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Vitamin D and Its Role in the Body

January 26, 2023

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Vitamin D plays a crucial role in our overall health and wellness. While most people are aware of its importance in maintaining bone health, this vitamin also acts as a powerful antioxidant, as well as helping support the immune system. New research also suggests vitamin D plays a role in supporting mental and emotional health. Because of its importance in so many ways, it’s essential to ensure we get enough of this vitamin daily. Though most of our vitamin D comes directly from the sun, fortified foods and supplements can fill any gaps.

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Coffee: A Help or a Hindrance to Weight Loss?

January 12, 2023

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For many of us, coffee is a lifeline in the morning on the way to work or dropping kids off at school. You may make your coffee at home or swing by your favorite coffee shop on your way. Either way, getting that dose of caffeine feels like the only way to get through the day. And since it gives you that shot of energy, some may wonder if it is actually helpful in reaching weight loss goals.

As With Most Nutritional Questions After Bariatric Surgery, There Are Nuances.

Research into coffee and one of its compounds, chlorogenic acid, has shown the possibility of promoting body fat reduction. This could be significant with up to a 4% decrease in body fat, according to 2020 research published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition by Harvard University. Coffee is also full of antioxidants, and when enjoyed black and unsweetened, it adds only a few calories per cup.

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Journaling After Bariatric Surgery

December 22, 2022

Woman journaling her weight loss journey while drinking coffee

With all the motivational tips, tricks, and mantras, sometimes the simplest and most traditional things keep us motivated and remind us of where we need and want to be. Journaling is an essential part of weight loss surgery and valuable both before and after your procedure. Journaling serves many purposes, some of which include:

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New Bariatric Surgery Guidance from ASMBS and IFSO

December 8, 2022

One of the first things you learn when researching bariatric surgery is qualification criteria via the body mass index or BMI. Just about everything related to bariatric surgery and obesity revolves around BMI. The BMI is a ratio of weight versus height that provides a simple, usable estimation of whether a patient is underweight, average, overweight, or obese. Federal guidelines that dictate qualification for bariatric surgery, developed in 1991, state that patients with a BMI of 30 to 34.9 with one or more diseases associated with obesity, also known as comorbidities, may qualify for bariatric surgery. Regardless of comorbidities, patients with a BMI of 40 or more may also be eligible. While individual practices and insurance companies impose many other qualification criteria, the BMI is front and center.

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Bariatric Surgery Benefits Beyond Weight Loss

November 24, 2022

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Bariatric surgery has been somewhat pigeonholed as only a weight loss procedure. The two terms are interchangeable even though weight loss alone is genuinely not the primary goal of the procedure, nor is it the ultimate benefit. We like to think of the weight loss provided by surgery as an excellent side effect, while other markers of success would be our primary goals. Of course, we also recognize that we are all human, and losing weight is the most straightforward and obvious measure of success. Not only does the scale show our progress every day, but how we look in the mirror plays a big part in longer-term motivation.

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Do I Need a Revision Bariatric Procedure?

November 10, 2022

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You might be five or even ten years out from bariatric surgery, and you may not maintain your weight loss as you had hoped. Of course, this can be distressing, and there is no shortage of horror stories on the Internet to make you feel even worse. However, before you panic, it is essential to understand why you may be gaining weight and what you can do about it. Further, you may have heard that revision or conversion bariatric surgery may be an option, but is now the time to consider that route, or are there other options to pursue before then?

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Is Swimming the Best Post-Bariatric Exercise?

October 27, 2022

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In the first few months after bariatric surgery, you will lose significant weight but remain overweight for quite some time. This extra weight adds pressure on your joints to the tune of 4 pounds for every extra pound of body weight. Many high-impact exercises, like running, can hasten the degeneration of joints, especially in the ankles and knees, so they should be avoided. Swimming, on the other hand, represents a low-impact exercise that works just about every major muscle group in the body. You can get appropriate exercise, vary the intensity of your activity as needed, and not put additional strain on your joints.

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Vitamin D – A Crucial Need Before and After Bariatric Surgery

October 13, 2022

Vitamin D pills scattered on counter

Vitamin D, a fat-soluble vitamin, is one of the building blocks of our physical and mental health. It may seem like such a small part of our lives, but it truly affects many bodily systems. Importantly, you should know that many Americans, up to 35%, are deficient in this critical vitamin. Many more do not get enough (insufficiency). Reasons for this include not getting out in the sun enough or using lots of sunscreens (not a bad thing!) Also, we cannot get enough Vitamin D from food. There are fortified cereals and dairy products out there, but they often do not contain enough vitamin D to avoid a deficiency.

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Staying Hydrated After Bariatric Surgery – How Much Is Enough?

September 22, 2022

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It’s worth repeating. Hydration is one of the single most important parts of the post-bariatric process. Not only is this true for the weight loss benefits of proper hydration, but also because dehydration is the most common reason for readmission into the hospital after a bariatric procedure. We know that hydration is essential, and we don’t need to go over the physical and psychological benefits of getting enough water after surgery. However, it is certainly worth discussing how much water is enough.

You have probably read plenty of articles about the 64-ounce rule. 8 cups of water daily to ensure you’re hydrated. But this number doesn’t consider so many other factors that affect hydration. As such, 64 ounces is simply a guide and only used to ensure you get at least the minimum amount of water each day.

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When Is Weight Regain Normal and When Is It a Problem After Bariatric Surgery?

September 8, 2022

Woman steps on bathroom scale to check weight after bariatric surgery

Weight regain after bariatric surgery is probably the most worrisome part of the post-op process. You’ve spent a year or two losing weight and progressively getting closer to your goal. You may have even reached your goal weight. It’s an exciting time, but that little voice in the back of your head asks” “What if I regain my weight?” or “What if all the work I’ve done is for nothing?” Fortunately, during this weight loss period, you have likely changed many of the habits that caused you to gain weight in the first place. Simply maintaining your newly learned habits will keep you on track.

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