The True Dangers of Soft Drinks for Weight Loss Surgery

Attention soda lovers! It’s time to finally pry those cans out of your hands, especially if you’ve had or are considering bariatric surgery!  We all are fully aware that there is no nutritional benefit to sodas and even diet sodas. In fact, most of us know that sodas are actually harmful to our body.  Recent studies have linked soda consumption to osteoporosis, obesity, kidney disease, tooth decay, and heart attacks.1 So, why can’t we stop consuming these sugary drinks? It is a fact that Americans drink more soda and soft drinks than anyone else in the world.  The average American buys 170 liters of soda in the course of a year.2   Yes, they may taste great and give you a short lasting energy boost, but think about these harmful ingredients the next time you get a craving…and know that those empty calories can defeat the purpose of your lap band, ga[...]

Overcoming and Preventing the Weight Loss Plateau

Have you had bariatric, Lap Band or Gastric Bypass surgery in the Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas areas?  Has your weight loss slowed or stopped?  Are you no longer seeing results, and don’t understand why? Well… you most likely have hit a weight-loss plateau. Weight loss, after bariatric surgery, is very significant early on; this typically occurs because the body is adapting to the lower calorie diet and is burning alternative energy sources. The body will first burn glycogen that is stored in the muscles and the liver (which causes a loss of water weight which is a significant amount of your overall weight loss), and the body then turns to fat and lean muscle mass. As your body burns muscle, your metabolism slows and this is typically what causes you to hit a plateau.  Before weight loss surgery, you still had quite a bit of muscle which is why it was so easy to lose weight shortly af[...]

Preparing For Your Hospital Stay

Prepping for your bariatric surgery hospital stay

The number one question is why do I need to be there so early for my weight loss surgery procedure?  There are several reasons and the more prepared you are, the calmer you and your family will be.  Learning more about prepping for weight loss surgery can help!
  1. You will need to change into surgical gown  - We know it is not quite a fashion statement but necessary
  2. Place personal items in a bag and to be kept under your bed – A family member is allowed in the room)
  3. If you have forgotten to leave your valuables at home such as jewelry, etc.  they may be placed in a hospital safe in the room (family member will be allowed in this room)
  4. Instructions from your surgical team will be given to you prior to your surgery
  5. You will go over all of your paperwork to ens[...]