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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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Unexpected Money After VSG Surgery

Unexpected Money After VSG Surgery

When you’re contemplating gastric sleeve surgery, cost is certainly top of mind. And while the amount you’ll spend is usually the focus, did you know there are a long list of ways you may save money after the procedure? Some of those savings are no-brainers (bye-bye unhealthy snack food), but other items may be surprising ...

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Talking About How Much Weight You’ve Lost After Gastric Sleeve in Mexico

Talking About How Much Weight You’ve Lost After Gastric Sleeve in Mexico

Like some social media relationships statuses, to talk about your VSG weight loss or not to talk about it is complicated. Sharing the ups and downs of your journey with sleeve brothers and sisters is a no brainer; they’ve been there and are doing that. But with those outside your immediate support system, feelings tend ...

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Holiday Survival Guide for Gastric Sleeve Surgery Patients

Holiday Survival Guide for Gastric Sleeve Surgery Patients

Stick to what you know
Every big holiday meal features protein as the star of the show. Whether it’s a Thanksgiving turkey or Christmas ham, it should be fairly easy to load up on your protein first, just like you would at any meal, at any time of the year. Then move on to the ...

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4 Facts Type II Diabetics Should Know About Gastric Sleeve

4 Facts Type II Diabetics Should Know About Gastric Sleeve

 In 2012, the National Institutes of Health stated that about 29.1 million Americans—nearly 10 percent of the population—are living with diabetes. And the news probably hasn’t gotten better in the years since that report. Among the long list of problems frequently linked to obesity is type II diabetes. In fact, obesity is thought to ...

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