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    What Are the Benefits of Working Out After Gastric Bypass Surgery?

    Last updated 3 days ago

    Any doctor will tell you that exercise is important at any stage of life. Some people assume that bariatric surgery makes it possible to lose weight without exercise, but this simply isn’t the case. Even if you undergo bariatric surgery, you have to exercise regularly in order to maximize the benefits of the surgery and become your healthiest self. Here are a few of the benefits of working out after gastric bypass surgery.

    Maximize Weight Loss

    For the first 30 days after your weight loss surgery, your doctor will ask that you limit your exercise to short walks. If you start out walking and work your way up to more substantial exercise, you’ll lose weight faster and be more likely to keep it off.

    Build Muscle

    If you take care of yourself, bariatric surgery will drastically change the way your body looks and feels. If you exercise enough, you can turn your love handles into hard abs. However, doctors do not recommend resistance training for the first part of your surgery recovery.  

    Stabilize Joints

    If you’ve been obese for a long time, your knees, ankles, hips, back, and other joints may be in poor shape. Committing to a regular exercise routine can help strengthen your joints as you lose weight. Don’t forget to warm up and stretch before each exercise session!

    Reduce Stress

    Recovering from any surgery can be stressful. After your bariatric surgery, you might feel anxious about getting the proper nutrients and other health concerns. Regular exercise provides an excellent means of stress relief that can help keep your mind at ease. Reducing your stress can also help you get to sleep more easily, which will aid with your recovery and general wellbeing.

    Before you undergo bariatric surgery, you should make sure you understand what life will be like post-surgery. The medical professionals at The JFK Bariatric Institute will gladly discuss specific concerns to consider after your gastric bypass, Lap-Band, or gastric sleeve surgery. You can reach our Atlantis, FL facility at (561) 899-4855 or visit our website if you have any questions.


    How Is Weight Status Measured?

    Last updated 6 days ago

    Though your bathroom scale can be a useful tool for evaluating your health, it doesn’t tell the whole story. A man who is 5’9” and 200 lbs. and a 6’3” man of the same weight can be in very different states of health. A better way to evaluate an individual’s weight and overall health is to calculate that person’s BMI, or body mass index.

    When calculating a person’s body mass index, a doctor takes the individuals’ height and weight into account. Your BMI is your weight in kilograms divided by your height in meters squared. If you weigh 180 lbs. (81.6 kg) and are 6 feet (1.8m) tall, your BMI would be right around 25. A BMI below 18.5 is considered underweight, while a BMI over 25 is considered overweight. If your BMI is over 35, you are clinically obese and may be a good candidate for bariatric surgery.

    Gastric sleeve or gastric bypass surgery can help you lose weight and improve your overall health. To find out if you’re a good candidate for bariatric surgery, call The JFK Bariatric Institute at (561) 899-4855.  

    Healthy Ideas for Work Lunches

    Last updated 8 days ago

    Eating lunch at a restaurant every day isn’t just bad on your wallet—it can compromise your health, too. Getting into the habit of bringing your lunch to work can change your life for the better.  

    This video offers useful advice for packing healthy work lunches. For snacks, consider apples, oranges, and other fruits that hold up well. Nuts and cheeses are also very healthy snack choices. You may find that bringing last night’s leftovers to work is convenient and delicious. If you’re not a big fan of leftovers, fill a reusable Tupperware container with veggies, lean protein, and a whole grain.

    After you get bariatric surgery at The JFK Bariatric Institute, your eating habits will change considerably. If you have any questions about gastric bypass or Lap-Band surgery, call us at (561) 899-4855.

    What Shouldn't Be on Your Plate After Surgery

    Last updated 15 days ago

    Bariatric surgery can drastically change the way you eat. For at least the first few months after your bariatric surgery, you should be extremely careful when selecting food for your meals and snacks. 

    This video discusses which foods you should avoid after undergoing bariatric surgery. You will be on a liquid diet for the first few weeks then slowly progress to normal foods. As you get used to eating normal foods again, be extremely careful when eating breads, rice, and other foods that expand. It’s also important to avoid food that is sugary or high in carbohydrates.

    If you have any questions about bariatric surgery, ask the medical professionals at The Bariatric Wellness and Surgical Institute at JFK Medical Center. You can call us at (561) 899-4855 to learn more about weight loss surgery

    Making the Decision to Have Bariatric Surgery

    Last updated 25 days ago

    Obesity is a serious problem in this country. Many people who become obese have an extremely difficult time losing weight and leading healthy lives. That’s where bariatric surgery comes in. Bariatric surgery limits the amount of food the stomach can hold at one time, thus reducing the total amount of food one can eat. However, bariatric surgery is not for everyone, and those considering the procedure should spend a long time deciding whether they want to go through with it.

    Attempting Non-Surgical Weight Loss

    Doctors generally recommend that patients should avoid surgery if they can. Though the vast majority of weight loss surgeries are performed safely and correctly, surgery comes with inherent risks. Before you even consider weight loss surgery, you should work closely with your doctor to devise new dietary habits and a new exercise regimen.  

    Meeting with a Bariatric Surgeon

    If your non-surgical weight loss efforts are unsuccessful, then you can bring a bariatric surgeon into your decision-making process. A bariatric surgeon may recommend bariatric surgery if you have a body mass index (BMI) above 40 or are about 80-100 lbs. overweight. The surgeon may also recommend the surgery if you have a BMI of 35 or greater and are suffering from heart disease, diabetes, or another condition that is directly related to obesity.  

    Learning About the Procedure

    Before you make your final decision, you should learn as much about bariatric procedures as possible. Feel free to ask your doctor about how you can prepare for the procedure, how the procedure itself is performed, and what sort of results you can realistically expect. It’s also important to understand that bariatric surgery can significantly change your life. If you opt for gastric bypass surgery, for example, you’ll only be able to eat tiny meals at a time.

    For more help deciding whether bariatric surgery is the right choice for your weight loss goals, call The JFK Bariatric Institute at (561) 899-4855. We’ll answer all your questions about Lap-Band, gastric bypass, or gastric sleeve surgery and help you understand how to embrace healthy eating after your surgery.



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