Newly Post-Op and Experiencing a Weight Loss Plateau? Here Are Three Things NOT To Do

You’re only a couple of weeks out of surgery. You’ve been losing weight at a rapid pace. You step on the scale and your weight is the same as last week. You haven’t changed any behaviors, so why has the scale not budged? The most common reasoning I hear from patients is, “I don’t think I’m eating enough. That’s why I’m not losing.” A lack of calories is not the reason your weight loss stalls after bariatric surgery. The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery explains it best: “Your body is very effective at trying to maintain {your} weight
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March Support Group Recap: Putting Your Nutritional Knowledge to the Test

We put a fun spin on support group in March in honor of National Nutrition Month: Trivia Night! Some questions were a little challenging but it gave everyone the opportunity to learn something new to incorporate into their healthier lifestyles. Want to test what you know? Answer these questions below and share your results with us. Good luck! Fruit   Which serving of fruit has the most fiber? a. One cup of raspberries b. One apple c. ½ cup grapes 2. Which serving of fruit has more carbohydrates? a. ¾ cup frozen blueberries b. One medium banana c. ¾ cup
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February Support Group Recap: Putting Bariatric Surgery Fears to Bed

One of the great aspects about support group is that the patients who attend are all at difference stages in their weight loss journey: Some have not had bariatric surgery yet, some are only a few weeks or months out and others had weight loss surgery years ago. Still others are revision surgery patients who had a gastric band and then converted to a different procedure after the band failed. This diversity means that we have lots of different experiences, tips and strategies to help you. With all these differences, the one thing that everyone has in common is fear.
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Managing Weight Loss When You’re A Shift Worker

Not everyone has the typical 9-to-5 work schedule. Think about police, firefighters, nurses, doctors, security guards, bakery workers, bartenders; the list goes on and on. While most of the population is sleeping when it is dark out, some people are up and working, fighting against the internal system that makes us alert during the day and sleep at night. Disruptions in this system – known as the circadian rhythm — are linked to weight gain and a host of other health issues. So what is exactly is a circadian rhythm and what can you do to prevent your nontraditional work
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Confessions Of Your Dietitian: How Mindfulness Changed My Relationship With Food

I played sports year round from a very young age until I graduated from high school. Aside from my dad making me eat carrots daily or have an apple before eating something “unhealthy,” I never really paid close attention to what or how much I ate on a daily basis and never felt I had to since I was so young and active. It wasn’t until after my fall semester of college at Virginia Tech that I realized my eating habits and patterns were catching up to me. I went from being an extremely active athlete through organized sports to
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October Support Group Recap: Flavors of Fall

When I think of fall, the first ingredient that comes to mind is pumpkin! So what’s more appropriate for our October support group meeting than sharing some recipes for pumpkin-inspired dishes and our favorite comfort foods. Skinny Pumpkin Breakfast Parfait To start your day off in true autumn style, this skinny pumpkin breakfast parfait is a great way to get your protein in first thing in the morning! When choosing the granola, make sure it is a low-sugar granola. Also, cut back on the amount. Try 2 tablespoons of Bear Naked Original Cinnamon Granola. Most of the sugar found in this
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Improving Your Relationship With Your Scale

Do you find yourself hopping on the scale every morning? Maybe you’re the person who only weighs themselves once a week or maybe you don’t weigh yourself at all and go by the fit of your clothes. I know of some people who, disagreeing with the results on the scale, decide to move the scale over, thinking the floor is somehow throwing off the reading. After weight loss surgery, our relationship with our scale is no less complicated than it was before surgery. Patients often ask me how often they should weigh themselves and my answer to them is that there
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August 2017 Support Group Recap: The Many Names of Sugar

“Sugar, ah honey honey.” Did you know honey is just one of the many different names for sugar? There are actually more than 50 different names for sugar that may be found in the ingredient list of your foods. At the August support group, we looked at the different names for sugar and how to recognize an added sugar when reading a food label. (Click here to view the full list) You may already be familiar with some of the names of sugars in food products. It’s pretty easy to spot the words “sugar” and “syrup” in a food’s ingredients
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Eat This, Not That: Fast Food Edition

Have you ever found yourself in any of these predicaments? You didn’t get much sleep last night and need a “pick me up.” You see a Starbucks, so you pull in for some coffee. You forgot your protein shake at home, but know it’s important to eat breakfast, so you stop at the closest Dunkin Donuts. In the rush to get out of the house, you left the healthy meal you packed last night in the fridge. Now with just a half-hour for lunch, it looks like the Wendy’s across the street will have to do. It’s really easy to
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July 2017 Support Group Recap: Getting Your Mind Into Gear

You know the saying “old habits die hard”? Isn’t this the truth? It’s especially true after weight loss surgery. Behavioral changes to prepare for surgery don’t happen overnight. At New Jersey Bariatric Center, we try to impress upon every patient that if you don’t work on changing your mindset and habits, long-term success after surgery will be very difficult. This was the topic of July’s weight loss surgery support group, where we read an article by psychotherapist Kristin Lloyd, MS, LPC/LMHC. Lloyd says that the way to avoid weight regain after surgery is to develop a new mindset. She writes,
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