Hit a Weight Loss Wall? Fight Back When the Scale Won’t Budge

You’ve been working out and following a healthy eating plan, but now the scale won’t budge. What happened? You might have hit a weight loss plateau. A plateau happens naturally when weight starts to stabilize after a period of active weight loss. Don’t give up! There are ways to jump-start the weight loss again. Check your measurements.  How do your clothes fit?  Often, when the scale doesn’t move, body composition is changing. Muscle weighs more than fat, although fat takes up more volume. Evaluate your eating habits.  Have you been keeping a food journal?  Review it to see if you’ve
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Obesity Now a Criteria for COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility in NJ

The state of New Jersey has announced that individuals at high risk of severe COVID-19 complications,including those with obesity, severe obesity and medical conditions such as Type 2 diabetes, are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. Obesity is classified as having a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or higher but less than 40, and severe obesity with a BMI greater than or equal to 40. You can calculate your BMI here. To find out if you are eligible for the vaccine, check out NJ’s Covid19 Information Hub. If you are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, there are many ways
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How to Set SMART Goals for Weight Loss

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? Here’s how 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 goal is important, and how you are going to achieve the goal. Measurable: You want to be able to track your progress and monitor your goals.  The
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December 2020 Tuesday Talks

  Join us for our Tuesday Talks for bariatric patients, led by a registered dietitian. Each meeting includes a special topic or guest, a Q&A session and open talk about weight and wellness issues. The Tuesday Talk session for December will be held remotely via Zoom. If you are interested in attending the Tuesday Talks session listed below, please email kbeneduce@njbcenter.com.   This Month’s Topic: How to Navigate the Holiday Season With a little planning, you can celebrate stress-free Tuesday, December 22nd @ 6:30pm  Moderator: Kelly Beneduce, RD
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Thanksgiving Traditions and Recipes from NJBC

    In our latest blog, the team of surgeons share some of their thanksgiving traditions. Read on to find out how Dr. Goyal prepares his turkey, when Dr. Buwen celebrates Thanksgiving and which special event Dr. Thomas celebrates during the week of thanksgiving.           “About 12 years ago I spontaneously bought a turkey fryer in Home Depot the weekend before Thanksgiving, and I’ve been frying a turkey ever since. I even created a pulley system to lower the turkey safely into the fryer. RD Dana reminds me to remove the skin before eating it –
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November 2020 Tuesday Talks

Join us for our Tuesday Talks for bariatric patients, led by a registered dietitian. Each meeting includes a special topic or guest, a Q&A session and open talk about weight and wellness issues. Tuesday Talk sessions for October will be held remotely via Zoom. If you are interested in attending the Tuesday Talks sessions listed below, please email kbeneduce@njbcenter.com.   This Month’s Topic: Dealing with Food Pushers and Food Police How to handle well-intentioned, unwelcome comments Tuesday, November 24th @ 6:30pm  Moderator: Kelly Beneduce, RD
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Healthy or Not: Flour Alternatives

Flour alternatives now fill the baking aisles. Why should we consider flour alternatives and which one is the “healthiest” choice?  The original ‘go-to’ – white flour – is a highly refined substance that is made when the wheat bran and germ is removed, leaving only the starchy endosperm. This makes white flour more shelf-stable, but by removing the bran and germ, you are removing a lot of fiber and other nutrients.   Below, we breakdown the nutritional benefits of the  different types of flour alternative options in comparison to white flour. So what’s for you? When deciding which flour alternative is
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October 2020 Tuesday Talks

  Join us for our Tuesday Talks for bariatric patients, led by a registered dietitian. Each meeting includes a special topic or guest, a Q&A session and open talk about weight and wellness issues. Tuesday Talk sessions for October will be held remotely via Zoom. If you are interested in attending the Tuesday Talks sessions listed below, please email kbeneduce@njbcenter.com.   This Month’s Topic: Shrink Your Waist, Not Your Wallet  High protein, low-carb eating on a budget Tuesday, October 27th @ 6:30pm  Moderator: Kelly Beneduce, RD  
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September 2020 Tuesday Talks

Join us for our Tuesday Talks for bariatric patients, led by a registered dietitian. Each meeting includes a special topic or guest, a Q&A session and open talk about weight and wellness issues. Tuesday Talk sessions for September will be held remotely via Zoom. If you are interested in attending either of the Tuesday Talks sessions listed below, please email kkelly@njbcenter.com or kbeneduce@njbcenter.com. This Month’s Topic: How to Eat Healthy When Your Family Doesn’t Want To Tuesday, September 15th @ 6:30pm  Moderator: Karen Kelly, RD Tuesday, September 22nd @ 6:30pm  Moderator: Kelly Beneduce, RD
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NJBC Eats: BLT

  BLT sandwiches are known for being a popular choice when it comes to making something quick, easy, and tasty. However, the sandwich tends to be high in sodium and fat content with its typical ingredients. Here’s how to turn a favorite classic into a healthier option.     Ingredients: 2 slices of turkey bacon, reduced sodium  1 large iceberg lettuce leaf 4 to 8 tender green lettuce leaves, washed and spun very dry 1 large ripe tomato, sliced ½-inch thick 1 tablespoon reduced fat mayonnaise or avocado spread ( ½ ripe Hass avocado mashed, ½ lemon juiced, 1 tsp
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