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7 bariatric surgery benefits

7 bariatric surgery benefits

Bariatric surgery helps people lose weight by reducing the stomach’s capacity and making patients feel full after eating smaller portions of food. Weight-loss surgery is often successful for people who have not achieved long-term success with other weight-loss methods. Besides weight loss, bariatric surgery offers additional benefits to people who may be suffering from weight-related health conditions. 

Here are seven benefits of sustained weight loss through weight-loss surgery:

  1. Long-term remission for type 2 diabetes
  2. Improved cardiovascular health
  3. Relief of depression
  4. Elimination of obstructive sleep apnea
  5. Joint pain relief
  6. Improved fertility
  7. Alleviation of other medical conditions

Learn more about these benefits from the Cleveland Clinic.

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Singer Jennifer Holliday turns to Fobi Pouch for weight loss

Singer Jennifer Holliday turns to Fobi Pouch for weight loss

Jennifer Holliday is a singer and actress best known for her Broadway performance as Effie Melody White in the musical Dreamgirls. Throughout the 1980s during her 20s, Jennifer steadily gained weight until she eventually topped out at 400 pounds.

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How do you choose a realistic goal weight?

How do you choose a realistic goal weight?

Choosing a goal body weight can be a daunting task, especially if you’re not sure what qualifies as a healthy weight or haven’t been at a healthy body weight since you were a child or teen. While it may seem productive to choose an ideal goal weight and work toward that goal, the truth is that your “ideal” body weight may not be achievable based on factors such as your height and personal health.

Choosing a realistic goal weight can help you gain a better perspective on what you need to do to accomplish your weight-loss goals. On the other hand, choosing an unrealistic goal weight can be disheartening and discouraging, especially if you do everything in your power to meet your goal through diet and exercise, but just can’t seem to reach your ideal weight.

So how do you go about choosing a realistic goal weight? A recent British study may have the answer. The new study, which was published in the Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics, revealed that most women tend to have unrealistic expectations about weight loss.

The study involved a group of women who weighed an average of 152 pounds. These women said they considered 123 pounds to be a “happy” weight, while also admitting that they feel 132 pounds is a more realistic and achievable goal weight. If women already know 132 pounds is achievable and more realistic, why are they so intent on losing the extra nine or 10 pounds?

Dawn Jackson Blatner, RD, author of The Flexitarian Diet, says shows such as The Biggest Loser are giving people the impression that weight loss can happen quickly within a short period of time. However, these shows are often taped over the course of several months, and contestants may spend hours per day focused on exercise and nutrition. As a result, any type of weight loss can seem disappointing to dieters who get caught up in the media, thinking that they’re not losing enough weight within the proper amount of time.

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US Representative loses weight using visual motivation

US Representative loses weight using visual motivation

Charlie Rangel, a US Representative of New York, saw an unflattering photo of himself on The Post’s front page and decided to shape up. He began to eat breakfast daily, drink lots of water, and load up on smoothies. These healthy habits helped him drop 35 pounds and made him feel terrific.

“The thing is not to eat before you go to bed, and it helps when you aren’t hungry when you go to bed,” said Rangel. “There’s nobody who has an appetite for food after drinking a smoothie.”

Rangel makes a point of walking to meetings in Washington, DC, from his office, and gets in a mile or two of walking while in New York. In addition, he even attends spinning class and has his own recipe ebook.

“It’s fun. I’m enjoying it, and the truth of the matter is, the more I talk about it, the less temptation I have to get my damn pastrami sandwich,” he said.

Read more about Rangel’s transformation on the New York Post website.

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Weight-loss image app allows you to see a thinner you

Weight-loss image app allows you to see a thinner you

Motivation is a key factor to losing weight. The developers of a new mobile app called Visualize You believe that their app will motivate you to lose weight by showing you what you’ll look like when you reach your goal. With Visualize You, users can take old photos and transform them into versions of themselves after they’ve lost weight. The app’s software successfully crafts a realistic image that can vary depending on the goal you input, along with other information like age and height. Unlike other imaging software that simply stretches or squeezes a picture, Visualize You’s focus is to deliver an accurate depiction of what you can look like.

According to Charlie Seltzer, MD on Yahoo Health, visual cues like those the app provides are useful because, “I will often recommend that people put up pictures of what they want to look like or what they used to look like, provided the body image is healthy.” The app is available on iPhone and Android for free, and for $1.99 if the user wants advertisements removed.

Learn more about the Visualize You app from "Visualize You App Lets You See What You’d Look Like Post-Weight Loss” from Yahoo Health.

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How yoga helped one man lose weight

How yoga helped one man lose weight

When you’re trying to lose weight, it’s important to remember to diet and remain physically active. For Richard Wildman, this wasn’t an easy task to accomplish. He had tried going to the gym on his own, but could never stay committed to a routine or diet. Richard’s weight peaked at 669 pounds, but he has seen a decline since he started a new physical activity a couple of months ago: yoga. Since Richard began practicing yoga, his life has changed for the better.

Yoga has benefited Richard both physically and mentally. His yoga practice is gentle, but still has physical demands that help him burn some weight. Mentally, he feels more inspired to be active, and makes better eating choices because he wants to lose weight to get better at yoga. Since he started doing yoga, Richard has lost more than 50 pounds.

Having a dedicated instructor has also helped Richard improve his health. His yoga instructor, Heather Dombrovskiy, motivates Richard by joking that she’ll come to his house if he tries to skip a day. Richard hopes that in the future he can become an instructor like Heather, and work with people who have weight problems and might be too scared to start yoga classes like he was at first.

Read more about Richard’s inspiring story from People.

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Tips on how to make running more fun

Tips on how to make running more fun

After you have weight-loss surgery, your bariatric surgeon may suggest that you start walking for exercise. Walking can often progress into jogging or running on a regular basis, which can sometimes become boring and monotonous over time.

Have you grown bored of your running workout? Here are fun ways to make running more fun:

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5 hard truths about the weight-loss journey

5 hard truths about the weight-loss journey

If you’ve been dedicating the last several months or years to shedding excess weight, you’re probably already well aware of how difficult the journey can be. Making major lifestyle changes such as cutting out soda, exercising regularly, drinking more water, and eating more fruits and vegetables requires hard work and dedication. Even after overhauling your entire lifestyle, you may still find yourself hitting a weight-loss plateau, or even gaining back some of the weight you’ve lost.

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Pastor shares his weight-loss story to inspire others

Pastor shares his weight-loss story to inspire others

Hearing your physician suggest that you need bariatric surgery to become healthier can be difficult to cope with. After receiving this advice, Pastor Douglas Yancy left his doctor’s office and headed for his master’s program classes, pondering the advice he had just received. It wasn’t until he had spoken with one of his professors about gastric bypass surgery that Yancy decided to have the surgery.

Yancy underwent gastric bypass surgery in early 2011, and has since encouraged his wife, sister, and about 15 other congregation members to have the surgery as well. He looks at the benefits he has received from weight-loss surgery, and uses his experience as an opportunity to advise others who struggle with weight loss to also consider the procedure. One of the people who saw Yancy after his surgery was Andrea Jennings.

“I was watching him and how he reacted, how much energy he had” said Jennings. “It was me seeing it rather than him telling me.”

Jennings underwent her own operation and has since lost 80 pounds. She says she has more energy and has reached her goal weight after seeing the benefits of weight-loss surgery in Yancy.

Learn more about Yancy’s weight-loss journey and his work to help others get healthy at Philly.com.

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8 easy weight-loss hacks

8 easy weight-loss hacks

Visit any social-driven news media website such as Buzzfeed or Mashable, and you’ll find numerous articles that feature life “hacks.” When used in this context, hacks are easy, quick solutions to problems. When it comes to weight loss, most individuals want the easiest and fastest possible solution. Losing weight through diet and exercise alone often takes months or years, depending on the amount of excess weight you need to lose. Unfortunately, since excess weight can trigger a slew of serious health problems, not everyone has the time and patience to spend years working toward their weight-loss goals.

However, the following eight weight-loss hacks could help you reach your weight-loss goals even sooner!

1. Drink more water

If you’ve grown up drinking sodas, fruit juices, and energy drinks, you might find water too boring. However, water is highly important for weight loss, as it offers a number of health benefits, such as more frequent bowel movements, the lubrication of joints, the flushing out of toxins and wastes, and much more. Drinking more water throughout the day can also reduce hunger and cravings. Toss out all other drinks, and stick to drinking water as much as possible. Adding some lemon, orange slices, or cucumber to your water will add some extra flavor that may motivate you to drink more.

2. Stick a mirror on your refrigerator door

Research shows that those who post mirrors on their refrigerators are less likely to make poor decisions in regards to diet and nutrition, since it reminds them about their weight-loss goals. If you’re prone to snacking or visiting the kitchen regularly out of habit, stick a mirror on the door of your refrigerator.

3. Use smaller plates and glasses

Smaller plates can trick you into eating smaller portion sizes, whereas larger plates can indirectly influence you to fill up and cover the entire plate with food. Pack away your larger plates, and just stick to using small snack plates and thin drinking glasses to lose weight more quickly.

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Mobile fitness apps that will motivate you

Mobile fitness apps that will motivate you

Finding motivation to exercise can be difficult, especially when you need an extra push to get going. Sometimes that extra push comes from a friend or an overzealous fitness instructor, in which case you may want to push back and say, “No!” If you’re ready to start exercising and need motivation, try using an exercise app. Today, everyone is constantly on their phones, so using an app for motivation could be the ticket to becoming healthier.

Check out these 10 mobile apps to help you get fit:

  1. Zombies, Run! - Start running and become immersed in a game and audio adventure that’s sure to keep you going the entire route.

  2. One Hundred Push-Ups - This six-week training program can motivate you to challenge your friends to a push-up contest.

  3. Missile Wars - Gather your friends and get lost in this GPS-based game of running away from missiles and sending missiles toward other players.

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Losing weight with Khloe Kardashian

Losing weight with Khloe Kardashian

Reality TV star Khloe Kardashian has struggled with her weight for several years. After she finally became fed up with ridicule and suffering from low self-esteem, Khloe went to work on cutting some pounds. Under the guidance of her personal trainer Gunnar Peterson, Khloe has lost a noticeable amount of weight. According to Gunnar, she exercises every day at the gym and does lighter exercises at home while watching the television.

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2 major questions to ponder regarding your weight-loss goals

2 major questions to ponder regarding your weight-loss goals

If you’re in the process of trying to slim down, you may already be entertaining daydreams in your head about what your life will be like once you meet your weight-loss goals. You may envision yourself looking svelte while wearing a strapless evening gown, or turning heads on the beach at your favorite vacation destination. Or, perhaps you envision yourself walking up a steep hill without having to stop and catch your breath, or think about how you can benefit from a good night’s sleep without having to deal with sleep apnea.

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10 encouraging ways to get your children to exercise

10 encouraging ways to get your children to exercise

Fifty percent of all children with at least one obese parent are also obese, according to statistics provided by the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Children learn most of their lifestyle habits from their parents, which means that if parents do not practice healthy nutritional habits or exercise regularly, neither will their children.

At present, approximately 17 percent of all American children between the ages of two and 19 are obese. If you’re a parent who’s already trying to lose weight, you can take numerous steps to include your children and the rest of your family in your journey to becoming healthier.

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7 unique ways to make cardio workouts more fun

7 unique ways to make cardio workouts more fun

Running, biking, walking, and other types of repetitive cardio workouts can eventually become boring if you’re not sure how to keep things exciting. Instead of staying focused on your workout, your mind can drift, causing you to either cut your workout short or lose your focus. Plus, the unhappier you feel with your workouts, the less likely you’ll want to maintain your fitness routine.

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Facebook removes its controversial “fat” emoticon

Facebook removes its controversial “fat” emoticon

Social media has become a huge part of our lives. From posting photos to finding the perfect short-form way of describing your day, social media allows you to share your thoughts, feelings, and photos that represent your life. In a recent development, Facebook decided to get rid of one of its emoticons that could previously be shared in status updates.

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Guide to using social media for weight loss

Guide to using social media for weight loss

Social media can be a fun, effective tool to use for weight loss, and it allows you to connect with other like-minded individuals who are also trying to lose weight and become healthier. Not only does social media provide an open forum in which you can share your weight-loss progress and rant about having “off” days, but it’s also home to a variety of weight-loss contests, challenges, and tests that can enhance your weight-loss journey.

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Celebrities help market weight-loss solutions, but friends keep you motivated

Celebrities help market weight-loss solutions, but friends keep you motivated

The marketing of weight-loss solutions is a big undertaking and begs the question, “How do solutions get noticed?” You may learn about a new diet plan when flipping through a magazine or watching a commercial on television. These solutions may seem awesome, but you ask, “Will they work?”

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How to fall in love with exercises you hate

How to fall in love with exercises you hate

Weightlifting, swimming, biking, running, and yoga: while these types of exercises are great at helping you lose weight, chances are there’s one or two physical activities you absolutely hate. Or, perhaps you’re an individual who hates exercise in general, and dreads going to the gym even if avoiding exercise means it will take much longer for you to meet your weight-loss goals. Since one of the best-kept secrets to lasting weight loss is engaging regularly in activities you enjoy, the fact that you hate exercise can become a major barrier.

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Fitness trackers can help you lose weight and stay motivated

Fitness trackers can help you lose weight and stay motivated

A new survey of more than 5,000 people who use the popular weight loss app Lose It! suggests that fitness trackers may help some people get more out of using a weight-loss app.

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Celebrity weight-loss surgery successes [Infographic]

Overhauling your diet, getting a gym membership, and making various other lifestyle changes for the sake of losing weight isn’t easy for everyone, including celebrities. Although celebrities have a knack for making beauty and weight loss look easy, even they turn to bariatric surgery when diet, exercise, and other weight-loss interventions fail to work. Are you searching for a new source of inspiration for your weight-loss journey? Check out these impressive and surprising success stories about celebrities who have had weight-loss surgery.

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Motivational tips for weight loss post-surgery

Motivational tips for weight loss post-surgery

Now that you've taken the step to undergo bariatric surgery, your next step after recovery is focusing on losing additional weight! We all know that a healthy diet and exercise will lead to weight loss, but how do you become motivated enough to introduce these lifestyle changes into your daily routine? You've got to get started somehow — so follow these innovative and motivational weight-loss tips to get yourself prepared for an attractive and healthy new lifestyle!

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To see real results after weight-loss surgery, take your measurements

To see real results after weight-loss surgery, take your measurements

When it comes to losing weight, most Americans become obsessed with standing on the scale on a daily or weekly basis and tracking weight-loss progress according to pounds lost. Standing on the scale can be an agonizing experience for most weight-loss surgery patients, especially when your weight seems to be at a stand-still, or perplexingly goes up and down repeatedly.

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