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Benefits of Bariatric Surgery Beyond Weight Loss

July 27, 2022

Woman's shopping options open up as she loses weight with bariatric surgery and no longer needs extended sizing

The most apparent benefit of bariatric surgery is weight loss, of course. But there are many other benefits that we can reap (some more obvious than others).  Read on to learn about the many surprising benefits bariatric surgery can offer!

Assuming you follow the diet and exercise guidelines post-op, you will be losing fat while building muscle.  Building muscle alone has several significant benefits. Strong musculature increases your resting metabolic rate, meaning you will be burning more calories even when not exercising. Further, good musculature improves balance and takes the strain off your joints.

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How Do I Know I’m Ready for Bariatric Surgery?

July 20, 2022

Woman stands ready to implement healthy habits in her weight loss surgery journey

So, you’re considering having bariatric surgery.  It’s a big decision and not one to be made lightly!  So, how do you know if you’re ready?  Read on for some questions to ask yourself to help you make the right decision for you.

Are You Ready to Eat Differently?

Bariatric surgery being seen as “the easy way out” is a myth.  Although most everyone will lose weight initially, the weight can come back unless you make lifelong, lasting changes to your diet.  If you’re considering bariatric surgery, know that you are committing to change for good!

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How Much Should I Exercise After Bariatric Surgery?

July 13, 2022

Woman exercises in the gym after weight loss surgery to build muscle and improve weight loss

You’ve done it!  You had bariatric surgery!  Now what?  You’ll find detailed instructions for diet and the different stages of what to eat and when.  But that’s only half of the battle!  The other half (and just as important) is exercise.  But how do you go about it?  What kinds of activities should you do?  How much and how often?  Read on to find some helpful tips to build a routine that works!

Exercise is vital to long-term success for bariatric patients.  In the simplest terms, weight loss occurs when we are “spending” more calories than we’re taking in.  When that happens, our bodies must burn fat to compensate for the extra energy needed.  The more calories you burn in exercise, the more effectively you lose weight!

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What Will Happen to My Skin After Weight Loss Surgery?

June 29, 2022

Woman wears shapewear after a major weight loss and examines the skin of her belly considering her options

With significant weight loss comes excess skin.  This can be even more so with the rapid weight loss after bariatric surgery.  If you’ve done any research about weight loss surgery, you’ve probably seen some stunning photos of people with large amounts of excess skin.  If you consider weight loss surgery, the fear of unsightly loose skin may make you nervous. Loose skin can indeed be both physically and emotionally uncomfortable to deal with. Read on to learn more about changes you can expect in your skin.

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Staying on Track During Summer

June 15, 2022

Lean grilled kebabs at a summer cookout offer a healthy high protein option

It’s happened to us all.  You’ve gotten into a groove.  You have a diet and exercise plan that’s working for you.  And then your whole routine gets disrupted.  Summer is the time of barbecues, parties, weddings, and vacations.  Without a good plan, the activities can be full of pitfalls.  Read on for tips about staying on track with your weight loss goals during the summer!

First things first, make sure you’re ready.  If you are still in the early stages of recovery (for example, on a pureed diet), you’re unlikely to have many (if any) options at a party or restaurant.  You also may not have the energy level for a big event or trip.  Even if you are just barely back to eating regular foods, you may not be ready.  Ensure you’re fully healed and have successfully re-introduced various foods to your diet to ensure your stomach tolerates them.  Nobody wants to get sick in the middle of a party or trip!

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What to Expect in the Recovery Room

June 1, 2022

Patient recovers after outpatient weight loss surgery in Las Vegas

You’re likely curious about what to expect right after the procedure if you’re considering bariatric surgery.  I know I was!  Having never had surgery before, I was more than a little nervous.  Read on to learn more about what to expect on the big day!

I remember sitting in the bed in the pre-op room, nervous as I’ve ever been—gown on, IV in my arm. I started to question myself.  “Am I sure I want to do this?”  My pulse and blood pressure gave away my anxiety, and a lovely nurse asked me how I was feeling.  Call it luck, chance, or divine intervention, but it turns out that she’d had bariatric surgery a few weeks before!  Her encouraging words and seeing her working, happily and easily, calmed my nerves.

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Do I Need a Weight Loss Surgery Support Group?

May 30, 2022

Bariatric surgery patients build community and support one another in weight loss surgery support group

Weight loss surgery is a HUGE life change that impacts many more facets of your life than you may expect.  While preparing to undergo weight loss surgery, you may ask yourself, “Do I need a support group?”  Whether or not you NEED a support group is ultimately up to you, but read on to learn how a bariatric support group might benefit you in some unexpected ways!

Perhaps the most obvious benefit of joining a bariatric support group is that you gain an instant army of experts who have been through the process you are about to begin.  While you may not have the time and access to ask your surgeon EVERY question you think of, a support group can be a great resource to answer even the most random of concerns. Remember that your support buddies should not be answering any medically related questions, and they should be directed to your surgeon’s office. It’s always best to speak to a professional if you have any medical concerns.

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How Can a Loved One Support Me During Weight Loss Surgery?

May 16, 2022

Couple supports one another through weight loss surgery journey with tips form bariatric surgery experts at VIPSurg in Las Vegas

Weight loss surgery impacts not only the life of the patient but the patient’s loved ones.  Our loved ones need to have an active role in our life changes.  Read on to learn how our loved ones can support us and how important that is to our success.

Those close to us need to be educated about the weight loss surgery process.  Knowing about the pre-op, surgery, healing process, exercise, dietary changes, etc., helps them understand what to expect.  By being educated, they can assist when planning aftercare, meals, grocery lists, recipes, workout routines, etc.  Friends and family may be surprisingly good resources or come up with ideas you never thought of! Continue reading

How Will My Body Change After Weight Loss Surgery?

May 2, 2022

Woman measures her waist to track her weight loss progress and changes in her body after bariatric surgery in Las Vegas

Following bariatric surgery, your body will change a lot!  Some of those changes are expected (like weight loss), but others are not discussed as often and may surprise you.  Read on to learn about some of the ways your body may change after weight loss surgery!

The most obvious (and expected) bodily change is weight loss.  For most of us, the goal of bariatric surgery is to reduce our weight drastically.  With that weight loss comes excess skin.  Loose skin can be both physically and emotionally uncomfortable to deal with.  There are a variety of home, professional and surgical options to combat loose skin.  It’s up to you how much it bothers you and what strategy will be the best fit for your lifestyle.

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Dealing With Emotional Eating

April 22, 2022

Woman emotionally eats donuts when she doesn't have a healthy coping mechanism for stress

So, you’ve had weight loss surgery.  It was going well initially, but that familiar and frequent hunger has crept back in.  Even though you KNOW your stomach is tiny, you find yourself snacking too often or making unhealthy food choices, and your progress is now suffering.  Chances are, you’re dealing with emotional hunger.  No surgery can fix that.  It’s something we must face and change in ourselves.  Thankfully, there are strategies to combat and deal with emotional eating.  Read on for some helpful tips in dealing with emotional hunger.

One of the first things we need to do is define what the triggers are for our emotional eating.  It could be stress, anxiety, anger, sadness, boredom, or even celebration.  We are pairing food with our feelings if we start to soothe our bad feelings, fill our boredom, or reward our wins with food!  That can lead to emotional eating.  For many of us, this could have begun in our childhoods.  That can make it hard to identify the underlying triggers because it feels so automatic.

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