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News article: Bariatric surgery challenges the perception of Type 2 diabetes as a chronic condition

06/21/2009 | WellnessBariatric & Medical Weight Loss

This article from Endocrine Today, highlights one of the ongoing discussions about how bariatric surgery has been proven to cure Type 2 diabetes. We've discussed this topic on the blog before and I would encourage anyone with the disease to talk with your physician about how weight loss surgery may help your condition. The first few paragraphs are below and full text can be found here. A surgeon argued today that the criteria for bariatric surgery should be changed, allowing more overweight people…

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Build Strength and Burn Fat!

06/21/2009 | WellnessBariatric & Medical Weight Loss

Have you begun building lean muscle mass yet? If not, let’s get started now! Research shows that following a strength training program consistently will help you change your body composition by getting rid of fat and building lean muscle mass instead. Exercise DVDs often provide the instruction you need to move through a whole routine efficiently. If you are just beginning, try out these DVDs for help! Build Up Your Muscles with Gin Miller Absolute Beginners: Weight Training with Jules Benson…

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Quick Tips for Eating Out: Fast Food

06/20/2009 | WellnessBariatric & Medical Weight Loss

The best bets: Salads (Wendy’s, McDonalds, Subway), plain hamburger, plain grilled chicken, baked potato with chili (Wendy’s), low carb wraps (Subway) The worst: chicken nuggets, fries, fried fish, milkshakes, “special sauce," mayonnaise, croissant breakfast sandwiches Quick Tip: Order a kid’s meal. Choose a plain hamburger. Substitute fresh fruit for fries. Order a low fat milk and save it for later!

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Are you a candidate for weight loss surgery?

06/19/2009 | WellnessBariatric & Medical Weight Loss

The following factors will be considered in determining if you are a candidate for bariatric surgery: You have tried to lose weight by changing your eating habits and exercise and are still severely obese. You are unable to perform routine daily activities without being seriously affected. You understand the procedure and the lifestyle changes you will need to make after bariatric surgery. You are motivated to make a lifelong behavioral commitment that includes well-balanced meals and physical exercise.…

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Bodily Gratitude

06/19/2009 | WellnessBariatric & Medical Weight Loss

I learned something pretty important over the past week after running into some person health problems that sidelined my activities for about two weeks. This is the first time in a long time that I have been unable to keep up with my regular workout program…and it wasn’t my choice! First, I began to understand the difficulties that people face when it comes to handling health difficulties and trying to keep up with an exercise program. I had to significantly decrease the frequency and…

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A Vehicle to Inspire

06/18/2009 | WellnessBariatric & Medical Weight Loss

Ever since I began working in Bariatrics, I have been impressed by the courageous spirit my patients demonstrate as they set out to conquer so many nutritional and habitual mountains in their lives. In motivating patients to fall in love with nutritious food, I in turn became inspired to begin developing recipes and creating cooking education. In my Bariatric cooking classes, we spend the evening learning, laughing and trying new products and processes in the kitchen. Over time, we’ve made…

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News article: Does health insurance affect weight loss?

06/17/2009 | WellnessBariatric & Medical Weight Loss

While I think this article raises some interesting points, it only skims the surface of what really constitutes a successful weight loss surgery outcome. Can the type of insurance a patient has be a pre-cursor to how successful they will be in a bariatric weight loss program? Maybe. I think more telling is how willing they are to make a commitment to a healthier lifestyle. That is, how many support groups will they attend? Can they give up the unhealthy eating habits and focus on intake? Are they…

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Recipe: Tomato and Basil Stuffed Chicken Breasts

06/17/2009 | WellnessBariatric & Medical Weight Loss

I cannot believe that June is almost over already! Although I've had a few posts this month, I missed the entire month of May due to our patient event at the IMS. I will try to make up for it with the next few. Let me begin with a Liver Reduction Diet recipe, I found this in a summer 2009 edition of the magazine Radius. This recipe is by Ellen Haas. Tomato and Basil Stuffed Chicken Breasts Serves 4 Serving size is 1 chicken breast Ingredients 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts about 4-6 ounces…

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Finding Nutritious Foods When Eating Out

06/17/2009 | WellnessBariatric & Medical Weight Loss

Did You Know… The average value meal at a fast food restaurant has 1500 calories? When eating at a sit down restaurant, you may be given 2000 calories on your plate (not including salads and appetizers)? Meals are high in fat, calories and sodium? Studies show when people are given larger portion sizes, they eat more? The more often you eat out, the higher amount of calories you will consume. You can’t eat how you used to and lose weight! Quick Tips… Plan ahead so you’ll…

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Calculating Calories

06/17/2009 | WellnessBariatric & Medical Weight Loss

Ever wonder how many calories you are burning throughout the day while you do regular physical activities? Sometimes it is helpful to know what your calorie burning power is during each of these activities, so you can choose the ones that move you and burn off the most throughout the day! These calculators help you get an estimate with all kinds of activities you might do throughout the day…from housework to jogging! Check out some of these websites and enter your information. Search through…

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