Relationship Challenges After Weight Loss Surgery

The decision to tell others about surgery is one that most patients grapple with. Whether to tell or not to tell, who to tell and how to deal with the resulting challenges in your relationship is something that everyone faces at some point. At this month’s support group, we used an article on this very topic as the starting point for our discussion. “Relationship Challenges Before and After Weight-Loss Surgery,” by Bariatric Surgeon Dr. Walter Medlin, appeared in a recent issue of Your Weight Matters magazine. Many patients related to the advice in the article and shared some of their
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How to Set SMART Goals for Weight Loss

Support Group is back for 2017 and with an appropriate topic to kick off the New Year – making your goals SMART.   How many people make goals in the beginning of the year only to lose sight of them after a few months or even a few weeks?  At support group, we worked on ways to have more accountability to achieve your goals using the SMART goal technique: Specific: When you make a goal specific, there is a clear way to tell if you have or have not met your goal. Think about what you want to accomplish, why the
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The December Dilemma: So Many Celebrations, So Little Time

Thanksgiving and December will be here before you know it so it was fitting that our November support group was all about how to navigate the holidays. Some of those who attended the support group this month have already been through several holiday seasons after having bariatric surgery while others are approaching their first. It was great to hear all of the advice and recommendations from everyone. We took a look at a Weight Loss Surgery Guide to Surviving the Holiday Season and talked about which pieces of advice work best. Our experienced post-ops said these were their top 3
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Weight loss conversations… with yourself

October’s Springfield Support Group had a great showing of over 20 people from various stages of their weight loss journey – ranging from those who had surgery years ago to those who were pre-op and every stage in between! It seems like everyone benefited from attending, regardless of where they are in their journey. This month’s topic was “Weight Loss Conversations… With Yourself. If you could go back in time and talk to yourself before surgery, what would you say? Was there something you know now that you wish you’d known then?” Let’s take a look at some thoughts and
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New Year, New Commitment to Guidelines for New Jersey Bariatric Center’s Gastric Bypass, Gastric Sleeve and LAP-BAND Patients

After the ball drops this New Year’s Eve, shouts of “HAPPY NEW YEAR!” often turn to whispers of New Year’s resolutions. Weight loss continues to be one of the most popular resolutions there is. Thankfully weight loss is one goal you’ve already checked off your list! So what does New Jersey Bariatric Center®‘s doctors and dietitians tell Gastric Bypass, Gastric Sleeve and LAP-BAND patients to concentrate on in the New Year? Three things: maintenance, maintenance and maintenance! Weight loss surgery is a tool, and just like any other tool, it needs to be used correctly for it to be effective
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Tackle Super Bowl Game Day the Weight Loss Surgery Way

Did you know the Super Bowl is the second highest day of food consumption in the United States after Thanksgiving? Or that the average fan will consume 1,200 calories and 50 grams of fat from snacks? And yes, that’s just from snacks, not including actual meals. So how can you prepare for the Super Bowl?  Here are some tips to survive the Super Bowl without consuming over a days’ worth of calories at one party. Don’t go hungry to the party. Make sure that you consume a breakfast and lunch high in protein.  Start off with some egg whites and
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Give your cakes a Weight Loss Surgery Approved Makeover

Cake after weight loss surgery? Impossible! Or is it? Just because you’ve had weight loss surgery, doesn’t mean you have to deprive yourself of some of your favorite holiday treats. Baking them yourself is a good way to control the ingredients and the calories. The goal is to replace fat- and calorie-laden ingredients with lower-fat and lower-sugar ones. Portion control is also key: For desserts, one bite is usually enough for most weight loss surgery patients. But you also must know your weaknesses. If you feel you can’t stick to one bite, then don’t take it to begin with. Gastric
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