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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August 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 June 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 Avoid Additional Weight Gain in the Summer Tuesday, August 18th @ 6:30pm  Moderator: Kelly Beneduce, RD Tuesday, August 25th @ 6:30pm  Moderator: Karen Kelly, RD
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Is your body’s Set Point preventing you from losing weight?

Have you ever noticed that the number on the scale is very difficult to change, no matter how hard you try to lose weight?  Or maybe you lost a significant amount of weight in the past, and then as soon as you go “off” your diet, your weight jumps back to the original number, seemingly overnight?  If this has happened to you, don’t worry you’re not alone.  In fact, there is a scientific explanation for what’s happening – it’s called the weight set point.  The set point is a weight range, usually within 5 or 10 pounds, that our bodies
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