We all love food. Anyone who claims they don't is lying. It can be difficult to even think about giving up all those delicious meals and treats you enjoy when preparing for weight loss surgery. In this blog post, we will discuss exactly what you need to do to prepare your diet for weight loss surgery, both physically and mentally. So let's dig in!
Think for a minute about your relationship with food. If food were a person, would you think of that relationship as being a healthy one? And what would other people who really knew how you and food behaved around one another think?
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One of the biggest myths surrounding weight loss surgery has to do with the safety of these procedures. I can’t begin to tell you the number of patients who say, ”I thought these operations were risky” or “I have too many medical problems for that to be safe”. They are not completely wrong—this is surgery and surgery does have its risks. However, what most patients find surprising is that all of the modern weight loss procedures performed today are as safe, if not more safe, than most commonly performed procedures. Similarly, in most cases, the risk of this disease (a.k.a obesity) is GREATER than the risk of surgery.
The decision to have weight loss surgery should not be taken lightly. We encourage patients to research different procedures, speak to their surgeon, and speak to others who have already had surgery. We want our patients to fully understand the process and have realistic expectations for both their weight loss and the changes they must make to be successful long term. Having weight loss surgery is not an easy solution, but with proper education and support we know that patients can change their lives and health forever. In fact, we get to witness success stories every day!
“Dieting” sounds so … restrictive. Most people, when they “go on a diet” describe feeling deprived.
You’ve probably been taught somewhere along the road that your thoughts lead to feelings and together, thoughts and feelings influence behavior. If a person is thinking about what foods they are banned from, and feel restricted and deprived, and perhaps angry, they sometimes “act out” or rebel by eating those forbidden delicacies.
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You've probably heard the term "whole food" used frequently within nutrition circles. There's the very popular Whole30 Program, Eat Whole Food recommendations, and even the Whole Foods Market chain of grocery stores. But what exactly are whole foods? In general, whole foods are single ingredient foods that have had little or no processing. There are many reasons why it is, in general, healthier to eat foods that are less processed.
As a medical weight loss physician, I see many patients who complain about a lower quality of life due to their excess weight. However, weight gain and the disease of obesity does not just affect your self-esteem and the activities you are capable of participating in. If left untreated, obesity can contribute to many debilitating or deadly diseases.
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