Category Archives: Diet
Obesity is a systemic disease. Not only does it affect our waistline, how we feel and what we do, but it can also contribute to a host of related diseases known as comorbidities. From diabetes and heart disease to gallbladder problems and even hernias due to added abdominal pressure, it affects every part of our lives. Obesity has even been linked to certain forms of cancer including esophageal cancer, breast cancer and colorectal cancer.
We’ve all done it. Taking comfort in food. And we all know that comfort food is rarely the healthiest for us. Ice cream, bread, cake, fried foods…the list goes on. Emotional eating is something that virtually everyone indulges in during their lifetime. For bariatric surgery patients, emotional eating can represent an even greater challenge. Why? After bariatric surgery we “deprive” our bodies and mind of the foods that we may have liked or loved most before surgery. Typically, the foods that created our obesity problem are the same one that we crave. The body no longer has those familiar foods to enjoy.
Hi there, I’m Dr. Hussain Abbas, a general and bariatric surgeon with Memorial Advanced Surgery. One of the common questions I get asked by my patients is “what is the best diet that I can have, doc? What’s the diet that I can utilize so that either it helps me to lose weight or maintain my weight loss?” Well the simple answer it depends, right? Kind of the answer that you don’t want to hear. And what we’ve found is the science supports that. Because when we look worldwide, we can see that there are various different diets.
It’s easy to feel stressed, alone, or depressed during this time of the coronavirus. Things are uncertain, we‘re isolated from friends and family, and we aren’t able to engage in our normal activities.
Many of us feel a loss of control in our lives, which isn’t surprising, because so much of this situation is out of our control. But some things are still within our control. We may not be able to control the situation, but we can still control our response to the situation. If you feel like you‘re losing control, here are a few strategies to help you get back on track:
Every bariatric patient knows that stress is a leading cause of over-eating and times like these make us particularly vulnerable to finding comfort in food. Even someone who has maintained an appropriate diet for years after their surgery can be derailed by this extreme uncertainty and frustration.
So how do we avoid stress eating they can add hundreds or even thousands of calories to our daily intake, so we can maintain our weight and even thrive through this outbreak.
Nobody would blame you if you said that sugary foods are your weakness. Whether it’s soda, cake, alcohol or the multitude of other foods and drinks that contain lots of sugar, it has become a staple in our lives. And, unfortunately, it is a vicious cycle. The more sugar we consume, the more tolerance we have and the more we crave. Processed and restaurant foods and drinks contain ever more sugar to satisfy our cravings and the result is weight gain.