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How to Choose Insurance for Weight Loss Surgery

Everyone needs health insurance. But how do you decide what type of plan to buy? If you’re preparing for weight loss surgery, you should know that not every insurance company covers the procedures.

Some companies pay for some types of weight loss surgery. Others offer limited or no benefits for bariatric surgery.

How to choose insurance for weight loss surgery.

At WeightWise, we’ll work with your insurance company to figure out what benefits you can expect. Learn more about paying for weight loss surgery by reading our financial FAQ page.

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8 Bariatric Breakfast Ideas

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Breakfast is an important meal. It is not more or less important than lunch or dinner, but breakfast does get looked over more often than any other meal of the day.

“I don’t wake up in time to cook in the morning.”

“Coffee is my breakfast.”

“I can barely get myself and my kids out the door in the morning on time. No chance there is time for breakfast.”

It doesn’t matter what your excuse is for skipping out on this meal, odds are I’ve heard it. And an excuse is just that. An excuse. However, it doesn’t change the fact that you need good nutrition to improve your focus, maintain energy, and control hunger throughout the day.

But since this meal seems to be the most difficult for people to eat, it deserves a little more individualized attention. You will be more inclined to eat breakfast if you look forward to great recipes so we have compiled a list of some great breakfast ideas. Each of these breakfast ideas are bariatric compliant (some with minor modifications). 

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WeightWise Baritastic App

Ad-300x250 WeightWiseKeeping 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:

  • Reminders.

    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.

  • Exercise.

    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

  • Timers.

    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.

  • Food journal.

    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.

  • Patient journal.

    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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Are You Ready to Lose Weight?

Are you ready to lose weight and live a healthier life? Maybe you’ve tried to stick with exercise and a healthy diet before. Maybe it worked, and you lost weight. But, if you’re like most people who resolve to lose weight, you’ve probably had mixed results. You may have lost weight, but then the pounds crept back. Sometimes this frustrating cycle can go on for years.

Are you ready to lose weight?

4 Facts About Your Stomach

Facts about your stomachYour stomach is a marvel. It works on your behalf 24-7, turning food into energy. When it’s out of sorts, you feel it immediately. Whether it’s burning, bloating or that queasy feeling you get when a virus hits, there’s no ignoring tummy trouble.

Most people don’t know how the digestive system works, and that is one reason why stomach issues are so hard to cope with.

Experts Recommend Weight Loss Surgery for Diabetes

Weight loss surgery should be used more often as a treatment for diabetes recommends new guidelines. The guidelines were published recently in the journal Diabetes Care, a publication of the American Diabetes Association.

The new recommendations for using weight loss surgery for diabetes were endorsed by 45 health groups including the American Diabetes Association and the International Diabetes Federation.

Weight loss surgery’s success in dramatically improving Type 2 diabetes has been recognized in the past. The presence of diabetes and other weight-related diseases is a factor in deciding whether bariatric surgery is medically necessary for an obese person. However, the new guidelines are the first time the surgery has been recommended specifically to treat diabetes.

How Were the Guidelines Developed?

The guidelines were drawn after researchers analyzed 11 studies of diabetic patients. The patients were randomly divided into two groups. One group had weight loss surgery and the other was treated with standard care. The researchers concluded that bariatric surgery should be a regular option for some diabetes patients. The guidelines place more emphasis on control of blood sugar than on the amount of weight lost.

Bariatric surgery succeeds more often than any other treatment in helping obese people lose and keep weight off. Surgery is generally considered only after an obese patient has tried repeatedly to lose excess weight. The surgery is seen as a treatment first for obesity with improvements in comorbidities a bonus.

The new research isn’t recommending surgery for as a first option for all diabetes patient. Treatment guidelines are now recommending surgery be considered more routinely for certain patients.

Why Are the Guidelines Changing?

Experts hope the new guidelines bring greater awareness to weight loss surgery’s effectiveness at controlling Type 2 diabetes.

Diabetes affects around 26 million Americans. Those who are overweight and obese have a higher risk of developing the disease that interferes with the body’s ability to convert food into energy.

Type 2 diabetes is controlled through diet, exercise, medication and insulin. Patients don’t always succeed with standard treatments. When diabetes isn’t managed, it leads to more serious health problems such as heart attack, stroke, blindness, kidney failure and amputation.

Losing weight improves control of Type 2 diabetes, but bariatric surgery’s benefits go beyond lost pounds. Some types of bariatric surgery help control diabetes in other ways. For instance, both gastric bypass and sleeve gastrectomy affect how the body handles insulin and blood sugar. The guidelines don’t recommend a particular type of weight loss surgery.

Only you and your doctors can decide if bariatric surgery is the right course for you. Learn more about the surgeries performed at WeightWise by joining us at one of our online or in-person seminars.

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5 Tips to Battle Holiday Stress

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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 hold.

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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