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Weight loss options: What is the ReShape Dual Balloon?

Bariatric surgery can be a highly intimidating decision for anyone to make. However, the ReShape Dual Balloon is designed for significant weight loss without surgery. If you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle, but have been hesitant to try bariatric surgery because of its potential risks and long recovery time, the ReShape Dual Balloon could be the solution you’re looking for.

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Will gastric bypass help my type 2 diabetes?

Diabetes is an incredibly common disease that millions of people live with around the world. About 90% of the people that have type 2 diabetes have the disease because of obesity, lack of physical activity, family history, and older age. Diabetes can lead to other serious health issues like kidney failure, amputations, blindness, or heart disease.

Traditionally, therapy for type 2 diabetes includes exercise, change of diet, insulin injections, or oral anti-diabetic drugs. Unfortunately, these do not totally eliminate the disease and, oftentimes, surgery is used to help with the patient’s extra weight. Gastric bypass surgery is a common surgical method that is used for weight loss and it can have a positive impact on a patient’s type 2 diabetes.

What is gastric bypass surgery?

During this procedure, the doctor leaves only a small part of the stomach, known as the pouch, inside the patient. The pouch holds very little food, generally only less than an ounce. This means that the patient eats less and has the ability to lose significant weight.

This procedure also alters the whole process of digestion. When the patient eats, the food travels through the esophagus into the new stomach pouch in the small intestine. Because the digestion process changes, doctors have seen that the surgery may help cure type 2 diabetes for many patients.

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How does it cure type 2 diabetes?

The small intense will spontaneously produce a molecule called GLUT-1 that can help the body use glucose. A recent study that included 20,000 patients found that 84% of people that went through gastric bypass saw reversal of their type 2 diabetes. Even before they started seeing a difference in weight loss after the surgery, they saw quick improvement in blood sugar levels and didn’t have to take as much diabetic medication.

Currently, researchers and doctors are looking at ways to mimic the bodily processes that lead to type 2 diabetes improvement after gastric bypass surgery without actually doing the surgery.

If you have lived with extra weight and developed type 2 diabetes as a result, you know how difficult it can be on a day to day basis. Talk to your doctor about gastric bypass surgery to see if you’re a candidate for it, then contact our team at Weight Wise for additional information on how weight loss can put you on the path toward healthy living.

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Bariatric surgery: Team of medical experts goes beyond surgeons

There’s more to bariatric surgery than just the surgery itself. Leaning on a team of medical professionals is critical in achieving a successful outcome from bariatric surgery. Patients have the best chance of success when supported by an arsenal of weight loss experts. This includes patient advocates, exercise physiologists and dietitians who have one goal: To help you achieve and maintain successful weight loss.

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Small adjustments key to success after weight loss surgery

Making a life-changing decision to have weight loss surgery will put you on the road to living a healthier, more active lifestyle. Surgery can be a big decision, but making small changes – whether it’s adjusting your diet or your mental outlook – is important to your success.  Weight loss surgery requires a lot of change and for many people, it can be challenging to switch to a new way of living and eating. Despite being difficult, these efforts can help so much – to guide you, here are some ways to get into the right frame of mind.

Tip #1:  Surround yourself with support

Having a solid support group of family, friends, and other people that have gone through weight loss surgery is very beneficial. Don’t hesitate to ask them directly for their encouragement, especially if you are going through some days or weeks that seem lonely or hard. Share your progress with these people and have them celebrate with you when you meet a dietary or weight loss goal. Having the right support will help you better succeed in the long run.

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Tip #2: Educate yourself

Educate yourself on what to expect before, during, and after your surgical procedure. If you are prepared on what to expect, you’ll set yourself up for success. Read about other patient’s experiences, talk in detail with your doctor. Then, once you’ve had the surgery, keep in contact with your surgical team and your weight loss support team to allow them to support you each step of the way.

Tip #3: Take baby steps

It’s easy to think that you can tackle this new lifestyle and “the new you” with ease. But in fact, your body has gone through a big change. So, take things slowly. Be patient with yourself and don’t take on your new changes too quickly. For example, if you have struggled with eating junk food your whole life, you will be forced to cut that out of your new diet after weight loss surgery. To help with this change, talk to your doctor, support group, or counselor to get tips on how to readjust your thinking to crave healthy foods as opposed to junk foods. If you choose to use weight loss surgery as a tool to help put you on your pathway to healthy living rather than a “one all, fix all” solution, you will have a greater chance at success.

Our team at Weight Wise is experienced in working with individuals that have recently underwent weight loss surgery. We can help provide support and give you tools to make your new life a huge success. Contact us today for more information.

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Binge Eating vs. Overeating: What’s the difference?

Food is a huge part of our lives. We need it to live, but sometimes eating can become an unhealthy obsession that overtakes our lives. If you are thinking about food all the time, eating compulsively or are preoccupied all the time about what you’re eating and how much of it, you know the impact it has on your every aspect of your life. Have you wondered if you have a binge eating disorder?

How are binge eating and overeating different?

Overeating is not the same as having a binge eating disorder. Binge eating is a common eating disorder characterized by eating excessive amounts of food while feeling a total loss of control. After the individual has binged, they often feel shame or guilt and sometimes hide the fact that they have binged.

Many times the disorder is linked to anxiety, depression or other mood disorders.  However,  if you find yourself overeating regularly, it doesn’t automatically mean that you have an eating disorder. It depends on how frequently you are binge eating if you feel a lack of control over yourself when eating, and how you are feeling after binges.

Not sure if you have a binge eating disorder? Examine your eating habits and ask yourself these questions:

  • Do you feel as if you have no control over your eating habits?
  • Do you feel regret, shame, or guilt after you overeat?
  • Do you eat large amounts of food in a short amount of time while experiencing a loss of control over yourself?
  • Do you eat when you’re not hungry?
  • Are you embarrassed about how much you eat and hide how much you eat?

Binge eating can cause a variety of physical health problems and mood disorders. In addition to gaining significant weight, people with binge eating disorders may also face complications such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure, heart disease, type 2 diabetes or asthma. It can also cause or intensify existing mood disorders such as depression and anxiety. Binge eating can devastate a person’s sense of self-worth, confidence, and self-esteem. If left untreated, a combination of these factors severely damages a person’s quality of life.

A young woman lying on her couch eating chocolate

Binge Eating vs. Overeating

Food is a huge part of our lives. We need it to live, but sometimes eating can become an unhealthy obsession that overtakes our lives. If you are thinking about food all the time, eating compulsively or are preoccupied all the time about what you’re eating and how much of it, you know the impact it has on your every aspect of your life. Have you wondered if you have a binge eating disorder?

How are binge eating and overeating different?

Overeating is not the same as having a binge eating disorder. Binge eating is a common eating disorder characterized by eating excessive amounts of food while feeling a total loss of control. After the individual has binged, they often feel shame or guilt, and sometimes hide the fact that they have binged.

Many times the disorder is linked to anxiety, depression or other mood disorders.  However,  if you find yourself overeating regularly, it doesn’t automatically mean that you have an eating disorder. It really depends on how frequently you are binge eating, if you feel a lack of control over yourself when you’re eating, and how you feeling after binges.

Not sure if you have a binge eating disorder? Examine your eating habits and ask yourself these questions:

  • Do you feel as if you have no control over your eating habits?
  • Do you feel regret, shame, or guilt after you overeat?
  • Do you eat large amounts of food in a short amount of time while experiencing a loss of control over yourself?
  • Do you eat when you’re not hungry?
  • Are you embarrassed about how much you eat and hide how much you eat?

Binge eating can cause a variety of physical health problems and mood disorders. In addition to gaining significant weight, people with binge eating disorders may also face complications such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure, heart disease, type 2 diabetes or asthma. It can also cause or intensify existing mood disorders such as depression and anxiety. Binge eating can devastate a person’s sense of self-worth, confidence and self-esteem. If left untreated, a combination of these factors severely damages a person’s quality of life.

I answered yes to some or all of these questions. What do I do?

The first step is to seek a medical professional who specializes in eating disorders. Talking to a professional about what issues you’re facing can help you break free from the cycle of binge eating and help put you back on the path of healthy living. There are a variety of treatment options including outpatient therapy/counseling, group counseling, or in-patient treatments at a specialized facility.

If you want help on your eating habits, want advice on how to lose weight, or are concerned that you have an eating disorder, contact our team of professionals at Weight Wise today.

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4 Ways to Make Water Taste Better

We all know we should stay hydrated. After weight loss surgery, it’s more important than ever to drink enough. You’ll likely need to drink between meals. Your stomach pouch is very small, and it can be a challenge to consume fluids with meals.

Water is the ideal drink, but not everyone likes the flavor. To be honest, sometimes water just gets boring. If you need to drink more water but want to make it a little bit more enjoyable, here are some ways to make water taste better.

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Who Needs A High-Protein Diet Plan?

It seems that more people are looking to add protein to their diets. Whether it’s eating energy bars, sprinkling powder into smoothies or downing “recovery drinks,” protein is a dieting buzz word. But, is extra protein necessary? Is the high-protein trend a passing phase?

After weight loss surgery, you’ll work with a WeightWise dietitian who will help you make sense of your protein requirements. Getting adequate, good-quality protein is essential for health. In most cases, a diet of whole foods will provide you with the nutrients you need.

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