Category Archives: Diet
It isn’t just the food industry trying to catch your attention with low-fat, low-sugar or other miracle-fix promises. How many people pick up that grocery store checkout magazine with the newest fad diet on the front cover? Come to think of it, almost all our magazines, social media site and online blogs are shouting with confidence that the way to a trim body and perfect life are through the maze of one fad diet to the next. This topic was discussed recently at one of our online support groups on Facebook. The competition over your attention between the food and diet industries makes for a very confusing relationship with how we eat.
A very real and common challenge for postoperative gastric sleeve patients is building muscle. Firstly, this challenge may come with age — muscle tone decreases and as anyone over the age of 40 knows, it becomes more challenging to build muscle. Second, because of excess weight, most patients have not exercised properly in years. This can often mean that muscles have atrophied due to underuse. Lastly, patients will be consuming far less food than they did previously, which makes fewer calories available for burning during vigorous exercise. While it may seem like a struggle, the gastric sleeve, and bariatric surgery in general, actually offers the opportunity to build muscle more efficiently than if the patient were pursuing a diet and exercise regimen alone.
Very interesting research has emerged about sodas and how they affect our bodies. A recent study set out to determine if soda consumption reduced a person’s life expectancy, and if so, was diet soda any better? The surprising conclusion was that all sodas, even diet sodas that contain no sugar, may have a significant detrimental effect on life expectancy. But if diet soda was created to address, in part, sugar-related excess weight, why would it also be problematic? The answer is simple.
You might think that, as a weight loss surgeon and advocate for healthy eating, I’ve lost my mind saying that fast food is OK after weight loss surgery. It goes counter to everything we’ve learned since we decided to have surgery, right? Not exactly. To be sure, fast food should not be a regular indulgence…but it doesn’t have to be a complete disaster. A renewed interest in personal health has brought about strides in the right direction as it relates to fast food. Not only are there dozens of new fast food outlets that have truly healthy offerings, but even supermarkets are getting in on the game. Prepared foods are no longer the concern that they once were.
Everyone’s gastrointestinal tract has a natural balance of “good” and “bad” bacteria. This mixture of bacteria contributes to the system by aiding in digestion and immune support, among other things. During some weight loss surgery procedures, the digestive tract undergoes a large change, but no matter what procedure you choose, it is likely your gut health will shift. From research we know that the gut flora of obese individuals tends to be different from those with a healthy body mass index, or BMI. Research studies have also been exploring the weight loss effects of altering the gut bacteria using methods like introducing probiotics to the system with some encouraging results, both in studies of patients who have had bariatric surgery and those who have not. So, should you be taking a probiotic supplement?
Sugary drinks are everywhere, and the number and variety of these drinks have only increased. In fact, the highest source of added sugar consumed by Americans comes in the form of sweetened beverages. We all know that sugary drinks such as juices, sodas, energy drinks, and sugar-sweetened teas and coffees are not great for your health. In fact, most, if not all, are discouraged after bariatric surgery, and for good reason. Due to a number of factors, the overall consumption of sugary beverages has decreased in the United States in recent years, however, this is not the case for adults – those at highest risk for type II diabetes
By Dr. Heidi Ryan, Bariatric and General Surgeon at VIPSurg Las Vegas Originally Published June 30, 2015 and Updated March 21, 2019 It’s no secret that regular exercise, stress management, and getting enough sleep are critical for combating fatigue. It also turns out that our eating habits directly affect our energy levels, and there are ways we can use nutrition to feel more energetic throughout the day. As busy and productive people with over-scheduled, stressful lifestyles (sometimes combined with little quality sleep and poor eating habits), it is no wonder so many of us feel drained. Fatigue breaks us down physically and emotionally in addition to weakening the immune system, making us more susceptible to illness, depression, and even chronic conditions like heart disease. The good news is that we can take steps to naturally increase our energy through nutrition too.
By Dr. Heidi Ryan, Bariatric and General Surgeon at VIPSurg Las Vegas Originally Published June 30, 2015 and Updated December 20, 2018 Another one of my go-to stay at home meals is the Spanish Tortilla (or potato omelet). I love eating this with a piece of toast smeared with half of a really ripe tomato and sprinkled with a little salt. Having breakfast for dinner is one of my favorites! Check out the recipe below.
By Dr. Heidi Ryan, Bariatric and General Surgeon at VIPSurg Las Vegas Originally Published June 24, 2015 and Updated February 21, 2019 Why dine out this Spring and Summer when you can stay home and enjoy all the delicious produce that this time of year has to offer! Staying home for dinner will ensure fewer calories consumed while still making sure you have maximum satisfaction. This Italian chicken meal is low calorie and a cinch to make…
By Dr. Heidi Ryan, Bariatric and General Surgeon at VIPSurg Las Vegas Originally Published June 19, 2015 and Updated January 21, 2019 An easy way to drop excess calories from my diet (and improve emotional wellbeing by spending time with family or friends) is to make meals at home. Logically when I know what I’m putting into my food I can better control what I eat. One doesn’t have to be a gourmet chef to make healthy food (that tastes great!) at home. Sometimes simpler is better and learning new things can be fun! Eating three or four meals a week made at home with my family also provides some bonding time to ask, “how was your day,” keeps my mind young by teaching me new things and provides some much needed stress relief.