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Are Green Powder Drinks Good for Bariatric Patients

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In today’s world of “disruptive” foods, drinks, and supplements, there’s no shortage of options or marketing hype. One type of supplement that has made the rounds of the podcast steer. Some green powders claim to offer a barrage of benefits, from digestive health to vitamin and mineral optimization. With the podcasters and other online influencers backing some of these products, we wanted to see if they make sense for somebody in their post-bariatric surgery life. Now, it’s essential to understand that we can only offer general guidance on suitability. Every person is different. So, speak to your doctor and bariatric surgeon before changing any supplementation routine.

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Why You’re Probably Consuming More Calories Than You Think and Need

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One of the most complex parts of the post-bariatric surgery lifestyle is controlling and tracking how many calories you consume. However, this is also one of the most critical parts of successful, long-term weight loss. When we talk about the calories in, calories out paradigm, you might think it’s relatively easy to track through one of the many useful calorie-counting apps. However, our patients often underestimate their calories while taking far more than they need. Let’s discuss this further and see why it happens.

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Top 10 Hurdles After Bariatric Surgery

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We’re often asked about the biggest hurdles you will face after bariatric surgery. Yes, we aren’t joking when we say the hard part begins AFTER surgery. However, it is by no means impossible, and thousands of our patients who remain successful in their life changes are a testament to that. Dr. Abbas reviews the TOP 10 milestones and obstacles you will face during your weight loss journey. Get ready for them and embrace them! After all, what comes on the other side is a very sweet victory.

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Does a Low-Carb Help Burn More Fat & Drop Weight?

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As you have undoubtedly seen over the years of dieting and weight loss efforts, there is a tremendous amount of conflicting information on the Internet and elsewhere discussing how best to lose weight. We have hundreds of diets, many using gimmicks to sell a “new” narrative. However, some make more sense than others and have withstood the test of time. One classification of diets that remains popular with questionable results is the low carbohydrate kind. Low-carb has spawned hundreds of diets, some of which virtually eliminate carbs.

Let’s dive into carbohydrates and understand why the low-carb diet has been so popular.

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How to Stick To Your Bariatric Diet if You’re Traveling This Summer

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Planning is one of the most crucial components of success after bariatric surgery. Setting expectations, planning meals, and ultimately being deliberate about what you do and when you do, it is often the difference between good and excellent results. However, virtually every bariatric patient will attest to being thrown for a loop when their routine changes. Staying on track is far more complex when removed from a familiar environment. So, what do we do when we are away from home, especially on vacation? With so many of us traveling this summer, we must also apply our routines and good habits to our travels.

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Fats: To Eat or Not to Eat

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We get a lot of mixed messages when it comes to fat consumption. Eat it, don’t eat it. We overeat; we don’t eat enough. Eat the excellent fat but pass on the bad fat…well, what is it? Should we eat fat, and if so, what kind is ok to eat and what fat should be avoided?
There are essentially two kinds of fat that you’ll find in most foods these days: Known as unsaturated and saturated fat. Trans fats have largely been eliminated from foods in the US.

You want to eat unsaturated fats –good fats – because they can help lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease. You’ll want to avoid the bad fats because they do just the opposite. Easier said than done? Yes, but not if you know what foods to avoid and what foods to consume – in moderation.

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Do You Have “Responsibilities” after Weight Loss Surgery

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Many potential bariatric patients erroneously think that bariatric surgery is a magic bullet and that the procedure alone will correct their excess weight and obesity-related health problems. Patients who go into the surgical process thinking that all their issues will be handled in one fall swoop are unknowingly perpetuating the stigma that we try to fight – that bariatric surgery is the easy way out. Let’s talk about why patients may believe that surgery will resolve all their issues. The reason for this is simple:

About 90% of obese patients who try to lose weight through diet and exercise alone fail to do so. They may lose 50 or even 100 pounds, but in time that weight often returns, and they can sometimes gain even more. On the other hand, patients who have bariatric surgery see the flip side of those results. About 90% of patients can maintain significant weight loss over the long term. It must be the surgery, therefore, right? Not exactly.

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Forever Chemicals and Their Effect on Our Weight

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As we become more conscious of our environments and what we put into our bodies, the concept of forever chemicals has come into full view. Forever chemicals are just as they sound: they accumulate in our bodies throughout our lives and are not excreted or expelled through our normal bodily functions. These chemicals can range from relatively benign to carcinogenic and should not be in our bodies in the first place.

Before we learn how to avoid these chemicals, it’s worth noting that preventing exposure to some chemicals is either impractical or downright impossible. The packaging that even the healthiest foods come in is often laced with these chemicals, and even the most vigilant of us cannot avoid them entirely. However, this article aims to understand more about what chemicals are in our environments, where we find them daily, and practical tips on avoiding them.

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Is It Better to Skip Meals or Eat Fast Food After Bariatric Surgery?

Woman biting into a burgerThe unfortunate reality of modern-day society is that we have less time than ever. Whether it is self-imposed obligations or those expected of us from others, we seemingly have less and less time to devote to ourselves and to our health. The result is an increase in stress that has caused not only the mental health issues that we see every day but also physical ailments, not least of which are excess weight and obesity.

Often, the stress revolves around work and the expectation that we work longer and harder. The drive toward productivity seems never to end, and the result is that fewer Americans take their deserved time off, instead opting to be more productive and a “better employee.” For many, this means skipping meals to allow themselves a little extra sleep, working through their lunch break, or even coming home too late to have a proper dinner.

This often leads to a reliance on fast food to get through the day. But is this truly helpful, or does simply skipping a meal make more sense for someone trying to lose weight or even a bariatric patient heading toward their weight loss goals?

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Why Dieting Alone Simply Doesn’t Work

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Have you found that what seems like endless days of dieting slowly yield fewer and fewer incremental pounds lost? Today, we will discuss why obese patients who try to embark on dietary restriction alone have difficulty maintaining their weight loss progress and often end up regaining their weight.

Restricting your caloric intake is the fastest way to lose weight, certainly at the beginning of your dietary program. Avoiding ingesting calories in the first place is far easier than burning them off later, either through exercise or resting metabolic activity. However, the human body is incredibly adaptable and will make changes to compensate for this reduced caloric intake. The body, which has considered your higher weight as normal for years, will work hard to maintain what it wrongly believes to be an equilibrium. We now know that the body develops a sort of set point. It will adjust the metabolism and how it stores fat to maintain that setpoint. Dieting alone is often insufficient to break through and continue losing weight long-term.

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