Weight loss truth: losing weight is hard and regaining weight is easy, no matter how hard you worked for those results. It’s no wonder that 95% of people who lose weight with traditional diet and exercise regain the weight within 10 years. Without proper support and a total change in diet, weight loss efforts can get waylaid by life craziness and slowly easing back into bad health habits. It’s not uncommon for people who have chosen weight loss surgery to be told by friends and family that they’ve either cheated or they don’t have to work hard at their weight loss now that they’ve had surgery. Not so!
Raise your hand if you’ve tried just about every weight loss method – traditional calorie or points tracking, low-carb diets, intense fitness circuits, intermittent fasting, juice cleanses, and other celebrity touted regimes – and still battle to keep the weight off. The reality is that most overweight (and average weight) people struggle with meaningful weight loss: long-term weight loss and behavior changes necessary to improve your general health.
Recently, yet another study showed that following a diet that’s high in protein, lower in carbs, and rich in fresh produce not only helps to improve and maintain weight loss, but it can also potentially ward of memory issues (particularly for woman), and can help reduce your risk of developing diabetes. Doctors and researchers have been praising the benefits of a high-protein diet for years. And while it seems easy to follow (just add meat, right?) sometimes it can be tricky to sneak a bit of protein into each and every meal.
Today, November 14, 2014, is World Diabetes Day. In an effort to stem the growing diabetes epidemic, the International Diabetes Federation has rallied to raise diabetes awareness across the globe. Recently the World Health Organization (WHO) released numbers showing that cases were projected to double from 2000 (171 million) to 2030 (366 million). While some ethnic groups are more predisposed to developing diabetes, many cases of diabetes, particularly in young adults and children, can be prevented or delayed through better health care practices.
Most of us are surrounded by daily temptations (hello, community work candy bowl), stressors that can buck our resolve or, unfortunately, loved ones who do not offer the support we need to successfully lose weight. Weight loss is difficult, even without the internal voices telling us we can’t do it – with them it can feel nearly impossible. Successfully weight loss and maintenance goes beyond just diet and exercise. For true lasting weight loss you must also change the way you view yourself and your relationship to food.
As October ushers in the beginning of the holiday season, we can’t help but feel the urge to ride down the streets like Paul Revere, warning “The goodies are coming! The goodies are coming!” Almost anyone who’s following a diet during the holidays at some point will feel like they’re being sabotaged by the enemy! Sticking to a strict diet when everyone else is indulging can be tricky. If it starts to feel overwhelming, remember this is an opportunity to test your resolve and further cement your commitment to living a healthier lifestyle. The best way to make sure that “thinking” and “doing” are aligned is to come up with an action plan to help you stay focused. Read our best tips for sticking to a bariatric diet during the holidays, and then share your own tips on our Facebook page.
For our patient of the month, we bring you Art. Art has a great story to share with you about his journey through weight loss surgery. He is a wonderful guy and has quite a bit of experience with bariatric surgeries, starting with the lap-band then later converting to the gastric bypass. We invite you to read his story and how losing the weight has impacted his life.
We recently read a study about positive body image in the September 2014 issue of the journal Body Image. The study used data from 153 female undergraduate students to determine that those who showed more self-compassion towards their own body, regardless of weight, were able to increase their positive body image.
Today is National Women’s Health and Fitness Day! We’ve heard many of our female patients express the concern that after taking care family, a job, and the home, there doesn’t seem to be a lot of time to take care of themselves. With hectic schedules it can feel impossible to hit the gym, take the time needed to prepare healthy food, or get enough sleep.
Even though the weather in Connecticut is close to perfection right now with warm days and cool evenings, underneath the sunny weather is a brisk breeze hinting at winter. Patient’s who have committed to a workout schedule from spring to fall may suddenly struggle with fitting in fitness once the weather cools down. Finding ways to break a sweat without freezing out can be tricky in our neck of the woods! However, making time to exercise is essential for continued weight loss and muscle maintenance after bariatric surgery at our Connecticut weight loss surgery center. Instead of throwing in the towel and hibernating once the temps drop, consider these cold weather exercise tips. We’ll see you out there!