Board certified in general surgery and an experienced bariatric surgeon, Dr. Scott Stowers is the medical director of My Bariatric Solutions and has been practicing in North Texas for more than 20 years. Dr. Stowers focuses on the minimally invasive, laparoscopic approach to bariatric surgery, which involves fewer risks of complication than traditional surgical techniques!
This app will allow you to track your weight loss, visualize your success, have access to recipes, Fitbit Challenge, a nutrition tracker, and more. Download it today! Don’t forget to check for updates in your app store, as we are constantly making changes to enhance your experience.
Contact us today at 940.503.1012 to get more information about bariatric surgery in Decatur, Dallas/Ft Worth, and Waco TX or to request a consult.
Offering bariatric supplements and vitamins for patients post weight-loss surgery to aid in meeting nutrition, diet, and overall health demands and goals. Contact My Bariatric Solutions today to learn which bariatric supplements and vitamins are best for you.
Patients from throughout the Dallas / Fort Worth Metroplex and even from outside of Texas have traveled to our weight loss surgery center to receive treatment from our weight loss team of bariatric surgery experts. Call us today to request a consultation or learn more with our free online seminar.
Our reputation speaks for itself! Wise Health System’s east campus has been awarded as a Center of Excellence by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP), as an Aetna Institute of Quality (IOQ), a Blue Distinction Center by Blue Cross Blue Shield, a United Health Care Center of Excellence, a 3 Star Quality program by Cigna, and we are a certified Lap-Band Total Care Program.
My Bariatric Solutions is owned and operated by Wise Health System. The East Campus of Wise Health System has undergone an independent, voluntary, and peer evaluation in accordance with nationally recognized bariatric surgical standards and has been accredited for bariatric surgery. All surgeries are performed at this campus to promote the best patient outcomes. Dr. Arsalla Islam, Dr. Heath Smith, and the My Bariatric Solutions team have built a solid reputation for providing outstanding and compassionate care. Your My Bariatric Solutions team understands the questions and concerns that you have regarding weight loss and the multiple bariatric procedures that we offer.
Happy New Year everyone! Now that the New Year is here let’s talk about those resolutions that we all say we are going to keep and never do. Personal Successful Goal Setting is like a new year’s resolution, it’s something we want to do and hope to do but many times fail. Well not this time!!
Setting successful goals is like planning a trip. You don’t just get in the car and go, there is preparation involved. First you plan your destination along with the route to take, hotels to stay at, restaurants to eat at, places to see while on the trip and don’t forget the packing. Goal setting involves just as much preparation in order to successfully reach your goals.
So let’s walk through making a successful weight loss goal. Realistically, you can’t expect all the weight to fall off in a month that it took you years to put on. So our “big picture” goal is to lose 50lbs. So now the smaller more obtainable goals can be set.
Big Picture Goal — 50lbs
Week 1 goals—exercise 2 days a week for 30 minutes and increase protein along with fluids and decrease sugar, carb intake for at least 3 days the first week.
Week 2 goals—exercise 3 days a week for 30 minutes and increase protein along with fluids and decrease sugar, carb intake for at least 4 days in week two.
Week 3 goals – exercise 4 days a week for 30 minutes and increase protein along with fluids and decrease sugar, carb intake for at least 5 days in week three.
When setting goals remember these important tips:
Diet and exercise logs make you more accountable.
Don’t weigh daily. Try to weigh only once a week and remember muscle weighs more than fat so don’t let the scale dictate your success by numbers because you should be losing inches as well.
Include family and friends in your exercise and make it fun.
Also when preparing meals include family to prevent it feeling like a chore and it will beneficially educate others on how to prepare healthy meals.
Small baby steps will help you towards the “big picture” and when you feel like your failing, stop and make a note just like if you were going on a trip.
Refer back to our December 2017 support group on How To Read Food Labels along with past blogs to help remind you about weight maintance, overcoming emotional eating and the importance of muscle.
It’s a New Year and time for a NEW YOU!!! Good luck and always remember we are here to assist and help you at any time.
It is the holidays again, and bariatric patients can find it difficult to manage weight loss goals. It is important to be cautious of your food choices and balance indulgence with moderation.
Using these holiday eating tips bariatric patients can enjoy their holidays and maintain weight loss goals.
HEALTHY EATING TIPS FOR BARIATRIC PATIENTS
With these tips, you can any of your favorite dishes alongside bariatric friendly delicacy without adding weight.
1. Avoid going to parties hungry: When you are hungry, you are tempted to fill the space in your tummy. This urge encourages overeating, and this is not good for you. Hence, it is wise to digest a full breakfast and meal before the party.
2. Be mindful of your food portion: You can try your favorite meal, but this should be done in a small portion.
3. The goal of maintaining your weight: During the holidays you should be mindful of what you eat to ensure your weight remain balance. The wrong thing to practice during the holidays is to reduce weight.
4. You should eat slowly: When your dish is before you, ensure it is consumed in about 20 minutes. This attitude will help you reduce the amount of food you consume.
5. Replace your alcohol with water. Yup, alcohol dehydrates the body and adds more calories. Dehydration is not good for you; hence, you should take in water as an alternative.
6. You should avoid subconscious eating: You should overcome the urge to eat because there is food around. Succumbing to the urge of eating whenever there is food will only increase your weight. Hence, you should avoid areas where foods are stored, and eat only when you are hungry.
7. Exercise is good for you: You should try walking or jogging for about 10-15 minutes. Working out will help you prevent adding weight and relieving stress.
8. Prepare healthy dishes: You can try that healthy dish that is bariatric friendly during holidays. It will help you remain healthy and reduce weight gain.
If you are cooking for the Holidays you have even more control and can provide Bariatric friendly selections. Here are some great Holiday recipes.
The holidays are surrounded by family, friends, fun and FOOD! Many of our celebratory events involve food and not just any food, but usually indulgent, unhealthy choices and portions. Some of us choose not to participate in getting together with friends and family or avoid outings because of the restrictions we have or simply do not want to be tempted.
Eat before you go
Bring your own healthy snacks and protein drinks
Cooking/baking during holidays
Bake and cook your heart out! (And give it away)
Friends and family always love receiving homemade gifts!
Location of celebration
Go to someone else’s house or restaurant
No leftovers or take home boxes
Bring a friend who also shares your restrictions
Avoid the traditional holiday foods that are low in protein and replace with high protein, low carb recipes. Make new traditional dishes!
Replacing liquid calories with unique infused water with spice! Some examples are: sugar-free apple cider instant drink mix or sugar-free hot chocolate
Bottom line is holidays do not have to center around food items. Make the holidays about family and friends. Create new, healthy memories for your loved ones.
Did you know that your first couple of years after bariatric surgery, your weight loss occurs almost naturally? Research shows around year three post-surgery, those who do not attend regular follow-up appointments are more likely to experience weight regain. Has this happened to you? Do you want to prevent this from happening? Keys to successful weight maintenance include: continued follow-up care, consistent vitamin and mineral supplementation, and adjusting your goals as life’s obstacles happen.
Vitamin and mineral supplementation is just as important years after surgery as it is immediately following your surgery, although your needs may not be as high. Attending your follow-up appointments and getting your labs drawn ahead of time can prevent any unnecessary vitamin and mineral deficiencies and toxicities (yes, it’s possible to take too much of a vitamin/mineral). Your B-vitamins, e-cig, help provide your body with the tools necessary for energy conversion.
It sounds simple, but most think of only the end product and getting to the “finish line” without any thought of how to stay there. Your My Bariatric Solutions’ team can help you set new goals and introduce you to new behaviors that work best for you.
Call us at (940)249-9009 to schedule your follow-up appointment and work on YOU!
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