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Life After Gastric Sleeve Surgery Isn’t Always Easy

Life After Gastric Sleeve Surgery Isn’t Always Easy

Even with all of the information we give patients before they undergo bariatric surgery in our Mexico practice, I often get the sense that many expect the weight loss process to be fairly effortless. Sometimes it is. Most of the time it’s not. And guess what? That’s okay. I know, I know: easy victories sound ...

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Getting to a “Yes” Mindset After Gastric Sleeve Surgery

Getting to a “Yes” Mindset After Gastric Sleeve Surgery

Since VSG surgery came into your life, it may feel like all you’ve been doing is saying “yes” to new things. You decided to undergo the vertical sleeve gastrectomy procedure, you had bariatric surgery (in Mexico!), and you’ve had to conform to a new gastric sleeve diet. But you’re probably also stuck in some pretty ...

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The Busy Person’s Guide to Losing Weight After Gastric Sleeve: Part 2

The Busy Person’s Guide to Losing Weight After Gastric Sleeve: Part 2

Who has time to lose weight? You do! Last week’s vertical sleeve gastrectomy blog encouraged you to get brutally honest with yourself, use a planner, and make your life excuse-proof—all to bolster your odds of success in a crazy-busy world. This week’s article continues that theme, with a few more ideas to keep you on ...

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The Busy Person’s Guide to Losing Weight After Gastric Sleeve Surgery

The Busy Person’s Guide to Losing Weight After Gastric Sleeve Surgery

Life doesn’t usually stop just because you’ve decided to get VSG. You still have the same commitments: work, family, friends, church, community. And on top of those things, you now have to work with your gastric sleeve diet and fitness needs. Or worse, maybe your already-hectic schedule suddenly becomes even more hectic—going back to work ...

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Beating the "Comparison Disease" After Gastric Sleeve Surgery

Beating the "Comparison Disease" After Gastric Sleeve Surgery

“Wow, she’s lost a lot more weight with VSG than I have.” “Why isn’t my muscle tone as good as his?”  The urge to compare yourself to others around you is bone-deep for most humans; it’s not unique to those who’ve undergone vertical sleeve gastrectomy. But the procedure does introduce a new temptation ...

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Skin Removal Surgery After Gastric Sleeve

Skin Removal Surgery After Gastric Sleeve

Thanks to your VSG and a lot of hard work, you’ve reached your weight and health goals. Congratulations! Only one thing is marring your happiness: all of the excess skin left behind. It’s a common complaint among gastric sleeve patients, especially if their weight loss can be counted in the hundreds of pounds. Some people ...

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Dealing with Depression After Gastric Sleeve

Dealing with Depression After Gastric Sleeve

You’ve had vertical sleeve gastrectomy and are winning the weight loss war for the first time in years—or ever. So why do some patients feel anything but joyful? From simple explanations (it’s a big change) to more complex issues (losing your coping mechanism), one or a combination of several factors can contribute to feelings of ...

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Fighting Carb Addiction After Your Gastric Sleeve

Fighting Carb Addiction After Your Gastric Sleeve

Most VSG patients have a love-hate relationship with carbs: They love to eat them and hate what they do to their weight. Carb addiction is very real—and a very real threat to your gastric sleeve diet. Whether you’re on your first day of the pre-op program or years into your sleeve journey, a compulsion to ...

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An Action Plan for Gastric Sleeve Patients (Part 2)

An Action Plan for Gastric Sleeve Patients (Part 2)

In last week’s article, I tackled the first steps in shedding weight you’ve regained after vertical sleeve gastrectomy: “get your head right” (manage triggers) and “plan to succeed” (meal planning, meal prepping, and building in contingencies). This week, I’ll share additional tips to get you back on track with your gastric sleeve diet.

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An Action Plan for Gastric Sleeve Patients (Part 1)

An Action Plan for Gastric Sleeve Patients (Part 1)

When patients first start losing weight after their vertical sleeve gastrectomy, they think of each pound as being gone forever. Sometimes that’s true—and, by the way, I encourage that way of thinking. But at some point during their journey, many sleevers discover that they’ve started to regain a bit of the weight they’ve lost. Watching ...

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