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Reasons You Should Lift To Lose Weight

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Do a quick search on how to lose weight and you will come across numerous articles and studies that support the idea that you need to lift weights to lose weight. Lifting weights on a regular basis appears to give a significant boost to weight loss by increasing metabolism and giving individuals who lift weights a lower risk for belly fat, cancer, heart disease and stress (and boy, we can all use less of that!).

Here are 10 Reasons You Should Lift to Lose:

1. Lifting Weights Burns More Calories

After lifting weights, studies show that your muscles continue to burn calories at rest. Yes, that means you are burning calories as you kick back and recover from a good weight lifting workout. Researchers found that individuals who worked out three large muscle areas, raised their metabolism for 39 hours afterwards. How sweet is that?!

2. Lifting Burns More Fat

Lifting weights not only burns more calories in the long run, but it also burns approximately 40% more fat than cardio workouts. Researchers find that dieters who lift weights lose primarily fat whereas those who do not lift lose fat and muscle. Dieters who do not lift weights may have better numbers on the scale (not always) but body fat measurements are much less for those who lift weights, not to mention the sculpted image in the mirror, oh la la!

3. Lifting Reduces Stress

Studies show that those who are physically fit are also more likely to be emotionally fit. Levels of stress hormones tend to be less in those who regularly pump iron and after stressful situations, those with higher muscle mass have lower blood pressures compared to those with lower muscle mass.

4. Lifting Helps Clothes Fit Better

Did you know that one pound of muscles takes up 18 percent LESS space than fat? That means that an individual with more muscle than someone with the same weight and body type will have a more slender body profile and more likely a smaller waist equating to better fitting clothes. How nice is that?!

5. Lifting Strengthens Bones

As we age, especially women, our bones will start to lose strength and we are at an increased risk for fractures and the annoying down time that none of have (not to mention the fact that those over age 50 who break their hip, have an increased risk of death within the next 5-10 years, eek!). To prevent bone loss and even build new bone, weight training is strongly recommended. Studies in postmenopausal women, who are the highest risk for decreased bone density, show that those who participated in weight training significantly increased their bone density. Increased muscle mass also improves balance and coordination in older individuals which also reduces the risk of falls and broken bones.

6. Lifting Increases Productivity

This is one your boss will like: Lifting weights and building muscle mass can increase one’s productivity. Studies show that individuals are more productive on the days they workout compared to days they did not. They were not only 15% more productive, but less stressed and typically more satisfied at their job, another bonus! So when you’re thinking another hour at work and not the gym would be more productive, think again.

7. Lifting Boosts Brain Power

A study done in Brazil found that weight lifting and resistance training boost brain function. Individuals who lift weights have better short and long-term memory, stronger attention spans and improved verbal reasoning.

7. Lifting Enhances Mood

You’ve heard of the runner’s high and zen invoking yoga but researchers have also found that weight training three times a week significantly improved scores regarding anger and happiness. Happiness is further enhanced when weight lifting improves one’s confidence and body image. WIN, WIN!

8. Lifting Increases Life Span

A study conducted at the University of South Carolina concluded that higher total body strength coincides with a lower risk of death from cardiovascular disease and cancer. Other studies found that those who focused on strength training during middle age were more likely to live until age of 85 without developing significant health conditions.

9. Lifting Improved Heart Health

Researchers have also found that heart health improves with weight training. In a study performed at the University of Michigan, individuals who did total-body weight training three times a week for two months decreased their diastolic blood pressure by eight points which, according to scientists, translates into a reduced risk of heart attack by 15% and a reduced risk of having a stroke by 40%. Not too shabby!

So if you want to lose weight, watch what you eat but also pump that iron! Lift those weights to lose the weight! You can do it!

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Apps for Weight Loss Success

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Apps for Weight Loss Success

If you’re like me you probably have more apps than you need but a weight loss/fitness app can be a vital part to your success if you’re trying lose weight and live a healthier life. With more than a third of American adults identified as obese and 77% of the adult population with smartphones, diet trackers and fitness apps are a no brainer in our society. But with upwards of 20,000 apps that aim to help you lose weight and boost fitness how do you choose?! I was seriously overwhelmed at first but you don’t have to be. Here I’ve listed out a few of the top rated fitness and diet apps that have helped MILLIONS of others.

LoseIt!

Lose It! uses the time-tested calorie tracking method to help with weight loss and maintenance. With your unique profile details and goal weight, they calculate a daily calorie budget that will help you best attain your goal in a healthy manner. After that, you simply track your food, weight, and activity on a regular basis. It’s popular and extremely easy to use.

This app uses an extensive database equipped with a handy barcode scanner that scans prepackaged foods with your smartphone. You can also log in foods by simply taking a photo! It can also connect with fitness trackers like the Fitbit products, Misfit trackers, Google Fit, and many more. You can even create games and challenges for yourself, with friends or other user of the LoseIt! community.

Other features include meal targets, meal planning and feedback regarding patterns and even personal insights you can input to help identify what’s helping or hurting your progress. The app is free but has upgrades that provide additional help for a fee. Apparently premium members report three times as much weight loss as those of users who do not pay anything. That could also be a result of a higher level of commitment, if you pay for something, you’re more likely to really use it.

Learn more about the Loseit! app at http://www.loseit.com.

MyFitnessPal

As part of the UnderArmour kingdom, MyFitnessPal is one of, if not the most popular health and fitness app. Similar to the Loseit! app, MyFitnessPal uses calorie counting as its foundation and boasts the largest food database, including global items, cuisines and countless restaurant menu items. After creating a simple profile with current weight, activity level and goals, it will formulate an appropriate daily calorie budget to help you get to your weight loss goal in certain time frame.

In addition to just tracking calories, MyFitnessPal keeps track of your water intake, macronutrient intake, cardio and strength exercises. It will also sync to other fitness devices such as  Fitbit, Jawbone, Garmin, MapMyFitness, Runkeeper, Misfit, and several more, more than fifty total. The steps from these devices automatically upload to the app and figure into your calorie budget for the day.

Their extensive community helps with motivation and support with stories, pictures and tips. Newsfeed updates and charts keep track of your progress and allows you to share them others, adding accountability to the support the community can provide.

You can learn more about MyFitnessPal at https://www.myfitnesspal.com

SparkPeople

Another 5 star fitness app is SparkPeople. SparkPeople has helped millions of people reach their goals with customized workout and meal plans, essentially acting as a personal diet and lifestyle coach. The app includes a calorie counter with a large database, a barcode scanner and it’s meal planner offers additional help by creating customized meal plans based on your food preferences and goals.

Their fitness tracker tracks cardio and strength exercises, including reps and sets while also providing short demos to help users avoid injuries and get the most out of their exercise. SparkPeople has a wealth of articles and nutritious recipes from dietitians, nutritionists and lifestyle coaches to help guide weight loss and healthier living. Numerous fitness devices such as FitBit, MapMyFitness, Runkeeper, Garmin and many more also sync up with the SparkPeople app helping keep everything in one place.

Motivation and support is provided by their worldwide community, dietitians, personal trainers and other experts. Their website is full of articles, recipes, advice, motivational stories and exercise demos.

For more information on SparkPeople, check them out at https://www.sparkpeople.com

Noom

Advertised as “The Last Weight Loss Program You’ll Ever Need”, Noom helps users attain health goals through a proven psychology-based approach that helps identify thought patterns and emotional triggers that may be contributing to health obstacles. By focusing on habits and belief systems, Noom aims to help users transform their lifestyle by not only creating a custom diet and fitness plan but by also changing the way they think and see things. Their approach teaches users to identify mental roadblocks and control triggers in order “trick” their body into adopting healthier habits so they lose weight faster and “for good”.

Like other fitness and diet apps, there is an extensive database of foods to help track calories as well as log exercise and even blood pressure and blood glucose. The team of experts include physicians, nutritionists, psychologists and personal trainers who provide feedback and help design customized plans to achieve short and long term goals while a robust community provides support and encouragement. The app also comes supplied with endless articles, tips, recipes, a barcode scanner and even a battery-friendly pedometer to track your steps.

To learn more about Noom, check them out at www.noom.com

Honestly, they’re all pretty impressive and very helpful to say the least. Do yourself a huge favor and pick one of them. If you’ve invested in yourself by have gastric balloon procedure or other weight loss procedure, don’t pass on one of these essential tools to help you lose the weight, keep it off and live healthier for the rest of your life. You are worth it!

“We live in the information age, but information is not always enough. Apps are something bigger than ourselves, allowing for a sense of community, recognition, accomplishment and sharing… Having a weight-loss app on your phone is like having a string around your finger reminding you to act,” said lifestyle expert Jeff Halevy, former Today Show fitness correspondent.

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Protein, Your Weight Loss SuperStar

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Whether you’ve just had a gastric balloon procedure or simply interested in learning healthier eating habits, you’ve likely heard that a diet rich in protein is key for weight loss success. Protein is a superstar when it comes to weight loss. It is a rich energy source that has been proven to satisfy hunger longer than any other type of food source. And we all know that anything that will keep those hunger pangs appeased is important when trying to avoid those merciless cravings.

Protein is also essential for increasing your lean muscle mass which in turn improves your metabolism, the process that makes calorie burning more efficient. Muscles are beautiful metabolism machines and actually burn calories when you’re at rest. Can I get a “Hooray!”? In addition to increasing your metabolism, muscles also protects your bones and help prevent injuries. They also look pretty good on you too!

Certain foods pack more protein than others helping you get to your weight loss goals faster.

Here are few that should be a regular on your grocery list and menu:

    1. Chicken Breast:

      No surprise here. Chicken thankfully is easy to come by and there is no shortage of healthy ways to fix it. A skinless, boneless breast of chicken will give you a whooping 26 grams of protein for about 130 calories depending on how you cook it. It’s tasty, versatile and extremely satisfying.

    2. Eggs: 

      Protein, Your Weight Loss SuperStar

Like chicken, eggs are another easy way to get a good amount of protein. Two large eggs will get you about 14 grams of calories for just 140 calories. The protein and fat in the yolks will keep glucose levels nice and stable which in turn keeps cravings at bay. Eggs are a great way to start the day or can be easily fixed as an afternoon or late night snack. There are endless ways to fix them so let your creative juices run wild or you can just them boil them.

  1. Salmon:

    Wild-caught salmon is the best if you can get your hands on some. Wild salmon is about 32% less calories than farmed salmon and just three ounces of it delivers 22g protein and about 155 calories. Additionally, salmon is packed with healthy omega-3 fatty acids that are known to boost fat-burning processes and stave off cravings. Salmon is also high in B vitamins, potassium, antioxidants and other good-for-you nutrients.

  2. Tuna:

    Another great source of those fat-burning omega-3s and protein is tuna. A 3-ounce portion of canned tuna packs 16 grams of protein without breaking the bank. A can of tuna usually runs around $2 a can and stores nicely for an extended period of time. Canned tuna is a staple for weight loss. A piece of advice though: think twice before eating it for lunch at work, you may be sitting alone. You’re welcome.

  3. Pork Tenderloin:

    A tasty pork tenderloin can easily give you a solid 26 grams of protein for just about 160 calories. Pork tenderloin is always an excellent choice for a nice meal without making you feel like you’re dieting. There are also several studies out there which show that those who ate 6 ounces of pork tenderloin daily were more likely to maintain lean muscle mass and lose more weight than those who did not eat lean pork.

  4. Lentils:

    Lentils are legumes like peas and beans. They aren’t super common in our western diet but are amazing little powerhouses of protein. One cup of cooked lentils will provide 18 grams of protein. They also pack in a huge amount of fiber, about 15 grams which will help slow digestion and keep you feeling full longer. Lentils can be found pre-packaged or in dry form at your local grocery store. Unlike beans, they don’t have to be presoaked and are easily cooked by boiling. Add a little garlic, cumin or other seasoning and they make a great addition to any meal, especially soups and salads.

  5. Cottage Cheese:

    Just one cup of low-fat cottage cheese can deliver 28g of satisfying protein for just 163 calories. That’s more protein than a chicken breast! In addition to being a protein champ, it’s inexpensive and requires no preparation unless you want to get creative. It’s also great in smoothies, by the way. Know a health nut? I bet cottage cheese is in their fridge.

So now to eat healthy, stock up on protein, treat it like the weight loss superstar it is and get a little bit of it in every meal. You’ll be a believer in no time!

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Weight Loss & Its Emotional Roller Coaster Ride

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You’ve dreamt of this moment… the glorious moment when the pounds drop off and your joy soars. While there is definitely a huge sense of happiness and accomplishment that accompanies weight loss, it’s not uncommon for emotions to go on a roller coaster ride after achieving significant weight loss success. Eating, body image and emotions are so closely tied that it is irresponsible to think that changes in weight is purely physical. Emotions along with body perception and more have to readjust as you become acquainted with your new physical appearance. In order to make the ride a little less jarring, we’ve listed below some common emotional obstacles that weight loss patients may encounter on their journey.

Grief

Your relationship with food will have to change in order to lose weight and doing so often creates a sense of mourning and grief. People who must step away from eating certain foods or amounts of food can easily go into a state of mourning. While the change is good, it’s not easy and as with other forms of grief, if you expect it and and allow it to occur in a healthy way, the easier it is to then move past it. So recognize that there will be a grieving period. Let it happen, get it out, have a going away party and then move on.

Insecurity

It is no surprise that food can be a comfort and security to a lot of people regardless of weight.  Occasionally it may be more so to those who have been outcast or marginalized by others in society because of their weight. Food never judges and it always present. Eating certain foods can also have a real chemical reactions in the brain that although misleading and fleeting, create a sense of comfort and pleasure. To lose weight and keep it off means seeing food as a source of security and comfort needs to end. This new relationship with food can then fuel a sense of insecurity as individuals find healthier sources of security.

Relationship Challenges

As individuals adjust their relationship with food, relationships with others take on a new shape as well and that alone carries special challenges. Add to that an new body and although good and positive, the new attention and compliments can become overwhelming. It’s not uncommon for some to find compliments and attention actually difficult to accept especially if comments were much more harsh and shameful from the same individuals in the past. Resentment, anger, shame and anxiety can easily accompany or overshadow the positive intentions of compliments and those who experience this should not be ashamed. Counseling and awareness can help individuals understand their feelings and know how to address them better in order to have the best possible outcome of their weight loss. Also, new relationships are likely to sprout after individuals find increased self-confidence and embark on new adventures. Old relationships may change or even die off due to the inability or willingness to adjust to the new changes. Knowing this may happen can help prepare you for the possibility.

Identity Issues

After a dramatic weight loss, many individuals find it difficult to identify with their new body. Many describe it as being surreal almost like an out of body experience when they look at the mirror and see a drastically different person looking back at them. Shopping and clothing selection can understandably be overwhelming and confusing. Some wear their old baggy clothes even years after weight loss due to the emotional comfort it provides.

All these emotions and many more are not uncommon on the emotional roller coaster ride that often accompanies drastic weight loss. Knowing what to expect can help individuals who undergo weight loss procedures, like the gastric balloon, brace themselves for the ride and come out smiling in the end. Most weight loss clinics are aware of the dizzying ride many of their clients will take after weight loss procedures which is why the majority strongly encourage and offer counseling with a specialized psychologist or weight loss coach. Take advantage of these services because your relationship with food is just that, a relationship and as we all know, relationships are complicated.

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Size Does Matter In Weight Loss

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When it comes to eating healthy and losing weight, what you eat matters but the size of your portions may be even more important. When it comes to portions, size does matter.

Size matters especially if you have had a balloon weight loss procedure or considering one. How much you eat at a time will not only make a difference in how much weight you lose but in how you’ll feel afterwards.

Eating too much at one time will make anyone uncomfortable but when you have a balloon in your stomach, that discomfort can be very unpleasant and accompanied by nausea, vomiting and bloating.

If you haven’t realized it yet, eating is so much more than just getting nutrients to survive. For humans eating is very mental and emotional. When you realize this, you’ll realize you have the power to control your eating habits rather than letting them control you.

Take portion sizes for example… studies show that just by putting your food on a smaller plate, you’ll still feel satisfied and serve yourself 10% less than if you ate of a larger plate. 10% can add up to hundreds of calories less a day!

Seriously, if you put the same amount of food on a large plate and a small plate, you’ll see how much more satisfying the smaller plate looks. The large plate, however, has empty spots on it making your mind think you’re eating a very small amount and therefore, you’re likely to still be hungry and go back for seconds or find something else to eat.

Just think of all the psychology and mental tricks advertisers do to get you to eat. Vibrant colors, large pictures, descriptive words and numerous other tricks are used to entice your senses. There is a reason your mouth waters when certain commercials come on or you think of how a specific food makes you feel. Well, you can use those same types of tricks to help you feel more satisfied with healthier foods and portions sizes.

You may not think you can be fooled but evidence shows that the brain can be tricked and if it’s a goal of yours to lose weight and adopt healthier eating habits, why not try it? You have nothing to lose, except weight and poor eating habits.

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What to Know & Ask When Choosing a Balloon Weight Loss Specialist

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Questions to Ask When Choosing a Balloon Weight Loss SpecialistSo you’ve been reading a lot about gastric balloon weight loss, and you think it might be right for you. You’ve filled out the questionnaire, and it seems you might be an excellent candidate. Great! So what’s the next step?
The next step in your weight loss journey is to find a trained physician who performs gastric balloon procedures. It turns out that a variety of different types of physicians perform the balloon weight loss procedures. The specialists that perform them the most include bariatric surgeons, plastic surgeons, and gastroenterologists.

Types of Specialists that Perform Balloon Weight Loss Procedures:

Bariatric Surgeons

The specialist that probably performs the most balloon weight loss procedures is the bariatric surgeon. Bariatric surgeons are the surgeons that perform weight loss surgeries such as the gastric bypass, Lap Band and other various procedures that promote weight loss, so the gastric balloon procedure is right up their alley.
Bariatric surgeons are medically trained specialists who after completing medical school and a surgical residency proceed on to specialized training specifically in the field of bariatrics. Bariatrics is the specialty branch of medicine that treats obesity while also identifying it’s the causes and formulating methods of prevention. Physicians who are board certified by the American Board of Surgery or the American Osteopathic Board of Surgery, have completed rigorous training and met specific established standards. They must undergo recertification every ten years to prove they are up to date with current practices and standards of care.
Because they are experienced with the complexity of obesity and its many causes, bariatric specialty offices are often well-equipped with other support staff such as dietitians and counselors. Weight loss involves more than just a procedure and having guidance from well-trained dietitians, and counselors can be an invaluable tool during your weight loss journey. Bariatric specialists also usually provide structured follow up care to ensure long-term weight loss success.

Plastic Surgeons

Plastic surgeons are also among the many types of physicians that perform balloon weight loss procedures. Plastic surgeons devote their practice to improving the overall appearance and function of the human body so it’s not surprising that they too would be interested in helping people look and feel their best with the gastric balloon.  Their attention to detail and familiarity with surgeries and procedures give patients great confidence in receiving their gastric balloon procedure from a plastic surgeon.
A well-trained and trustworthy plastic surgeon will be board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. To be certified by the board, the physician must complete several years of a surgical residency after medical school. This residency includes years of general and plastic surgery training in combination or solely in plastic surgery.
Plastic surgeons are also great at giving you all-around excellent cosmetic results, so if you are interested in doing more for your general appearance, a plastic surgeon may be the specialist for you. Not every plastic surgeon performs balloon weight loss surgery, but if one comes up on your list of the physicians that do, you’ll understand what a plastic surgeon can offer in comparison to other specialists.

Gastroenterologists

Gastroenterologists perform probably the most endoscopic procedures out of all the specialty groups. They are physicians that specialize in caring for all kinds of digestive disorders. They frequently perform procedures called endoscopies that involve inserting a long flexible camera, called an endoscope, into the stomach and intestines for diagnosis and treatment of various digestive conditions.  Since the majority of gastric balloons are placed in the stomach with an endoscope, it’s only fitting that gastroenterologists would be among the specialists that are performing balloon weight loss procedures.
Gastroenterologists are trained in the field of gastroenterology. After completing medical school and a residency in internal medicine, they then complete a few additional years of training specifically in gastroenterology.  This training includes countless endoscopic procedures and an in-depth understanding of the entire digestive tract.
Although not all gastroenterologists perform balloon weight loss procedures, many are joining the list and understandably so. Gastroenterologists often have their own outpatient procedure facilities, reducing hospital fees and often employ dietitians to help patients manage their diet and understand how food affects them. They can also easily address other digestive complaints such as acid reflux, nausea and much more, should they occur.

Other

Various other types of physicians can and are performing balloon weight loss procedures including family medicine physicians and cosmetic surgeons. As long as the physician is board-certified and trained to insert the particular brand of gastric balloon you are interested in, they can perform balloon weight loss procedures. However, it’s up to you find a reputable and experienced professional for optimal results and lower risk of complications.

Questions to Ask When Choosing a Balloon Weight Loss SpecialistQuestions to Ask When Choosing a Balloon Weight Loss Specialist:

What does your training include?

Remember the balloon weight loss procedure doesn’t have to be performed by a surgeon, but you do want a medically trained professional with experience doing endoscopies or inserting catheters into the stomach.

What board are you certified with?

Board certification is evidence that a physician has completed rigorous training, passed oral and written exams and met specific standards of care. The specific board they are certified by will inform you of the type of training have had. If they are board certified in a field that is not particularly familiar with weight loss procedures, for example, nephrology (kidney specialty), it’s up to you if you want to proceed with that specialist.

Where did you receive training for this balloon weight loss procedure?

Most of the gastric balloon manufacturers/suppliers will train the participating physician on how to insert that particular brand of gastric balloon. The different brands of balloons are similar but still different, and each brand may have specific techniques or considerations that the physician should be aware of when placing it. Be sure the physician you choose has been trained in placing the particular balloon you are interested in.

How many gastric balloons have you placed?

You want to be sure they have experiencing placing the specific gastric balloon you are interested in. The specialist’s training should require several procedures that were supervised by a more experienced specialist. To be considered “well-experienced,” this type of procedure should be performed at least once per week for five years or more. Several times a week for fewer years is comparable.

What hospitals or other surgical facilities are you affiliated with?

Hospital or facility affiliation usually means that they are in good standing the medical community and likely do not have any credible offenses against their medical practice.

Do you provide dietary or other forms of counseling throughout the process?

As we’ve mentioned before, dietary guidance and counseling can be a considerable advantage in your weight loss journey. The gastric balloon itself is a weight loss tool, not a magical cure. You will learn how to eat wiser and in healthier portions, but a dietitian or other trained medical provider can help you identify unhealthy habits, triggers that drive you to overeat and other helpful tools to have long-lasting results.

What type of follow-up care do you provide?

Having the gastric balloon procedure is just the beginning of your weight loss journey.  Follow-up care is essential to long-term success, and many practices that specialize in weight loss understand that. Not only should your specialist be concerned that you don’t develop complications from the procedure, but it should also be evident that your overall health and weight loss goals are their priority as well.

Other Things to Consider When Choosing a Balloon Weight Loss Specialist:

Type of Balloon

Currently, there are three gastric balloon devices approved by the FDA in the United States. They are Orbera, Reshape and Obalon. On www.balloonweightloss.com we’ve outlined the basics of each device. If there’s a device you specifically want, you can then search for specialists that place that particular device.

Proximity

Obviously, you’ll likely want to choose a practice that is somewhat close to where you live or if not, in a location that you can stay for awhile or get to easily.  Balloon weight loss procedures will require routine follow up visits every few weeks, sometimes every week the first month or so. Visits for dietary counseling or support groups may also require you to travel to the practice location so be sure you take proximity into consideration.

Reviews

Learn from those who have gone before. Nothing is a more significant testament to a physician’s care than the reviews of those he or she has cared for. Of course, there will always be a few unhappy customers no matter how impressive a physician is but if the balance rest on the negative side, keep looking. Google, Yelp and other forms of third-party reviews exist. Testimonials on the practice’s website will likely only be positive but are still helpful.

Support Staff

The people that answer the phones, greet you when you arrive, take you back to the exam room and aid the physician during the entire process can make for a pleasant or not so pleasant experience. It’s not just the physician you’re hiring but the entire support staff. You’ll want to feel cared for by not only the physician but the other staff that you interact with. More often than not, it’s the support staff that makes a greater impact on your experience than the physician. If you don’t feel like you’ll get the support you need from the entire team, you may want to keep looking.

Education

Here I’m talking about how well you are educated about the procedure and entire process by the specialist and his or her team. Again, the balloon weight loss procedure is just the beginning of a healthier lifestyle for you. You need to equipped with a good understanding of how to maintain healthy eating habits and avoid falling back into routines that could sabotage your success.

We are so excited you are taking the next steps in becoming a healthier, happier you. We are here to help and want to be your resource all things Balloon Weight Loss! Are you interested in Learning more about the Gastric Balloon or would you like to see if you qualify for the Gastric Balloon.

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Welcome Ideal Physician Weight Loss

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BalloonWeightLoss.com would like to welcome Ideal Physician Weight Loss. Ideal Physician Weight Loss saw the vast amount of benefits partnering with us here a BalloonWeightLoss.com. Here at BalloonWeightLoss.com, We believe in providing education to the public. We serve people struggling with weight issues by providing effective ways for people to find bariatric surgeons. In addition to bariatric surgeons, we plan to connect patients with all the medical professionals who can support them on their journey.

Ideal Physician Weight Loss is located in the Paradise Valley Medical Plaza serving North Phoenix and Scottsdale. Our staff and physicians are dedicated to helping people achieve safe, effective and permanent weight loss. Ideal Physician Weight Loss services provide comprehensive treatment options including high-quality protein meal plans to promote the body’s ability to maintain muscle mass during the weight loss process. Our meal plans are supplemented with electrolytes, minerals, and vitamins. Because the meal plans are nutritionally sound, and because you are carefully monitored during the weight loss phase, we can put you on a diet that is much lower in calories than is possible in a non-medical setting. Balloon weight loss procedures can mean faster, safer weight loss in a carefully monitored environment compared to other forms of weight loss.

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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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