Keeping a food journal is not an easy task. It can make you feel vulnerable, excited, successful, or defeated. All of these emotions can be triggered by what you see on that screen and/or page. So why would anyone want to keep a food journal? Mainly because it is proven to be a behavior that helps people remain successful with long term weight loss. Keeping a food journal with the WeightWise Baritastic App is just one step in the program we have designed to help you reach your health and weight goals.
The WeightWise Baritastic App is a comprehensive app for bariatric surgery. It allows you to connect directly to our clinic and the providers here, but the app is not solely for food logging. The app contains many features that help you on your bariatric journey.
Features of the WeightWise Baritastic App:
These reminders can be set for taking your vitamins daily, eating your meals on a regular basis, or drinking water. If you are busy or just forget certain aspects of your custom program at WeightWise, use these reminders to help you stay on point.
Tracking your exercise can be an eye opener. We think we are more active than we actually are. Having this app connect to your “health” app on iPhone or other activity tracker will put everything in one place. Don’t have one of those fancy trackers? Enter in the activity and duration of the activity each time you do it therefore making you realize your activity level in a more realistic way
After bariatric surgery, timing is everything. Timing out your bites so you don’t eat too fast. Timing your fluid intake to start an hour after you finish eating. These timing issues matter a great deal for hunger control and long term weight loss. The WeightWise Baritastic app has all of these different timers included to make these new habits easier to grasp.
Seminar to surgery checklist.
Are you working towards surgery with us? Don’t stress about the checklist, instead enter each of the items on your checklist (this is provided from your surgeon and is different for everyone) and the dates you have them scheduled. It will help keep you more organized and on task.
One of my favorite parts of this app is the food journal. It is best to discuss your individual goals with your dietitian when you start tracking. In general, the “pie chart” on the food logging feature is the best to view. The general goal is to have 50% protein and <20% carb on the pie chart for weight loss. but again discuss custom goals with your dietitian. Here is a short video about how to log your foods if you are just getting started.
This journal is different than the food journal. This journal is about how you feel during the day. Logging about your hunger level, emotions/stress, and ability to meal prep is important to identifying your personal triggers with food.
Remember that weight loss has many working parts and WeightWise has designed a program that will help you with each part of that process. If you are ready to learn more about our program, click here to view or attend one of our free seminars.
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The holiday season should not be synonymous with weight gain. But sadly, the holiday season usually equals holiday stress. And holiday stress can lead to stress eating and drinking. The cycle is vicious.
But you don’t have to watch all of the hard work and good habits you have been working on sail out the window with your sanity.
Take deep breaths.
Dig in your heels.
Scream into a pillow.
And use these 5 tips to battle holiday stress this year.
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A recent article in The New York Times painted a dismal picture. The majority of Americans reported that obesity is a result of a lack of willpower. That one just needs to diet and exercise to lose weight successfully. However, a multitude of research proves that this is not the case.
Evidence has proven again and again that obesity is attributed to genetics and environmental factors. We also know that approximately 3-4% of people can lose over 100 pounds through diet and exercise and maintain that weight loss long term.
The only proven effective treatment for obesity is weight loss surgery combined with a good diet & exercise regimen.
Read the entire article from the New York Times here.
To learn more about weight loss surgery, attend one of our FREE informational seminars today!
Nearly everyone has triggers that prompt emotional eating. For some, it could be a bad day at work. For others, it could be the desire to celebrate something.
After weight loss surgery, eating too much can damage your surgery. It’s especially important for post-bariatric patients to develop a strategy to cope with the emotions that lead to overeating.
How to Tame Emotional Eating
Daily exercise is critical to success after weight loss surgery. If you exercise outdoors, you need to know how to exercise safely in hot weather. Protect yourself against heat-related illnesses by avoiding working out in extreme heat, staying hydrated and wearing the right clothing.
It doesn’t take much to work up a sweat in the heat of summer. In Oklahoma, and pretty much anywhere in the southern U.S., exercise becomes more of a challenge when the mercury rises.
Many people head indoors to a comfortable air-conditioned gym, but not everyone wants to exercise indoors.
How Hot Weather Makes Exercise Harder
Heat adds to the difficulty of exercise. A workout requires more effort as temperatures increase. If you aren’t careful in heat, you may become ill.
When exercising in high temperatures, the body cools itself by sending blood to the skin. Less blood and oxygen is available to power muscles. Your heart rate increases as muscles work harder.
If the weather is both hot and humid, sweat won’t evaporate as quickly. This makes you even hotter. Here are some tips about how to exercise safely in hot weather.
You had weight loss surgery. The weight fell off quickly at first. You continued to drop pounds for a year. The rate of loss slowed, but the scale continued to show progress.
Then, at some point, the weight loss stopped. You’re at a much healthier place than before. Success? Definitely. But what comes next? For some, what comes after reaching their goal weight is the hardest part of the journey: weight maintenance.
Not every post-bariatric patient struggles with weight maintenance, but many do. Increase your odds of successful maintenance with some common-sense practices.
4 Strategies to Maintain a Healthy Weight
If you are progressing toward weight loss surgery with WeightWise, this list is to help you determine which medications can and can not be taken prior to your operation. This list; however, does NOT replace the individual advice of your physician and/or surgeon.
Pre-op Medication Instructions
Weight loss surgery is safer than ever. Surgical methods continue to improve. Laparoscopic procedures, which require only small incisions, cause less stress to a patient’s body than does open surgery. WeightWise surgeons use minimally invasive techniques about 99 percent of the time.
Still, every surgery is serious. The body and mind need time to heal and adjust. Before and after surgery, our staff provides support and education to help you reach your goals. Speed recovery by treating yourself with care. Here’s how to recover from weight loss surgery.
You might think that all forms of vitamins are the same. One form of Vitamin D will do just as well as another, right?
So which one is better- vitamin D2 vs D3?
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Most of us have heard it….the naysayers, the critics. They will tell you that weight loss surgery is the easy way out. They will tell you that it is just a short term fix. But here is the thing- that’s just not true. And we have the research to back it up.