2015 – The Year of Opportunity

Working on that New Year’s Resolution list?  Forbes.com states that “only 8 percent of people actually keep their resolutions”.  Throw away the resolution list and instead look to 2015 as the year for opportunity. Obesity In The USA The definition of an opportunity is a favorable situation for a positive outcome. The Number 1 “Resolution” is consistently – Lose Weight.  The Center for Disease Control (CDC) states that “more than one-third (34.9 percent or 78.6 million) of U.S. adults are obese”.  Break the resolutio[...]

Bariatric Surgery & Constipation

Most people experience no serious problems after weight loss surgery, however one common complaint after weight loss surgery is constipation.  Constipation is usually defined as the inability to pass feces or having difficulty passing feces, because it is dry or hardened.  Having hard stools or bowel movements that occur less than once a week is considered being constipated.  Some people believe they are constipated or irregular if they do not have a bowel movement every day. After weight loss surgery, bowel movements may or may not be as frequent as before surgery. SM 163In most cases, post bariatric surgery constipation is temporary and not serious. Understanding the causes, prev[...]

Carbs and Understanding Them

Carbs (carbohydrates) are somewhat confusing, no? High protein diets seem to be the big trend regardless if you are doing weight watchers, Atkins, or Ideal Protein. To be successful with weight loss surgery long term, whether you've had lap band, gastric bypass, or gastric sleeve surgery, you must adopt a high protein, low carbohydrate diet for lifetime. But why are carbohydrates bad? Bread - No Carbs Carbohydrates perform numerous roles in living organisms. Carbs store energy and stimulate the secretion of the hormone insulin. Insulin, among other things, works to store fat in our cells. High levels of insul[...]