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Wrestling with Body Image After Gastric Sleeve Surgery

Wrestling with Body Image After Gastric Sleeve Surgery

The pounds are dropping off thanks to VSG, so why is your body image still suffering? With most social media posts focusing on new and improved post-bariatric bodies, many vertical sleeve gastrectomy patients believe they’re the only one whose brain hasn’t caught up with their body. The truth is that body image issues are incredibly ...

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How Fat is “Fat Enough” For Gastric Sleeve Surgery?

How Fat is “Fat Enough” For Gastric Sleeve Surgery?

As a bariatric surgeon I hear—and relieve—many concerns from my VSG patients. Among the questions I get is whether a patient is at a “correct” weight for gastric sleeve surgery. Usually it’s a matter of “am I too obese for the procedure?” but sometimes patients worry they aren’t overweight enough. With the standard caveat ...

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What to do When You Feel Stuck on Your Gastric Sleeve Journey

What to do When You Feel Stuck on Your Gastric Sleeve Journey

How are you today? Do you feel good about your VSG progress? I hope you can answer “great!” and “yes!” to both of those questions. If you can’t, this blog is for you. Today we’re going to dive into the issues of perfectionism, feeling stuck, and moving past both those things.

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A Word About Goal-Setting After Gastric Sleeve

A Word About Goal-Setting After Gastric Sleeve

Immediately following vertical sleeve gastrectomy, your initial goals are pretty simple: get the recommended amount of water each day, find ways to sip protein until your stomach is ready for more solid food, and walk a bit even if you don’t feel like it. But after you’ve had the sleeve for a while, goals take ...

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Getting to Know and Love Yourself After Gastric Sleeve Surgery

Getting to Know and Love Yourself After Gastric Sleeve Surgery

Going into VSG, you may have believed the procedure was only about weight loss. Now you know that it affects your entire life. You’re doing things that, perhaps, you never thought you could. My patients change daily, but their heads sometimes struggle to keep up with these new realities. Getting to know—and, yes, love—who you ...

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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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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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