In some form, all bariatric surgeries restrict the amount of food you can eat in one sitting. Of course, some procedures, like the Gastric Bypass, also restrict some food absorption, but for the purpose of this article, we will be focusing on the food restriction that is accomplished via Lap Band, Sleeve Gastrectomy and Gastric Bypass. It works this way: The stomach (or pouch) is made much smaller, which fills up faster and thus leaves you feeling satisfied with less food. This leads to greater weight loss because you are not feeling ravenous like you did before surgery. But there is one catch: it only works if you do not graze. What is grazing? We commonly refer to grazing as eating a little bit of food throughout the day. One piece of candy here, a bite of cheese there – nothing that would make you think of noting it to your food journal. But it adds up. Suddenly you find yourself in a position where you realize that you were able to eat a large bag of potato chips and... Read More
The road to weight loss is hard. Some people may think that having Gastric Bypass, Sleeve Gastrectomy or Lap Band is the easy way out. After all, you had bariatric surgery; the pounds just fall off you, right? We love to talk about the success stories: Amy lost 80 pounds, Peter lost 150. What we need to discuss more is how much work goes into weight loss, regardless if it is lost with the help of weight loss surgery or not. Bariatric surgery does not make weight loss easier. What it does do, however, is make it more effective. You can see results. If you exercise daily, take care of your mental wellbeing and eat a bariatric-friendly diet, bariatric surgery will ensure that you lose weight. No more dieting and exercising with slow results and gaining the weight back and then some when you start to live like a person who is not on “The Biggest Loser” television show. Bariatric surgery helps you retain control of your weight loss. But it is still hard. Sometimes, it is difficult to stay... Read More
Bariatric surgery is a life changing event. After weight loss surgery, patients become healthier and are more active. What about the other family members? The trend shows that kids, too, are living a healthier lifestyle. The holy grail of children’s nutrition is still the school lunch, so we thought we would give some ideas on how to increase nutrition without having to have your kids eat the brown paper bag. Pack the rainbow – Everyone eats with their eyes first. It is no wonder that candy is brightly colored – it attracts kids. Include fruit and berries and veggies in their lunch daily. Surprise your child by including purple carrots or orange cauliflower. Make it a game and soon you’ll have a child who cannot wait to open his/her lunch bag. What unusual veggie or fruit can you or your child think of? Serve only real food – It may sound a bit confusing, but think about it: Is that tube of yogurt really yogurt? What makes these chips glow in the dark? Why is the ingredient list one paragraph... Read More
Adapting to a healthy lifestyle after bariatric surgery is the key to optimal weight loss, disease management and weight loss maintenance. The most talked about components of the healthy lifestyle after Gastric Bypass, Sleeve Gastrectomy and Lap-Band are nutrition, exercise and behavior management. Nutritionally, it is well understood that a balanced diet that is low in simple carbs and sugars, rich in lean proteins and supplemented with bariatric-specific multivitamins and minerals is best. Choosing a type of exercise that you enjoy and that you can do every day leads to better compliance of the rigorous exercise requirements put upon bariatric patients. What about behavior management? How does behavior management fit into the healthy post-bariatric lifestyle? Create a Positive Inner Dialog – Listen to your inner voice. Are you a friend to yourself? Are you encouraging to yourself or do you criticize? Your inner dialog directly affects your long-term success: It is very hard to stay motivated when you keep discouraging and criticizing yourself. Keep a positive attitude and don’t forget to compliment yourself. Surround Yourself with People Who Uplift You... Read More
Recently the AMA made a groundbreaking decision when they determined obesity to be a disease. Many are hopeful that this ruling will open the way for obese patients to gain better health coverage and encourage physicians to offer more treatment options for the control and prevention of obesity. Dr. Rishi Ramlogan, medical director of Griffin Bariatrics, discusses the weight of this new ruling and how it can positively affect those who are suffering from obesity. Read on to learn more. Griffin Bariatrics is a leading weight loss surgery center in Connecticut. We offer gastric bypass, gastric banding, and gastric sleeve surgery for the treatment of obesity. To learn more about our center, our surgeries, and our services, please attend one of our free bariatric surgery seminars, call us at 888-657-9252, or attend a free support group.