Archives: December 2022

How You Can Use Zone 2 Training to Lose Weight After Surgery

Woman exercising in a workout room lifting weights

We are constantly bombarded with diet and exercise programs that promise fast weight loss results. But what if the most effective exercise programs are the ones we’ve known for years? What if many high-performance athletes have always used these simple exercises to prepare for the highest level of competition? What if these exercises did not require intense training all the time? It sounds like one of those too-good-to-be-true commercials, doesn’t it? But the truth is that zone 2 training is precisely one of these exercises and should be a part of every bariatric patient’s return to exercise.

In this article, we will discuss zone 2 training and how it can make a difference in your postop exercise program.

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New Bariatric Surgery Guidelines From ASMBS and IFSO

Person measuring their waist size with yellow measuring tape

You have likely done plenty of research on bariatric surgery and know that the Body Mass Index or BMI is the primary tool for measuring whether a patient qualifies for bariatric surgery. According to 1991 federal guidelines, patients with a BMI of 35 or more with one or more obesity-related comorbidities may qualify for bariatric surgery. Patients with a BMI of 40 or over may be eligible regardless of their obesity-related conditions. That said, the definition of obesity is arbitrary because the BMI does not consider many of the traits and qualities that make us all different. For example, the degree to which obesity or excess weight may be problematic varies based on race, body type, musculature, and gender; even where you keep and accumulate your fat can make a significant difference in the risk of follow-on diseases.

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