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Are Meat Substitutes All That They Are Hyped Up to Be?

July 2, 2021

Meat substitutes, made to look and taste like meat, but are actually vegetable based are the new rage. As vegetable substitutes for meat, and beef more specifically, they have cracked the code (almost) of offering the taste and texture of beef. While this may seem like a win-win for anybody concerned about ground beef, which is typically loaded with saturated fat, the reality is that these vegetable-based beef substitutes may not offer much of a benefit. Specifically, while they are not made of beef products, they may they still contain a good deal of saturated fat and calories, which can wreak havoc on the bariatric diet. They can cause dumping syndrome in gastric bypass patients and generally add little extra nutritional value to the meal. Beyond the nutritional pitfalls, many people believe they have a free pass to have a soda, fries or onion rings that one would often have with a burger.

Burger patty made of meat or meat substitute. Are meat substitutes a healthier option? Memorial Advanced Surgery logo in bottom corner.

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Does A Gluten-Free Diet Make Any Difference in Weight Loss?

June 18, 2021

Gluten free stamp in green on brown package paper. Is a gluten free good for weight loss? Memorial Advanced Surgery logo in corner.

Many patients begin to consider eliminating certain items from their diets. Often very high on the list is gluten. Gluten is a byproduct of wheat and is contained in most breads as well as a host of other items. In fact, gluten is almost ubiquitous and very difficult to avoid. There’s even gluten in Play-Doh! With that being said, someone who is committed to a gluten-free diet can enjoy a number of foods that are made specifically for those who suffer from gluten sensitivity or celiac disease. With greater awareness of these conditions, more and more products have been brought to market that both taste good and make a pretty good substitute for bread. Continue reading

Does Organic Food Help You Lose Additional Weight?

May 28, 2021

Alongside the question of whether organic food may or may not allow you to lose more weight, there is also the question of whether you should be eating organic food for your general health. And the answer to both is… it depends. Just as with any decision about food, so much depends on your particular circumstances and your goals.

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Is Supplementing With Fiber a Good Idea?

April 30, 2021

One white soft pill, an orange pill, and a brown pill

Colon health is a big part of overall health. Not only are some of the diseases of the colon extremely disruptive, but many are preventable. In fact, colon cancer rates have increased as we, as a society, have increased our consumption of processed foods, refined sugars and empty carbohydrates. During the same time, our consumption of colon healthy fiber has decreased radically alongside lower consumption of whole, natural fruits and vegetables.

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Fat but Fit May Not Truly Exist

April 16, 2021

Male in Purple Shirt Grabbing Extra Stomach Weight

Groups and individuals fighting to eliminate the stigma associated with weight have made leaps and bounds over the past many years. This movement has likely helped millions of people overcome significant the mental health issues that surround the weight-based bullying that has increasingly plagued modern society both in the United States and around the world. One of the mantras used in the movement is that what we, medically, consider to be an unhealthy weight can exist alongside overall good health. The concept is that an overweight individual may not be at far greater risk of medical issues if they are exercising and practicing other healthy habits.

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Protein Fortified Strawberry Waffles

March 12, 2021

When you want a warm, satisfying breakfast, you need a recipe that both hits the spot and fills you up. Adding protein helps keep you feeling full longer and adds nutrition to an otherwise unbalanced choice. Try these strawberry waffles and let us know what you think!

Belgium Waffles with Strawberries and Powered Sugar on White Plate

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Eating Out After Bariatric Surgery

January 15, 2021

Eventually this pandemic will be over and we all will feel comfortable eating out again.  Food is a big part of life, and when you suddenly have to micromanage what you put in your mouth, it can become a bit overwhelming. One of the many lifestyle changes following bariatric surgery is to commit to eating a healthy diet. This goes beyond your own kitchen meals to what you eat at a restaurant.

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Understanding Portion Sizes for Long-Term Health

September 25, 2020

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.

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Emotional Eating Causes and Considerations

August 28, 2020

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.

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Dr. Husain Abbas Discusses Nutrition

July 31, 2020

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.

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