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How Can I Avoid Over-Eating at a Party?

August 25, 2022

MIIS Bariatric Nurse Practitioner Kelly Range and quote "My Top 10 Strategies for Not Blowing Your Diet At A Party"

Whether I am working with our medical weight loss or surgical weight loss patients, a common problem is staying on track when attending a party or event that involves food and drinks that don’t fit in with your weight loss plan.

So today, I want to share some realistic ways to enjoy your party while preserving your sanity and staying on track with your weight loss plan. I encourage you to give these strategies a try!  I believe you will find that it may be easier than you think.

Here are ten strategies you can use:

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Will I Be Able to Eat My Favorite Foods After Weight Loss Surgery?

August 18, 2022

MIIS Bariatric patient advocate Hannah Ruxton and quote "Focus on modifications to help you enjoy your favorite flavors"

My name is Hannah Ruxton, and I am the Bariatric Patient Advocate at MIIS Weight Loss Institute.

A common question we hear from prospective bariatric surgery patients is, “Will I be able to enjoy my favorite foods after weight loss surgery?” It happens in almost every consultation with patients considering weight loss surgery.

As a weight loss surgery patient myself, I had that question too. I quickly realized that the surgery I was having would be a lifelong tool. The surgery was not going to correct everything for me; it would be my life tool.  It is a physical tool to help me feel full and to remind me to focus on my protein first because I don’t have room for carbohydrates.

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Tips for Long-Term Success After Weight Loss Surgery From Dr. Kevin Huguet

August 11, 2022

Florida Bariatric Surgeon Dr. Kevin Huguet and quote "I want you to be successful for life!"

For anyone with 60 or more pounds to lose, weight loss surgery is one of the most effective options for significant weight loss, especially in the first year after surgery. In addition, the remarkable improvement or reversal of other health problems such as Type 2 Diabetes, Hypertension (high blood pressure), and Sleep Apnea makes weight loss surgery even more desirable. During this period of rapid weight loss, it is critical that you also integrate the behaviors and habits that will serve you over time to sustain your new lower weight long-term.  And, as a weight loss surgeon, your victories are also mine – I want you to be successful for life!

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Meet Hannah Ruxton – Bariatric Patient Advocate

July 28, 2022

Bariatric Patient Advocate Hannah Ruxton smiles for her feature story on her role at MIIS Weight Loss Institute
My name is Hannah and I’m the Bariatric Patient Advocate here at MIIS Weight Loss Institute. I am really blessed to work alongside Dr. Huguet, who does sleeve gastrectomy surgeries.  He has actually won the “Florida Top Docs” award for 2021 and numerous other times in the past. He is very compassionate with his patients. He doesn’t talk over their heads. That was actually a quote from one of our recent patients! She felt that he explained everything to her in a way that helped her understand the program and what she was going to be experiencing with weight loss surgery.
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Hannah’s Top Meal Prepping Tips After Having Weight Loss Surgery

July 21, 2022

Healthy food prepped into portioned containers sets up a week of healthy eating according to Bariatric Patient Advocate Hannah at MIIS Weight Loss Institute

My name is Hannah and I am the Bariatric Patient Advocate here at MIIS Weight Loss Institute. As a successful weight loss surgery patient myself, I am often asked for easy meal prepping tips to help ensure long-term success.  I am happy to share them with you!

Since my surgery back in 2019, meal prepping has been a huge part of my everyday life. That is what has made me successful. Having my meals planned out for the day keeps me from wondering what I am going to eat (or eating the wrong things) throughout my busy day as a mom who also works full-time.

Here are some tips and tricks for meal prepping:

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How Soon Can I Go Back to Work After Weight Loss Surgery

July 14, 2022

Calendar marks a return to work date for a patient after their weight loss surgery with Dr. Kevin Huguet in St. Pete, FL

One of the most common questions we are asked during a weight loss surgery consultation is “How soon can I go back to work?”

The time to go back to work largely depends on how active you are at work. For most patients, Dr. Huguet recommends at least a week or two weeks depending on how active you are at work. Patients that work from home sometimes go back in a few days but our recommendation, of course, is not to go back to any kind of work until you are no longer taking any type of narcotic pain medication.

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Meet Carlee Freed Our Physician Assistant

July 7, 2022


Meet Carlee Freed Physician Assistant at MIIS Weight Loss InstituteMy name is Carlee Freed and I’m a Physician Assistant here at MIIS Weight Loss Institute. I work with Dr. Huguet and our entire team of skilled practitioners.

You may or may not see me but I am actually in the Operating Room with you when you have your surgery. I assist Dr. Huguet when he does any Sleeve gastrectomy or lap band removals. These are some of my favorite procedures so I’m really happy for the opportunity to assist Dr. Huguet and be a part of your journey.

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Can I Lose Too Much Weight After Weight Loss Surgery?

June 23, 2022

Question marks on colorful pages

A common question that we get when consulting with patients considering bariatric surgery is, “Can I lose too much weight after weight loss surgery?”  The operation we’re referring to in this blog is the sleeve gastrectomy, after which we typically see gradual, healthy weight loss.

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What Is the Future of Weight Loss Surgery?

June 16, 2022

With the continued rise of obesity in America and beyond, weight loss surgery is here to stay and will continue to evolve. As an experienced weight loss surgeon who has performed many weight-loss operations, I’ve seen many changes over the years; I also see the following on the horizon:

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Meet Kelly Range – Bariatric Nurse Practitioner

June 9, 2022

MIIS Bariatric Nurse Practitioner Kelly Range headshot and quote about role at St. Pete weight loss clinic

Hello!  My name is Kelly Range and I am the bariatric nurse practitioner at MIIS Weight Loss Institute.  I joined the team in 2019.  Prior to becoming a certified nurse practitioner, I worked in the ICU and Recovery Room which is where I first met Dr. Huguet.  I have always been impressed with how passionate he is about caring for his patients and helping them improve their life.  I was honored to have the chance to join this practice.

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