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When to Consider Weight Loss Surgery

Do you wonder if weight loss surgery is the right choice for you? Learn about some of the considerations we take into account when deciding whether to recommend this highly effective treatment.

Oct 10th, 2021
Tips to Prepare for Gastric Sleeve Surgery

Gastric sleeve surgery can help you lose a lot of weight and improve your health. Get nine expert tips on how to prepare yourself physically and mentally for this procedure.

Aug 19th, 2021
Telehealth: The Advantages of Telemedicine

Struggles to get to the clinic? Trying to reduce your exposure to COVID-19, as well as other contagious illnesses, and still need to see your doctor? Telehealth is safe and easy — receive quality care from anywhere.

Aug 26th, 2021
Ghrelin. The Key to Weight Loss?

Ghrelin is a hormone produced, in part, by the fundus in upper part of the pre-bariatric surgery stomach. It is of particular interest because it is known to regulate hunger.

Mar 3rd, 2021
Proper Portion Sizes After Weight Loss Surgery

Having weight loss surgery is only the beginning. Anyone who has visited us for a preoperative consultation will be reminded of this more than once. Not because we are trying to convince you that bariatric surgery is not the right option,...

Feb 17th, 2021
Prebiotics and Probiotics – Are They Worth It?

Prebiotics and probiotics have been around forever. The foods we eat – yogurts, fermented foods and much, much more all contain varying amounts of beneficial bacteria and foods that support them.

Feb 3rd, 2021
Adolescent Diabetes on the Rise

This article is very interesting because it offers some perspective on the degree to which our children and adolescents have succumbed to the silent killer – a disease that causes all sorts of problems throughout the body : type 2 diabetes.

Mar 20th, 2017
Papillary Thyroid Cancer and Obesity

We wanted to highlight this article because the link between certain forms of cancer and excess weight is becoming every clearer. Indeed, the study referenced in this article has made the connection...

Mar 1st, 2017
Exploring The Rising Costs of Obesity

In this article, the rising costs of obesity are explored as they relate to the entire population of the United States. The article postures that we as a nation bear the brunt of the $150-190 billion a year cost of obesity through higher health...

Feb 16th, 2017
What is Dumping Syndrome?

Dumping Syndrome is a fairly common result of gastric bypass patients eating high fat or high sugar foods after surgery. Dumping can also happen as a result of drinking water or other liquids during a meal rather than between meals.

Jan 25th, 2017
Head Hunger – Are You Really Hungry?

Have you ever found yourself looking in the fridge or eating shortly after a large meal, almost as if you hadn’t just eaten? We all have once in a while and for most of us, this phenomenon is called head hunger.

Jan 8th, 2017
Learn More about Our New Medical Weight Loss Program

Medical weight loss, also known as physician supervised weight loss, is a non-surgical option for those who do not qualify for bariatric surgery, those who wish to lose between 10 and 30% of their excess body weight or bariatric surgery patients who...

Dec 17th, 2016
Fitness Apps to Get Your Child Moving!

Disclaimer: Before having your child begin any exercise, please check with your child’s pediatrician or your primary care physician to ensure you’re choosing a safe and effective exercise routine.

Aug 15th, 2016
The Link Between Obesity and Cancer

According to the 2011-2012 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survery, 68.5 percent of adults in the United States has excess weight (Body Mass Index (BMI) of 25-29.9 kg/m2),...

Aug 6th, 2016
What is Mindful Eating?

It wasn’t until the cat nudged my leg that I realized my plate was empty. I had been in a trance of sorts. I was watching while uploading a picture of my breakfast to Instagram, mindlessly devouring my plate of eggs.

Jul 17th, 2016
Understanding Protein Powders

Suppose you went to the grocery store and asked for ground beef. The butcher gives you a package and says it’s a great buy at their new special pricing. Great deal right?

Jul 8th, 2016
Eating Out After Bariatric Surgery

One of the questions we’re often asked is whether you can eat out after bariatric surgery. The answer is, “Yes, but use caution.” Eating out can be a source of an extra hundred, or even thousand calories at each and every meal.

Jun 28th, 2016
Taming Your Wild Appetite

Did you think that weight loss surgery would help you solve your wild “appetite” issues for a life-time?

Jun 23rd, 2016
What is the BMI?

We’ve seen it on TV, heard about it on the radio and read it online. Pretty much every diet and fitness medium references the Body Mass Index or BMI. The Body Mass Index has become the standard by which we measure obesity – by comparing height to weight...

Jun 13th, 2016
A Beginner’s Guide to Meal Planning

When it comes to eating well, meal planning is one of the easiest things you can do to set yourself up for success. The beauty of it is there are no rules and, you can’t really mess it up.

May 17th, 2016
Support Group @ Northside

The Northside support group begins promptly at 6:30 and runs until 7:45. Attendees are welcome to arrive as early as 6:10 to visit with one another prior to the start of the group.

Dec 12th, 2015
Overcoming and Preventing the Weight Loss Plateau

Have you had bariatric surgery? Has your weight loss slowed or stopped? Are you no longer seeing results, and don’t understand why? Well… you most likely need to learn how to stop weight-loss plateau.

Dec 11th, 2015
Holiday Gifts for the Bariatric Patient

With the holidays quickly approaching we thought it would be a good idea to post some holiday gift ideas for our bariatric patients. Below is a list of some good ideas that most bariatric patients would benefit from having and would help them throughout...

Dec 9th, 2015
Ban the F-Word: Fat-Shaming

The fight to end fat-shaming always seems to be instantly met with resistance. The Obesity Action Coalition (OAC) took on a high-profile issue with the “Dr. Ken” show, starring real life doctor Ken Jeong.

Nov 9th, 2015
Chicken Crust Pizza

Author: Sassy Southern Yankee Recipe type: Low Carb Pizza Prep time: 5 mins Cook time: 30 mins Total time: 35 mins Serves: 4

Oct 27th, 2015
Fall in Love with Vegetables

When thinking of fall, many think of cool air, crunchy leaves and football. It’s also time to start thinking of the variety of fall vegetables available, such as carrots, pumpkins, squash, sweet potatoes and kale.

Oct 21st, 2015
Homemade Albondigas Soup

Ingredients For the meatballs – albondigas: 1/2 pound ground beef 1/2 pound ground sausage or uncooked chorizo with the casing removed

Oct 15th, 2015
Grain Free Baked Chicken Nuggets

Ingredients 3 chicken breasts or 6 chicken tenderloins (deboned chicken thighs) ~ the tenderloins are a cheaper option 4 eggs lightly beaten

Oct 15th, 2015
Stuffed Acorn Squash

Ingredients: 1 acorn squash 2 stalks of celery 1 onion – diced 1 tsp salt

Oct 15th, 2015
How Much Sugar Do Americans Consume?

When we think of losing weight, we immediately think calories. Yes, we need to consume fewer calories to lose weight; however eliminating the right calories can make a big difference too.

Sep 18th, 2015
How Family and Friends Affect Bariatric Surgery Success

A great support system is critical to the long-term success of a post-operative bariatric surgery patient. Part of a patient’s responsibility, starting even before surgery, is to plan for and create the support structure that will help them reach their...

Sep 6th, 2015
Dieting for Sustainable Weight Loss

A diet means different things to different people. However the most common mistake made by dieters revolves around the degree to which they cut their calories.

Aug 24th, 2015
Liquid Meal Replacements – Doing It Right

Many diets promote liquid meal replacements. These shakes or juices are often a substitute for breakfast or dinner, while lunch remains a normal solid food. The concept of replacing a solid meal with liquid certainly has its benefits as it relates to...

Aug 13th, 2015
Statins Study

Researchers investigate the effects of statin treatment on the risk of type 2 diabetes and deterioration of blood sugar control

May 16th, 2015
Anti-inflammatory Mechanism Of Dieting And Fasting Revealed

Researchers at Yale School of Medicine have found that a compound produced by the body when dieting or fasting can block a part of the immune system involved in several inflammatory disorders such as type 2 diabetes, atherosclerosis,...

Mar 15th, 2015
8 Foods That Aren’t As Healthy As You Think

The food industry is a juggernaut trillion-dollar industry that spends $4.6 billion on marketing in the United States. There has been a relative tipping point in our society,...

Feb 27th, 2015
Hunger after Bariatric Surgery

Hunger is one of the most difficult hurdles you, as a post bariatric surgery patient, will have to face. Bariatric surgery can help reduce the number of calories that you can consume at any given sitting...

Feb 22nd, 2015
Lack Of Exercise ‘twice As Deadly’ As Obesity

Just 20 minutes of brisk walking a day may be all it takes to lessen a sedentary person’s risk of early death, says a new study. The researchers also found the risk of early death due to lack of exercise is double...

Feb 16th, 2015
An Hour Of Exercise A Day Almost Halves Risk Of Heart Failure

It may be a no-brainer that exercise is good for your heart, but a new study conducted by Swedish researchers has found that as little as 1 hour of moderate exercise or 30 minutes of vigorous exercise a day could be enough to reduce the risk of heart...

Feb 4th, 2015
Changes after Bariatric Surgery

Change doesn’t come easy for many of us. We know we need to make changes, but potentially turning our world upside down, even for our own health, is often more than we care to think about.

Jan 26th, 2015
Expectations for Weight Loss Surgery

As bariatric surgeons, one of the hardest expectations to manage before bariatric surgery is long-term weight loss potential. Of course, this is also the question we are asked most often.

Jan 15th, 2015
Onion, Mushroom & Goat Cheese Mini Frittatas

A frittata is an easy way to feed weekend brunch guests, but making individual frittatas is an elegant alternative for dinner parties. Serve these as appetizers or with a salad as a first course.

Jan 12th, 2015
Chia Crunch

Ingredients 1/3 cup cooked quinoa 3/4 cup plain low-fat Greek yogurt 2 tsp chia seeds

Jan 12th, 2015
Ham & Cheese Breakfast Casserole

WebMD Recipe from This healthy update of a traditionally rich ham-and- cheese breakfast strata is made lighter primarily by losing a few egg yolks and using nonfat milk.

Dec 16th, 2014
Apricot Pork Tenderloin

Ingredients, serves 4 Prep: 5min | Cook: 10min | Total: 15min • 1 1/2 cups chopped apricots • 1/3 cup apricot preserves , low sugar

Dec 16th, 2014
Chicken in the Pot

from Sizzling Skillets and Other One-Pot Wonders by Emeril Lagasse Ingredients One 4-pound whole chicken, excess fat removed, rinsed and patted dry

Dec 16th, 2014
Fruity & Tangy Cocktail Meatballs

PER SERVING (1/8th of recipe, 3 meatballs with about 2 tbsp. sauce): 135 calories, 2.5g fat, 191mg sodium, 15g carbs, 0.5g fiber, 14g sugars, 12g protein — PointsPlus® value 3*

Dec 16th, 2014
Sweet and Savory Apricot Chicken

Serves 4 • Prep Time: 5 min • Cook Time: 12 min to 15 min Ingredients 1 Tbsp. (15mL) Mrs. Dash® Garlic & Herb Seasoning Blend

Dec 16th, 2014
So-Fancy Fish Pack

PER SERVING (entire recipe): 205 calories, 4g fat, 412mg sodium, 6g carbs, 2.75g fiber, 3g sugars, 35g protein — PointsPlus® value 5*

Dec 16th, 2014
Salmon with Summer Tomato Salsa

0 Minutes to Prepare and Cook Ingredients 4 (4 ounce) fillets salmon, skin removed 1 cup chopped fresh tomato 1/2 Hass avocado, chopped

Dec 16th, 2014
Outside-In Cheeseburger Patty

PER SERVING (1 patty): 179 calories, 6.5g fat, 502mg sodium, 1.5g carbs, 0g fiber, 1g sugars, 26.5g protein — PointsPlus® value 4*

Dec 16th, 2014
Devilish Deviled Eggs

From EatingWell: May/June 2009 24 servings | Active Time: 20 minutes | Total Time: 20 minutes Ingredients

Dec 16th, 2014
Chocolate Truffles

Chocolate Truffles Serves 30–40 truffles Ingredients 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream

Dec 16th, 2014
My Top Five Superfoods

Seasonal changes come with abundant health benefits, including a bounty of wonderfully tasty superfoods. Eating more fresh vegetables is one of the simplest steps you can take to improve your overall health.

Dec 15th, 2014
Pumpkin Mousse

by Cleveland Clinic Wellness Editors Simple to prepare, this dessert scores low in fat and calories but high on the flavor scale. Pumpkin is a great source of beta-carotene, a form of vitamin A that helps to promote healthy vision.

Dec 12th, 2014
Spinach-Feta Risotto Balls

Chilling your risotto mixture overnight allows for a stickier texture, perfect for rolling into bite-size balls. Your guests will swoon for these crisp Greek-inspired treats and their accompanying Roasted Red Pepper Sauce.

Dec 12th, 2014
Chicken Apple Slaw

Nutrition Info Calories: 204.3 Fat: 1.8g Carbohydrates: 26.8g Protein: 21.2g

Dec 12th, 2014
Cranberry Cheesecake

A creamy velvety cheesecake topped with cranberry sauce. The crust is made from ground almonds and the filling form a mixture of cream cheese, eggs and heavy cream, deliciously paired with the tart cranberry sauce.

Dec 8th, 2014
Pumpkin Cheesecake

Recipe By :Ginny Larsen Serving Size : 16 Ingredient — Preparation Method

Dec 8th, 2014
Spiced Cranberry Sauce

Recipe By: adapted to low carb by Ginny Larsen Serving Size: 13 1/8 cup size servings Ingredient — Preparation Method

Dec 8th, 2014
Spicy Sausage and Cheddar Stuffing

Yield: 16 servings Look no further, this is the ultimate low carb, gluten-free stuffing recipe. A perfect Thanksgiving side dish.

Dec 8th, 2014
Psylli Pumpkin Pasta

Low Carb Keto Lasagna Noodles with ‘Tude (Attitude) Dry Ingredients 1 tablespoon whole psyllium husks (NOW brand)

Dec 8th, 2014