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When Your Doctor Doesn’t Agree With Weight Loss Surgery

Posted on April 25, 2016 by

Does your doctor mention weight loss as a solution for your ailments, aches and complaints? If obesity related diseases are problematic or your body mass index exceeds a healthy range, your doctor may refer you to a weight loss specialist or nutritionist.  You, like the majority of people with weight issues have tried numerous diet plans, most resulting in failure at long-term results. You’ve possibly even considered weight loss surgery. Do you know if your doctor is on board with surgical weight loss options?  We receive patient referrals from many practices but some doctors are not in favor of the surgical option. Their bias may be based on lack of research or experience with patients who have had successful weight loss procedures. Seeking a second opinion is common-place in the medical field. Don’t be afraid to keep looking.

At CFWLS, we encourage people considering weight loss surgery to be their own best advocate for personal health. Gather the information necessary to have an educated discussion with your doctor. Watch our Weight Loss Surgery WebClass or attend one of our free Weight Loss Surgery Seminars  to get started.

The medications that are prescribed to combat high cholesterol, diabetes, hyper-tension and other conditions often simply mask the symptoms while failing to get to the heart of the problem. Losing weight and keeping it off may result in eliminating these medications from your daily routine! The benefits don’t stop there, you may notice less joint pain, more energy, better sleep and a host of other positive outcomes!

CFWLS StaffFinding an experienced, board-certified Bariatric Surgeon who can answer your questions and explain your options to you is imperative. A comprehensive post-surgical follow-up plan will provide your best possible long-term outcome. Your search may be over. Dr. Thomas W. Clark is double board certified as a surgeon and Bariatrician. He has performed nearly 5,000 weight loss procedures and has dedicated almost 25 years to helping people lose weight and learn how to keep it off for life. His experienced staff will guide you and help you enjoy the process along the way!

Having a supportive doctor is important, but ultimately, it’s your body and Weight Loss Surgery is a personal choice. Do your research and obtain all pertinent information. Weigh the risks versus the benefits. Make an informed decision. Schedule a call with our office manager, Cat Williamson, to discuss your next step.

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CFWLS Chicken Soup

Posted on January 22, 2016 by

Taste tested…Doctor approved!


1 box/7 packets protein chicken noodle soup mix
48 oz. chicken broth
2 pints sliced mushrooms
1 rotisserie chicken
8 oz. butter
8 oz water


1. Set crock-pot to low.
2. Mix chicken broth, water and all 7 packets chicken noodle soup in crock-pot.
3. Saute mushrooms in butter, salt and pepper to taste.
4. Saute celery with mushrooms, cook until soft.
5. Remove skin from chicken and discard. Pick all meat from the chicken, and chop or shred into bite sized pieces. Add to vegetable saute.
6. Cook vegetables and chicken together for a few minutes and add to the crock-pot of chicken soup.
7. Salt and pepper to taste. Additional seasonings may be added to taste.
8. Cook on high for 1-2 hrs.

Great served with cheddar protein chips!

Nutritional info:

Cal 235
Fat 12.5
Carbs 3.6
Fiber .3
Pro 25.5

Makes 16 servings (about 1 cup per serving)

Print Recipe: Chicken Soup CFWLS



Weight Loss Surgery Success – Ideas to Use Right Now to Lose Weight

Posted on January 13, 2016 by

Motivation Matters In Achieving Your Goals

Posted on December 28, 2015 by

inspiredAnd maintaining that motivation is key to success. As the New Year approaches, most of us find ourselves looking ahead and contemplating some type of change.  Generally, one of our goals involves weight loss or some other health-related change. Sometimes the changes we propose can seem overwhelming. The following tips can help you stick to your fitness/wellness program:

1. When it comes to fitness – start slowly. We are all anxious to get moving and see results, but your body needs to adjust to your new routine. Make sure you begin every workout with a warm-up to get the muscles moving. Then start off with 30 minutes of cardio or light weights – walking, biking, a machine circuit or low-impact exercise class. Gradually increase your workouts as your endurance increases.

2. Take a mental picture! Every day take time for yourself to visualize your new healthier, happier self. Close your eyes, relax and see yourself at your desired weight, and feel how happy you will be when you finally achieve that goal. Many athletes practice this to achieve their goals and you can too..

3. Seek Inspiration. There is nothing wrong with maintaining your motivation with inspirational quotes posted where you can see them throughout your day.  Sometimes it’s just what you need to see to get you back on your feet and focused.

4. Stay Balanced. Success isn’t all or nothing – you will be more successful with your diet and exercise program if you start to make small changes in your lifestyle.  Small changes add up to big results! If you miss a day of exercising or eat something off your program occasionally, don’t overreact. Just get back on track the next day and continue with your fitness routine. Keep your eye on the goal and you will be successful!

5. Make it fun! The time goes by faster when walking with a friend for conversation and mutual support. If you like to exercise alone, consider this time for yourself. Crank up your favorite tunes and feel the energy! When you enjoy your fitness program, you are more likely to keep it up.

6. Weigh in Weekly. The daily fluctuation in your weight is normal and it’s easy to get too wrapped up in the numbers.  Increasing your lean body mass takes time and it won’t show up in those daily trips to the scale. Try to focus on improving your overall fitness and feeling healthy & happier in the New Year. Don’t get discouraged if the numbers move slowly! Keep focused on your exercise and workouts and it won’t be long before you see results.

7. Listen to your Body. No one time is perfect to exercise. If you are a “morning person” get up 1/2 hour earlier and do your workouts in the morning when you energy is at peak level. If you stay up (or get up) late, you would probably do better to exercise in the evenings. Work with your own personal body rhythm to keep your enthusiasm up.8. Consider a Personal Trainer or Health Coach. A personal trainer/health coach can really help keep you on track. We have some of the best trainers in Hampton Roads right here at CFWLS.  They can work with you to create an exercise plan that is right for you.  Our nutritional coaches can teach you what you need to know to feel your best and get that scale moving in the right direction.



Weight Loss Surgery Success – Choosing SMART Goals After Weight Loss Surgery

Posted on June 03, 2015 by

Weight Loss Surgery Success – Celebrations Without Weight Gain

Posted on May 20, 2015 by

Lasagna Soup

Posted on May 08, 2015 by

lasagna soupAll of the flavor without all of the carbs!

1 Tbls olive oil
1 pound ground turkey
1 small onion, diced
1 yellow pepper, diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
3 cups chicken broth
1 (14 oz) can diced tomatoes (I use Rotel)
1 (15 oz) can tomato sauce
1 tsp Italian seasoning
¼ tsp red pepper flakes (more if you want it spicy)
1 tsp basil
Salt & pepper to taste
3 packets Proti pasta (Available in the CFWLS Nutrition Store)
Shaved parmesan cheese – optional
Shredded mozzarella – optional

1. Brown ground turkey and onions in olive oil.
2. Add garlic and peppers and cook until tender, about 2 minutes.
3. Add broth, tomatoes, tomato sauce and seasonings; bring back to a simmer and add pasta packets.
4. Simmer for 15-20 minutes or until pasta is tender. (Proti pasta is firmer than regular pasta when cooked)
5. Serve with a tablespoon of shaved parmesan or shredded mozzarella cheese. (This will add 20-35 calories to your dish – figure this into your nutritional facts)

Makes 6 servings

Nutrition Facts:
Calories 267
Total Fat 5.5g
Total Carbohydrates 13.9g
Dietary Fiber 3.3g
Protein 26.6g

Print Recipe Lasagna Soup

Weight Loss Surgery Success – Iodine and Bromine Health Connection

Posted on April 29, 2015 by

Deviled Eggs with Bacon & Cheddar

Posted on April 24, 2015 by

bacon cheddar eggsIt’s the little extra that makes them worth making!



12 eggs

½ cup mayonnaise

4 slices bacon

2 green onions sliced thin, slice stems for garnish

¼ cup finely shredded Cheddar cheese

1/8 tsp celery salt

1/8 tsp paprika



1.       Bring eggs in water to a boil and turn off heat. Cover and let stand 10-12 minutes. Remove eggs from water and allow to cool. Eggs may be placed in ice water to cool more quickly. Once cool, remove shells and place in bowl.

2.       Cook bacon over medium-high heat until evenly brown. Remove from heat and crumble to small bits.

3.       Slice onions, reserve green stems for garnish.

4.       Cut eggs in half length-wise and pop yolk out into medium bowl. Using fork, mash egg yolks to eliminate lumps. Stir in mustard, mayo, bacon, onions and cheese. Add seasonings and stir until smooth.

5.       Using two small spoons, scoop small amounts into each half of the eggs. Garnish with crumbled bacon and green onion or chives.


Makes 12 servings

Nutrition Facts:

Calories 187

Total Fat 17g

Total Carbohydrates 1g

Dietary Fiber .1g

Protein 8g

Print Recipe: Bacon and Cheddar Deviled Eggs