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Is Weight Loss Surgery Right for Me?

Posted on March 12, 2018 by

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As you have read, weight loss surgery is a decision that requires research (like you are doing here), a risk/benefit comparison, an evaluation by an experienced bariatric surgeon and soul searching on your part to make sure you are committed to long term changes.  These changes can drastically improve your health, your ability to live your life to the fullest and potentially extend your lifespan.  This may seem overwhelming but the important thing for you to know is that you are not alone.

There is a delay with regards to documented statistics, but here are the clear trends:

  • About 15 million adults in the U.S. have morbid obesity which is associated with more than 30 other diseases and conditions including type 2 diabetes, heart disease, sleep apnea, hypertension, asthma, cancer, joint problems and infertility.  The direct and indirect costs to the health care system associated with obesity are about $117 billion annually.5
  • In the United States, the number of people who qualify for weight loss surgery is increasing as the incidence of obesity and morbid obesity is on the rise.
  • In the United States, the number of weight loss procedures performed each year continues to rise with an estimated 177,600 procedures performed in 2006 (an increase from about 16,000 in the early 1990’s).5 In 2008 the number of weight loss procedures was up to 220,000 and remained there in 2009.  Numbers for subsequent years have not been published as of this publication.

5http://asmbs.org/benefits-of-bariatric-surgery/

Telling you that you are not alone and sharing these sobering statistics doesn’t solve the problem for you or the general population.  There has to be a need (and clearly there is a need), there has to be a want (which usually results from the pain endured as a result of being obese or morbidly obese) a viable solution (in this case, surgical weight loss with an experienced bariatric surgeon who is passionate not just about surgery but your long term success).  Sounds like a recipe for success but there is an ingredient that is missing.  You can have a need and a want and a viable solution but if you don’t have the commitment and motivation to follow through and create lasting change for yourself, you may never experience the optimal success you deserve.

If you decide that you have the want, the need and the commitment, you are a great candidate for weight loss surgery.  Now you just need to explore the rest of the questions in this book and get started on your path to success.

View our free Weight Loss Surgery webinar now and then click to schedule your conversation with Cat Williamson, our Surgical Coordinator.

Best of CoVa Contest!

Posted on January 21, 2018 by

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We have to admit it.  We know we have the very best patients around!  We drive to work with smiles on our faces. looking forward to helping our patients improve their health by losing weight.  Your success makes us happy!

If you’d like to let others know about Dr. Clark’s Center for Weight Loss Success, please take a minute and VOTE FOR US in Coastal Virginia Magazine’s Best of Readers’ Choice Awards for 2018!

You will find us under HEALTH and BEAUTY in THREE categories

  • Best Gym/Wellness Center
  • Best Specialty Fitness
  • Best Weight Loss Center

You can also nominate/vote for us in SHOPPING

  • Specialty Foods

You can vote ONCE each DAY through Friday, March 30, 2018

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Walk Your Way Healthy

Posted on October 16, 2017 by

So often people want to exercise, but they don’t know where to start. Walking is a great place to start. Walking is typically easy on the joints, can be done anywhere, and all you need is a comfy pair of shoes.

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Everyone knows movement is good for the body. The hardest part is often finding the time, especially if you have an office job. However, 9-5 is a long time to be sitting at a desk. But don’t worry, anything is possible with a little bit of change.

Walking is the best way to start adding movement into your day. Walking is typically easy on the joints, can be added in small time frames, and needs no fancy equipment.

If you have the option, I highly recommend an activity tracker. While pedometers and activity trackers are in no way a necessity, seeing your steps add up can motivate and inspire you to keep moving. Seeing your steps also adds accountability. You may think you are getting an adequate amount of movement, but having a concrete number to track will help you ensure you are hitting your goals.

If you are new to walking try to hit 10,000 steps a day at first. That may seem daunting, but think of reaching 10,000 steps in smaller goals. Set a small goal to hit 250 steps/hour or 100 steps/30 minutes throughout the day. Newer activity trackers can often be set to alert you at different times of the day or a well-placed post-it note can sometimes be all it takes to keep your mind focused on your goal. Also start to recognize what activities equal 100 steps. You’ll be more motivated to continue changing your habits if you can see a concrete benefit that results.

If you are at a desk for the majority of the day there are great ways to sneak in steps throughout your day:

1. First, stepping side-to-side does count! Stand and pace as you read your emails in the morning. Are you brainstorming with colleagues? Don’t be afraid to stand and move as you think. The fun thing about counting steps is every step counts! Even if you’re not walking anywhere.

2. Park in the back of the parking lot. This advice is nothing new. But it still stands as good advice. I bet walking into work in the morning from the last spot in the lot can easily get you 100 steps.

3. Do you take an elevator? Change to taking the stairs. If you are new to stairs don’t feel like you have to conquer them all at once. Simply walk one flight up and then take the elevator the rest of the way. Add in the extra flights as you get stronger. Fitness success is about making a lot of little changes over a long period of time. It’s not about making a lot of changes all at once.

4. Rather than emailing or calling a coworker, walk over to their cubicle.

5. Walk the longest path to the bathroom, printer, scanner, fax, kitchen, water cooler, etc.

6. Take a short walk during your lunch break. Instead of spending your time driving to and from a restaurant, pack your lunch and then squeeze in a short walk with the time you saved.

7. Dress for success! Keep a change of shoes, socks, undershirt, etc. in your car during warmer weather for your longer lunchtime walks. In the winter, keep mittens, hat, and a scarf handy.

8. If it’s still too cold in the winter or too hot in the summer you can head to your nearest mall. Walking end to end one time is sure to add up!

9. Be the one who walks the dog, gets the mail, takes out the trash, and picks up the house before bed

10. Make time with your family count. Take a walk after dinner. Start playing Pokemon Go with your kids. Dance in the kitchen as you cook. Start a new hobby like bird watching, golfing, or hiking. Free time is when you’ll really rack up the steps.

Once you start tracking your steps you’ll be motivated to squeeze in more steps and set new goals. More importantly, you;ll be finding more ways to live a happy and long life. Steps don’t just result in better physical health. Walking will give you more opportunities to de-stress and clear your mind. Innovative ways of hitting your step goals will create new hobbies and create family memories. The more you get moving the more life you’ll have in each step.

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Join the CFWLS Steps for Success and add your daily steps to our group walks!  It’s easy – just log into World Walking and join the group.  It’s fun and a great way to stay inspired.

If you would like more advice on reaching 10,000 steps a day contact a CFWLS personal trainer or lifestyle coach today.

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My Advice to You About Weight Loss Surgery – Don’t Wait!

Posted on September 04, 2017 by

Allen Fabijan 2Meet Allen Fabijan – you may already know him as ‘Some Guy Named Allen’ from US106.1. What you may not know, is Allen chose weight loss surgery as a tool to help him improve his health and quality of life.

Allen has recently completed Weight Management University for Weight Loss Surgery™ here at Dr. Clark’s Center for Weight Loss Success.  He has lost over 130 pounds since he began his journey to lose weight and improve his health. Join him as he shares his struggles and successes along the way!

“If I could give one piece of advice to someone who is considering weight loss surgery it would be WHY WAIT? What are you waiting for? Are you waiting on the next holiday? Are you waiting on the next phase or chapter of your life?  What are you waiting for?  Number 1, you might not get a chance to wait.  You know it if you’re dealing with what I’m dealing with. Every time your heart flutters or something is uncomfortable the thought goes through your head “Is this it?”  “Am I going to end up in a hospital?” There’s no need to wait. I went in the first week of June and a year later I’m down 120 pounds.  I wish I had done this a lot sooner.”

“There’s no reason to wait. Go do it. Go see Dr. Clark. You’ll get all the support, all the help that you need. Any tool is at your disposal.  There’s no excuse.  There’s no need to wait anymore.  Go get healthy.  Go feel better.  Go get thin! Go see Dr. Clark!”

To learn how weight loss surgery could change your life, watch our free webclass at: http://cfwls.com/weight-loss-surgery/free-online-weight-loss-surgery-seminar/

Inside Out Egg Roll

Posted on May 05, 2017 by

Faster than ordering take-out and so much better for you!

 

Ingredients                                                                                                                               egg roll inside out 2

1 pound ground turkey

1 pkg – 6 cups coleslaw mix or shredded cabbage

4 cloves garlic, minced

1 Tbls fresh ginger or ¼ tsp powdered ginger

1 Tbls soy sauce

¼ cup sliced green onion

1 Tbls sesame oil

 

 

Directions

  1. Brown ground turkey in large skillet or wok. Do not drain.
  2. Add coleslaw mix, garlic and ginger. Cook for 4-5 minutes or until cabbage starts to soften.
  3. Drizzle with sesame oil and stir in soy sauce.
  4. Serve with green onion garnish and soy sauce.

 

 

Makes 4 servings

 

Nutrition Facts: (per serving)

Calories 210

Total Fat 10g

Carbohydrates 5.5g

Dietary Fiber 2.5g

Protein 24g

Print Recipe:  Inside Out Egg Roll

Protein Pumpkin Squares

Posted on September 23, 2016 by

0If you missed our event on Monday – make these at home & enjoy this tasty snack!

Ingredients:

1/4 cup ground flax seed or almond meal

2 Tbsp Chia seeds

1/2 Tbsp of ground cinnamon

3 eggs

2 teaspoons vanilla

1/4 cup unsweetened almond or cashew milk

1/4 cup Splenda

4 scoops vanilla protein powder* (about 1 1/3 cup)

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 can (15 oz) pumpkin puree

 

*We used Leaner Living – Vanilla Ice Cream

 

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Add all the ingredients to a mixing bowl and combine well.
Grease an 8×10″ baking dish and pour the entire mixture and spread out in pan and bake for 30 minutes. Allow to cool before cutting.
Recipe makes 24 Squares.

Nutrition Per Pumpkin Square:

Calories 45

Fat 2g

Protein 3.25g

Carbohydrates 3.5g

Fiber 2g

 

Quick (and EASY) Ways to Stay on Track

Posted on December 14, 2015 by

christmas_runHere at CFWLS we want you to be as stress-free as possible! However, with all of life’s pressures, stress will be inevitable and unavoidable. Don’t allow the commotion and distractions of the Holidays to de-rail your new, improved eating habits and consistent exercise program. There are conceivable ways of fitting in quick meals and workouts even on the busiest of days.
Here are examples of squeezing fitness into a hectic day:
1. PEDOMETER: 10,000 steps a day equal 5 miles. Even if you’re unable to hit the gym, actively moving your body throughout the day can help you reach your goal of 10,000 steps.
2. BREAK IT UP: It’s perfectly fine to break up your workouts during the day. Get out of bed just 15 minutes early to work out. Then, exercise 15 minutes later in the day.
3. TABATA: A form of HITT (High Intensity Interval Training). Tabata is a very effective way to get a powerful workout in a condensed time. It’s 8 rounds of high intensity exercise for 20 seconds with a 10 second break. Repeat several rounds depending on your time constraints. You can choose whatever exercises you like as long as they challenge you. Use modifications if necessary. For example:

20 seconds jumping jacks/ 10 second rest 20 seconds squats /10 second rest
20 seconds push-ups / 10 second rest 20 seconds high knees/ 10 second rest

Here are examples of Quick Protein Meals when time is not your friend: (From our Nutrition Store)
1. SHAKES: Quick and easy if you’re on-the-go (29 grams Protein).
2. SOUPS: Warm yourself up with one of our microwaveable soups (23 grams Protein).
3. VEGETABLE CHILI: Hearty and delicious (15 grams Protein).
4. BEEF STROGANOF: A yummy microwaveable meal (23 grams Protein).
If you’d rather make a home-cooked meal but are strapped for time, go to Pinterest on our website for some great quick protein meals. For example, parmesan crusted broiled flounder (less than 20 minutes from start to finish). Or, crustless quiche which can be used for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, is a popular choice.
It may be necessary to take shortcuts in order to fit in all the shopping, parties, and holiday events. But you CAN do it without sabotaging your weight loss efforts. Enjoy the Holidays. Merry Christmas!

How Healthy Are Your Holiday Traditions?

Posted on November 30, 2015 by

Holiday traditions are often based on recipes that have been handed down through generations and those memories that cling to the scents and sights of particular foods. Why should this year be any different? You’ve sifted through your favorite family recipes and all you see is sugar, butter & flour, right?  Don’t get discouraged – by making some substitutions, you may be able to enjoy them after all!

Using artificial sweeteners is tholiday_traditionshe most obvious switch. It seems like there are new options on the shelf every week but, not all sweeteners are the same!  If the dish you are making will not be cooked or baked, you are safe to use your favorite no-cal sweetener.  Baking or cooking is another matter – Splenda is one of the few that holds up under heat. Use the type that is specifically made for baking and cooking as it measures differently than what’s in the little yellow packets.

You might be able to cut back on the butter or shortening in some of the recipes.  Butter used for cooking shares its flavor well and you may not miss the extra fat.  Applesauce or other pureed fruits are a common substitute for butter and oil in recipes but watch out for the extra carbohydrates, it may not be worth the switch. Using a low-fat dairy product in place of the heavier one is generally okay but you may notice a bit of difference in the texture of your dish.

Flour may be one of the trickiest to switch out and you may have to do a bit of experimenting before you are truly happy with the results, but there are many options on the market today.  Flour made from nuts has a forth of the carbohydrates that wheat flour has and has the benefit of added protein as well. Soy flour is a great option too, it contains just one third of the carbs in all-purpose flour. You can substitute (both nut & soy flour) 1/4 – 1/2 of the amount of flour in most muffins, cakes and cookies.  Whole wheat flour has more fiber than white flour so it lowers your effective carbohydrate count but cannot always be substituted one for one in recipes. Crushed nuts or some of our protein Biscotti work great as crusts for pies or cheesecakes!

There are several low-carb baking mixes available either online or in health food stores. The reviews are pretty good but I have not tried any of them.

Check out the recipes that we have already tested!  Many of them may be similar to what you are trying to recreate.  You will find a great selection on our blog at www.cfwls.com/blog/, website (search recipes) or on our Pinterest page at www.pinterest.com/cfwlsva/.

 

Low Carb Alfredo Sauce

Posted on August 21, 2015 by

Great on spaghetti squash or over steamed cauliflower! (This is also a great gluten free dish)

Ingredientslow_carb_alfredo_sauce
2 Tbls butter
4 oz light cream cheese
2 cups 2% milk
1/3 cup parmesan cheese
1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
½ tsp salt
¼ tsp pepper

Directions
1. Heat butter in saucepan and add cream cheese. Stir over low heat until melted.
2. Add milk and bring to boil, continue to stir until mixture thickens slightly.
3. Reduce heat and stir in Parmesan cheese and seasonings. Cook an additional 1-2 minutes while stirring.

Makes 4 servings

Nutrition Facts:
Calories 203
Total Fat 13g
Total Carbohydrates 8.3g
Dietary Fiber 0g
Protein 9.3g

Print Recipe Low Carb Alfredo Sauce

Note: Add mushrooms or other vegetable to add variety!