Gastric Sleeve Recovery Plan: Steps to Follow

Posted by Patrick Domkowski on Mon, Oct 20, 2014

So, now that you’ve decided that you want to have a sleeve gastrectomy, you’re wondering what the recovery plan looks like and how long it’ll take. Immediately after surgery, you’ll wake up feeling groggy and sore. Most people spend one or two nights in the hospital after surgery. The abdomen will be sore for a few days and it’ll feel much like the soreness you get after doing a lot of sit-ups. The beginning is a little rough because you’re throat will also be sore and swollen and you’ll feel dehydrated and want to drink something. Slowly, you’ll be able to introduce liquids to your diet, and by day two or three you’ll be on your way home. Then it’s all up to you to follow your recovery plan and take responsibility for the things you do to your body. It’ll take a little getting used to at first, but you’ll get the hang of things. Eventually everything will become easy, effortless and automatic. Until then, you can follow these steps to ease yourself into the bariatric lifestyle and make your gastric sleeve recovery a breeze.

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6 Post-Op Facts on Gastric Bypass and Pregnancy

Posted by Jason Radecke on Mon, Aug 18, 2014

A gastric bypass is a procedure that can really change your life for the better. By making the necessary lifestyle adjustments, you can shed excess weight and become much healthier. But with this new body you might wonder how this affects you reproductively. You might be concerned about pregnancy after such a major procedure, and the need to protect yourself and your unborn child becomes more imperative. It’s important that you learn how your gastric bypass might affect you, so that you can take the steps to assure your pregnancy isn’t compromised by the procedure. These are six of the need-to-know facts about  gastric bypass and pregnancy that can help make your experience much better.

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How to Maintain Weight Loss After Gastric Bypass

Posted by Jason Radecke on Thu, Jul 24, 2014

You did it! The surgery is over, but your new life is just beginning. Now what? You may be wondering what the next steps are since you got gastric bypass surgery. Well, in order to keep fighting weight gain, it’s important to continue to work hard even after the surgery. Following post-operative instructions carefully after your gastric bypass surgery is critical to your health and weight loss success. Most patients have the power to get there...they just can’t figure out where to start. It’s a great question to have and we have the answer for you. Here’s how to maintain weight loss after gastric bypass surgery:

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Gastric Bypass Before and After: Adjustments to Expect

Posted by Jason Radecke on Tue, Jul 15, 2014

It’s no question that gastric bypass surgery is a life-changing experience. Not only does it change the way you feel, but it also changes the way you act and live as you know it.  It is a highly effective option when thinking about long-term weight loss that leads to a healthier life. However, there are numerous adjustments with gastric bypass, before and after surgery, that require everyday changes that you may not be used to. Commitment and motivation are the elements of success when integrating these changes to your life. However, it definitely helps to know what those changes are. Here are some adjustments to your everyday routine that you can expect to make throughout your experience with gastric bypass and weight loss surgery.

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6 Ways you might be Sabotaging your Weight Loss Results

Posted by Jason Radecke on Fri, Feb 14, 2014

When trying to lose weight, you don’t want anything to slow you down. Unfortunately there are many things that can sabotage your weight loss results without you even realizing it. Here are six sneaky weight loss adversaries to avoid:

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Bariatric Cookery…It’s Not Just About Eating Less!

Posted by Patrick Domkowski on Fri, Feb 07, 2014

Carol Bowen Ball (the UK’s 1st Bariatric Cook) offers some advice: 

Losing and keeping the pounds off after weight-loss surgery largely depends not just on eating less, but upon eating the right foods, with the right nutrition, in the optimum amounts. But finding the foods you can, and moreover want to eat, and making the transition from your ‘old life’ to a healthy new one, can be challenging. Even if you know a great deal about nutrition, putting this into practise is hard.

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Post Holiday Weight Loss Tips for Bariatric Surgery Patients

Posted by Patrick Domkowski on Tue, Jan 28, 2014

We all tend to go a bit overboard during the holiday season. With so many delicious foods all around us, resisting that temptation can be difficult. Because of this, we often end up constantly snacking on high calorie holiday foods and overeating. For many of us, this leads to the dreaded post holiday weight gain. If you put on a few extra pounds after all of the holiday parties and family get togethers, you can still salvage your bariatric diet. Follow these holiday weight loss tips and you can quickly bounce back.

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How to Set Realistic Weight Loss Goals for the New Year

Posted by Jason Radecke on Mon, Jan 20, 2014

It happens every year. People set a New Year’s resolution to lose weight, are excited to commit to this goal for the first few weeks or maybe months, and then they completely fall off the wagon. While lack of dedication can be part of the problem, setting weight loss goals that are unrealistic could be an even bigger contributing factor. When you set unrealistic goals, you’re setting yourself up for failure. This year, make sure you set realistic weight loss goals so that you can stick with your resolution and lose the weight you want. 

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How to Handle Weight Gain After Weight Loss Surgery

Posted by Jason Radecke on Thu, Jan 02, 2014

Encountering weight gain after weight loss surgery is not a stumbling block most bariatric surgery patients like to think about. However, it is an experience many bariatric surgery patients face, so remember that you’re not alone and that you can bounce back. Here are a few tips for how you can rebound from your post-surgery weight gain. 

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Overcoming a Weight Loss Plateau After Bariatric Surgery

Posted by Patrick Domkowski on Thu, Dec 19, 2013

Hitting a plateau is common for people trying to lose weight, even after bariatric surgery. Many times patients will experience rapid weight loss in the weeks and months immediately following their procedure and then their weight loss becomes less gradual until it finally stabilizes. During this time it’s highly likely that you will experience a stall that can last days or weeks, even though you’re staying on track. When this happens, the worst thing to do is throw in the towel and let your plateau turn into an avalanche. Before you let it discourage you from furthering your progress, consider the following information to help you overcome your weight loss plateau after bariatric surgery.

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