Weight Loss Weight Loss Surgery, Is It Worth the Money?

July 27, 2009 · Filed Under Weight Loss Surgery · Comment 

Are you interested in losing weight? If you are, how much weight do you like to lose? If you’re looking to lose eighty pounds or more in weight, do you aware that you could be an applicant for weight loss surgery?

Although it is good to hear that you could be an applicant for weight loss surgery, you could be wondering if weight loss surgery is right for you. Just as you importantly, you could be wondering if weight loss surgery is worth the cash. If that is a query that you want answered, you may wish to continue reading on.

In short, the question as to if or not weight loss surgery is worth the cash has a simple answer ; it all depends. While that won’t have always been the answer that you were looking for, it’s the truth. For many people, weight loss surgery is definitely worth it; however, there are others who don’t finish up benefiting from weight loss surgery. To establish if weight loss surgery is worth the price to you, personally, you will want to take a number of factors into consideration.

One of many factors that you are going to take under consideration, when determining if weight loss surgery is worth the cost for you, is your weight. You may find that many weight loss surgeons require that you are at least eighty pounds fat to go through weight loss surgery. With that in mind, you may be able you could be able to find a surgeon who will make an exception, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that you need to go for surgery. If you’re able to try and the weight on your own, thru the use of exercise, eating healthy, or diet pills, you can find it less expensive to do so.

Your health is another factor that you must take under consideration, when making an attempt to determine if weight loss surgery is suitable for you. Weight loss surgery is sometimes known as a lifesaving medical process. People that are severely overweight put their health at risk and may experience an early death. If you are severely obese, your doctor may recommend weight loss surgery. If that is the case, weight loss surgery is more than worth the costs, as you cannot put a price tag on your fitness and wellbeing.

Your capability to set targets and stay with them is another factor to consider, when determining if weight loss surgery is worth the pricetag to you. Weight loss surgery may assist you lose weight right away, but the surgery alone will not assist you lose weight. With a reduced stomach pouch, which is how most weight loss surgeries work, you should limit the amount of food that you eat. If you do so, you can gain your weight back and probably endanger your well-being. If you do not think that you can follow all of the instructions given to you, following a weight loss surgery, surgery won’t be the best option for you.

The above discussed factors are only a few of many that can help you decide if weight loss surgery is best for you or if it is worth the price. As a reminder, it is important that you take the time to first talk to your physician. Not all individuals are applicants for weight loss surgery.

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Top 10 Ways to Regain Weight After Weight Loss Surgery or Weight Loss

June 21, 2009 · Filed Under Weight Loss Surgery · Comment 

Have you regained weight you’ve lost? Are you concerned about weight regain? It is possible to regain weight after having weight loss surgery. After you’ve achieved your weight loss, many post-operative patients think they are done and slip back to old habits. Whether you lose weight through weight loss surgery, work with a weight loss coach or do it on your own, you can regain lost weight. A new, healthy lifestyle is the key to lose weight and keep it off.

Here’s the Top 10 reasons how to do it:

10. Don’t exercise.

9. Don’t bother drinking water.

8. Drink soda, fruit juice and alcohol.

7. Grazing throughout your day.

6. Eat mostly carbs in your meal, especially sugary, refined carbs.

5. Don’t take vitamins or take them whenever you remember or is convenient.

4. Protein first? Eat protein after you eat your mostly carb-heavy meals only if there’s room.

3. Don’t bother keeping a food and exercise journal.

2. Believe you don’t need support either by a support group, online support or your own weight loss coach.

And the number 1 way:

1. Thinking you are cured, your surgery will do all the work in maintaining your weight loss, and never have to be concerned about emotional eating or food issues ever again.

Losing weight is a process. We didn’t gain our weight overnight and it won’t come off overnight either. Keep this list and refer to it. You can maximize your weight loss and the rate that you lose. When we make the decision to have surgery and lose weight, we want it NOW.

Rather than focus strictly on the number on the scale, appreciate all the positive changes you’re making. When you reach your desired weight, you will have experienced all sorts of little and big “wins” along the way. Follow the Top 10 and you’ll enjoy all sorts of wins. You’ll be able to zip up jackets, wear jeans you haven’t worn in years, you’ll no longer need a seat belt extender, you’ll have more energy, participate in activities that would have exhausted you beofre, and many more that will be special and unique just to you. Losing weight can be a wonderful adventure and journey with many wins along the way.

The process of losing weight is to change your habits. You need to discard the old habits that made you heavy in the first place and replace them with new, healthy habits. The above Top 10 are the best habits you can incorporate into your life. Habits are learned behaviors. Unhealthy habits caused us to become overweight or obese. You can relearn new, healthy habits that will allow you to lose weight and maintain it. I’ve never maintained any weight that I lost before. How did I do it? I did it by following the Top 10. You can too.

Cathy Wilson is a weight loss life coach. Cathy lost 147 pounds six years ago. Her passion is helping clients achieve their weight loss and life goals. Cathy works with clients to create a weight loss life plan that is customized to each client. Cathy is a member of the International Coaching Federation, International Association of Coaches, and Obesity Action Coalition.

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Dumping Syndrome of Gastric Bypass and Non-weight Loss Surgery Weight Loss

May 27, 2009 · Filed Under vertical sleeve surgery · Comment 

Are you considering weight loss surgery, specifically RNY gastric bypass, do you know about dumping syndrome? Exactly what is dumping syndrome? What are the signs and symptoms? How can you avoid it? Whether you are a weight loss surgery post-op, use the theories of sugar and dumping syndrome to work for you.

I’m asked many times as a post-op RNY Gastric Bypass patient about dumping syndrome. For me, it has been a great thing as it has been a deterrent of eating my pre-operative favorites consisting of sugary food choices. I’ve provided some details about dumping syndrome as it relates to RNY Gastric Bypass, and how the function of it can benefit non-RNY weight loss surgery patients and non-weight loss surgery weight loss.

Under normal physiologic conditions, the stomach and pylorus (the opening of the stomach into the small intestine) control the rate at which the gastric contents leave the stomach. That is, the stomach, pancreas and liver work together to prepare nutrients (or sugar) before they reach the small intestine for absorption. The stomach serves as a reservoir that releases food downstream only at a controlled rate, avoiding sudden large influxes of sugar. The released food is also mixed with stomach acid, bile, and pancreatic juice to control the chemical makeup of the food that goes downstream and avoid the “dumping syndrome.”

Early dumping syndrome happens when the lower end of the small intestine (jejunum) fills too rapidly with undigested food from the stomach. Patients can develop abdominal bloating, pain, vomiting, sweating, rapid heart rate, stomach cramps, fatigue, light headedness or diarrhea.

Since with the RNY Gastric Bypass the majority of the stomach is not being used and a new, small pouch that directly connects to the small intestine is created, there may be dumping. Early dumping syndrome is due to the rapid gastric emptying causing bowel distension plus movement of fluid from the blood to the intestine to dilute the intestinal contents. These symptoms usually occur 30 to 60 minutes after eating.

Late dumping is related to the blood sugar level. The small bowel is very effective in absorbing sugar, so that the rapid absorption of a relatively small amount of sugar can cause the glucose level in the blood to rise rapidly. The pancreas responds to this glucose challenge by increasing the insulin output. Unfortunately, the sugar that started the whole cycle was such a small amount that it does not sustain the increase in blood glucose, which tends to fall back down at about the time the insulin surge starts. These factors combine to produce hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) which causes the individual to feel weak, sleepy and profoundly fatigued. Essentially, the person crashes from the highs and lows of the blood sugar and absorption factors Restricting simple carbohydrates (fruit juice, rice, pasta, potatoes and other sweet tasting foods) and eating more protein can reduce the symptoms of dumping.

There are some RNY post-ops that do not experience dumping syndrome. However, just because a person does not experience symptoms of dumping syndrome, it still has the remaining impact of blood sugar issues along with eventual weight regain by eating the wrong types of foods. Not all weight loss surgery procedures result in dumping syndrome. However, the foods that cause dumping syndrome aren’t good choices in losing weight, whether you have weight loss surgery or not. Simple carbs, sugary, fatty foods aren’t healthy choices for anyone wanting to lose and maintain their weight.

Healthy choices benefit us physically. You benefit psychologically by making healthy choices. By exercising your muscle of making healthy food choices, you GAIN physically and psychologically and LOSE weight.

Cathy Wilson is a weight loss life coach. Cathy lost 147 pounds six years ago. Her passion is helping clients achieve their weight loss and life goals. Cathy works with clients to create a weight loss life plan that is customized to each client. Cathy is a member of the International Coaching Federation, International Association of Coaches, and Obesity Action Coalition.

Visit Cathy’s website: