NJBC Now Offering FDA-Approved Prescription Weight Loss Injection Wegovy™

New Jersey Bariatric Center now offers Wegovy™, the FDA-approved prescription weight loss injection. Wegovy™ is a weekly, self-administered injection used for the treatment of chronic weight management in adults with obesity. Wegovy™ works by mimicking a hormone that targets the area of your brain that regulates appetite, with studies showing that the drug helped people lose up to 15% of their body weight when used in combination with diet and exercise.  RELATED: Prescription Weight Loss Drugs Approximately 1 in 4 adults in the state of New Jersey suffers from obesity, which can lead to chronic health issues such as type
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A Second Chance at Weight Loss: Revision Surgery Webinar

For some patients, bariatric surgery is the jump start they need to lose and sustain weight loss. But for others, sometimes, no matter how hard you work, life’s circumstances get in the way and you need a second chance.  The stressors of life, old eating habits and now a global pandemic can make the journey tougher, the weight starts creeping on and with that, the weight-related health concerns once again become top of mind.  At New Jersey Bariatric, we provide patients with the tools for a second chance at weight loss. And, starting this month we are hosting a live
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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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