight loss goals, and combining surgery with other efforts can lead to even more success. A weight loss clinic can help you determine which approaches are likely to be the most helpful for you. Here are some of the options you may consider. Medical and Surgical Approach to Weight Loss

    Weight Loss Surgery

    Weight loss surgery helps patients overcome obesity by allowing them to feel satisfied with eating less food. Gastric bypass surgery also affects the way food is absorbed, which decreases the number of calories the body retains from what you eat. Weight loss surgery is usually only recommended for patients that meet certain criteria for obesity and then only after other weight loss efforts have failed. While weight loss surgery sets a patient up for success, dietary changes and other complementary treatments may also be part of an overall obesity treatment plan.

    Medications

    Weight loss medications can be effective with or without weight loss surgery. There are a number of different medications that are available. Some work by reducing your appetite, while others change the way you absorb food. Some patients use these medications before weight loss surgery to encourage pre-surgery weight reduction, and they can help some patients after surgery reach their goals faster and avoid future weight gain. Because of the side effects associated with weight loss medications, they are not the right solution for every patient.

    Dietary Changes

    Weight loss surgery and medications cannot ultimately be effective without dietary changes. After surgery, patients are asked to eliminate fats and added sugars and focus on a diet rich in lean protein. These changes can also support weight loss aided by medications. A weight loss clinic will help you develop an eating plan that is healthy for you and that will support your weight loss efforts.

    Disclaimer: This is only for general information, and all patients should run this by their doctors prior to following any recommendations in any of these videos or postings, as every patient has specific needs and limitations, only the treating surgeon could be aware of.

  • Who is The Biggest Loser?

    America is addicted with reality TV shows, not only those involving lots of drama but also weight loss related shows. Many reality TV shows such as the Biggest Loser or Extreme Weight Loss or Extreme Make Over involves extreme exercise, super strict diet and intense training sessions. Others such as American Ninja Warrior or Dancing with the stars involve extreme physical capability that most of us will not even come close to trying to perform. Sure it is fun to watch all the drama and funny moves that comes with it, but what do we learn from watching the shows? Who is The Biggest Loser?

    Are you getting challenged after watching these shows? Are you saying that you can do it too? or is it discouraging you even more as far as your physical ability. How realistic are the goals that we have for ourselves? I think that we all know what to do to live healthier and increase our quality of life. It is a matter of whether or not you have the motivation or will power to do what you want to do.

    The Biggest Loser contestants are being studied due to their failure in maintaining the weight loss goal after the show. Contestants had to live in the ranch for about 14 weeks with a trainer and dietitian. During this time they are away from daily life hustle and bustle and able to focus only in losing weight and/or to win the prize. But for almost all of them, keeping the weight off turned out to be a losing battle. Maintaining weight loss is just as hard as losing it.

    I have learned that yes most of us know what to do to lose weight or maintain your weight loss, but the guidance of your doctor/surgeon and dietitian is always necessary as constant reminder and motivator also as your cheerleader when you are doing above and beyond. Having had weight loss surgery means that you have survived the “ranch life” as it was in the TV show, but the maintenance with follow up care is just AS important as your life in the ranch.