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The Many Ways Acid Reflux Can Negatively Impact Your Life Sep 15th, 2021

When you eat or drink, food and beverages travel to your stomach through a tube known as your esophagus. Once they arrive in your stomach, food and liquid mix with highly acidic digestive juices that break them down. After you eat, food and drink are supposed to stay in your...

Telehealth: The Advantages of Telemedicine Aug 26th, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered dramatic changes throughout everyday life — and in the medical community as well. Not only are providers across the country postponing elective procedures, but many are also encouraging people to avoid in-office appointments to reduce their risk of exposure to this highly contagious coronavirus.But what...

Tips to Prepare for Gastric Sleeve Surgery Aug 19th, 2021

If you’ve tried years of dieting only to fail over and over again, and your weight continues to be a problem, gastric sleeve surgery may be a good option for you. During gastric sleeve surgery, your stomach is made smaller to hold less food, leading you to feel fuller quicker...

Ghrelin. The Key to Weight Loss? Mar 3rd, 2021

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. Theoretically, if you remove the production of the hunger hormone, a patient will be less hungry and lose weight as...

Proper Portion Sizes After Weight Loss Surgery Feb 17th, 2021

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, but rather we want you to understand that it is not...

Prebiotics and Probiotics – Are They Worth It? Feb 3rd, 2021

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. Over the past several decades, as we have improved our understanding of the human gut and how it affects...

Adolescent Diabetes on the Rise Mar 20th, 2017

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. The primary cause, as with adults, is excess weight...

Papillary Thyroid Cancer and Obesity Mar 1st, 2017

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 – using their own methodology – between obesity and the increased virulence of papillary thyroid cancer. Ultimately, beyond...

Exploring The Rising Costs of Obesity Feb 16th, 2017

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 insurance premiums and government expense. It...

What is Dumping Syndrome? Jan 25th, 2017

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. Generally speaking, dumping syndrome is not a life-threatening emergency, but...

Head Hunger – Are You Really Hungry? Jan 8th, 2017

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. Head hunger is a mental, rather than physical, hunger...

Vitamin Supplementation after Gastric Bypass Surgery Dec 28th, 2016

Because gastric bypass not only modifies the stomach pouch, but also the small intestine, patients who undergo the procedure may need to supplement their diet. Supplements may include some or all of the following vitamins & minerals: iron, vitamin B12, calcium, protein and others (please speak to your nutritionist for guidelines). The...

Predicting Cardiometabolic Risk Dec 20th, 2016

Have a look at this very interesting article about waist-to-height ratio as a predictor of cardiometabolic risk. The article, citing a recent study, posits that the waist-to-height-ratio is a better predictor of this risk than waist circumference or Body Mass Index, two very popular measures of obesity and cardiovascular risk....

Learn More about Our New Medical Weight Loss Program Dec 17th, 2016

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 wish to enhance their weight loss after surgery....

Fitness Apps to Get Your Child Moving! Aug 15th, 2016

By Elizabeth Engasser 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. In an age of smartphones and tablets, encouraging people to get moving and exercise can be a challenging...

The Link Between Obesity and Cancer Aug 6th, 2016

The Link Between Obesity and CancerBy Taraneh Soleymani, MD 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), 34.9 percent were affected by obesity (BMI 30-39.9 kg/m2( and 6.4 percent had...

What is Mindful Eating? Jul 17th, 2016

By Cassie I. Story, RD 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. Did I really just...

Understanding Protein Powders Jul 8th, 2016

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? Only when you get home you find that the ground beef is only 25% meat and the rest...

Eating Out After Bariatric Surgery Jun 28th, 2016

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. This is often due to large portion sizes...

Obesity Increases the Risk of Developing Breast Cancer Jun 25th, 2016

A recent Cornell University study published in Science Translational Medicine has shown a correlation between obesity and changes in breast tissue that can lead to a myriad of diseases, including cancer. The study also shows that the prognosis for obese women with breast cancer is worse than those who are not obese....

Taming Your Wild Appetite Jun 23rd, 2016

Did you think that weight loss surgery would help you solve your wild “appetite” issues for a life-time? I bet it didn’t take long to realize that it didn’t. Sure, surgery may “tame” them for a while but soon they return, and sometimes with a vengeance. So, if weight loss...

PSB Performs the First Intragastric Balloon Procedure In Georgia Jun 18th, 2016

Toward the end of 2015 Dr. Duncan implanted the first ORBERATM Intragastric Balloon in Georgia. The patient, a working mom from Atlanta named Latonya, sees the intragastric balloon as an effective tool for fighting the excess weight that has been plaguing her since she had her children. The intragastric balloon represents...

What is the BMI? Jun 13th, 2016

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 ratios of...

Why Eating More Fruits and Vegetables Won’t Make You Thin Jun 4th, 2016

Eating more fruits and vegetables is generally a good idea, but this alone is not likely to help you lose weight, a new review of studies suggests.Researchers analyzed previous research on weight loss and increased fruit and vegetable intake, which included data on more than 1,200 people. The investigators found...

A Beginner’s Guide to Meal Planning May 17th, 2016

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. The key is just to start, and to set aside a...

Support Group @ Northside Dec 12th, 2015

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.

Overcoming and Preventing the Weight Loss Plateau Dec 11th, 2015

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. Weight loss, after bariatric surgery, is very significant early on; this typically occurs because the body...

Holiday Gifts for the Bariatric Patient Dec 9th, 2015

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 their weight loss journey. Key Points:...

Micronutrients and You: Calcium and Bariatric Surgery Patients Nov 16th, 2015

After bariatric surgery, patients experience permanent changes to their digestive system in the way that nutrients are absorbed and processed. It’s important for both patients and their physicians to understand the role of ongoing nutritional support so they can maintain good health. This series of articles will focus on the...

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

Ban the F-Word: Fat-Shamingby James Zervios, OAC Vice Presideant of Marketing and Communcations 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. Within minutes of...

Eleven Common Nutritional Deficiencies in the United States Nov 2nd, 2015

Make Sure You Know these Symptoms. If you eat a balanced, whole-food diet like the one described in my nutrition plan, you’re probably getting adequate amounts of the vitamins and minerals your body needs to function. If not (and this applies to the majority of the U.S. population), there’s a...

Stretching: An Integral Part of Your Fitness Routine Oct 27th, 2015

Many individuals who participate in aerobic activity do so to improve their cardiovascular endurance and to burn calories. Many also train to develop strength and build lean muscle tissue. Unfortunately, flexibility training is the one element of the fitness routine that’s often neglected, despite its important contributions to overall function,...

Butternut Squash, Kale and Black Bean Quesadillas Oct 27th, 2015

Ingredients: 2 cups pre-chopped peeled butternut squash 6 tablespoons water 2 cups baby kale 1 teaspoon canola oil ¼ teaspoon salt 1 cup canned unsalted black beans; rinsed and drained 4 (8-inch) whole wheat flour tortillas 6 ounces shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese (about 1 ½ cups) Cooking spray Directions: Heat...

Mushroom Chicken and Sausage Casserole Oct 27th, 2015

Ingredients: 3-4 cups diced cooked chicken 1 pound pork sausage 1 stalk celery, chopped fine 1 tablespoon onion, chopped 1/2 pound mushrooms, sliced 8 ounces cream cheese, softened 16 ounce bag frozen cauliflower, cooked well and drained 8 ounces cheddar cheese, shredded Salt 1/2 teaspoon pepper Paprika, optional Directions: Brown...

Chicken Crust Pizza Oct 27th, 2015

Author: Sassy Southern Yankee Recipe type: Low Carb Pizza Prep time: 5 mins Cook time: 30 mins Total time: 35 mins Serves: 4 Ingredients 1 Pound of Ground Chicken ¼ Cup Parmesan Cheese ¼ Cup Shredded Mozzarella Cheese ¼ Teaspoon Black Pepper 1 Teaspoon Italian Seasoning Blend (or just a bit of Oregano...

Fall in Love with Vegetables Oct 21st, 2015

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. When fall comes around, a whole new crop of seasonal vegetables are available to you....

Spaghetti Squash Chow Mein Oct 15th, 2015

Ingredients 1 large spaghetti squash 1/4 cup soy sauce 3 cloves garlic, minced 1 tablespoon brown sugar, packed 2 teaspoons freshly grated ginger 1/4 teaspoon white pepper 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 onion, diced 3 stalks celery, sliced diagonally 2 cups cole slaw mix (shredded cabbage and carrots) Directions Cut...

Homemade Albondigas Soup Oct 15th, 2015

Ingredients For the meatballs – albondigas: 1/2 pound ground beef 1/2 pound ground sausage or uncooked chorizo with the casing removed 1 large egg beaten 2 minced garlic cloves 2 minced shallots – optional 1/2 cup minced cilantro 1/2 cup grated carrots 1/2 cup cooked rice 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon ground cumin For the broth: 6 cups...

Grain Free Baked Chicken Nuggets Oct 15th, 2015

Ingredients 3 chicken breasts or 6 chicken tenderloins (deboned chicken thighs) ~ the tenderloins are a cheaper option 4 eggs lightly beaten 1 cup almond meal 1/2 to 1 teaspoon salt Lemon pepper to taste 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon onion powder 1/4 cup parmesan cheese Note: Omit parmesan for a dairy free option....

Stuffed Acorn Squash Oct 15th, 2015

Ingredients: 1 acorn squash2 stalks of celery1 onion – diced1 tsp salt1 tsp black pepper1 tsp rosemary3 cloves garlic1 lb sausage – browned1 apple – diced1 cup parmesan cheese – shreddedolive oil Directions: Cut ends off acorn squash and then cut in half. Scoop out seeds from the acorn squash....

Asparagus Quiche with a Spaghetti Squash Crust Oct 15th, 2015

Description A quiche perfect for supper in spring! Ingredients 13 ounces, weight Asparagus ½ Small Yellow Onion 2 cloves Garlic 1 teaspoon Olive Oil 5 Eggs 1 cup Milk 1 cup Swiss Cheese ½ teaspoons Salt ¼ teaspoons Pepper 3 cups Cooked Spaghetti Squash (1 Small Squash) Preparation Preheat oven to 400ºF. Cut off the woody ends of...

Avoiding Injury When Exercising After Bariatric Surgery Sep 30th, 2015

As you begin to lose weight and see the results of your post bariatric surgery lifestyle changes, it becomes very tempting to accelerate your exercise program. However it is critical that you maintain moderation and work toward your exercise goals in a measured manner. The goal is to avoid injury....

How Much Sugar Do Americans Consume? Sep 18th, 2015

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. Nowhere is this more important than with sugars. An amazing, if not alarming, statistic is that most Americans consume...

How Family and Friends Affect Bariatric Surgery Success Sep 6th, 2015

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 weight loss goals. Support and motivation from family members is...

Dieting for Sustainable Weight Loss Aug 24th, 2015

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. Usually, in the excitement and novelty of a new diet, we tend to cut too much. This causes a serious caloric deficit that can...

Energy Expenditure Increases After Gastric Bypass Surgery Aug 21st, 2015

Gastric bypass surgery often leads to a sustained weight loss, and now researchers have found that this is explained in part by how the operation enhances energy expenditure. Reduced caloric intake does not provide the entire explanation for the success of gastric bypass patients at keeping the pounds off over...

Liquid Meal Replacements – Doing It Right Aug 13th, 2015

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 weight loss. Liquefied fruits and vegetables are often...

Prevent Type 2 Diabetes Blood-sugar Spikes By Eating More Protein For Breakfast Jun 26th, 2015

Individuals with Type 2 Diabetes have difficulty regulating their glucose — or blood sugar — levels, particularly after meals. Now, University of Missouri researchers have found that Type 2 diabetics can eat more protein at breakfast to help reduce glucose spikes at both breakfast and lunch. “People often assume that...

Replace Soda With Water, Tea Or Coffee To Fight Diabetes, Study Suggests May 28th, 2015

Researchers suggest that replacing a soft drink or a sweetened milk drink with one such as water or unsweetened tea or coffee every day could significantly reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Drinking water in the place of soft drinks or sweetened milk drinks could help to reduce...

Statins Study May 16th, 2015

Researchers investigate the effects of statin treatment on the risk of type 2 diabetes and deterioration of blood sugar control New research published in Diabetologia (the journal of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes) shows that use of statins is associated with a 46% increase in the risk of developing diabetes, even...

Exercise At Any Level May Benefit Overweight Patients With Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease May 7th, 2015

A new study suggests exercise, regardless of its volume or intensity, may have significant benefits for overweight and obese individuals with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease – one of the most common causes of liver failure in the US. Researchers found that exercise – regardless of volume or intensity – reduced...

Sugary Drinks Boost Risk Factors For Heart Disease, Study Shows Apr 30th, 2015

Beverages sweetened with low, medium and high amounts of high-fructose corn syrup significantly increase risk factors for cardiovascular disease, even when consumed for just two weeks by young, healthy men and women, reports a team of researchers at the University of California, Davis. The study is the first to demonstrate...

This Is What Happens To Your Brain When You Stop Eating Sugar Mar 23rd, 2015

I have a huge sweet tooth. I always have. My friend and fellow graduate student Andrew is equally afflicted, and living in Hershey, Penn., “Chocolate Capital of the World,” doesn’t help either of us. But Andrew is braver than I am. Last year, he gave up sweets for Lent. I...

Anti-inflammatory Mechanism Of Dieting And Fasting Revealed Mar 15th, 2015

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, and Alzheimer’s disease. In their study, published in the online issue of Nature Medicine, the researchers...

Sitting Increases Disease Risk… And Exercise May Not Reduce It Mar 3rd, 2015

OK, so you work in an office and you spend 8 hours sitting at your desk – plus a couple hours of TV in the evening – but all that gym time makes up for all that sedentary action, right? According to a new study published in the Annals of Internal...

8 Foods That Aren’t As Healthy As You Think Feb 27th, 2015

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, with an increasing number of people looking for healthier choices. Because of this healthy cultural shift, the health food industry has grown astronomically over the past few...

Hunger after Bariatric Surgery Feb 22nd, 2015

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 as well as the number of calories that are absorbed into the bloodstream through...

Lack Of Exercise ‘twice As Deadly’ As Obesity Feb 16th, 2015

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 that posed by obesity and does not necessarily...

Are Caffeinated Drinks OK after Bariatric Surgery? Feb 8th, 2015

Many of our patients wonder if they can consume caffeinated drinks after their bariatric procedure. The short answer, as with many common postsurgical questions, is yes, but in moderation. Caffeine has several properties that can work against an effective weight loss regimen and can affect post bariatric patient comfort. First,...

An Hour Of Exercise A Day Almost Halves Risk Of Heart Failure Feb 4th, 2015

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 failure by...

12 Graphs That Show Why People Get Fat Jan 30th, 2015

By Kris GunnarsSource: https://authoritynutrition.com/12-graphs-that-show-why-people-get-fat/ People are fatter and sicker than ever before. Obesity rates have tripled since 1980 and have increased particularly fast in children. The reason why this has happened is still debated among scientists, but it must be due to changes in the environment because our genes don’t change this quickly. This...

Balsamic and Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower Jan 27th, 2015

Prep Time: 10 minsCook Time: 30 minsTotal Time: 40 mins Ingredients 1 head(s) cauliflower 2 tablespoon oil, olive, extra-virgin 1 teaspoon marjoram, dried 1/4 teaspoon salt pepper, black ground 2 tablespoon vinegar balsamic 1/2 cup(s) cheese, Parmesan Preparation 1. Preheat oven to 450°F.2. Toss cauliflower, oil, marjoram, salt and pepper. Roast on a...

Replacing A High-carb Snack With Almonds Reduced Belly Fat And Other Heart Disease Risk Factors Jan 26th, 2015

A new study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association found that a daily snack of 1.5 ounces of almonds instead of a high-carbohydrate muffin, eaten as part of an overall healthy diet, improved a number of heart disease risk factors in study participants. In addition to significantly improving LDL and total cholesterol,...

Changes after Bariatric Surgery Jan 26th, 2015

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. Going vegan overnight or committing to a heavy exercise regime after a long sedentary...

Weight Loss Surgery Linked To Reduced Mortality 5-10 Years After Procedure Jan 22nd, 2015

Obese individuals who undergo weight loss surgery may have lower risk of death in the 5-10 years following the procedure than those who do not have the surgery, according to new research published in JAMA. Researchers say obese individuals who undergo weight loss surgery may have better long-term survival than those...

Worry less, be happier – just by going to bed earlier Jan 17th, 2015

When you go to bed, and how long you sleep at a time, might actually make it difficult for you to stop worrying. So say Jacob Nota and Meredith Coles of Binghamton University in the US, who found that people who sleep for shorter periods of time and go to...

Expectations for Weight Loss Surgery Jan 15th, 2015

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. While we have procedure and practice-wide averages, the answer is not a straightforward one. Every patient is unique, and as...

Stuffed Breakfast Peppers Jan 15th, 2015

Ingredients 2 bell peppers – your choice of color 4 eggs 1 cup white mushrooms 1 cup broccoli ¼ tsp cayenne pepper Salt and pepper, to taste Directions Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Dice up your vegetables of choice. In a medium sized bowl, mix eggs, salt, pepper, cayenne...

5 Reasons Most Diets Fail (and Succeed) Jan 15th, 2015

by Mark Hyman, MD The average person gains 11 pounds for every diet they go on. Even worse, when they lose weight, they lose muscle and fat. When they regain weight, they gain back all fat. And since muscle burns seven times as many calories as fat, their metabolism is...

Onion, Mushroom & Goat Cheese Mini Frittatas Jan 12th, 2015

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. Game plan: For quicker results, start caramelizing the onions while you are prepping the rest of...

Mediterranean Morning Scramble Jan 12th, 2015

Ingredients 1 egg(s) 4 egg white(s) 3 tbsp part-skim ricotta cheese 3/4 cup baby spinach Directions Lightly beat eggs. Using a cooking spray, add to a non-stick pan and scramble. Top eggs with ricotta and spinach. Source: https://www.livestrong.com/recipes/mediterranean-morning-scramble/

Mushroom & Tomato Omelet Jan 12th, 2015

Ingredients 4 egg white(s) 1 egg(s) 1/2 cup low-fat cottage cheese 1/2 cup sliced mushrooms 1/2 tomato(es), chopped Directions Combine eggs and beat lightly. Using a cooking spray, cook eggs in non-stick pan. Add cottage cheese, mushrooms and tomatoes in the center of omelet. Cook until eggs are set and fold over.

Chia Crunch Jan 12th, 2015

Ingredients 1/3 cup cooked quinoa 3/4 cup plain low-fat Greek yogurt 2 tsp chia seeds Directions Mix together quinoa with Greek yogurt and chia seeds. Source: https://www.livestrong.com/recipes/chia-crunch/

Surprising Finding: Gut Microbes Make Dark Chocolate Healthy Jan 8th, 2015

A considerable number of studies are in agreement that dark chocolate has pronounced health benefits1—provided you eat it in moderation (one to two ounces is recommended by some researchers2). The same cannot be said for milk chocolate, however. There’s a big difference between your average chocolate bar and what could...

10 Similarities Between Sugar, Junk Food and Abusive Drugs Dec 30th, 2014

By Kris Gunnars There are many ridiculous myths in nutrition. The idea that losing weight is all about calories and willpower is one of the worst. The truth is… sugar and highly processed junk foods can be addictive, just like drugs. Not only are the behavioral symptoms the same, but...

Lemon Chicken with Olives Dec 16th, 2014

SERVES: 4 person(s)PREPARATION TIME: 10 minutesCOOKING TIME: 40 minutes PREPARATION & COOKING DIRECTIONS Heat oil in a large frying pan. Sauté onion until soft. Add garlic and cinnamon. Sauté for 1 minute. Add chicken. Cook until well browned on all sides. Add stock and cilantro. Bring to a boil and...

Ham & Cheese Breakfast Casserole Dec 16th, 2014

WebMD Recipe from EatingWell.com 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. Gruyère cheese has a delicious, nutty aroma and flavor, which means that with the relatively small amount in this recipe you...

Apricot Pork Tenderloin Dec 16th, 2014

Ingredients, serves 4 Prep: 5min | Cook: 10min | Total: 15min • 1 1/2 cups chopped apricots• 1/3 cup apricot preserves , low sugar• 1 tablespoon hoisin sauce• 1 tablespoon reduced-sodium soy sauce• 1 pound pork tenderloin, cut into 1″ pieces• salt and ground black pepper• 2 teaspoons olive oil•...

Chicken in the Pot Dec 16th, 2014

from Sizzling Skillets and Other One-Pot Wonders by Emeril Lagasse Ingredients One 4-pound whole chicken, excess fat removed, rinsed and patted dry 1 T kosher salt 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper 1 T butter 4 ounces applewood smoked bacon, cut into 1/2-inch pieces 3 medium carrots, peeled and cut...

Fruity & Tangy Cocktail Meatballs Dec 16th, 2014

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*We got a li’l crazy with these mango-infused meatballs. They require a bit of oven lovin’ before you toss ’em in...

Sweet and Savory Apricot Chicken Dec 16th, 2014

Serves 4 • Prep Time: 5 min • Cook Time: 12 min to 15 min Ingredients 1 Tbsp. (15mL) Mrs. Dash® Garlic & Herb Seasoning Blend 1/2 cup (120mL) apricot preserves 2 tsp (10mL) Dijon-style mustard 2 tsp (10mL) honey 1 tsp (5mL) vinegar1 lb (454g) boneless, skinless chicken breast...

Beef Sirloin Kabobs with Roasted Red Pepper Dipping Sauce Dec 16th, 2014

Total recipe time: 35 minutes Makes 6 servings Ingredients: 1-1/2 pounds boneless beef top sirloin steak, cut 1 inch thick 2 teaspoons coarse grind black pepper 3/4 teaspoon salt 3/4 teaspoon sweet paprika 2 cloves garlic, minced Dipping Sauce: 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 medium onion, finely chopped 3 cloves...

So-Fancy Fish Pack Dec 16th, 2014

PER SERVING (entire recipe): 205 calories, 4g fat, 412mg sodium, 6g carbs, 2.75g fiber, 3g sugars, 35g protein — PointsPlus® value 5* This tastes like a fancy-schmancy restaurant meal, but it’s something you can whip up at home in a FLASH. Nothing fishy about that! Serves 1. ´┐╝Ingredients: 6 oz....

Salmon with Summer Tomato Salsa Dec 16th, 2014

40 Minutes to Prepare and Cook Ingredients 4 (4 ounce) fillets salmon, skin removed 1 cup chopped fresh tomato 1/2 Hass avocado, chopped 1 garlic clove, crushed 1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar 1 tsp olive oil 1/2 cup cooked corn kernels 1/4 cup minced red onion 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro...

Outside-In Cheeseburger Patty Dec 16th, 2014

PER SERVING (1 patty): 179 calories, 6.5g fat, 502mg sodium, 1.5g carbs, 0g fiber, 1g sugars, 26.5g protein — PointsPlus® value 4* Ingredients: ´┐╝4 oz. raw lean ground beef 1 wedge The Laughing Cow Light Original Swiss cheese, room temperature or other type of cheese such as Swiss, Cheddar, or...

Devilish Deviled Eggs Dec 16th, 2014

From EatingWell: May/June 2009 24 servings | Active Time: 20 minutes | Total Time: 20 minutes Ingredients 12 large hard-boiled eggs , (see Tip), peeled 1/3 cup lowfat cottage cheese 1/4 cup low-fat mayonnaise 3 tablespoons minced fresh chives , or scallion greens 1 tablespoon sweet pickle relish 2 teaspoons...

Chocolate Truffles Dec 16th, 2014

Chocolate Truffles Serves 30–40 truffles Ingredients 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream1 teaspoon almond, orange, vanilla, or hazelnut flavoring8 ounces bittersweet dark chocolate (at least 70 percent cacao), chopped into small piecesCocoa powder or chopped nuts for coating Instructions In a small saucepan bring the whipping cream to a simmer. Stir...

My Top Five Superfoods Dec 15th, 2014

My Top Five Superfoods October 20, 2014 | By Dr. Mercola 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. A vegetable-rich diet can help protect you from arthritis,...

Pumpkin Mousse Dec 12th, 2014

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. Yield: 4 servings Ingredients 1 small package sugar-free vanilla pudding...

Spinach-Feta Risotto Balls Dec 12th, 2014

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. By Cara Lyons Ingredients: 1 tbsp olive oil 1/2 cup finely chopped yellow onion 3 minced plus 2...

Slow-Cooker Salsa Chicken Dec 12th, 2014

Minutes to Cook: 480Number of Servings: 6 Ingredients 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts1 cup salsa1 package reduced sodium taco seasoning1 can reduced fat cream of mushroom soup (condensed)´┐╝1/2 cup reduced fat sour cream Directions Add chicken to slow cooker.Sprinkle taco seasoning over chicken. Pour salsa and soup over chicken.Cook on...

Chicken Apple Slaw Dec 12th, 2014

Nutrition Info Calories: 204.3 Fat: 1.8g Carbohydrates: 26.8g Protein: 21.2g Ingredients 1 cup of shredded cabbage 3oz of cooked chicken breast (diced) 1 med Apple (diced) 1 tsp Dijon mustard (check the ingredients) 1 tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar Directions Dice cooked chicken and apple (I like to use green apple...

Stuffed Chicken Breast with Paprika Cream Reduction Dec 12th, 2014

Prep Time: 10 minutesCook Time: 10 minutesTotal Time: 20 minutes Yield: 1 servingCarbs: Carbs: 5.8Net Carbs: 4.4Calories: 453Fat: 19.1 A tender, slightly smoky chicken breast with a broccoli and cheese stuffing and a rich, smoked paprika cream sauce that is very luxurious but also very low carb. It is so...

Cranberry Cheesecake Dec 8th, 2014

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. Prep Time: 30 minutes, Cook Time: 55 minutes, Yield: one 8 inch round pan Ingredients...

Pumpkin Cheesecake Dec 8th, 2014

Recipe By :Ginny Larsen Serving Size : 16 Ingredient — Preparation Method CRUST: 3/4 cup flax meal, Golden 1/2 cup ground almonds — can use pecans or walnuts, or any other ground meal 2 tablespoons Splenda 2 packets Truvia — (Truvia is all fiber–no usable carbs and does not raise...

Spiced Cranberry Sauce Dec 8th, 2014

Recipe By: adapted to low carb by Ginny LarsenServing Size: 13 1/8 cup size servings Ingredient — Preparation Method 1/2 cup Dry red wine 6 packets Truvia — (equal to 1/4 cup sweetener) 1/4 cup Splenda 1/4 cup xylitol 1/2 cup Davinci Sugar-free Syrup — Raspberry flavor 12 ounces cranberries...

Spicy Sausage and Cheddar Stuffing Dec 8th, 2014

Yield: 16 servings Look no further, this is the ultimate low carb, gluten-free stuffing recipe. A perfect Thanksgiving side dish. Ingredients 1 recipe Cheesy Skillet Bread 1 pound spicy Italian sausage 1 cup diced celery 1/2 cup diced onion 2 garlic cloves, minced 1 teaspoon dried sage 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt 1/4 teaspoon...

Surviving The Holidays Bariatric Style Dec 8th, 2014

Check Out the PowerPoint below to learn more about how to survive the holidays with: Baking substitutions Recipes Exercise and more!

Psylli Pumpkin Pasta Dec 8th, 2014

Low Carb Keto Lasagna Noodles with ‘Tude (Attitude) Dry Ingredients 1 tablespoon whole psyllium husks (NOW brand) 1 tablespoon coconut flour 1 teaspoon freeze-dried parsley 1/4 teaspoon granulated garlic 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg (optional for use with white sauces) 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt 1/2 teaspoon gluten free aluminum free baking powder...

Cheesy Skillet Bread Dec 8th, 2014

Ingredients 1 tbsp butter for the skillet 2 cups almond flour 1/2 cup flax seed meal 2 tsp baking powder 1/2 tsp salt 1 & 1/2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese, divided 3 large eggs, lightly beaen 1/2 cup butter, melted 3/4 cup almond milk  Instructions Preheat oven to 425F. Add...

Wild Mushroom Turkey Gravy Dec 8th, 2014

Total Time: 25 min Yield: 8 servings (about 1 2/3 cups) Prep: Cook: 10 min 15 min Ingredients 2 cups defatted turkey juices from turkey roasting pan or homemade turkey or chicken stock 1/2 cup heavy cream 3 tablespoons unsalted butter 10 ounces shiitake mushrooms, rinsed, stemmed and sliced 1 tablespoon...

Broccoli Gratin with Swiss and Parmesan Dec 8th, 2014

(Makes 4-6 servings, recipe adapted slightly from A Pinch of Salt Lake.) 5-6 cups bite-size broccoli flowerets (about 1 lb.) 1 cup finely grated swiss cheese (about 2 oz.) 6 T mayo (I used 4 T light mayo and 2 T full-fat mayo) 1 T fresh squeezed lemon juice 1/2...

Braised Turkey Breast With Cranberry Port Sauce Dec 6th, 2014

Serves 4 Ingredients 2 turkey tenderloin or breast 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon pepper 2 tablespoon vegetable oil ½ onion, julienne (thin slices) 1 tablespoon garlic 1 tablespoon fresh thyme, minced 1 tablespoon fresh sage, minced 1 cup fresh cranberry 1 cup port wine ½ cup orange juice, preferably fresh...

Spiced Butternut Squash And Sweet Potato Soup Dec 6th, 2014

Serves 4 Ingredients 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 1 smoked turkey drumstick or wing 1 small butternut squash, peeled and small diced (about 6 ounces) 1-2 small sweet potato, peeled and small diced(6 ounces – can use canned sweet potatoes) ½ teaspoon salt ½ teaspoon pepper ½ teaspoon pumpkin spice ½...

High Protein Chocolate Smoothie Dec 6th, 2014

Smoothies, a fixture of juice bars and cafes around the country, are made with fresh ingredients and taste great. But can they help you lose weight? That depends on what goes into them and how you use them, but it’s definitely possible to gradually and healthfully shed pounds with the...

Fruit Smoothie Dec 6th, 2014

Smoothies, a fixture of juice bars and cafes around the country, are made with fresh ingredients and taste great. But can they help you lose weight? That depends on what goes into them and how you use them, but it’s definitely possible to gradually and healthfully shed pounds with the...

Berry-Cherry-Green Smoothie Dec 6th, 2014

Smoothies, a fixture of juice bars and cafes around the country, are made with fresh ingredients and taste great. But can they help you lose weight? That depends on what goes into them and how you use them, but it’s definitely possible to gradually and healthfully shed pounds with the...

Braised Collard Greens Dec 6th, 2014

Serves 4 Ingredients 1 tablespoon canola oil turkey bacon – 2 slice 2 lb collard greens ¼ cup apple cider vinegar 2 cups chicken stock 2 tsp salt Method Preheat pot to medium high heat Add turkey bacon to the pot and allow to cook until it begins to crisp...

Explaining The Link Of Carb And Sugar Consumption To Obesity, Depression, Dementia Dec 1st, 2014

Explaining The Link Of Carb And Sugar Consumption To Obesity, Depression, Dementia And A Myriad Of Other Health Issues… By David Perlmutter, MD · December 2014 A renowned functional-medicine neurologist says we are suffering an epidemic of neurological illnesses. And the best cure may be at the end of our forks. Several...

Nutty Brussels Sprouts Nov 18th, 2014

By Laura DolsonLow Carb Diets Expert Updated November 23, 2013. This is my favorite way to fix Brussels sprouts. When you shred them in a food processor they cook very quickly, so no danger of veering into the dangerous territory that used to send us all running from the kitchen...

Mediterranean Diet With Nuts, Olive Oil ‘may Reverse Metabolic Syndrome’ Oct 21st, 2014

Metabolic syndrome could be reversed by following a Mediterranean diet with extra-virgin olive or nuts. This is according to a new study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal. Researchers found that a Mediterranean diet supplemented with nuts or extra-virgin olive oil reversed metabolic syndrome in patients at high risk of...

“Mock” Garlic Mashed Potatoes Oct 21st, 2014

“Mock” Garlic Mashed Potatoes Sourced at: https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/mock-garlic-mashed-potatoes-recipe.html Total Time:21 min Prep:15 min Cook:6 min Yield:4 servings Level: Easy Ingredients 1 medium head cauliflower 1 tablespoon cream cheese, softened 1/4 cup grated Parmesan 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic 1/8 teaspoon straight chicken base or bullion (may substitute 1/2 teaspoon salt) 1/8 teaspoon freshly...

Spaghetti Squash Oct 21st, 2014

How To Make Spaghetti Squash View online: https://dashingdish.com/recipe/how-to-make-spaghetti-squash/ Method The estimated time to make this recipe is 15-20 Minutes. Prepare spaghetti squash by microwaving for 5-10 minutes, or until soft, (be sure to pierce with a knife before microwaving to release steam). Or bake in the oven at 350 degrees for...

HCG P2 Chicken Chili Oct 19th, 2014

Nutrition Info • Calories: 166.6• Fat: 1.8g• Carbohydrates: 16.3g• Protein: 22.3g Ingredients 1 large tomato, diced3oz chicken, diced.5 cup diced onion1 garlic clove, diced1tsp cumin1tsp chili powder.5tsp cilantro Directions In a medium size non-stick pan(or pot) cook chicken till done. Add diced tomatoes, onion, garlic, and spices to chicken. Cook...

Lemon Pepper Beef and Cabbage Oct 19th, 2014

Ingredients:• 100 grams lean ground beef or steak• 2 cups minced cabbage• 1 cup beef broth• 1 Tbs. minced onion• A sprinkle of onion and garlic powder• 1 bay leaf• Freshly ground black pepper to taste• 1/2 cup water (or more as needed)• 2 lemon slices (with rind) Directions: Brown the...

Skillet Chicken & Vegetables Parmesan Oct 19th, 2014

Time prep: 5 mintotal: 19 minservings total: 4 servings What You Need 2 cloves garlic, minced¼ cup KRAFT Light Zesty Italian Dressing4small boneless skinless chicken breast halves (1 lb.)1tsp. dried basil leaves, divided1/4tsp. black pepper1pkg. (10 oz.) frozen mixed vegetables (carrots, broccoli, beans, peppers), thawed2Tbsp. KRAFT Grated Parmesan Cheese Make...

Support Group @ PSB Oct 2nd, 2014

Surviving the Holidays

Support Group @ AMC Oct 2nd, 2014

December 1: Dr. Steven Walfish, Clinical Psychologist, will discuss his experiences with pre and post bariatric surgery patients. He brings a wealth of information from over 5,000 patients, researching and publishing in the area of the bariatric population.

Support Group @ AMC1 Oct 2nd, 2014

October 6: “Body Contouring after Massive Weight Loss”. Please leave the children at home. The presentation will include photographs of people before and after plastic surgery procedures. Whether you are ready now or planning for the future, come and learn more about the possibilities!

Sitting Is The New Smoking Aug 31st, 2014

Did You Know…health experts claim “sitting is the new smoking?” You may not realize it, but the most dangerous activity in your entire day may very well be what you are doing right now: sitting. According to experts, including Johanna Ralston, chief executive officer of World Heart Foundation, “sitting is...

Prolonged Sitting May Cause Heart Disease Aug 21st, 2014

We’ve got one more study from 2014 proving that prolonged sitting is incredibly detrimental to your overall health, regardless of if you are fit and regularly exercise, or are a couch potato that hates lifting a limb. Whether you sit in front of a desk for eight hours a day,...

Free Weight Loss Surgery Seminar March 15 Mar 13th, 2014

Join us for an informative bariatric seminar where you will learn about the various weight loss surgery procedures available to you. You will have an opportunity to meet our staff and learn more about our program. We look forward to seeing you there!

Colon Cancer May be Preventable in the Overweight Jan 5th, 2014

Overweight and obesity is a global health concern. In the US, more than 69% of adults aged 20 years or over are overweight or obese. Similar numbers are found in the UK, where around 62% of individuals aged 16 or over are overweight or obese. It is well known that being overweight...

Effects of Sitting Too Much Dec 16th, 2013

Even with regular exercise, the effects of sitting too much during the day can have serious side effects. More and more studies are now showing that “movement” is crucial to a healthy lifestyle. Click here to read the full article by Dr. Merola from “Peak Fitness” – click here 

November 9th seminar in Columbus, GA Oct 2nd, 2013

We will be hosting a seminar on Nov. 9th from 10:00am-Noon at our new seminar location located in Columbus, Georgia. At this seminar, you will learn about the various weight loss surgery procedures available to you. You will have an opportunity to meet our staff and learn more about our...

New Seminar Location: Peachtree Surgical Buckhead Sep 26th, 2013

We are very excited to announce the opening of a 2nd location for Peachtree Surgical & Bariatrics. The facility is called Peachtree Surgical Buckhead. We will host our first information seminar at this location on October 24th ,6:30pm at 4200 Northside Parkway Bldg #8 Atlanta GA 30327. At this time we cannot...

New Seminar Location! Columbus, GA Jul 23rd, 2013

New Seminar Location available for our Clients! We are very excited to announce our new seminar location located in Columbus, Georgia. We will be hosting a seminar on August 3 from 10:00am-11:30am. At this seminar, you will learn about the various weight loss surgery procedures available to you. You will...

Seminars now in Columbus, GA Jul 23rd, 2013

We are very excited to announce our new seminar location located in Columbus, Georgia. We will be hosting a seminar on August 3 from 10:00am-11:30am. At this seminar, you will learn about the various weight loss surgery procedures available to you. You will have an opportunity to meet our staff...

Is A Raw Diet Effective For Weight Loss? Jun 5th, 2013

One of the most recently popular and highly touted diets today has been a raw diet. Over the course of this program, dieters eat only unprocessed foods – meaning that they have not been cooked in any way. The foods that many raw food proponents eat may include raw vegetables,...

Regaining Weight after Surgery May 28th, 2013

While bariatric surgery provides an excellent tool to help you lose weight, training yourself to eat healthier food in lower quantities can be a challenge. In the first few months after surgery, most patients lose a significant amount of weight, but as time goes on their weight will occasionally plateau...

How Does Alcohol Affect Weight Loss? May 18th, 2013

Alcohol consumption is something that many of us enjoy on an occasional basis in social settings. While alcohol consumption is often part of a patient’s social routine before surgery, many bariatric surgery patients must be aware of alcohol consumption after their procedure. There are many reasons for this including: Alcohol can irritate...

Disney Eliminates Junk Food Advertising May 15th, 2013

In mid-2012, Disney announced its plan to eliminate the promotion of junk foods on its TV channels, radio stations and online properties geared toward children. In a move that enforces the company’s internal nutritional standards for advertisers, children will be exposed to fewer images of unhealthy foods. Disney will begin...

A Vegan Diet – Is It OK after Weight Loss Surgery? May 7th, 2013

Vegan diets have increased in popularity over the years. They differ from a vegetarian diet in that all animal products – such as dairy and eggs – are eliminated from the diet. The draws of a vegan diet are compelling, especially for those who wish to lose weight. For those...

Healthy Eating and Work Life Stress May 2nd, 2013

A Temple University study, funded by the National Institutes of Health and published online in Social Science and Medicine, focused on the eating habits of the children when their parents are dealing with work and life stresses. The first part of the study showed that families with mothers who work...

Taking an Online Seminar Apr 11th, 2013

There has been a great deal of interest surrounding online seminars since they first became available several years ago. Online seminars are very useful for patients who are not in the area or cannot make in person seminars because of schedule conflicts. With an online seminar, these patients can get...

Choosing a Hospital vs. Surgery Center Apr 6th, 2013

The decision to undergo a surgical procedure at a hospital versus a surgery center ultimately comes down to your perception and preference. Indeed, here at Peachtree Surgical and Bariatrics, we perform surgery at both the Atlanta Ambulatory Surgery Center – our outpatient surgical facility – and Atlanta Medical Center, a...

Out of Town Patients Dec 28th, 2012

Peachtree Surgical & Bariatrics is one of the premier weight loss surgery centers in the nation. As such, our services are in demand from patients throughout the United States and the world. Traveling for weight loss surgery can be difficult, however, due to the number of consultations and evaluations that are needed...

Images of Food and Impulse Eating Dec 22nd, 2012

In our next news item, a University of Southern California team assembled a study to track the brain’s response to imagery of fatty or high calorie foods. Thirteen young and obese Hispanic women were tracked for this study. Using MRI technology, they were able to understand the brain’s reaction to...

Being Ready to Lose Weight Dec 10th, 2012

Patients often wait for the right moment to consider weight loss surgery. What they don’t realize is that no one, but themselves, can define when the right moment comes. While friends, family and doctors may see the benefits of weight loss surgery, it is ultimately up to the patient themselves...

Prediabetic Men & Testosterone Levels Dec 8th, 2012

This study was conducted to determine the effects of weight loss on testosterone levels and development of diabetes in pre-diabetic men. First, the study concluded that most pre-diabetic, overweight men had low testosterone levels. By implementing an exercise and diet program for weight loss, pre-diabetic men may be able to...

The Ongoing Stigma of Excess Weight Oct 28th, 2012

A study, by the University of Hawaii at Manoa, The University of Manchester, and Monash University sought to prove that even after weight loss, women do not escape the stigma-related ill effects of obesity. Indeed, those who were currently thinner, but had been obese in the past were seen as...

Dr. Duncan on CNN Headline News Oct 24th, 2012

In the aftermath of the death of Michael Jackson, Dr. Duncan showed Headline News’ Vinnie Politan how the alarms on a vitals montor woudl go off if he stopped breathing. Dr. Duncan then showed how a patient could have administered propofol themselves with an IV drip.

Grocery Store Shopping Oct 15th, 2012

Grocery store shopping is an important part of the post bariatric surgery lifestyle. After all, the grocery store is where most of us will buy the vast majority of the food that we consume in a given week. While it may seem natural that shopping for one’s own food and cooking it...

High Fat Diets and Neurological Development Oct 8th, 2012

Working off of evidence that the brain continues to develop new neurons into adulthood, this study published in the May edition of Nature Neuroscience discusses the possibility of weight gain being tied to brain function. Seth Blackshaw PhD., the lead researcher on this study at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine discovered...

Teen Diabetes Rate Increasing Aug 16th, 2012

This article is very interesting because it offers some perspective on the degree to which our children and adolescents have succumbed to a disease that can ravage the body while presenting very few symptoms in early stages: type 2 diabetes. The article cites Centers for Disease Control (CDC) research that...

Back On Track Seminar by Peachtree Bariatrics Aug 16th, 2012

Have you, a family member or friend had weight loss surgery? You achieved weight loss and were feeling great right?! You were on your way back to a healthier life, but then one day you noticed that you could eat just a little bit more than usual. No big deal...

Diet after Surgery Jul 15th, 2012

Studies have proven that bariatric surgery is a great way to help you limit the amount of food you eat and to facilitate weight loss. Recently, new research has even shown that weight loss surgery can reverse and possibly cure adult-onset diabetes in those that are not obese. Weight loss...

The Financial Burden of Obesity Jul 13th, 2012

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 insurance premiums and government expense. It...

Waist to Height Ratio As a Risk Predictor Jul 10th, 2012

Have a look at this very interesting article about waist-to-height ratio as a predictor of cardiometabolic risk. The article,citing a recent study, postured that the waist-to-height-ratio is a better predictor of this risk than waist circumference and Body Mass Index, two very popular measures of obesity and cardiovascular risk. The...

Help! I Am Regaining My Weight Back Jul 9th, 2012

Have you, a family member or friend had weight loss surgery? You achieved weight loss and were feeling great right?! You were on your way back to a healthier life, but then one day you noticed that you could eat just a little bit more than usual. No big deal...

Testing Before Bariatric Surgery Mar 26th, 2012

While your body mass index, or BMI, is the quickest way to determine your eligibility for bariatric surgery, a number of tests have to be performed before we establish whether or not bariatric surgery is right for you. This testing will also help us offer advice on which procedure is...

Open House at Peachtree Bariatrics Mar 19th, 2012

Atlanta Ambulatory Surgery Center Open House Dr. Titus Duncan will be offering an open house on April 20 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Atlanta Ambulatory Surgery Center. Specials Include:Lipotonix Shots; HCG and Botox!Glitz N Glamour; Mary Kay and Facials! Where: 4200 Northside Parkway Bldg # 8Atlanta, GA 30327...

Open House Mar 19th, 2012

Atlanta Ambulatory Surgery Center Open House Dr. Titus Duncan will be offering an open house on April 20 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Atlanta Ambulatory Surgery Center. Specials Include:Lipotonix Shots; HCG and Botox!Glitz N Glamour; Mary Kay and Facials! Where: 4200 Northside Parkway Bldg # 8Atlanta, GA 30327...

Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence Mar 16th, 2012

Peachtree Surgical and Bariatrics is proud to be a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence or COE. This designation is offered to a select number of bariatric practices that meet qualification criteria set forth by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. But in practical terms, what does the blue...

Good and Bad Days after Surgery Mar 14th, 2012

No matter who you are, you’ll have good days and bad days after surgery. As a surgical practice that sees hundreds of people every year, we understand that our patients will not always be able to follow their prescribed aftercare routine. This is especially true with our bariatric surgery patients who have...

Welcome Mar 12th, 2012

Thank you for visiting the official bariatric surgery blog of Peachtree Surgical and Bariatrics. All of us here at PSB want to welcome you and congratulate you on considering a surgical procedure that may change your life forever. Bariatric surgery is not a decision to be taken lightly and we are...

Shannon’s Dish of the Week! Skillet Chicken & Vegetables Parmesan Mar 5th, 2012

Every week, Shannon, our dietitian will be sharing her dish of the week. These great recipes are perfect for weight loss surgery patients and just about anyone else! We hope you enjoy them and as always if you ever have a question about your diet please contact us. This week’s...

Peachtree Surgical & Bariatrics Opens New Peachtree-Dunwoody Office Feb 22nd, 2012

Peachtree Surgical & Bariatrics recently announced plans to expand to the north side of Atlanta by opening a new office on Peachtree-Dunwoody Road. Peachtree Surgical & Bariatrics have performed over 6,000 bariatric procedures and their goal of true “behavior modification through weight loss surgery” has been crucial in their overall success....

Shannon’s Dish of the Week! Lemon Pepper Beef and Cabbage Feb 17th, 2012

Every week, Shannon, our dietitian will be sharing her dish of the week. These great recipes are perfect for weight loss surgery patients and just about anyone else! We hope you enjoy them and as always if you ever have a question about your diet please contact us. This week’s...

Health Plan Cut Feb 16th, 2012

The decision was made to eliminate coverage for bariatric surgery from the state health benefit plan. On February 16, The House of Health and Human Services committee heard about the benefits of bariatric surgery. Testimonies came from patients who have benefited as well as from doctors and advocates. Advocates urged...

Shannon’s Dish of the Week! HCG P2 Chicken Chili Feb 3rd, 2012

This week’s recipe is: HCG P2 Chicken Chili Nutrition Info Calories: 166.6 Fat: 1.8g Carbohydrates: 16.3g Protein: 22.3g Ingredients 1 large tomato, diced 3oz chicken, diced .5 cup diced onion 1 garlic clove, diced 1tsp cumin 1tsp chili powder .5tsp cilantro DirectionsIn a medium size non-stick pan(or pot) cook chicken...

Welcome – Thanks for Visiting Feb 2nd, 2012

Thank you for visiting the official bariatric surgery blog of Peachtree Surgical and Bariatrics. All of us here at PSB want to welcome you and congratulate you on considering a surgical procedure that may change your life forever. Bariatric surgery is not a decision to be taken lightly and we are...

Weight Loss Surgery Support Group Jan 30th, 2012

Join us for a fun and informative weight loss surgery support group on December 21, 2012. Our support groups are meant to help our weight loss surgery patients stay on track with their weight loss after surgery. For more information and to attend please call us at: 404-881-8020

Shannon’s Dish of the Week! Chicken Apple Slaw Jan 20th, 2012

Every week, Shannon, our dietitian will be sharing her dish of the week. These great recipes are perfect for weight loss surgery patients and just about anyone else! We hope you enjoy them and as always if you ever have a question about your diet please contact us. This week’s...

Shannon’s Dish of the Week! Slow-Cooker Salsa Chicken Jan 13th, 2012

Every week, Shannon, our dietitian will be sharing her dish of the week. These great recipes are perfect for weight loss surgery patients and just about anyone else! We hope you enjoy them and as always if you ever have a question about your diet please contact us. This week’s...

BACK ON TRACK Seminar Jan 11th, 2012

Join us for an informative bariatric seminar from 1:00pm-3:00pm where you will learn about the various weight loss surgery procedures available to you. You will have an opportunity to meet our staff and learn more about our program. We look forward to seeing you there! Highland Athletic Club261 Parkway Drive...

Shannon’s Dish of the Week! Spinach-Feta Risotto Balls Dec 21st, 2011

Every week, Shannon, our dietitian will be sharing her dish of the week. These great recipes are perfect for weight loss surgery patients and just about anyone else! We hope you enjoy them and as always if you ever have a question about your diet please contact us. This week’s...

Shannon’s Dish of the Week! Another Great Recipe from our Dietitian Nov 28th, 2011

Every week, Shannon, our dietitian will be sharing her dish of the week. These great recipes are perfect for weight loss surgery patients and just about anyone else! We hope you enjoy them and as always if you ever have a question about your diet please contact us. This week’s...

Surgical Weight Loss Patients Fashion Show! Nov 5th, 2011

Join us in a celebration of our patients’ transformed health and lives at this Premier Fashion Show. Featuring:Myra J. from Tyler Perry Studios and Sasha the Diva from KISS 104.1Hair and makeup by Dwight Eubanks from The Real Housewives of Atlanta! When: Saturday, November 12 at 1:00 p.m.Where: Cumberland Mall RSVP by calling: 404-265-DOCS

Georgia Employee Weight Loss Surgery Coverage Cut Nov 4th, 2011

Weight Loss Surgery will be Cut for State Employees Starting next year, Georgia state workers will not be covered for Weight Loss Surgery. Over the past 2.5 years the state has paid for approximately 1,600 people to have the surgery which has cost them 30 million dollars. They say they...

ATTENTION GEORGIA CONSTITUENTS: Please Read important message Sep 12th, 2011

The Bariatric Surgery Benefit for Georgia State Employees and Teachers has been Slated for Elimination. We Need Your Help to Preserve this Important Benefit The Georgia Department of Community Health (DCH) has proposed to eliminate coverage of bariatric surgery for its state employees and teachers in 2012. The elimination of...

Gov Deal Declares September Childhood Obesity Month Sep 2nd, 2011

Governor Deal has made September in Georgia “Childhood Obesity Awareness Month” and Saturday, September 17, 2011 will be “Childhood Obesity Awareness Day.” This is a great step forward in shedding more light on a problem that is affecting Georgia’s youth. Over 15% of children from two to four years of...

Results of a 1 Year Diet and Exercise Weight Loss Study Jul 1st, 2011

A recent German study has shown that after one year a diet and exercise based weight-loss regimen that significantly changes one’s lifestyle can help an obese person lose about as much weight as weight loss surgery. This study published in the International Journal of Obesity and reported by Reuters Health showed that...

Effectiveness of Web Based Weight Loss Tools Jun 30th, 2011

In a sign of the times, a Japanese study has shown that those who employ web-based weight loss tools lose a little bit more weight (1.5lbs) than those who employ in person options only. The study that was published in the International Journal of Obesity and reviewed 23 other studies also concluded...

Gastric Bypass Effective in Controlling Diabetes Jun 29th, 2011

According to a report covered by Reuters and published in Archives of Surgery, eight out of every ten patients, who undergo gastric bypass, may be able to stop taking their medication for type-II diabetes after surgery. Gastric bypass has, for years, been considered to be very effective in the fight...

Adult Diabetes Rates Continue to Rise Jun 29th, 2011

Diabetes is going global with almost 10% of adults worldwide suffering from some form of the disease. In countries such as the United States, the prevalence of diabetes and other obesity related health problems has come to light in recent years and the numbers are staggering. Now more countries across...

Americans Consuming More Calories Jun 27th, 2011

According to a UNC Chapel Hill research study, Americans were consuming 570 more calories each and every day in 2006 than they were in the late 1970s. From 1977 to 2006, Americans added a full meal or snack, on average, to their diet every day. This caloric increase has partly...

Study: Gastric Banding May Pay for Itself in as Little as 2 ½ Years Jun 27th, 2011

A study in the journal Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases and announced by Allergan, Inc. showed that the cost savings associated with gastric banding procedures may offset the cost of gastric banding surgery in under 2.5 years for those with diabetes and within 4 years for those without diabetes....

Bariatric Surgery May Help Fertility Jun 26th, 2011

At the most recent annual meeting of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, findings were presented to support the idea that certain forms of infertility could be improved by weight loss surgery. The study focused on women who were infertile as a result of polycystic ovarian syndrome –...

The Possible Correlation between Obesity and Breast Cancer Jun 14th, 2011

Recent research into the correlation between obesity and breast cancer has uncovered yet another link between genetic factors, specifically a variant of the obesity gene, and increased risk of breast cancer by up to 30%. These findings, offered by a study led by Northwestern University and the cancer genetics program...

Workers are Burning Fewer Calories at Work Jun 13th, 2011

A study conducted by the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and published in PLoS ONE has concluded that workers in the United States are burning fewer calories at their jobs each day than their counterparts in the 1960s. On average men burn 142 and women burn 124 fewer calories...

Gastric Bypass Surgery and Alcoholism Jun 10th, 2011

Swedish researchers have made a preliminary connection between patients who have had gastric bypass surgery and an increased risk of alcohol abuse. Gastric bypass patients, according to this study, are twice as likely as gastric banding surgery (Lap-Band® or Realize® Band) patients to develop alcoholism. The results have been covered...

Weight Loss Surgery Support Jun 6th, 2011

Join us for a fun and informative weight loss surgery support group on August 30, 2011. Our support groups are meant to help our weight loss surgery patients stay on track with their weight loss after surgery. For more information and to attend please call us at: 404-881-8020

FREE Weight Loss Surgery Seminar Apr 21st, 2011

Free Seminar: June 25, 2011, 1:00pm – 3:00pm [contact-form 2 “Seminar Sign Up Form”] Join us for an informative bariatric seminar where you will learn about the various weight loss surgery procedures available to you. You will have an opportunity to meet our staff and learn more about our program....

News About our Secure and Convenient Patient Portal Mar 15th, 2011

What’s the patient portal and why is it so special? The patient portal is the newest and most efficient way that the office and staff can communicate with you. Better yet it provides a means for you to communicate with the nurse, patient advocate or anyone you choose without having...

FREE Weight Loss Surgery Seminar 5/21/11 Feb 18th, 2011

Free Seminar: May 21, 2011, 1:00pm – 3:00pm [contact-form 2 “Seminar Sign Up Form”] Join us for an informative bariatric seminar where you will learn about the various weight loss surgery procedures available to you. You will have an opportunity to meet our staff and learn more about our program....

FREE Weight Loss Surgery Seminar 4/16/11 Feb 18th, 2011

Free SeminarApril 16, 20111:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. [contact-form 2 “Seminar Sign Up Form”] Join us for an informative bariatric seminar where you will learn about the various weight loss surgery procedures available to you. You will have an opportunity to meet our staff and learn more about our program....

FREE Weight Loss Surgery Seminar 3/19/11 Feb 17th, 2011

Free SeminarMarch 19, 20111:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. [contact-form 2 “Seminar Sign Up Form”] Join us for an informative bariatric seminar where you will learn about the various weight loss surgery procedures available to you. You will have an opportunity to meet our staff and learn more about our program....

FREE Weight Loss Surgery Seminar 2/19/11 Feb 17th, 2011

Free SeminarFebruary 19, 20111:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Join us for an informative bariatric seminar where you will learn about the various weight loss surgery procedures available to you. You will have an opportunity to meet our staff and learn more about our program. We look forward to seeing you...

FDA Approves Lap-Band for lower BMI Patients Feb 17th, 2011

Breaking News! The FDA approves Lap Band for lower BMI patients. Now patients with a BMI of 30 – 35 can qualify for Lap-Band surgery if they have diseases associated with obesity. The decision comes not long after an advisory panel to the FDA had voted to loosen the restrictions....

Newly Renovated Surgery Center Feb 17th, 2011

Check out our newly renovated state of the art surgery center. We’ve upgraded our entire surgical suite to one of the most advanced, state of the art facilities in the country. Using the latest video high definition technology, we’ve recently renovated our operating rooms that allows the highest quality video...

Dr. Duncan gets elected to OAC Board of Directors Feb 17th, 2011

We’re very excited to announce that Dr. Duncan has been elected to OAC Board of Directors. This underscores his commitment to those suffering from obesity in Atlanta, Georgia and beyond. For more information about what the Obesity Action Coalition can do for you: click here

Shannon’s Dish of the Week! Slow-Cooker Salsa Chicken Jan 13th, 2011

Every week, Shannon, our dietitian will be sharing her dish of the week. These great recipes are perfect for weight loss surgery patients and just about anyone else! We hope you enjoy them and as always if you ever have a question about your diet please contact us. This week’s...