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Managing Common Side Effects From Gastric Balloons

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Managing Common Side Effects from Gastric BalloonsHaving a gastric balloon placed in your stomach comes with expectations that your body may take a little while to get used to its new, ever-present companion.  Naturally, the gastric balloon will make you feel full, that’s the whole purpose, but other common side effects include nausea, vomiting, gas and more.  Most cases are mild and annoying but rarely bothersome enough to prompt removal of the balloon.  Side effects also improve with time as individuals and their bodies grow accustomed to the balloon.  Most bariatric surgeons offer their patients medications and other advice to help minimize side effects.  Dietary recommendation are also designed to help individuals with gastric balloons avoid unpleasant reactions.

Here, we’ve listed a few common side effects and tips to manage them so you can have an optimal experience with the gastric balloon and long term weight loss success.

  • Nausea – Probably the most common side effect associated with balloon weight loss, nausea can be a frequent visitor due to the fact the body thinks there is something in the stomach that shouldn’t be there. It’s more pronounced during the first few weeks and gets better as time go by. Things that help include:
    • Diet – whenever nausea hits, reduce intake and return to liquids until symptoms improve; chew on ginger (cut in slices and chew or suck, tea, gums, chews, hard candy), eat saltines or something just a little salty, eat low-fat foods because fatty foods can cause further delay in digestion, mint – chew a leaf or mint tea can help significantly.
    • Prescription meds – ondansetron, promethazine, compazine, scopolamine patches can be prescribed by your healthcare provider.
    • OTC meds – meclizine (a.k.a. Non-drowsy dramamine, Bonine), activated charcoal, vitamin B6, also known as pyridoxine.
    • Alternative Therapies – Acupuncture; Aromatherapy – inhaling peppermint, lemon oil or others, applying small amount camphor (i.e. Tiger Balm) to the temples.
  • Bad breath – Bad breath after balloon weight loss surgery can occur when you’re slightly dehydrated, food isn’t moving through in a timely fashion or certain foods (typically starchy) are sticking to the balloon. To help:
    • Drink water frequently – Sip water frequently. A general rule of thumb is to divide your weight in pounds by 2 and drink that much fluid ounces a day. (i.e. If you weigh 250 lbs, you should be drinking approximately 125 fluid ounces a day).
    • Brush your teeth after every meal, liquid or solid. Also, brush your tongue, gums and inside of your cheek since bacteria and food particles can build up on these surfaces as well.
    • Chew cinnamon sugar-free gum to stimulate the production of odor-fighting saliva. Research suggests that cinnamon can decrease the amount of bacteria in the mouth.
    • Floss or use a waterpik to get in between the teeth to prevent tooth decay and gum disease.
    • Stay on top of dental cleanings and visit your dentist to rule out other possible causes of bad breath.
  • Gas – The delay in digestion and dramatic change in your diet can contribute to an increase in gas which then can lead to discomfort and cramping. Although this too should improve as time goes by, here are few things that can help.
    • Activated charcoal works to absorb excess gas and fluids which then can ease bloating and discomfort.
    • Beano, GasEx and Phazyme can aid in digestion as well as the absorption of gas.
    • Eat slowly
    • Take a little walk to help move the gas a long
    • Applying a heating pad to your abdomen can aid in dissipating the gas
    • Certain yoga positions and exercises can help you pass gas and relieve the pressure.
  • Cramping – Usually caused by excess gas and pressure, cramping can range from mild to outright painful. Definitely see your healthcare provider if the pain is significant. For more milder symptoms, some things that can help include:
    • Peppermint oil – often found in the herbal supplement section of most stores, especially natural food stores
    • Heating pad applied to abdomen
    • Eating slowly or go back to fluids for a time
    • Activated charcoal – by absorbing fluids and gas, charcoal can also relieve any subsequent cramping.
  • Belching – Often related to trapped gas, belching can be mild or extremely foul smelling and bothersome. If it is severe, we recommend seeing your provider to make sure all is okay with the balloons. Otherwise, a few tips that can help include:
    • Drink fluids regularly to rinse off the balloons
    • Activated charcoal works to absorb excess gas and fluids
    • Beano, GasEx and Phazyme can also aid in digestion as well as the absorption of gas.
  • Constipation – Due to the drastic decrease in intake and likely lack of fiber the first few weeks, constipation is a common occurrence after gastric balloon procedures. To avoid severe constipation and the discomfort and pain that can accompany, here are few tips:
    • Stool softeners – have a low threshold to use a gentle stool softener like MiraLAX, dulcolax or colace. They are non-habit forming and are not likely to cause cramping unless you’re already pretty backed up. If you are having severe pain with constipation, you might have an obstruction and should call your physician and/or go directly to the nearest emergency department.

The Serious Stuff

Above we’ve talked about some of the common, day-to-day side effects that can occur during gastric balloon weight loss but there are some things that may require immediate attention. These include:

  • Increased hunger, weight gain and no full feeling – May indicate deflation of the balloon(s), check in with your physician.
  • Increasing nausea, vomiting, or abdominal pain, inability to keep food or fluids down – May be from an obstruction, call your physician asap.
  • Intense abdominal pain, nausea or vomiting, blood in vomit or stool – May be signs of an ulceration in your stomach or intestinal tract.
  • No urination for 8-12 hours, headache, lightheadedness, increase heart rate, dry mouth or intense/constant thirst – May be signs of dehydration, contact your physician asap, you may need some IV fluids.

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Tips To Refocus And Get Back On Track

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Did you know that approximately 80% of New Year’s resolutions fail by the second week in  February?  So if you’ve found yourself falling back into old habits as the shimmer of the New Year has faded, you are not alone… and it’s not too late to get back on track!  One thing you have to remember is, you only fail if you stop trying, so any time you fall off the proverbial horse, … Get Back On!

Tips to Refocus and Get back on TrackHere are few tips to remember that can help:

  1. Visualize It – See the end goal and stay focused on that.  Also visualize the possible bumps along the way and prepare for them.  Have a plan on how you will resist temptation and avoid getting derailed.
  2. Accentuate the Positive – Focus on the positive!  There are a lot of things in life that you can’t control but you CAN control your attitude and your response to life’s challenges. Chose to be positive and move forward rather than dwelling on slip ups, etc… Move on, look ahead, take care of your self and be positive.
  3. Be Specific – Make specific goals each day that will get you closer to your long-term goal. One day at a time, the little steps will get you far.
  4. Get Competitive – Find someone who can challenge you. Secretly compete with the guy or girl you always see at the gym with the body you envy and start pushing yourself to keep up with them. Or, find a friend who will do the same and keep you accountable, you get the idea.  Make it fun and energize yourself with a challenge.
  5. Celebrate – Celebrate the little victories and the victories will get larger the more you stick with your goals. Build your confidence and you’ll be impressed at how far you can go.

Remember, you can do this!  Get back on track, keep these tips handy to remind you what you need to focus on and it’ll be easier to STAY on track.  Focus on how much you’ve invested in your health by undergoing the balloon weight loss procedure.  You are worth this and it will be worth the effort!!

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Eating With A Gastric Balloon: Making Meal Prep Easy!

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Eating with the a gastric balloon in you stomach can take some getting used to.  It will be different from how you’re used to eating…which is really the whole point of gastric balloon weight loss – learn to eat healthier portion sizes and healthier foods for long term weight loss and healthier living.  Although different, it doesn’t have to be overwhelming.  A little bit of planning and preparation will get you going in the right direction and on your way to a slimmer, healthier you.

Once you’ve completed the first week or two of a liquid to semi-liquid diet, you’ll likely be cleared by your surgeon to progress to more solid foods.  Meal prep is going to be a tremendous aid in keeping you on course.  If you haven’t done it before, meal prepping simply involves setting aside some time once or twice a week to make meals for when you’re too tired or busy to cook.  It’s like homemade TV dinners, ready and waiting for whenever you are.  Meal prepping reduces the chance of poor eating decisions dictated by hunger and tiredness.  If you don’t have a healthy meal waiting for you at home after work it can be tempting to just grab fast food because you’re hungry and don’t want to cook.  Or if you don’t have something to take to lunch, guess how easy it is just go out to eat with coworkers and be tempted to eat something you’ll regret later? It’s very easy and we’ve all been there.

So, here are a few tips that can get you in the groove of meal prepping and keep your diet and healthy lifestyle on track:

Make Your Grocery List: Have fun and mix things up a bit but plan to get certain “staples” that will be easy to incorporate into any meal. Here are some we’ve found helpful to have handy:

  • Eggs
  • Egg whites
  • Greek yogurt
  • Oats
  • Rice
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Fruits: soft fruits such as berries, bananas and other fruits if you can avoid the skins
  • Vegetables that can be cooked well
  • Protein Shakes
  • Sugar free pudding
  • Sugar free popsicles
  • Sugar free gelatin

Cooking Time: Put your favorite show on or crank the tunes and have fun while cooking your food.  Invest in some little plastic meal containers or mason jars to store your meals.  Make them easy to just grab from the fridge or freezer.

  • Marinate meats
  • Bake, broil, grill, pan-cook or crock pot it
  • Boil eggs
  • Measure out ¼ cup of oats for overnight oatmeal
  • Chop veggies to get them ready to steam or bake.
  • Bake, microwave or mash sweet potatoes
  • Cook rice or lentils

Measure Proper Portion Sizes: per meal

  • 3 ounces of meat
  • ½ cup of cooked veggies
  • ¼ cup of starch

Storage:

  • 3-4 days in the fridge
  • 2 months in the freezer

Some Pre-cooked Foods: to further help cut down on prepping.

  • Rotisserie chicken
  • Canned chicken, salmon or tuna
  • Precooked shrimp
  • Greek yogurt
  • Steam in the bag veggies
  • Microwavable brown rice
  • Low sugar instant oatmeal

Just remember, plan ahead and have fun! You can do this!

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Are You Struggling With Your Weight Loss Goals During The Holiday Season?

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Trust us you are not alone! The holiday season is a tough time to be committed to losing weight. Amazing food is all around, the stress from family being in town and the holiday shopping, oh man! Holiday shopping alone is enough to make anyone sit down with a nice treat to forget about all the craziness. Well we are here to help, come visit our Pinterest page, where we have exercise tips and tricks for any season and level. Our Healthy Recipes Board has fun and healthy recipes that look and taste even better than the classic holiday pie! Even the strongest person knows that some days it is nice to see a motivational quote to help keep pushing you on! Just Think of it this way, in 2018 when everyone is making their new year’s resolutions to better their lives, you will already be steps ahead of them. Your new years resolution will not be, “I want to better my health,” it will be, “I want to keep moving forward and keep doing what I have already been doing!” Happy Holidays to all and keep up the amazing work!

 

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HOLIDAY EATING WITH GASTRIC BALLOONS

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Sing with me now…” It’s the most wonderful time of the year” … Well, it can certainly can be, but it can also be stressful especially if you’ve just had your gastric balloons placed and are worrying about how you’re going to face all those holiday parties and piles of holiday food.  I’m sure you’re learning to adjust to eating with your balloons but navigating the season and all the eating that comes with it takes some extra planning and commitment. Not only do you want to lose weight and continue to make healthy choices, you’ll also need to remember that overeating with gastric balloons can make you feel uncomfortable.  But you CAN do it and we’re here to help. Below are a few tips to help make this season enjoyable for all, including you.

  • Go Full. Have a health snack before the party. Don’t go hungry, cookies are so much harder to resist when you’re hungry. Set yourself up for success.
  • Go SMALL. Use a small plate, take smaller portions. You can still enjoy your favorite foods but in smaller bites. This will make you feel less deprived and more comfortable because too much food will not only derail your weight loss goals but make you feel discomfort from being too full.
  • Go S-L-O-W. Graze, nibble, take a bite or two but make an extra effort to talk to your friends and family. Make your focus about the people who are around you not the food.
  • Go Around the Room. Don’t hover around the kitchen, buffet or table of goodies. Work the room, say “Hi” to Aunt Sally and put your back to the food if you need to.
  • Go for A Walk. Catch up with an old friend or family member and invite them to go for a walk or go run an errand for the host. Get moving and stay active not only to stay away from the food but to keep up with your weight loss.
  • Go Home. When it gets tough, have a plan of escape. Go to the gathering, make an appearance, spend time with friends and family, be social, have fun but go home if you feel the pressure and temptation start to build.  Have an excuse ready or just say it’s time for you to go. You’ve invested a lot in your health. Staying too long is not worth the risk.

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Is Stress Eating Affecting Your Weight Loss?

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Let’s admit it, life is stressful.  We have several options for dealing with stress and for many, eating is one of them.  Turning to food when stressed and looking for comfort is not surprising or unusual.  It’s actually biological.  When stressed, our bodies release the hormones commonly known as adrenaline and cortisol.  These hormones work to prepare our bodies and minds for whatever challenges we are (or think we are) being faced with.  Adrenaline, also known as epinephrine, prepares our body for the “fight or flight” response and may temporarily suppress appetite in order to prepare for “battle”.  However, if the body remains under a steady stream of attack from stress, cortisol is released in order keep the body alert and motivated.  Alert and motivated, however, often increases appetite and motivates one to eat more frequently and in larger amounts.

And get this, stress also has a favorite food.  I’m sure you guessed it’s not salad.  Unfortunately, foods high in fat and sugar are the main cravings of stress. They seem to actually “comfort” the brain through a feedback mechanism that counteracts the effects of stress.  Parts of the brain that produce and stimulate stress and related emotions are lessened when fatty or sugary foods are ingested.  Calorie dense and palatable food seem to play a role in a reward system that scientists are still trying to fully understand.  Studies (and personal experience) show that tasty food can stimulate a euphoric (heavenly) sensation similar to what opioid based pain medications do.  They believe that this is why stress eating can not only be comforting but also addicting.1  Sadly, in this case what comforts us could eventually hurts us.

So now that we know why we stress eat and how stress can contribute to weight gain, the big question is HOW CAN WE PREVENT STRESS EATING to begin with??  Knowing the dangers of stress eating is the first step.  If you don’t know your weaknesses you won’t know how to protect yourself.  The following tips are some techniques that can foster healthy coping tactics when stress leads you to the refrigerator.

Tips to Avoid Stress Eating:

  1. Eliminate Temptations – If those fatty or sugary foods are not accessible, you can’t eat them.  No need making weight loss harder than it already is.  If you’ve made a decision to lose weight, set yourself up for success.  Remove the calorie dense junk food and sugary drinks from your home and workplace, if possible.  Fill it up with healthier choices, fruits, veggies, nuts, etc… When you’re hungry, you’re going to eat what’s in front of you.  If you find that after a while, eating carrots does not satisfy you, you’ll soon drop eating as a coping mechanism for stress. If not, then at least you’re eating carrots and not cookies.
  2. Exercise – Exercising releases endorphins, those “feel good” hormones.  These endorphins also serve to lower cortisol levels and remember, cortisol can contribute to sustained levels of increased appetite and thus overeating.  The exercise doesn’t have to be tortuous running (unless, of course, you like running) but for those a little less motivated at first, just go for a walk, do some jumping jacks or an exercise DVD in your living room.  Just get moving!  It works, it really does.
  3. Keep Busy – Find a hobby, plan your day, especially on the weekends or when you’re not working or otherwise occupied.  Temptations sneak in when you’re not prepared and vulnerable.  Boredom is a true friend of mindless and stress eating.  Again, set yourself up for success, plan ahead and plan for possible temptations along the way.  Hobbies and other non-eating activities that keep you occupied are a great way to release stress and avoid stress eating.
  4. Meditation – Taking deep breaths from the diaphragm while quieting the mind has not only be shown to reduce stress but it in turn reduces blood pressure, improve digestion, reduce cortisol levels, enhance mood and sharpen mental capabilities.  When the urge to eat in order to cope with stress surfaces, meditate instead.  Try this: Inhale while counting to five, then exhale as you count to five, then repeat.  Aim for at least 5 minutes of meditation at a time.
  5. Engage Your Support System – If you have one, use it.  Be sure they are aware of your goals and will help you stick with them. Just being a loved one doesn’t count.  Loved ones may love you but may not always be a great support system if they don’t truly understand what you need when you’re stressed and wanting to avoid stress eating.  For those who are serious about losing weight or have undergone a weight loss procedure like balloon weight loss, choosing a friend or family to act like a “sponsor” does in AA for alcoholics, is recommended.  Having an individual who agrees to be the go to person when temptation strikes, can be invaluable.
  6. Stop and Think – Most stress eating happens in a split second.  You feel stressed, your body knows food makes it feel good, your hand reaches for food and before you know it, it’s in your mouth…  If you could just take a minute to stop, think about whether or not this food is worth it, weigh the pros and cons and determine if its in accordance to your goals, 9 times out of 10, you will probably avoid stress eating and find another way to cope.

If you’ve made the decision to lose weight, whether through a weight loss procedure like gastric balloon weight loss or through diet and exercise alone, you need to recognize the dangers of stress eating.  As we outlined above, there is a biological reason why eating comforts us but it can get out control and even become an addiction so the first thing is to be aware.  Next, you need to plan and set yourself up for success.  You can do this.

If you would like to learn more about the Gastric Balloon or to see if you qualify for the Gastric Balloon we have many tools to help. If you are not finding a doctor in your area or not seeing the answer to your question please feel free to reach out to us. Our goal is to inform everyone about all of their weight loss options and put you in contact with a doctor in your area.

References:

  1. Stress, eating and the reward system; Adam TC, Epel ES.; Physiol Behav. 2007;91(4):449-58. Epub 2007 Apr 14.

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What Is BMI & How Is It Connected To My Weight & Health?

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You’ve probably heard of the Body Mass Index (BMI), a measurement that medical professionals, insurance companies and researchers have used to categorize obesity.  For the past several decades, the BMI has been used as an easy way to monitor trends in obesity for researchers, but when the medical community started using it widely for individuals, they noticed that it doesn’t quite provide the whole picture of health.

While it does provide valuable information regarding societal trends, especially in regards to keeping track of and preventing childhood obesity, the BMI has several limitations when it comes to measuring an individual’s health in terms of weight. One of the biggest limitations of the BMI is that is doesn’t distinguish between fat and muscle, which can be an issue for those who are athletic. An average professional football player, for instance, might have a BMI of 31.35, which is considered obese according to BMI measurements.  Yet he is more fit and has less body fat than his normal BMI peers. Athletes aren’t alone, many individuals categorized as overweight or obese according to the BMI may simply have a broad frame or are muscular yet have very little body fat.

Another limitation to the BMI is race and age. For example, those of African descent genetically tend towards having more muscle than fat compared to Caucasians. Another paradox is that Asians are more prone to heart disease despite their tendency to have lower BMIs. The BMI also fails to take into account growth spurts that children go through. When boys go through puberty they add muscle rapidly yet girls will add fat during puberty, the BMI will miss that nuance as well.

So what can we do? How do we judge health? Do we forget about weight measurement altogether and just eat healthy and work out? Just focus on decreasing blood pressure, blood sugar and unhealthy fats? Well, yes but…

Unfortunately, studies show that those who are “Fit but Fat” can still have a high risk of heart disease just because they are overweight or obese. A new study published in the European Heart Journal highlights one of the dominating controversies in the health world: Can you really be “fat but fit?”1. Researchers provide evidence that carrying too much extra weight still hurts your heart, even if your other risk factors, like blood pressure, blood sugar and triglycerides are kept pretty low with diet and exercise.

Over 520,000 people were follow for 12 years and then evaluated to see who developed heart disease. Result showed that overweight and obese people who did not have common risk factors for heart disease like high blood pressure, high triglycerides, low “good” cholesterol, high blood sugar, were still 26% more likely having heart disease than their non-obese/overweight counterparts. Meaning, weight still increases one’s risk of developing heart disease despite having low risk factors. Argh!

So how do we measure “health” in terms of weight if the BMI doesn’t provide a perfect picture and just keeping risk factors low doesn’t necessarily solve the problem either? Being within the normal weight range for your height IN ADDITION to having low blood pressure, low blood sugar and plenty of “good cholesterol” is obviously the key but are there better ways to measure obesity that would give a more accurate representation of one’s health?

One solution may be measuring waist circumference. It’s different for men and women, but studies show that for those who carry more fat around the waist compared to the rest of their body, the risk for heart disease and type 2 diabetes increases dramatically. For women the goal is to have a waist circumference less than 35 inches and for men it should be less than 40 inches. To accurately measure your waist, stand and place a tape measure around your middle, just above your hipbones not at your bellybutton (if your belly button falls there fine, but the measurement should be right above your hip bones. Don’t cheat and suck it, measure your waist just after you breathe out but do stand up straight.

As seen in the European Heart Journal study and several others, the threat for people who tend to be fit, but have big bellies is real. This belly fat can be a greater risk factor for heart disease than any other kind. A study in The Journal Frontiers in Public Health found that using BMI as the lone measure missed 50% of cases of people who had what was determined to be dangerous fat that could hurt their health2. 50%!! Co-author of that study, Paul Laursen prefers the term “overfat” rather “overweight,” because, fat not overall weight, is what negatively affects one’s health.  “We shouldn’t be as worried about the weight. What we should really be worried about is fat…where your fat is concentrated,” according to Laursen. The BMI fails to identify the degree of one’s fat and its concentration on the body.

So again, what do we do now? Should BMI be totally thrown out? Probably not, but time will tell. In the meantime, here’s what you can do:

  1. Keep risks low: Focus on lower blood pressure, low blood sugar and increasing your “good” cholesterol by eating healthy and exercising – all proven methods to keeping heart risk low.
  2. Decrease your weight circumference: Are your risk factors low but you still have fat around the middle? Don’t fool yourself into thinking it’s harmless and that only the blood tests matter. Consider gastric balloon weight loss or other weight loss procedures to help shrink that middle if diet and exercise alone are doing it.

Read more about the BMI and in this article recently published on CNN:

http://www.cnn.com/2017/08/16/health/bmi-measure-fat-questions/index.html

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References:

  1. Lassale C, Tzoulaki I, Moons KGM, et al. Separate and combined associations of obesity and metabolic health with coronary heart disease: a pan-European case-cohort analysis. European Heart Journal. Published online August 14 2017
  2. Maffetone PB, Rivera-Dominguez I, Laursen PB. Overfat and underfat: new terms and definitions long overdue. Front Public Health. 2016;4:279. [PMC free article] [PubMed]

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4 Ways To Care For Your Self To Ensure Weight Loss Success

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Whether you’re just starting on your journey to a healthier you, have already taken the steps towards a procedure like balloon weight loss or have already undergone bariatric surgery, you have probably realized that taking care of yourself is key to your health and success. However, if you haven’t realized it yet, now is the time…

Maybe you spend all of your time caring for and looking after others, leaving scraps of time for yourself, if any at all. Have you thought about how that may have contributed to (or is contributing to) your weight difficulties and perhaps suboptimal health? Have you considered how by taking better care of yourself, you’ll be better adept at caring for others plus provide a healthier example to those around you? By caring for yourself in the sense of taking the steps towards weight loss, you’ll not only be thinner but healthier, stronger, more energetic and likely happier. Balloon weight loss and other procedures can help in achieving a healthier weight, however, if you don’t continue to the process of self care, it’s easy to revert back to old habits of neglecting your health and likely your weight.4 Ways To Care For Your Self To Ensure Weight Loss Success

 

A lot of focus is placed on the idea of self-care these days, particularly as it relates to those who spend their time caring for others such as mothers, fathers, and other caregivers. I believe it is a healthy and useful awareness that can lead to an improved quality of life and development of inner peace and happiness. In this chaotic society where unimportant things somehow get prioritized as urgent too often, we could all use a little more peace and self-care, don’t you think? Instead of just surviving, we need to be thriving!

Just think about it… how can you help others when you, yourself are running on fumes?  Everyone benefits if we take care of ourselves because it frees up a greater reservoir of emotional and physical resources for ourselves AND others.

Here’s how to set yourself up for success:

 

  1. Have a Little Compassion – We all have regrets but give yourself a break. Mistakes are meant to be learning experiences. You can allow those regrettable experiences, big or small indefinitely plague you with guilt keep you down OR you can let it fuel your determination to make better decisions in the future. If you keep beating yourself up about things you get no-where. Why let those poor decision define you? Shrug it off, give yourself a little love and get back on the horse for bigger and better things. By having a generous spirit towards yourself, you can calmly and honestly assess how contributing factors, such as fatigue, stress, anger, etc… may be influencing things. Then you can more adequately recognize what may help you make better decisions in the future. You can turn that regretted decision into empowerment. Multiple things in life benefit from this rule but weight loss especially. Your journey to weight loss success will be peppered with temptation, you’ll win some and you’ll lose some but success is only forfeited if you don’t get back on track. So if you do find yourself regretting that little (or big) indulgence, forgive yourself, get over it and get re-focused on your goals.
  2. Be Honest – Admitting that many aspects in life are difficult can help you face it head on and avoid the pitfalls of disillusionment and depression. Weight loss is not easy. Life is not easy and you will not always have the support or energy to fly through obstacles like you’d like to. So being honest with yourself can help you prepare for hard times and validate the pain and frustration you may be experiencing. Like I mentioned above, have compassion on yourself and be your best support when you can’t seem to find it from others.
  3. Be Your Best Friend – Support from others is awesome but not always there. You, however, are. Be your best support system, commit to being your own cheerleader and confidant. If you go through balloon weight loss or any other program to lose weight or take care of yourself in any other way, you need you. So often we think being our worst critic helps us try harder… WRONG! We need to be our best friend and stop fretting when others aren’t always there to support us because let’s face it, no matter how awesome your friends and loved ones are, they can’t be there for you ALL the time, not the way you can.
  4. Count Your Blessings – I know you’ve heard it before and it may seem remedial but it’s really true and really paramount to getting through obstacles in life, including the ones you’ll encounter when going through your weight loss journey. Life is hard, it will have struggles, heartaches, disappointment, inconsistencies and be down right not fair BUT there are beautiful aspects of life and those who learn to focus on those things will always find ways to keep going and succeed. Humor yourself and just try it on those crappy, “things can’t get any worse days”…over and over count even the tiniest of benefits (even if it’s just the air you are breathing), give yourself a little love and keep going…

 

Loving and caring for yourself is not selfish, it actually helps you love others more and it has been proven time and time again to increase energy, provide inner peace, reduce stress hormones, increase life expectancy and add a little pep in your step. Success in anything including weight loss will be multiplied if you invest in caring for yourself.

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Exercise Tips After Gastric Balloon Weight Loss Surgery

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Undergoing balloon weight loss surgery is just the start of the journey. The gastric balloon will serve as a valuable tool to help you learn healthier eating habits such as eating smaller, healthier meals. Once the weight starts falling off, exercising will help continue and maintain your weight loss. 

Although the recovery period from balloon weight loss surgery is not nearly as involved as other bariatric surgeries, you will need a few days to get used to the balloon in your stomach and so exercising right away may not be recommended.  Be sure to ask your bariatric surgeon when you can start to exercise.

Once you are able, get excited!!  You are on the way to the new you! Here are some tips that can help keep you motivated and safe:

  1. Ease Into It
  • Give yourself some time to ease into a regular fitness routine. No one runs 26 miles on day one when preparing to run a marathon. Spend some time thinking of how you’re going to work up to where you want to be. Maybe that means walking for 20 minutes for a few days then up to 30 minutes for a few days then upwards, etc… You can even add brief little intervals of speed walking or jogging. Do what you’re comfortable with at first but make sure you get to the point where you are constantly challenging yourself.
  1. Set Goals and Stick to Them
  • You gotta do this part. Be realistic but optimistic and confident. You can do this. Then stick to it. Once you set your goals, don’t think about whether or not you feel like exercising that day, just do it like it’s an appointment on your calendar. You’ll be glad you did.
  1. Add Variety
  • Keep it interesting but have a rotation schedule. Doing the same thing day after day, gets boring quickly and it’s easy to lose motivation. For example, alternate cardio with weights and add a day or two of yoga to keep you balanced (in more ways that one). Variety also keeps challenging the body so you’re less likely to avoid hitting a plateau in your weight loss journey.
  1. Crank Up the Tunes
  • Feeling blah? Tired? Crank up the tunes! It’s amazing how music can change our emotions and energy. Pick out some dance music or chose the Dance Cardio station on Pandora, make your own playlist or find some already made one’s online. Turn it up and move that body! Here is a link with some popular workout songs: www.popsugar.com/fitness/Top-100-Workout-Songs-1851867
  1. Get Your Style On
  • Don’t go out and buy a ton of new workout clothes since you’re body is going to continue to change but get yourself motivated with some new tennies or other gear. A lot of people find a fitness tracker, such as a Fitbit helpful in tracking not only your physical activity, heart rate, and calories burned but it can also be linked with apps like myfitnesspal which subtracts calories burned from calories eaten. There are so many cool gadgets out there for fitness and I’m sure more are on the horizon. Here are a few to check out: www.menshealth.com/fitness/best-high-tech-fitness-gear/slide/3
  1. Pump it Up
  • Strength training is investing in those nonstop calorie burning machines known as muscles. Just invest 30-60 minutes of focused strength training such as body weight exercises and lifting weights and those muscles will continue to burn calories while you rest. Saweet!!  Do some research and start small but don’t be afraid to work up to more weights and different exercises so that you are consistently challenging yourself.  Meet with a trainer or find a friend who can show you a few form tips in order to prevent injury.
  1. Have FUN!!
  • Last but definitely not least, have fun!! Don’t do an exercise you abhore.  There are plenty of ways to exercise, you don’t need to do what others do.  Find an exercise that you enjoy and make it work for you.  We’ve found that some of the best exercise programs for balloon weight loss patients include a combination of strength training, endurance (ex. walking, biking, swimming), and flexibility (ex. stretching and yoga).

If you would like to learn more about the Gastric Balloon or to see if you qualify for the Gastric Balloon we have many tools to help. If you are not finding a doctor in your area or not seeing the answer to your question please feel free to reach out to us. Our goal is to inform everyone about all of their weight loss options and put you in contact with a doctor in your area.

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The Cost Of NOT Doing Balloon Weight Loss

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WOW!! This might just shock you!

In our previous blog we talked about the cost of balloon weight loss procedures along with possible pre and post procedure expenses. However, people often forget to consider the costs of NOT losing weight with a procedure like balloon weight loss or other modalities.  Most people don’t realize how very costly obesity can be.  The statistics aren’t hard to find and a research report produced by the Department of Health and Health Safety at George Washington University, in Washington D.C., calculated just how costly it is to individuals who are obese and overweight in the United States1.

Consider this…

The Cost Of NOT Doing Balloon Weight Loss

Compared to a healthy weight individual….

  • An overweight man pays… $432 more per year
  • An overweight woman pay… $524 more per year
  • An obese man pays… $2646 more per year
  • An obese woman pays… $4879 more per year… in direct medical costs.

Why is this?

  1. Medical Visits: Visits to the doctor will be more frequent if you have diabetes, heart disease, high cholesterol, fatty liver, skin conditions or heartburn, all of which are more common in those who are overweight and obese.
  • Cost of primary care costs for the obese are 39% higher than their healthy-weight counterparts2
  • For those who are overweight it is 36%2
  1. Prescription costs: Type II Diabetes requires daily medications, sometimes insulin which requires syringes and needles, sharps containers and blood sugar monitors. High blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease and acid reflux often require medications on a daily basis as well.
  • Those who are obese with a BMI ≥ 30 have 105% higher prescription costs2 Whoa! 105%!!
  • Those who are overweight (BMI 25–29) have 37% higher prescription costs than the healthy-weight group2
  1. Medical Testing: Routine labs for diabetes, heart disease, fatty liver are often required every few months.
  2. Health Insurance: Insurance premiums are typically higher for obese individuals because obese men and women are more likely to have pre-existing chronic medical conditions and the increased risk for medical problems and death.

On the job front, being overweight or obese can hurt the paycheck as well…

  • Obese employees earn approximately $3.41 less per hour than healthier weight employees, difference is greatest between obese women and healthy weight women, about 11%.
  • Obesity related absenteeism is 56% greater than for non-obese employees leading to loss of income if the sick days exceeds allowed time off, or if paid hourly and may possibly led to even loss of employment.
  • Obese individual are less likely to ask for raises or be promoted due to less self-confidence.

Other Costs:

  • Larger clothes especially if they need to be custom made are more expense
  • Gas expenditures are more expensive for those who weigh more
  • Life insurance premiums are higher because the higher the BMI goes, the higher the risk of death:
    • BMI 30-34.9 = 44% greater risk of death
    • BMI 35-39.9 = 88% greater risk of death
    • BMI 40-49.9 = 250% greater risk of death!!!!!!

Do you know your BMI? Use our BMI calculator to see if you are at risk.

Speaking of life and death, you can’t put a price tag on your life.  Considering both the cost of life and money, you can’t afford to stay overweight or obese.  Losing weight, whether through balloon weight loss or other, is an investment in yourself.  And, YOU ARE WORTH EVERY PENNY!

Find out if you qualify for the Gastric Balloon Weight Loss Procedure, Or find a qualified doctor in your area!

References:

  1. Dor, A., Ferguson, C., Langwith, C., & Tan, E. (2010). A heavy burden: The individual costs of being overweight and obese in the United States. Washington, D.C.: Department of Health Policy, School of Public Health and Health Services, The George Washington University.
  2. Hammond, Ross A., and Ruth Levine. 2010. “The Economic Impact of Obesity in the United States,” Diabetes, Metabolic Syndrome and Obesity: Targets and Therapy 3: 285–295.

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