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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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Weight Loss Surgery Success – 6 Tips to Avoid Overeating

Posted on November 25, 2015 by

Summer is (un)Officially Over – It’s Time to get Back on Track!

Posted on September 14, 2015 by

The kids are settled back in school, summer cruises with all-you-can-eat buffets are a not-so-distant memory, garden cucumbers and peppers have ceased production, and cooler weather is on the way. Personally, I couldn’t be happier that summer has passed ( along with the mosquitos) and Autumn is around the corner. Fall is a breathtaking time a year, full of brilliant colors. It’s a perfect time to take long, purposeful walks.

“One’s greatest challenge is to control oneself.” (Kazi Shams).

How far off track did YOU get over the summer? It’s time to get back on that wellness track: healthy eating, consistent exercise, and regular sleep patterns. Getting back to a healthy routine will be especially beneficial when faced with the temptations of the upcoming holidays.

CFWLS mobile appThe first step is to get on the scale and assess the damages. Weigh at least once a week to avoid surprises. Body fat and lean body mass are critical percentages to track. The higher lean body mass is, the faster your metabolism is, which leads to weight loss. Be sure to enter your weights into your CFWLS Mobile app each time!

Back to Journaling! Be aware of how many calories you’re consuming. Along with calories, carefully track Carbohydrates and Protein. Surgical patients should keep carbs at 50 grams and medical patients should consume about 50-60. Your CFWLS Mobile app can take care of that too!

CFWLS Weight and Inches Chocolate Protein ShakeOur Weight & Inches shakes are a tasty and effective means of losing the unwanted inches from summer. Filled with vitamins and minerals, 29 grams Protein, and only 200 calories, they make a perfect meal replacement.

Plan ahead by preparing meals the day before. Prepare enough supper to provide leftovers for lunch the next day. Bringing a packed lunch to work will avoid temptations such as fast food or co-workers’ birthday cupcakes. Fill up on protein which will keep you satisfied longer than carbohydrates (which break down more rapidly in your system).

Don’t forget to take your Vitamins for a strong immune system, increased energy, synthesis of hormones and more! Our Lipo-B injections can help give you energy and burn fat. We’re offering a great deal this month. Only $70 for 4 injections (Call 757.873.1880 to purchase)!

walking_feetExercise not only changes your body, it changes your mind, your attitude, and your mood.  Walking up and down hills at Busch Gardens on the 4th of July, and floating around the Hubba Hubba Highway at Water Country on Labor Day burned some calories, but it’s essential to incorporate movement into EVERY day. 10,000 steps, or 5 miles, a day is an attainable goal. Exercise will increase lean body mass, making weight loss easier. Even 15 minutes a day will make a positive difference.

Sleep deficiency is linked to numerous, chronic health maladies. It can lead to obesity due to increases of blood sugar. Proper sleep fosters creativity, memory, and proper growth and development. Cooler temperatures are more conducive to a good night’s sleep.

Watermelon is a refreshing and popular summer fruit. 92% of watermelon is water, which makes it a good choice to aid in hydration. However WATER is the best option to stay hydrated. Other drinks or fruits can add unwanted calories, carbs, and sugar. The average person should consume 64 ounces of water a day.

“He who fails to plan is planning to fail.” (Winston Churchill).

Success should be a habit, not a goal. Make it a habit to eat right, exercise, and sleep well. It’s time to get back on track and put the summer behind you.

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

Weight Loss Surgery Success – Iodine and Bromine Health Connection

Posted on April 29, 2015 by

Do You Know What to Eat for Energy?

Posted on March 16, 2015 by

you chooseIt’s almost Spring!  I hope you have been enjoying our warming weather and longer days.  It’s a great time to enjoy the outdoors with family and friends. The time outside makes us feel great but do you know what to eat for energy?

There are a number of reasons why you might be lacking energy such as lack of quality sleep (especially if you suffer from sleep apnea), lack of fitness (it seems as if exercise may cause fatigue but actually, the opposite is true), or eating the wrong types of foods or the wrong “ratio” of macronutrients.  This final reason is what I am going to focus on here.

Primary macronutrients are the only energy sources that help maintain and repair your body.  There are three primary ones briefly summarized below:

Carbohydrates are the body’s most efficient source of fuel.  Whether simple or complex, they are all broken down into sugars – called glucose.  When your muscles and organs have used all the       glucose it needs, your body then stores this sugar as body fat.

Proteins break down into amino acids which are used to build and repair your body’s tissue.  Animal proteins (meats, fish, poultry, dairy and eggs) are complete proteins while plant proteins (beans, rice, vegetables, nuts) are considered incomplete.  The exception to this is soy protein.  You cannot live without protein!

Fats also provide energy but not as readily as carbohydrates.  Food fats are essential for the proper functioning of your body.  They provide essential fatty acids that your body cannot make.  They are found in meats, fish, poultry and dairy products.

So in a very simple explanation, you may get quicker energy from carbohydrates but once broken down into sugar (rather quickly), your blood sugar increases and your pancreas begins to produce the hormone insulin.  Insulin then causes your blood sugar to go down (often causing transient  hypoglycemia depending upon the amount and type of carbohydrate ingested) and can result in      feelings of fatigue, hunger, nausea and other negative symptoms.  You may then eat to combat these symptoms and begin this cycle all over again.  By the way, another side effect of insulin is fat storage.

I mentioned you might lack energy because of the wrong “ratio” of nutrients.  As the simplest           explanation (even works for my kids), you should try to eat foods that have at least double the amount of protein than the amount of carbohydrate (2:1 ratio of protein:carbohydrate) to            combat these swings in your blood sugar and excessive insulin production.  Keep your blood sugar stable and those negative symptoms usually improve (and you have more energy as a result).  Of course, there is more to it than that but that’s why we created Weight Management University™ and My Weight Loss Academy™!

If you have questions, send them to us at success@cfwls.com.  Who knows – your question might be addressed in our next weekly Podcast or our next Webinar for Losing Weight USA (www.losingweightusa.com).  I look forward to seeing you soon!

 

Weight Loss Surgery Success – Why Vitamin D is Important After Weight Loss Surgery

Posted on March 11, 2015 by

Your Weight Loss Mobile App – Have you downloaded it yet?

Posted on January 30, 2015 by

We’ve made a few changes within our Weight Loss Mobile App.  If you have it on your mobile device then you’ve no doubt already noticed!  Are you using all of the features that it offers?  We have a short tutorial video that explains how to make the most of its features and enjoy your weight loss journey.

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Weight Loss Surgery Success – Low Carb Diets – The Myths and Misconceptions

Posted on January 28, 2015 by