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Navigating Social Situations After Gastric Sleeve Surgery

Navigating Social Situations After Gastric Sleeve Surgery

It’s a common refrain from my gastric sleeve patients: “I never realized how much of my social life revolved around food and drinks!” Meeting up for post-work cocktails, grabbing a bite to eat before a movie, digging into big family dinners…it’s tough to think of an instance when eating and drinking isn’t at the ...

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Can Gastric Sleeve Surgery Help with Food Addiction?

Can Gastric Sleeve Surgery Help with Food Addiction?

Many people who seek out gastric sleeve surgery are more than food lovers; they’re food addicts. And, having lived with this very real disorder for years, it’s understandable that patients wonder whether the procedure will have any effect on their ability to control their interactions with food. The short answer is yes, it can help ...

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Constipation Help After Gastric Sleeve Surgery

Constipation Help After Gastric Sleeve Surgery

What happens in the bathrooms stays in the bathroom…except after gastric sleeve surgery. Because sleeve brothers and sisters talk about everything, am I right? Including, yes, constipation. It might be a touch embarrassing, but it’s very common after the sleeve, so rest assured that you’re in good company. Here are a few things to help ...

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Gastric Sleeve Success: Does Meal Prep Matter?

Gastric Sleeve Success: Does Meal Prep Matter?

In a word, “yes,” and especially for gastric sleeve patients. Between work, school, family, and everything else on your figurative plate, it’s easy to let nutrition slide on your literal plate. One thing that helps more than anything else I can suggest is meal prepping.

Plan, Plan, and Then Plan Some More
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How to Stay Mentally Positive on Your Gastric Sleeve Journey

How to Stay Mentally Positive on Your Gastric Sleeve Journey

At Endobariatric, we provide gastric sleeve patients with so many resources about how to fix a weight stall or get back on track after a gain. But sometimes the first thing they need to fix isn’t in their fridge; it’s in their head. When you’re not losing weight (or inches), it can be tough emotionally ...

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When You're NOT Hungry After Gastric Sleeve Surgery

When You're NOT Hungry After Gastric Sleeve Surgery

Among the top benefits of gastric sleeve surgery is a reduction in ghrelin, the “hunger hormone.” Naturally, patients expect their appetite to decrease after the procedure. But what if your appetite disappears altogether? As I’ve said many times, everyone is different, and yes, some patients go through prolonged periods where they simply aren’t hungry ...

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Carb Cycling and Gastric Sleeve

Carb Cycling and Gastric Sleeve

I’m a huge fan of low-carb diets after gastric sleeve surgery because the “rules” are simple, and it delivers consistent results. But the best diet is the one you’ll follow. Some of my patients can’t maintain a low-carb way of eating long term; others don’t like the way it makes them feel. Carb cycling, a ...

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Get Back to Eating Well: Self-Care Steps for VSG Patients

Get Back to Eating Well: Self-Care Steps for VSG Patients

Gone off track in your healthy eating plan after having gastric sleeve surgery? You’re in good company. Ask around, and you probably won’t find a single sleever who hasn’t, at some point, indulged in a period of less-than-healthy eating. Because it’s so common, it’s important to understand the steps that lead back to a good ...

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Why are my loved ones trying to talk me out of Gastric Sleeve Surgery?

Why are my loved ones trying to talk me out of Gastric Sleeve Surgery?

When you’re thinking about something as life-changing as gastric sleeve surgery, it’s natural to share your plans with loved ones. You hope to get positive reinforcement—and many patients do—but sometimes friends and family pour cold water on your desire for bariatric surgery like VSG. Why? There are a number of reasons, most of which come ...

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What to Expect Before and After Gastric Sleeve Surgery

What to Expect Before and After Gastric Sleeve Surgery

For most people, making the decision to undergo gastric sleeve surgery is both exciting ad nerve-wracking. Exciting because it’s the first step to a healthier, fitter, more rewarding life. Nerve-wracking because, well, they’ve probably never done anything like it before! The best way to ease any nervousness is to understand what to expect right before ...

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