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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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How to Avoid Post-Op Bariatric Depression

depressionSignificant life changes, even positive ones, are known to produce periods of depression in individuals who are predisposed to the condition. A recent study published in Obesity Study has documented symptoms of depression in a cross-section patients six to twelve months after bariatric surgery.

Improve Type 1 Diabetes with Bariatric Surgery

Diabetes-testIf you have Type 1 diabetes, you have likely had it for as long as you can remember and may consider it to be a permanent part of your life. Unlike Type 2 diabetes, which can be managed and even reversed with diet and exercise alone, Type 1 develops early in life and was considered permanent, until now. Numerous recent studies are reporting that bariatric and other weight loss surgeries may drastically improve the symptoms of Type 1 diabetes, helping patients to manage this disease at a higher level than previously thought possible.

How Type 1 Diabetes Works

Type 1 diabetes is caused by an autoimmune reaction in the body, during which the body attacks insulin-producing cells. If you have this type of diabetes, your body produces very little (if any) insulin. Insulin helps you to regulate blood sugar, which is why it is necessary for patients to take insulin injections. So how can bariatric surgery help?

How Much Does Gastric Bypass Surgery Cost?

gastric bypassCongratulations! You and your physician have decided that gastric bypass surgery will help you regain your health and finally get your weight under control. You couldn’t be happier. However, you’re unsure if your insurance plan covers weight loss surgery and have no idea what this potentially life-saving procedure will cost.

Depending on where you live, the cost of gastric bypass surgery varies. However, the most important decision you can make for yourself right now is not to base your choice of surgeon on the price of surgery. Your health matters first and foremost, so whatever choice you make, be sure your long-term good is your first priority, second to your financial investment.

Bariatric Surgery Linked with Prevention of Atrial Fibrillation

heart-cross-sectionAccording to HealthDay News, weight loss surgery is now linked with the prevention of atrial fibrillation, a dangerous heart rhythm disorder marked by an irregular heartbeat that affects over 2.7 million adults in the United States. Studies performed by the Mayo Clinic confirm a reduced incidence of atrial fibrillation in patients who have undergone bariatric surgery when compared with those who have not experienced surgery.

Prior research has already demonstrated that bariatric surgery improves and even resolves co-morbid conditions, including Type-2 Diabetes, some types of heart disease, and high blood pressure. Based on this data, researchers have now performed studies on the long-term effects, including heart conditions like atrial fibrillation. Even before the results were in, many scientists had already come to the logical conclusion that surgery would create positive results for heart-related conditions.

The study, which was conducted by Dr. Yong-Mei Cha and colleagues, recently presented the results at the Heart Rhythm Society’s annual conference in San Francisco, sharing results that are considered to be preliminary and have not been peer-reviewed.

Do You Feel Supported In Your Support Group?

SANYO DIGITAL CAMERAUndergoing weight loss surgery takes guts. Literally. The choice to alter your life for the better through a change in your body and behaviors is not easy and requires both determination and the will to change.

However, human beings are social creatures who require interpersonal interaction and sharing to remain mentally and emotionally healthy. The health of your mind and emotions has a direct effect on your body and ability to stick to healthful commitments. For these reasons, support groups are an invaluable part of your bariatric journey.

Already enrolled? Great! Whether you are planning to attend your first support group meeting or have been going for a while, it is important to ask yourself the following questions to make sure you are getting the most out of your experience.

Note: Support groups work only as well as the amount of time and energy that you put into them, so be sure to devote yourself to the practice of attending and participating before deciding if it truly works for you.

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Reboot Diet

Are sweets creeping back into your daily routine?  Is it getting harder to resist those starchy foods? Do you find yourself eating throughout the day instead of set mealtimes? You are not alone! It is common to have some of these old behaviors from your previous lifestyle try to sneak back in. But there is something you can do about it!!

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First, be honest with yourself about what habits are slipping back in and what you want to change. Then, write down some things that will keep you motivated to nip those habits in the bud! 

Here at WeightWise, we have a plan to help you get back on track and get you back into a fat burning zone. It’s called the Reboot Diet. The 2 week Reboot Diet plan is designed to help rid your body of those cravings and jump start your weight loss again.  Reference this Reboot Diet Plan to help get you started. 

If you are considering following this plan for 2 weeks, please call your dietitian for more detailed information and a follow up visit to advance your diet. 

Chris Corcoran- chris.c@weightwise.com

Lauren Armstrong- lauren.a@weightwise.com

Rachelle Laws- rachelle.l@weightwise.com 

Exercise Smarter, Not Harder

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Why do we say you should avoid insanity or P90x to lose weight? I get this question a lot. As the general public, when it comes to losing weight we want results instantly. I always think, “man, I ate so well and I worked out every day and I didn’t lose anything!” It can be very frustrating. What is even more frustrating is seeing a commercial full of sculpted people saying they were just like you and now look at me. Seriously?! So I bought into the insanity and P90x theory. I thought it sounded awesome, quick burst of energy and the fat should just shed right off, just like it did with the people on the commercial!!! 

Wrong!! I was dying!  I could barely make it through the video without stopping. I kept telling myself, “you can do it, you use to be an athlete, if they can do it, so can I”,……all these thoughts went through my head until I finally accepted defeat and thought how am I ever going to be able to make it through this video.  So the day goes on and I’m beyond frustrated that I couldn’t even make it 30 minutes and then hunger sets it! I was craving popcorn, cookies, chocolate, soda, bread, pasta……basically nothing good.

So what happened? I thought, hey you gave it a shot so go ahead and eat that cookie, I probably burned enough calories to eat several. Wrong again! I probably only burned 200-300 calories and that would only give me one cookie….so was it even worth it? I did the same thing with P90x. Except not only was I hungry but I was super sore. I really enjoy weight lifting, but I would like to be able to walk the next day without being in pain. Now I will say the more you do these exercises the better you will get and you will be able to complete it, but wouldn’t you rather start at an easier level?  

Does this sound like anything any of you have gone through? It can be soooo frustrating! So at WeightWise  we came up with a different theory. “Exercise smarter, not harder”. 

Most people think that exercise has to be high intensity. Hiit, high intensity interval training, is SUPER popular right now. In the exercise classes I take that is all you hear about…..the higher your heart rate is the more fat you are burning. But that statement is FALSE. Instead, all you are doing to using whatever you ate recently for energy, then you are going to want to go home and eat the house!  

In order to burn fat, there are two concepts with exercise:

  1.  Lower intensity
  2.  Longer duration.

If you love zumba, by all means continue zumba but think about your workout, not everyone else. You have to keep in mind that you want to be a fat burner and that happens at lower intensity. Walking 30 minutes 5 times a week is more beneficial for fat burning than do anything high intensity.

Weight loss surgery is a lifestyle change and so is the exercise. We offer the VO2 assessment to find exactly where to keep your heart rate in order to be successful at burning fat. The ACSM, American College of Sports Medicine, says that 65% of your heart rate is a fat burning place and 85% of it is more for cardio. If you think back to the commercials, the whole idea behind Insanity is to have your heart rate high for the majority of the workout, but you will just end up more hungry after this workout and probably really sore as well! 

Weight Loss Surgery is Better Than Medication at Managing Diabetes

diabetes-doctor-and-patientManaging type 2 diabetes can be difficult, and usually includes a regimen of insulin and dietary restriction to maintain healthy blood sugar levels. However, according to a new study called Stampede, conducted by Cleveland Clinic researchers and published in The New England Journal of Medicine, weight loss surgery can effectively eliminate the need for diabetes medications, including insulin, just three years post-op.
 

While weight loss surgeons, including our team here at WeightWise, have observed a strong link between long-term management of type-2 diabetes and weight loss surgery, conclusive findings have remained elusive – until now.

Common Symptoms of Dumping Syndrome

dumping-syndrome-personIf you are planning to undergo weight loss surgery, it is very likely that you have heard of dumping syndrome. This digestive issue is common in patients who have undergone weight loss surgery, and although it sounds uncomfortable, it can be avoided with proper eating habits and is not life-threatening.
 

What Is Dumping Syndrome?

Dumping syndrome encompasses a number of symptoms that result from improper regulation of the food you consume. Food empties too quickly into the small intestine, which is responsible for processing and absorbing nutrients into the body. Certain foods make dumping syndrome more likely to occur, including refined sugars, which quickly absorb water from the body. Dairy products and fried food can also cause symptoms.

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