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Odd Things That Can Sabotage Your Weight Loss

It’s no secret that taking a months-long hiatus from the gym or indulging in dessert night after night can cause pounds to creep on. But many other less obvious things — from what time you go to sleep to how often you multitask — can impact your weight too. New science says that your bedtime, your work agenda, and even the temperature of your house may be to blame. You may be thinking you are doing everything right for weight loss, but habits that you’ve never even thought of may be unwittingly sabotaging your efforts. Pay attention to these shockingly sneaky weight-loss saboteurs.

Odd Things That Can Sabotage Your Weight Loss 2016-12-12T22:23:28+00:00

How Will I Know If My Lap Band Is Adjusted Too Tight?

One of the advantages of the Lap Band is the ability to adjust the band as weight loss continues or circumstances in our life changes. The ability to know when an adjustment is needed is a skill that can take some trial and error to master. Keeping a band too tight can reduce the effectiveness of the band and may lead to complications and possible loss of your Lap Band. We recommend that patients do a quarterly self assessment to make sure their band is adjusted properly.

How Will I Know If My Lap Band Is Adjusted Too Tight? 2016-12-12T22:23:28+00:00

Plan – Prepare – Enjoy -Sticking to Your Healthy Meal Plans for the Week

a healthy diet does wonders for our mind and body. It should be simple, right? All you need to do is eat some vegetables and fruit, maybe throw in some greens and voilà, you’re a healthy human being. Not quite. The problem typically comes from our tendency to deviate from our healthy diets and downward spiral into fast food oblivion. Oftentimes, our healthy weekly meal plans go by the wayside as the week progresses. This can happen for a number of reasons, but you shouldn’t quit because you’ve cheated or lost momentum. Your old habits of junk food and convenience food may not disappear immediately, but with some tenacity and clever planning you’ll be able to re-route your meals into the proper direction. Here are some good tips to help you along the way:

Plan – Prepare – Enjoy -Sticking to Your Healthy Meal Plans for the Week 2016-12-12T22:23:28+00:00

Guilt Free Snacking After Weight Loss Surgery

Successful Lap Band and Gastric sleeve patients keep their meal portions small. The right snack can help you fill in the nutritional gaps in your diet between your main meals and can help keep your hunger and cravings from getting the upper hand. But it is important to know the difference between a "treat" that is a once in a while indulgence, and a "snack" that can be added to a healthy diet twice a day. Below is a few examples of simple guilt-free ways to stay happy and full between meals

Guilt Free Snacking After Weight Loss Surgery 2016-12-12T22:23:28+00:00

Tips for Smart Snacking after Weight Loss Surgery

Enjoying a healthy snack at least twice a day can help stabilize your blood sugar, curb hunger and fight cravings for unhealthy food. To avoid getting so famished that you'll be tempted to overeat at mealtime, plan to have a snack in the mid-morning and again in the mid-afternoon. Make your snacks count by following these tips:

Tips for Smart Snacking after Weight Loss Surgery 2016-12-12T22:23:29+00:00

Say Goodbye to those Pesky Holiday Pounds with these Weight-Loss Tactics

First came the trick-or-treat candy fest, then gobbles of turkey and sides, and finally the heaps of holiday cookies. While a festive holiday season left us all with wonderful memories, it also left behind some pesky pounds. And chances are, the New Year brought with it a resolution to shed the holiday pounds! The goal may seem daunting, but there are a handful of tried-and-true tricks that have a track record of helping shave off pounds and keep them off. Try these 6 habits of successful dieters to stick with your resolution and accomplish your goal.

Say Goodbye to those Pesky Holiday Pounds with these Weight-Loss Tactics 2016-12-12T22:23:29+00:00

Improving Your Chances for a Successful Fill

Although doctors and fill providers make every effort to give their patients a perfect fill level every time, it is not always possible to predict how a patient will respond after receiving a fill adjustment. There are however, certain things that can be done to increase your chances of getting a good fill the first time.

Improving Your Chances for a Successful Fill 2016-12-12T22:23:29+00:00

This Is Your Brain On Food Cravings

The Truth About Food Cravings Craving a big, fluffy hunk of warm bread does not mean your body is deprived of grains. Food cravings have little to do with nutrients and plenty to do with the brain chemistry of pleasure and reward. Cravings may center on texture (creamy, crunchy) or taste (sweet, salty) but they all have something in common -- overindulging can sabotage your diet.

This Is Your Brain On Food Cravings 2016-12-12T22:23:29+00:00

Practical Approach to Weight Management | Portion Distortion

Practical Approach to Weight Management | Portion Distortion Dr. Kuri's Patient Education Coordinator Gena Brown Talks About controlling portions and how to set up the perfect Lap Band diet plan. Part 6 of 7 | Dr Kuri & Associates Patient Education | Gena Brown's Practical Approach to Weight Management filmed during the 2010 Bandster Bash at the Marriott Hotel TJ Mexico.

Practical Approach to Weight Management | Portion Distortion 2016-12-12T22:23:29+00:00

Lions and Tigers and Bears….Oh My – Overcome The Guilt of Overeating

As a nation, we clearly have a problem with overeating. The reasons people overeat, however, are varied. It’s reasonable to imagine that nearly everyone trying to manage their weight feels guilty when they overeat. There’s a reason they call it “stuffed.” It doesn’t feel good being bloated, especially after some time of eating reasonable portions and re-training the stomach to understand what a comfortable, full feels like.

Lions and Tigers and Bears….Oh My – Overcome The Guilt of Overeating 2016-12-12T22:23:29+00:00

The Sugar Rush – Why It Can Be Tough To Kick The Habit

Like Pooh Bear and the honey jar, sweet treats are the comfort food of choice for most of us. It is possible that we have had powerful incentives set up since childhood that we unconsciously associate sugar as love or reward. Breaking free of sugar could very well be one of the toughest things you ever do. Find out how...

The Sugar Rush – Why It Can Be Tough To Kick The Habit 2016-12-12T22:23:30+00:00

Avoid the Afternoon Energy Slump – Snack Ideas for 100 Calories or Less

When the afternoon slump hits, it can be tempting to reach for the office candy jar or swing by the vending machine to help you push through that sluggish feeling until dinnertime. But unfortunately, junk food’s quick sugar rush will disappear in minutes, leaving you groggier than you were before. But it’s not all bad. Studies show that regular mini meals or snacks can help regulate blood sugar, improve metabolism, and prevent overeating later. Instead, it’s time to pick your 3 p.m. poison more wisely.

Avoid the Afternoon Energy Slump – Snack Ideas for 100 Calories or Less 2016-12-12T22:23:30+00:00

Where Are You In the Process of Change?

The Stages of Change Model The Stages of Change model has proven very helpful in understanding how ready people are to change and to help create change. This model has been applied to a broad range of behaviors including weight loss, injury prevention, overcoming alcohol, and drug problems among others. The idea behind the Stages of change model is that behavior change does not happen in one step. Rather, people tend to progress through different stages on their way to successful change.

Where Are You In the Process of Change? 2016-12-12T22:23:30+00:00

Battle Plan for the Holidays

It's that time of year when extra calories lurk around every corner -- frosted cookies at the office, eggnog at your neighbor's, jelly doughnuts for Hanukkah or chocolates in your stocking. All these extras add up, and if you're like most Americans, you'll put on a pound or two by New Year's Day. So what's the harm in a little holiday weight gain, especially if it's just a pound? Not only does it knock you off your healthy eating plan you worked so hard all year to establish and maintain. But it can make it harder to get refocused once the holidays are over and the guilt sets in. According to researchers at the National Institutes of Health, most Americans never lose the weight they gain during the winter holidays. The pounds add up year after year, making holiday weight gain an important factor that sets the tine for the rest of the year. But you don't have to fall into this trap. It is possible to enjoy the holidays without putting on a single pound if you have a battle plan.

Battle Plan for the Holidays 2016-12-12T22:23:30+00:00