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Will I Need to Take Vitamins and Supplements After Weight Loss Surgery?

Posted on June 11, 2018 by

I Can & I WillYes, you will need to take vitamins.  Supplements are helpful but not a requirement.  Actually, whether or not you have weight loss surgery, you should be taking vitamins.  Supplements can be helpful as well, especially if you are trying to lose weight.  You should also make sure your vitamins/supplements are pharmaceutical grade so that the quality of their content is monitored and guaranteed.  The nutritional store at the Center for Weight Loss Success only carries such vitamins and supplements and our patients love them.  (www.cfwls.com)

The common vitamins that will likely be recommended for you (may vary depending upon the surgeon) include the following:

Multivitamins: Taking vitamins will be a lifelong commitment for all patients who have had weight loss surgery.  In the beginning, you should take two chewable complete multivitamins each day.  At one month after surgery, you may be able to progress to taking two regular vitamins daily.  We recommend two vitamins each day during the first year when your weight loss is most rapid.  After the first year, you should continue to take one multivitamin a day.  Women may want to consider a prenatal vitamin if pre-menopausal.

B-Complex: Usually around 1 month after surgery, we recommend that you also add one B-Complex vitamin each day (or even 2 per day).  The B vitamins assist in muscle and nerve functioning and have been shown to increase a person’s energy level over time.  You cannot overdose on B vitamins.  If you take in more than you need, you will simply rid yourself of any excess through your urine.  It is common for B vitamins to cause your urine to be darker or a brighter yellow.  This is normal.  If you prefer, B-Complex is also available as an injection at the office as appropriate.

Essential Fatty Acids (EFA’s):  Take them – they’re just good for you.  By taking fish oil supplements, Omega-3 fatty acids are ingested in their biologically active form.  They can be directly used to support cardiovascular, brain, nervous system, and immune function.  The mini-soft gels are smaller and have a natural lemon flavor to prevent a “fishy” after taste.  Our product is ultra-filtered to guarantee removal of mercury and other possible contaminants.  Most people should take 2-4 soft gels per day.  They are also helpful to prevent constipation.

Magnesium-Potassium: During weight loss your body will tend to waste both magnesium and potassium.  Both of these minerals are essential to normal muscular and cardiovascular function.  Magnesium is involved in over 300 biological reactions throughout the body.  It can help prevent/treat fatigue.  If you are prone to muscle cramps – you need to add this supplement.  Typical doses are 1-4 tablets daily with food.

Don’t Fear the Fat!

Posted on February 08, 2016 by

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Fat is one of 6 nutrients essential to good health. (Water, Protein, Vitamins, Minerals and Carbohydrates are the others). We can’t live without them. Unfortunately, fats have been demonized in the past few decades. The public was encouraged to cut out or drastically cut back on fat. Our fat intake dropped from 40% of our diet to 34%. Yet, the fat reduction didn’t help with our weight problems and the obesity epidemic spiraled higher.

Fats are more calorie dense than carbohydrates and protein, but it’s not just the weight of the food that matters. What matters most is what the food does inside; how they break down and are used by our bodies. When the food industry removed fats from our food, the fat was replaced with sugar or other staches.  ALL carbohydrates break down into sugar. They are the reason why Americans continue to struggle with their weight. Fat is not the culprit, it’s the carbohydrates.

*Our bodies use 3 types of fats for fuel:
Monounsaturated: These are the healthier fats found in olive oil, nuts and avocados.
Polyunsaturated: Mostly healthy fats found in sunflower oil, flax seed oil, salmon, and grape seed oil.
Saturated: Found in butter and lard, less desirable for the diet.

*Other types of fats:
Cholesterol: It’s been given a bad rap but is essential for life and normal cellular function. The body manufactures 85% and the rest is found in foods we eat. The building blocks of cholesterol are CARBS! So, to reduce cholesterol you must reduce the amount of carbohydrates you consume.
Triglycerides: Essential for life, provides calories, and can be burned for energy. To reduce triglycerides, you must reduce carbohydrates.
Trans Fats: These are man-made fats designed to preserve the shelf life of food. There is a direct association between intake of trans fats and increased risk of heart attacks. They can be found in fried foods, baked goods, crackers, and vegetable shortening. Consuming even trivial amounts can cause damage.

*The GOOD fats:
EFA’s are polyunsaturated fats that are essential for life, but the body can’t produce them. These fats are not used much as fuel, but they are the lubricant that keeps the engine going. The American Heart Association recommends 1 gram a day, but we should ingest even more.
Omega 6: Easily available in food.
Omega 3: Found in tuna, sardines, almonds, and walnuts.

Insulin is a master hormone made by the pancreas that allows your body to use sugar from carbohydrates for energy or for storage. It helps to maintain normal blood sugar levels. Lipoprotein lipase is an enzyme needed to store fat in the cells. Insulin levels rise when we eat carbohydrates. It then turns on the lipoprotein lipase, which causes fat storage. Therefore, it’s not FAT that leads to fat storage, but CARBS! You can’t store fat unless your carbohydrate intake is high enough to release insulin.

Remember that fats are vital to good health! If you’re eating a fairly low-carb diet, you shouldn’t fear fat. Eating fat won’t make you fat. Everyone should consume more Omega-3 fatty acids and reduce carbohydrates. We sell EFA’s in our nutrition store here at The Center for Weight Loss Success. It’s your life. Make it a healthy one!

Why Do I Need Vitamins?

Posted on August 04, 2014 by

No matter how well you eat, vitamin supplementation is not only helpful, but recommended for nearly everyone.  We want to help you sort out the key vitamins recommended throughout your weight loss and weight maintenance journey. This is an extensive topic so we will just discuss the ones we feel are most important at this time.  These include Multivitamins, Magnesium-Potassium, B-Complex, Essential Fatty Acids, Calcium and Vitamin D.    It is also important to note that the vitamins you choose should be pharmaceutical grade (meeting the most stringent standards in the industry) and designed for ease of digestion and superior absorption.  Quality does matter when it comes to vitamin supplementation and these are the only type of vitamins we sell at CFWLS.  Besides, why take a vitamin if it doesn’t contain what it is supposed to and/or isn’t properly absorbed?

There is no doubt that vitamins and minerals are essential for life.  Without certain vitamins, deficiency diseases like beriberi (lack of thiamin) or scurvy (lack of Vitamin C) may still prevail.  These diseases, however, are not a concern in western societies (with RDA allowances), nor the reason that CFWLS recommends certain vitamin supplements.

We realize that individuals have unique food likes and dislikes so obtaining the essential vitamins and minerals from foods may not always happen.  Adding multivitamins to your daily regiment is a nice ‘safety net’ to assure you are getting a well-rounded intake of the most important substances your body needs.

Multivitamins:  Everyone should take a good multivitamin.  It is amazing to me how  common vitamin deficiencies are.  Remember that the RDA is the absolute minimum required to prevent deficiency diseases for most people.  The RDA has nothing to do with optimum amounts for best health.  Since the FDA does not oversee over-the-counter vitamins or mineral and herbal supplements, using pharmacy grade vitamins are your best bet on bioavailability of the product in question (and sometimes even if it contains what the label claims).  A typical dose is usually on the bottle – usually 1-2 per day.

B-Complex:  B-vitamins are often referred to as “energy vitamins” since they are important        cofactors for many of your body’s energy producing biochemical equations.  They tend to make these energy producing steps run more efficiently.  Vitamin B-12 is often considered the most important, but all of the B-vitamins are essential to our overall health and well-being.  Activated B-vitamins are already in a form the body can use immediately and therefore –    bioavailability and use is more efficient.  A typical dose is 1-2 tablets per day.

Essential Fatty Acids (EFA’s):  Take them – they’re just good for you.  By taking fish oil         supplements, Omega-3 fatty acids are ingested in their biologically active form.  They can be directly used to support cardiovascular, brain, nervous system, and immune function.  The mini-soft gels are smaller and have a natural lemon flavor to prevent a “fishy” after taste.  Our product is ultra-filtered to guarantee removal of mercury and other possible contaminants.  Most people should take 2- soft gels per day.

Magnesium-Potassium: During weight loss your body tends to waste both  magnesium and potassium.  Both of these minerals are essential to normal muscular and    cardiovascular function.  Magnesium is involved in over 300 biological reactions throughout the body.  It can help prevent/treat fatigue.  If you are prone to muscle cramps – you need to add this supplement.  Typical doses are 1-4 tablets daily with food.

Calcium: We think of calcium as essential for those young growing bones.  However, it is     essential for all stages of life.  Yes, 99% of our calcium intake is dedicated to our bones and teeth but that additional 1% is required for cellular functions.  It helps regulate muscle       contraction and nerve transmission, as well as cellular permeability.  Too little calcium and you set yourself up for osteoporosis, the weakening of your bones, predisposing you to fractures.  But it also may be linked to rising blood pressures. Calcium is absorbed in the small intestines. Not all calcium we consume will be absorbed.  The amount is dependent on acidic condition in your intestines, Vitamin D level, estrogen level and the type of calcium supplement. Make sure that your supplement has the “USP” on the label indicating that the pill meets the US        Pharmacopeia’s standards.

An adequate intake of calcium through the combination of foods and supplements are age    dependent.  Your best food sources are sardines, yogurts, cheeses and milk as well as tofu, salmon, broccoli, turnip and collard greens.  Sesame seeds and almonds are also additional sources.  To maximize your calcium supplement one should take no more than 500mg at a time, accompanied with Vitamin D and taken with meals.

Vitamin D is appropriately called the “Sunshine Vitamin” due to your natural ability to produce it in response to sunlight.  Vitamin D is actually a hormone that your body can manufacture on its own.  However, as you age, your ability to produce it declines as well as your aversion to soak up mid-day sun.  In addition to your need for Vitamin D’s presence to absorb calcium, more and more studies have found the importance of this vitamin for your immune system.  Recent studies have also shown that those people that are overweight or those with diabetes have a higher rate of Vitamin D deficiency.  Most people need to take about 2000 units per day.  Having your Vitamin D levels checked is being more accepted and recommended by health care providers.  You should know your Vitamin D levels.

 

Essential Vitamins for Weight Loss

Posted on January 15, 2014 by