Why It’s Important to Have a Support System for Weight Loss Surgery

Having a support system for weight loss surgery can help you stay on track, keep you motivated and celebrate milestones with you along the way. At New Jersey Bariatric Center we encourage our patients to establish a circle of support early in the process because the months and weeks prior to your surgery are a very exciting and important time when you begin lifestyle changes. Having the support early on can set you up for long term success beyond surgery. Identify Your Support Circle Think about the people around you who are supportive. Maybe it’s an immediate relative or friend.
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How to Reset After Holiday Eating

  If you’ve overindulged this holiday season and are looking for a fresh start this New Year, you’re not alone. With lots of holiday gatherings, it’s hard not to veer off track a little bit. Rather than searching for a quick fix, cleanse or product, let’s look at some steps to take if you’re trying to get your health back on track or resetting after the holidays.   Resist the urge for a quick fix. Cleanses, fad diets and juice fasts are everywhere in the new year but we all know they don’t work in the long run. Set an
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Avoiding the Office Snack Temptation

Office snacking can be difficult to avoid especially if the break room is filled with snacks, a co-worker has a fully stocked candy jar or someone from accounting is a fantastic baker and brings in the most irresistible baked goods. How do you handle the urge to overindulge and make sure you stay on track with your health goals? Let’s look at what causes us to overindulge in the first place. Why we feel tempted to overindulge We can wind up snacking at the office for a variety of reasons. Some of us may turn to food when we are
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Tackling Childhood Obesity Together

Adult obesity and childhood obesity rates have continued to rise over the past 20 years. Because obesity can pose immediate and future health risks, parents and caregivers are looking for answers to how they can help their children live a healthier and happier life. .  In the United States, 1 in 5 children or about 19% struggle with obesity. In New Jersey, 14% of children ages 10 through 17 have obesity, which is defined as having a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or greater. Just like adults, children who have obesity are more likely to become adults with obesity
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Do I have to be on a liquid diet before weight loss surgery?

Patients who plan to have gastric sleeve or bypass often ask if they have to go on a liquid diet before surgery.  When I say yes but only the day before the procedure, it’s often met with a look of surprise and then relief. A quick google search usually explains their reaction. Many websites discuss the dreaded 2-week liquid diet. Patients often express concern about how they’ll survive it. At New Jersey Bariatric Center, we do not require a liquid diet for an extended period of time. Our patients are advised to start the day before. Here’s why. Extended liquid
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Tips to Handle Pandemic Weight Gain As We Return to In-Person

We’ve been living a pandemic life for more than a year now. Maybe we’ve paid less attention to choices like what we wear each day or how much we’ve been snacking. Talking to friends, family and patients, gaining the “COVID 19” has become something of a running joke until the call comes to head back into the office or take your kids to school IN PERSON. Then the realization sets in that people will see all of us, not just our head in a Zoom square box. Suddenly, the thought of being back out in the world doesn’t feel so
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Keep Your Weight Loss on Track With NJBC Registered Dietitians

“How often should I meet with the registered dietitian?” “Is it necessary to continue visits after I start losing weight?” These are questions the New Jersey Bariatric Center’s registered dietitians get asked all the time. Our answer is always the same – weight loss after surgery is a marathon, not a sprint. Obesity is a disease that surgery does not cure. Surgery is a tool to jumpstart weight loss, and there are many factors that contribute to achieving sustainable results.  Here at New Jersey Bariatric Center, we’ve found that support can play a significant role to help you stay on track.
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Does Having Weight Loss Surgery Mean Giving Up My Favorite Foods?

You’ve made the decision to have bariatric surgery and you’re excited about all the positive changes you’ll be making. Then it hits you, does this mean I will have to be giving up my favorite foods?  No you don’t need to commit to giving up your favorite foods forever, and if you’re concerned about this, you’re not alone. Many patients wonder how they will manage the bariatric diet without feeling deprived of foods they love.  Here are some tips to help as you navigate food choices and the bariatric lifestyle.  Find YOUR balance Finding balance might mean a small serving
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Recovery After Weight Loss Surgery

  “How long is the recovery?” is one of the most frequently asked questions I hear from patients when they’re thinking about weight loss surgery, whether it’s gastric sleeve or gastric bypass procedure. They want to know what to expect – both in the hospital and when they return home.       Hospital Recovery The length of time you stay in the hospital depends on the type of weight loss procedure you undergo. After the gastric sleeve, I tell patients to expect to stay in the hospital for approximately one day.  For the gastric bypass, it’s one to two days.
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How to Stay on Track with Weight Loss During the Winter

  During the winter you may feel less motivated to stay on track with weight loss. The thought of hitting the gym or going for a walk can be less tempting when it’s snowing or extremely cold outside. And, if you’ve been consuming more calories you may have noticed those extra pounds start creeping up. Here are some tips to help get you back on track:     Get Enough Protein Protein helps you feel full and satisfied for longer. Incorporating sufficient protein intake daily is an excellent tool to help you manage your overall calorie intake The recommended daily
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