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Diet for Lap Band – Important Things To Remember

Balanced Diet For Lap Band Patients – Why It’s Important

Are you looking for a diet for lap band patients? If you are then one of the most important things to remember is nutrition. That is always the most important aspect of any diet! You need to nourish your body in a way that is balanced

A few weeks ago I came across a woman who boasted that she was living on two packets of rice crackers per week several months after having lap band surgery. WHAT??? That is not a good diet for lap band surgery patients!!! Just because you can get away with eating a fraction of the amount when on a diet for lap band doesn’t mean you should ignore nutrition or you risk suffering other health issues caused by malnutrition.

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Many modern scientists and doctors believe that a majority of people in western societies are suffering from chronic malnutrition… the weird thing is, their answer to this dilemma is drug based rather than nutrition based. i.e. They’d rather prescribe chemical based drugs that may effect other areas of our health than recommend that we take a vitamin supplement. If that seems absurd, it is! Most doctors treat ailments from the wrong side… treating the symptoms rather than the cause. The best book I’ve read regarding this subject was written by a biochemist named Jon Gabriel. The book is called ‘The Gabriel Method’ and is a holistic approach to weight loss based on nourishing the body rather than the traditional ‘calories in – calories’ out approach. You can get a free chapter of the book at The Gabriel Method Disclaimer: This is an affiliate link. Sales generated via this link will result in commissions earned. I was so impressed when I read this book that I decided to promote it.

The main thing to remember with a diet for lap band patients is that your nutritional needs have not changed. You still need the same amount of vitamins and minerals for your body to function properly. although your doctor will have you taking vitamins it is still important to eat a nutritionally balanced diet and to avoid junk food.

Check out this article about diet for lap band patients from the Mayo Clinic… Gastric bypass diet

Weight Loss Surgery – Is It Right for You

If you are overweight and considered morbidly obese, weight loss surgery might be your only alternative left to lose the weight permanently. I know firsthand how being overweight can influence your life both physically and emotionally. It’s much tougher to accomplish things and if you are like me and you were once slender, you most likely still visualize yourself like that and think you don’t look that bad. Then, you see a photo of yourself. When this happens it is totally devastating.

Maybe it is time to redouble your efforts and get busy losing the weight. If standard weight-loss techniques aren’t working in your case, maybe you need to think about weight loss surgery as a final option to get the job done. The question will be which surgical procedure is your best option, there are several to choose from.

Even before you seek the advice of a medical professional concerning which surgery is the best in your case, do some research on the web. Once you find out all you can about your options then the discussion with your doctor will be short and sweet. You may select from the lap band, gastric bypass, (these are the two most popular), and others. Learn about each one’s potential complications, average weight loss accomplished, success rates, and average cost.

One of the best methods to educate yourself about all your choices is to go to a seminar. Many are free and are supplied by district bariatric surgeons. You may even schedule an appointment for an initial consultation with the surgeon you select. Go in to this appointment well informed and let the surgeon know which surgical procedure you’re considering and why, they will be able to then go over all the pros and cons of your surgery of choice.

Many people who have had lap band surgery have lost all the weight they sought to. It may take several years but they look great when they finally arrive at their target weight. As a matter of fact, chatting with other individuals who have had any type of surgery may solidify any decision you may need to make about getting some kind of surgery yourself. If you see another person achieve success then your confidence is higher and your chances of being triumphant are improved.

If you’re nervous regarding the price of the surgery, do yourself a favor and verify with your insurance company because you may be covered. Being morbidly obese has many health risks and your insurance company probably figures it is going to cost less to cover some type of bariatric surgery than to cover all of the treatments you may need from all of the risks involved with being obese.

The advantages of bariatric surgery can far outweigh the potential risks when you consider all your options, the least of which should be to stay morbidly obese. If you really want to look your best and be healthier than you have been for a very long time you should do your research on all the weight-loss surgery alternatives available.

Cool Sculpting – Cryolipolysis the Fat Freezing Procedure

There is a new kid on the block when it comes to effortless fat loss. It’s called Cryolipolysis and is a fat freezing procedure that damages fat cells causing them to die and be eliminated from the body. The brand name for this procedure in the US is Zeltiq. We’ve all heard of burning our fat cells, but how about freezing them instead? The procedure is also referred to as cool sculpting and was discovered by two Harvard professors who stumbled across it by accident when they realized that babies given ice pops lost fat cells in their cheeks. They realized that the cold effect was responsible and started to research it.

The procedure has been available in Europe for many years and became available in the US in early 2010 and in Australia in mid 2010. The good news is that the machine was approved by the F.D.A. in September 2010 as a body contouring treatment (fat zapper effectively).

The Cryolipolysis fat freezing procedure is NOT an alternative to liposuction as it doesn’t work for large amounts of fat. But it finally offers hope to people with small, unwanted fat deposits that are difficult to remove with diet and exercise who don’t want to undergo liposuction treatment. The procedure is most popular among women seeking to get rid of their ‘muffin top’… that bulge of skin just above the waist of their jeans.

The procedure isn’t cheap, costing from $750 to $1500 for a one hour treatment. But compared to the cost of liposuction that is cheap. The beauty of the Cryolipolysis fat freezing procedure is that it is non invasive, there is no recovery period and no time off is required. There are no incisions made, the procedure is not painful and the only side effects are temporary redness and numbness afterward. Some patients experience a small amount of bruising caused by the suction of the machine.

The reason cool sculpting isn’t suitable for large amounts of weight loss is because it only addresses subcutaneous fat, the fat stored directly beneath the skin. According to researchers the technique can result in a loss of up to 2 inches around the waist or whatever body part it is used on.

So what is cool sculpting (cryolipoloysis) the fat freezing procedure and how does it work?

The Cryolipolysis machine is like a very strong vacuum containing a refrigeration unit. A gel patch is applied to the desired area followed by the machine which reduces the temperature of the fat in that area. This causes the fat cells to be damaged and slowly die. Dead fat cells are slowly flushed out by the body, never to return.

  1. Precisely controlled cooling is applied through the skin to the fat layer
  2. Cooling is usually maintained for 60 minutes to damage the fat cells and cause them to die
  3. Dead fat cells are gradually flushed out of the body over several months
  4. The gradual removal of fat cells causes a reduction of the fat layer

Fat Freezing Procedure - Zeltique Cool Sculpting (Cryolipolysis)To find Zeltiq practitioners in the US you can visit Zeltiq Cool Sculpting – Cryolipolysis, the Fat Freezing Procedure For more information on Zeltiq simply click the image to the left to be taken to the Zeltiq website.

So if you want to get rid of those love handles or that muffin top, you might like to try cool sculpting. The Cryolipolysis Fat Freezing Procedure may be just what you need.

Abdominoplasty Procedure for Weight Loss – Mini Tummy Tuck

An acquaintance expressed a desire to have an abdominoplasty procedure. When she first informed us about this, we thought she was crazy and told her so. Why? Because she only weighs about 100 lbs soaking wet and works out daily. Seemed crazy to want a tummy tuck? She explained later that although she works out she has noticed that her abdominal muscles are sagging as she gets older. She wants to look her best, which is why she works out AND wants the tummy tuck.

Can’t blame a lady for that can you?

The procedure she wants is called a mini-tuck where doctors create an incision, perform minimal liposuction if required, tighten the skin, then stitch closed. The belly button does not require relocation when a mini-tuck is performed.

For the recovery period, doctors insert a drain tube to remove excess fluid. The lower abdomen is then bandaged with a compression dressing. Depending on the severity of pain either prescription analgesics or over the counter pain relievers may be used. Recovery time for a mini-tuck is 2-3 weeks.

Of course, these days there is a non-invasive way to acheive the same result as a mini tummy tuck using a procedure called Cryolipolysis (or body sculpting). This procedure involves freezing the undesired layers of fat which damages them and causes them to slowly die over a period of around three months. It involves four steps.

  1. Precisely controlled cooling is applied through the skin to the fat layer
  2. Cooling is maintained for the required time period to damage the fat cells(usually 60 minutes)
  3. Damaged fat cells begin to be naturally removal over several months
  4. The natural removal of fat cells over time causes a gradual reduction of the fat layer

This procedure generally results in a loss of around 1-2 inches on the abdomen, which would clearly be enough for most people seeking a mini tummy tuck.

Another friend had an abdominoplasty procedure after two pregnancies with large babies (9 lb 13oz and 10 lb 11oz). She suffered gestational diabetes during both pregnancies which is why her babies were so large that they had to be born by Cesarean Section. Although she lost the baby weight she still ended up with excessive skin on her abdomen and was told her abdominal muscles would never recover.

As you can imagine, she had a full tummy tuck involving “baseball stitching” the damaged muscles, removing excess fat with liposuction, trimming the excess skin and stretching it tight, relocating her navel and closing the incision. Drain tubes were inserted to prevent fluid from accumulating and aid recovery. The are is then bandaged tightly with a compression dressing to support the muscles. Strong analgesics are then prescribed to regulate the pain and discomfort associated with the procedure. Recovery time for a full tummy tuck is about six weeks.

Therefore, if you are looking for a toned, flat belly, check out board-certified plastic surgeons in your area and request a consult. Discuss your options and whether you are a potential candidate for surgery. It may be one of the smartest choices you have ever make. Just imagine, ending the battle of the bulge!

Although not advised as an alternative to exercise and dietary modification, an abdominoplasty procedure may provide a solution for problem areas.

Post Gastric Bypass Surgery Tips

If you recently had gastric bypass surgery you may be seeking post gastric bypass surgery tips. Unfortunately, there are few good resources available on this topic. Despite the huge demand for this information caused by the increasing popularity of this procedure in recent years. Hence, the purpose of this post is to provide tips to help you through the recovery process.

Disclaimer: This information is intended as general information and should not replace professional medical advice. Please remember that your post gastric bypass surgery recovery time may be different to those portrayed as this is very much unique to the individual. Everyone who undergoes the surgery reacts differently and won’t all heal at the same rate. Consult your physician or medical specialist for their recommendations for post gastric bypass surgery.

  1. After gastric bypass surgery, patients can generally expect to be in hospital for 24 to 72 hours (1 to 3 days). Most patients only require hospitalization for 24 hours but when there are complications or the patient is not recovering as expected then they will stay for longer.
  2. The most important thing to consider post gastric bypass surgery is your diet. There are many things to consider when planning a gastric bypass recovery diet. For the first few days you will be restricted to a liquid diet. This means you will only be able to consume foods like water, broths, and cream soups. Anything more than this could be too heavy and may cause complications.
  3. The next stage of a post gastric bypass surgery diet involves only pureed foods. This could well be the most important step in post gastric bypass surgery recovery as your body becomes re-accustomed to more solid foods. This stage typically lasts three to four weeks. It is vital that you adhere to this diet rigidly to assist with the healing process. Some individuals are required to maintain this stage of the diet for longer than three to four weeks while others may not require as long. Many patients consume small cans and bottles of baby food at this stage of the diet. Doing this means there is no food to prepare, the food is nutritionally balanced, there is a good variety of food and the small portions are ideal.
  4. Perhaps the wisest action to take post gastric bypass surgery is consulting with your physician regularly. Your physician will probably suggest weekly visits, however if you have any concerns or are unsure about anything or want to check your recovery progress you can always request more. Ensure that you consult your doctor for comprehensive information and do all of the necessary research before undergoing the surgery in order to prepare yourself for the recovery process. If you require more information you should consult your medical health professional who can refer you to a post gastric bypass surgery specialist if required.