December 7, 2018
Nearly 50% of the world’s population experiences vitamin D deficiency(1) . If you are like most people who live in an environment that is not conducive for outdoor activities during the winter months, you have likely experienced some degree of the “winter time blues”.
November 16, 2018
When we carry excess weight throughout our lives, movement becomes increasingly difficult. This extra weight puts pressure on the joints and inhibits us from obtaining our full range of motion. This lack of flexibility and pressure on the joints leads to posture imbalances and pain throughout the body. For obese individuals and those who have either undergone or are preparing for bariatric surgery, it is very important to begin a stretching routine to create balance throughout the body.
October 16, 2018
The great F. Scott Fitzgerald once said, “The worst thing in the world is to try to sleep and not to.” While Mr. Fitzgerald may be exaggerating that insomnia is the “worst” thing in the world, it truly does feel that way when you lay awake at night stressing about your inability to fall asleep. Greater than 60 million Americans struggle with insomnia, or habitual sleeplessness
September 18, 2018
In our previous blog, we briefly discussed the importance of balancing cardiovascular exercises and light weight lifting. In today’s blog, we would like to dive into this topic a bit deeper. We will be analyzing what the combination of these two types of exercises does for the body and why they should both be included in a workout plan.
September 6, 2018
Many people who have had a bariatric procedure find their lab results to be deficient in iron which can lead to anemia. Anemia is a condition where there is a lack of hemoglobin production and healthy red blood cells to carry adequate oxygen to your body and iron deficiency is often the culprit. Gastric bypass surgery is the most common bariatric procedure where people suffer from anemia but those who have had other procedures such as sleeve gastrectomy or gastric band have reported iron deficiency as well.
August 22, 2018
As you make your way through your weight loss journey following bariatric surgery you will encounter an overwhelming amount of dieting advice. The trick is being able to figure out what advice is truthful and what information is not. One of the most popular myths that are an unreliable dieting strategy is counting calories.
August 9, 2018
For those who have undergone or are considering bariatric surgery, one of the more exciting and less talked about the benefits of weight loss are the impacts on brain health. Obesity has a multitude of negative effects on the brain and with weight loss comes the ability to improve brain function and overall brain health. Along with a healthy weight and nutritious diet, one of the best ways to improve brain health is through regular exercise. The benefits to the brain from exercise are nearly an exact inverse of the negative impacts on the brain from obesity.
July 31, 2018
We have all been told by our parents to drink milk as kids to get calcium and grow up strong and tall. For those who have had bariatric surgery such as gastric bypass, lactose intolerance is a common side effect and dairy products should be avoided. Calcium plays an important role in our overall health and nearly half of all bariatric patients experience calcium deficiency following surgery. For those who experience calcium deficiency, our parents would tell us to take a quality calcium supplement.
July 17, 2018
At work, I often find myself too busy to take a lunch so I eat a quick small meal and get back to it so I can meet my boss’s deadline. When I get home, I am starving and eat a giant meal then sit on the couch and snack until bedtime. Sound familiar?
July 9, 2018
In our previous bariatric fitness blog, we offered some advice for overweight individuals who want to get started on a fitness routine and where to begin. We emphasized the importance of not overdoing it, mixing cardio with light weight lifting, stretching, not being intimidated, making and plan and setting goals, making lifestyle changes, and starting with low impact exercises. Today we are going to expand on the topic of low impact cardiovascular exercises for bariatric patients to assist with weight loss.