10 Common Side Effects of Weight Loss Surgery

People are enjoying fabulous results and singing the praises of Bariatric surgery, more commonly known as weight loss surgery, but what are the possible risks? While manageable, there are some big changes required after weight loss surgery to prevent some of these common side effects.

Health Concerns after Bariatric Surgery

By keeping regular appointments with your doctor and following an approved Bariatric diet – including the required vitamins and supplements, you will likely never experience these side effects.

#1 – Dehydration

Dehydration is a serious issue that can be completely avoided. You should consume 64 ounces of water each day to maximize your weight loss results, and to help prevent nausea and vomiting. Failure to consume the correct amount of fluids could result in a return trip to the hospital after surgery for IV fluids as well as vitamins.

#2 – Dental Issues

Bariatric patients who ignore their body’s needs for additional vitamins and minerals could find themselves dealing with sore gums and unhealthy teeth after weight loss surgery. Consuming foods too quickly, failing to take smaller bites, and forgetting to chew food thoroughly can lead to vomiting which can also lead to dental health problems, as the teeth come in frequent contact with potentially damaging stomach acids.

#3 – Dumping Syndrome

Dumping Syndrome is likely the first side effect you will be warned about after weight loss surgery, bringing about symptoms of nausea, weakness, heart palpitation, dizziness fatigue and other side effects. You can completely avoid Dumping Syndrome by following your Bariatric surgeon’s instructions and making good food selections. (Read more about Dumping Syndrome here.)

#4 – Dysphagia

Dysphagia, or difficulty swallowing, is a common side effect after weight loss surgery for those who fail to eat the correct food selections, or who fail to chew their food thoroughly before swallowing. Eating too quickly is the number one reason most Bariatric patients experience Dysphagia.

#5 – Dyspepsia

Dyspepsia, also known as indigestion, is another side effect of weight loss surgery which can be completely avoided with a conscious effort to eat healthy doctor-approved food choices. While patients with Dyspepsia will likely experience burning or discomfort in the upper abdomen, treatment is quite simple.

The most common methods of relief from Dyspepsia include:

  • Abstaining from alcohol
  • Avoiding aspirin and certain drugs
  • Saying no to greasy foods
  • Limiting liquids at certain times of the day
  • Making other positive diet changes

If these methods are not successful in alleviating indigestion, your Bariatric surgeon may prescribe an antacid or H2 blocker to help.

#6 – Intolerances

The foods and beverages you enjoyed before may no longer be your friend. Life after Bariatric surgery is different, and so must your food choices change too. The same can be said about over the counter drugs such as Aleve, Motrin, Advil and the like, as these can potentially harm your stomach pouch or cause ulcers. You will be forced to re-learn everything about your body’s digestive system, especially intolerances.

#7 – Kidney and Gallstones

Kidney stones can sometimes develop when people are not consuming the desired amount of fluids, which makes this side effect completely avoidable. Gallstones can sometimes occur when a person experiences rapid weight loss after Bariatric surgery, but there are methods to manage this side effect, the most extreme measure being surgical removal of the gallbladder.

#8 – Hair Loss

While hair loss is only temporary, some patients will experience this side effect in the early days post Bariatric surgery. Additionally, weight loss seekers can avoid this side effect by following a healthy post-op diet and taking the desired vitamins and supplements. Your doctor or nutritionist will help choose the right nutritional products for Bariatric patients.

#9 – Alcohol Consumption

Alcohol after weight loss surgery is an absolute no-no for several reasons. Opting for any Bariatric procedure is a step toward abstinence from alcoholic beverages. Simply put, alcohol is just another type of sugar to be avoided when trying to lose weight, and its consumption can lead to Dumping Syndrome.

#10 – Liquid Consumption

After surgery, you will likely not be able to drink beverages before, during or after meals. Your nutritionist or surgeon will advise not to drink anything thirty minutes before or after you’ve eaten. Of course, you should avoid soda and other high calorie beverages, and consume plenty of water instead.

Good Health vs. Bariatric Side Effects

It is important to remember that your weight loss journey is a life-saving journey. Keep in mind that many of these side effects are not nearly as dangerous as ignoring your current problems: obesity, hypertension, Diabetes, etc.

Remember, obesity is a silent killer. Speak with your doctor about the pros and cons of weight loss surgery and your overall health by contacting us today.

Wardrobe Struggles and Weight Loss

It’s very difficult to purchase clothing when you are overweight. Sure, finding the right size is a struggle in itself, but there’s also a tug of war going on inside your mind as you shop too. Should I buy this now, or wait and try to lose a few pounds? I don’t want to buy any more clothes until I lose some weight. If I buy this dress and then lose weight, I’ve wasted my money.

Facing Bariatric Problems Head On

 It’s a pitfall that many obese and overweight people face, as if purchasing the garment will somehow lock them into that particular size. However, a lack of well-fitting clothes hanging in your closet, or the failure to buy something new and attractive for yourself, can be a real downer. It would be nice to say these issues will go away after weight loss surgery, but the truth is they don’t.

Beat the Wardrobe Blues after Bariatric Surgery

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After weight loss surgery, you will slowly but surely begin to see some results. For some, each size will linger while for others, they will practically fly by, depending on your lifestyle and exercise habits as well as your metabolism.

Regardless of how fast or slowly you lose, you will find that buying new clothes is an important and emotional milestone in your weight-loss journey. For this reason, it is difficult to advise you on where to shop and how much to spend as you embark on a successful weight loss journey.

Instead, here are some words of advice from other Bariatric surgery patients to help you get more bang for your buck as you revamp and eventually replace your ‘big clothes’ with a wardrobe you’ll love.

Frequent Goodwill for Name Brand Deals

Goodwill is a great place to find name brand clothing at a ridiculously cheap price, and has been a godsend for many weight loss patients who must wear career clothes throughout the weight loss journey. If your employer has a dress code that requires business attire, this is an excellent place to shop.

Don’t Avoid the Clearance Racks

Most major department stores and big chain retailers are always adding great articles of clothing on the discount racks. You can even find undergarments and shapewear at a reduced price if you keep a close eye on these bargain racks. Typically, prices are marked down considerably but it is also common to enjoy an additional discount when the salesperson rings up your clearance items.

Shop Online with eBay …Carefully

There are an endless amount of great deals to be found on eBay, allowing you to save money on new-to-you clothing and accessories without ever leaving your home. If you shop on eBay for clothing after your weight loss journey, here is one important piece of advice: purchase the brands you love and wear often. This will help prevent the purchase of something you’ll never wear.

Accept Those Hand-Me-Downs Graciously

Supporters of your weight loss journey will be excited for you, and will likely offer to give you clothing that they no longer wear. Regardless of the size, accept these offerings graciously as you might be pleasantly surprised. Your next favorite pair of jeans could be just around the corner.

Rewarding Yourself after Bariatric Surgery

As you begin to lose weight, you will be able to shop at stores that never carried your size before. You will also be able to rock the trendy styles instead of avoid them. So what if you’ll only be able to wear that new ensemble a couple of months?

You have earned the right to wear something that you truly love and look good in, something that makes you feel both beautiful and amazing. So celebrate the milestones and don’t be afraid to splurge …at least occasionally. It’ll be great for your morale and you can always sell your ill-fitting garments later.

Peanut Butter Weakness Meets Healthy Protein Shake

Peanut butter… this is a food that I doubt I will ever have the strength to resist. I’ve adored this soft creamy goodness for as long as I can remember, whether eating it straight from the spoon, mixed with jam or syrup, or baked into an irresistible dessert.

Before discussing the protein content in every delectable tablespoon of peanut butter, it’s important to mention the calories and fat content. One tablespoon of this luxurious brown delight holds 94 calories, 72 percent of which is fat and 12 percent is carbohydrates.

These amounts can be significantly more if you’re heaping it on that spoon. However, let’s pretend your spoon has exactly this same amount of peanut butter. Let’s also pretend your favorite creamy peanut butter brand is the same as mine. Did you do the math yet?

It’s not good news… only 16 percent of that tablespoon of peanut butter contains protein.

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Don’t Freak Out! I’m not Saying You Can’t Have Peanut Butter!

After Bariatric surgery, you can still enjoy peanut butter… but only in moderation. In fact, many Bariatric patients report using peanut butter to satisfy cravings for something sweet. This is only a good idea for rare occasions when nothing else will curb the craving.

Rather than eat peanut butter straight from the jar using a spoon, try adding a light layer to one half of a banana or dipping apple wedges in peanut butter for a healthier snack, satisfying your craving for peanut butter while taking in less calories.

However, instead of buying your favorite brand of peanut butter, look for a low calorie organic option such as the PB2 Powdered Peanut Butter used in the recipe found at the end of this article. While this product arrives in powder form, it can be made into a paste and used for recipes.

PB2 Powdered Peanut Butter is defatted and dehydrated, making it an excellent product for those watching their weight. This powder peanut butter is also absolutely perfect for protein shakes as one-quarter cup has ten grams of protein, yet only two grams of sugar and three grams of fat.

Bariatric Banana Chocolate Protein Shake Recipe

1 cup low-fat milk or light soy milk

1/4 cup PB2 Powdered Peanut Butter

1/4 cup chocolate whey isolate protein powder

1 banana, sliced and frozen

4-5 ice cubes

Combine all ingredients in the pitcher of your electric blender. Cover and process until smooth and creamy. Enjoy this high protein peanut butter inspired Bariatric treat which provides 38 grams of protein per serving.

 

PB&J Bariatric Protein Shake Recipe

 

1 cup Vanilla Soy Milk (or any other milk)

1 scoop Vanilla Protein Powder

1 Tablespoon Sugar Free Torani Raspberry Syrup

1 Tablespoon Sugar Free Strawberry Jam

1 Tablespoon PB2 Powdered Peanut Butter

3-4 ice cubes

Combine all ingredients in the pitcher of your electric blender. Cover and blend until smooth. Top with No Sugar Added Homemade Whipped Cream, optional.

Bad Eating Habits and Bariatric Surgery

Even if you have never heard of head hunger, anyone who struggles with his or her weight and weight loss will probably have a pretty good idea what this term actually means. While it may sound simple to overcome for some, the daily struggle with head hunger and other bad eating habits is a very real and difficult problem.

Someone once wrote on their blog that head hunger and comfort eating are best friends, two peas in a pod, so to speak. In many ways, they are more similar to identical twins, with some very minute differences. Friends or twins, neither are very nice.

Let’s look deeper into these terms for clarification and understanding on why they can be so problematic, whether you have undergone Bariatric surgery or not.

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Head Hunger

Head hunger refers to that urge to eat when you are not hungry. This can be explained as eating when you are bored, depressed, stressed out, lonely, anxious or other psychologically triggered moods.

Some believe that head hunger can also be triggered by environmental triggers, such as munching on finger foods at a party or eating peanuts or potato chips while sitting in a busy bar. Other triggers include certain people such as a relative who makes you feel subconscious, or a restaurant, where you eat simply because everyone else is eating.

Comfort Eating

Also known as emotional eating, comfort eating occurs when people eat to satisfy a mood rather than a physical need. Eating to fill an emptiness is sometimes jokingly referred to as ‘eating your feelings’ but the problem is real for a lot of people. Comfort eating and head hunger are very similar habits that must be broken.

Comfort Foods and Poor Nutrition

Everyone has their favorite comfort foods. Some of the more popular choices include pizza, chocolate and ice cream, commonly eaten because of the same or similar psychological triggers as mentioned for head hunger.

People do not only reach for comfort food during times of sadness; there are many who participate in comfort eating when they are happy or nervous too.  Comfort eating and head hunger are among the reasons that many are now obese, and why some are prime candidates for Bariatric surgery.

Binge Eating

Binge eating is very dangerous for your health, especially if you are a diabetic. Binge eating can easily be described as eating something to excess, such as a whole box of snack cakes or an entire box of ice cream, for example. Someone who has the bad habit of binge eating may or may not watch what they eat some of the time, before binging uncontrollably on a large amount of food.

Night Time Eating

While it is not healthy to eat at night, supper is only the beginning for night time eaters. Within two hours of having their evening meal, they are back in the kitchen, scrounging for something else to eat. This munching, sometimes called grazing, will continue over the course of several hours.

Typically, foods eaten at this late hour are those considered to be unhealthy, high in saturated fats and calories, and containing excessive amounts of sodium. Leftovers are then enemy to night time eaters, who will return to the kitchen and finish them off.

Physical Hunger

Little explanation is necessary for you to understand the meaning of true physical hunger. Typically, your stomach will churn and growl, reminding you that it is time to refuel your body. You may also experience hunger pangs which can progress into a sharper pang that is slightly painful.

Avoid the Bad Food Habits

While the best thing you can do is struggle to break bad eating habits, there are some other ways to control these negative eating conditions, such as:

  • Use self-control at the grocery store by refusing to buy your favorite binge foods, or the foods that give you the most comfort.
  • Do something you enjoy whenever you feel emotionally or physically stressed, such as a new hobby or pastime.
  • Go for a walk and enjoy the outdoors or take a long comforting bubble bath.

Weight Loss Surgery and Bad Eating Habits

Weight loss surgery is not a quick miracle fix, but rather a tool which can be used to cure bad eating habits and replace them with healthy choices. If you are obese and have experienced weight gain due to any of the above mentioned eating habits, you may be a candidate for Bariatric surgery. Find out now.

No, Bariatric Surgery hasn’t Failed You!

Occasionally, you may hear someone say that Bariatric surgery did not work for them. This is simply not true and not possible. Your weight loss surgery didn’t fail… you simply aren’t using this tool correctly.

Yes, Bariatric surgery is simply that, a tool intended to help you find the road to good health. It is not designed to do the work for you. Without significant lifestyle, behavior and diet changes, you will not see the results you were hoping for.

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Reach your potential with Weight Loss Surgery

Giving up? This is common among those who do not achieve the weight loss levels they had hoped for after Bariatric surgery. However, when it comes to your health and happiness, defeat should never be an option.

Regardless of the type of weight loss surgery you chose initially, and no matter how long ago since your procedure was performed, you absolutely CAN get back on track. Don’t give up on the results you were initially hoping for.

How? Well, first you need to set some new weekly weight loss goals. Write them down and get them into your spirit. You are going to do this!

 

Do you have those goals written down yet? Keep them clear, simple and most of all… doable. When you meet one goal, move to the next on the list. This is how you get back to basics of Bariatric surgery, and how you get back on track. Learn more here on keeping a weight loss journal.

If you mess up, don’t be too hard on yourself. Suck it up and start over. Negative habits from an unhealthy lifestyle won’t disappear overnight.

 

Now that you can see your goals, fight to meet them and don’t be afraid to ask for help. Family, friends and support groups are some of the best help when you need strength and focus, and may even help you with accountability.

Taking care of YOU has to become your number one goal. Remember this when setting your goals and making a choice for change.

 

Not sure which goals you should be focused on? These are just a few of the many great ideas for Bariatric patients who want to see their weight loss goals realized. Decide which ones will help get you back on track!

#1 – Water, Water, Water

You need 64 ounces of water per day. Period. This is non-negotiable. If you aren’t hitting this number, water is your first goal.

#2 – No Drinks: Before, During, After Meals

Avoid temptation to drink before or during meals. Instead, wait up to two hours after a meal to have a drink. This will keep you from becoming hungry too soon.

#3 – Take Your Vitamins

This is not rocket science; nor is it negotiable. Your body needs help absorbing the vitamins and minerals needed for optimal health and nutrition now. This will also increase your energy, allowing you to become more active and burn fat at a faster rate!

#4 – Up Your Protein Consumption

You need a minimum of 65 grams of protein per day, whether it comes from food or protein drinks and shakes. Remember, during meals you should consume your protein servings first, before you can fill up on carbs.

#5 – Moderate Meals at Appropriate Times

Say no to snacking and grazing. Instead, enjoy three meals and a small nutrition snack, taking your time to chew each bite well. Give up trying to eat fast food entirely.

#6 – Push Yourself to Get Up and Exercise

Set an exercise goal, starting with twice or three times each week for 20 to 30 minutes per day. Slowly increase this amount until you are exercising thirty minutes daily.

Starting Over with Weight Loss Surgery

It may seem crazy, but if you need to start over, go back to the very beginning and put yourself on the post-op diet of liquids only. Slowly, progress to step two, which was pureed foods. Next, work your way up to soft foods. This will allow your pouch or sleeve to return to its post-op state – a great place to start again.

If you have tried this and you feel like there may be something wrong with the original surgery,  you may qualify for a bariatric surgery revision.  Chat with our online coordinator to schedule a consultation with one of our surgeons experienced in Bariatric Surgery Revisions.

Taking Medication after Bariatric Surgery

Bariatric surgery is life changing. Every aspect of your life will likely change with weight loss surgery, even the medications you are and are not allowed to take. Additionally, your vitamin and supplement needs will change with a smaller stomach pouch or sleeve, thus the body’s ability to absorb these will also be altered. All of these changes can be dealt with in a positive manner, resulting in a smaller and happier you.

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Roux-en-Y Weight Loss Surgery and Medication

The type of weight loss surgery you choose will have a bearing on which medications, vitamins and minerals are recommended. For those who choose the Roux-en-Y weight loss surgery, food is digested very slowly and only partially absorbed.

Since the Roux-en-Y bypasses the lower portion of the stomach and a considerable part of the small intestine, medications are not easily absorbed and can irritate the pouch and Roux limb. This can also result in marginal ulcers and deficiencies requiring supplementation.

Medication and the Duodenal Switch (DS)

Perhaps the single most successful type of weight loss surgery, the Duodenal Switch leaves the stomach much larger than gastric bypass surgeries, allowing for the consumption of larger meals. With Bariatric support and planning, weight loss patients can supplement their diets with post-operative protein, vitamins and minerals, avoiding deficiencies. However, only physician approved medication should be taken. If problems arise, the intestinal bypass section surgery section is partially reversible.

Gastric Banding, Sleeve Gastrectomy and Vertical Banded Gastroplasty

Weight loss surgeries which restrict food intake while bypassing the bowels (Gastric Banding, Sleeve Gastrectomy and Vertical Banded Gastroplasty) does not typically result in poor food absorption. Therefore, while it may be necessary to take proton pump inhibitors to protect the pouch and decrease reflux, these Bariatric surgery patients aren’t subject to strict supplementation needs.  If you choose one of these weight loss surgeries, your Bariatric doctor may prescribe ursodiol (Actigall) to prevent the formation of gallstones.

What are Marginal Ulcers?

Motrin, Advil, Aleve, Celebrex and Excedrin are medications used to treat inflammation as well as fever, headaches and cramps. These non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications, called NSAIDs, can increase the risk of developing Marginal ulcers between the Roux limb and stomach pouch and should be discontinued after Bariatric surgery.

Speak with your doctor before taking aspirin as he may prefer acetaminophen and opioids for pain relief. While Marginal ulcers are quite uncommon, there are several anti-acid medications your doctor may choose from as a method of prevention. These may be prescribed for up to six months after your Bariatric surgery.

Effectiveness of Medications after Bariatric Surgery

Since your stomach pouch is smaller and the intestine has been shortened, time, delayed and extended release medications may lose their effectiveness. The same is true with anti-depressants and sleeping or nerve medications.  Enteric coated (EC) and film coated (FC) medications are also less effective since they do not begin to work until reaching the stomach and small intestine.

Those with high blood pressure, edema and congestive heart failure may be taking diuretics or Lasix prior to weight loss surgery. Unless the doctor says otherwise, these should also be discontinued to prevent dehydration. Blood thinners such as Coumadin are typically stopped prior to weight loss surgery and then resumed gradually, under the doctor’s watchful eye.

If you are taking an oral contraceptive, speak to your primary physician about switching to a barrier contraception to prevent pregnancy.  It is important to ask your Bariatric doctor before crushing or cutting any medications in half.

Gastrointestinal Problems after Bariatric Surgery

Mild gastrointestinal problems are not uncommon after weight loss surgery and most often, Imodium AD and Gas-X are chosen as safe and effective treatments. Here’s why:

Diarrhea and Constipation

Smaller amounts of food after Bariatric surgery means smaller stools and a higher risk of constipation. Milk of Magnesium taken once every three or four days is helpful, but the primary way to prevent diarrhea or constipation is to consume plenty of water. Bariatric patients can also benefit from fiber supplements such as Metamucil or Fibercon.

Gallstones

A rapid and significant weight loss after weight loss surgery can lead to gallstones in predisposed patients. The Bariatric doctor can prescribe a medication called Actigall to prevent gallstones from forming.

Weight loss surgery is one of the best things you can do for your body if you are obese, but not without changing your daily intake of vitamins, minerals, supplements and certain medications. After Bariatric surgery, many patients will be able to discontinue previously prescribed medications as physicians find their underlying health issues and daily discomforts are gone.

Top Gastric Bypass Blogs To Follow

Whether you have already had weight loss surgery or are simply considering it, having some insight into the lives of those who have had gastric bypass surgery can be highly beneficial. From determining what your life might be like if you have the procedure done to connecting with others who are on the same journey as you, here are the best gastric bypass blogs to follow.

  1. Beauty and The Bypass

Having struggled with weight loss since childhood, Nicole Bullock finally decided that gastric bypass surgery was the answer to reclaiming her health and happiness. Having been a blogger for 11 years, she decided to document her life and weight loss after having the surgery in February of 2012. Beauty and the Bypass provides an intimate and personal look into Nicole’s life that covers everything from her motivations, empowerment and triumphs to her doubts, depression and “some deep mental health struggles.”

Anyone who has ever struggled with their weight (whether before or after gastric bypass surgery) can relate to Nicole’s journey and the all-too-familiar hardships that she has faced and continues to overcome.

  1. Bariatric Girl

Yvonne McCarthy underwent gastric bypass surgery in March of 2001 at the hefty weight of 260 pounds. A woman of creative talents, Yvonne is a photographer, computer geek, artist, musician, animal lover and weight loss surgery devotee. Since her surgery, she has lost and maintained a weight loss of 130 pounds, and devoted herself to helping others who have decided to follow the weight loss surgery route. Choosing to pay it forward, she has become a certified Health & Wellness Instructor and volunteer whose goal is to positively contribute to the weight loss community that provided her so much when she first started.

For anyone who is looking to positively connect with someone who has traveled the gastric bypass surgery road, Yvonne offers support, encouragement and advice to others who are making their own journey.

  1. Miles To Go

Julia Holloman finally made the decision to undergo gastric bypass surgery after her weight had reached more than 300 pounds in 2006. Faced with obesity and a myriad of related health problems, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, thyroid problems and sleep apnea, Julia made the decision (as a last resort) to have weight loss surgery. Since then, she has lost more than 160 pounds and no longer needs over half of the medications that she did before the surgery.

Today, her passion is to share the lessons that she has learned with others who are undertaking the same challenges that she did. Having been trained and certified by the Bariatric University as a Certified Bariatric Coach and Bariatric Support Group Leader, she now shares her story via blogging, speaking engagements, one-on-one sessions and local support groups.

In 2014, Julia published her book Out of Obesity and into the Promised Land in which she shares her incredible journey of struggle, weight loss and Christian faith. For those who are struggling to face their health problems, weight loss and faith, Miles To Go offers a safe haven of understanding and encouragement from someone who has lived it.

4. National Bariatric Link

Similar to the above mentioned Bariatric theme blogs, National Bariatric Link offers a blog filled with personal success stories but there is so much more! This blog responds to your medical questions on everything from pre-op diets to insurance coverage. It is imperative that National Bariatric Link provides the necessary information to answer all your questions so that you too can begin your Gastric Bypass journey. Enjoy a better quality of life and share your journey with others as you morph into the person you want to be, whether you choose to write a book, start a blog or simply tell your friends and neighbors.

Don’t miss out on these top gastric bypass blogs to follow and connect with others who are living their weight loss success stories. From stories, encouragement, tips and advice to one-on-one personal support sessions, these blogs have it all.

Craving Pumpkin after Bariatric Surgery?

After you have weight loss surgery, some things will (hopefully) never cross your lips again, especially some of the more popular fall holiday fare. While you are sure to have a few cravings for those old favorites you used to love, now is the time to find new ways to enjoy these flavors without the empty calories and excess sugar.

Pumpkin Mousse, Pumpkin Pie …Oh My!

When you think about the flavors of fall, pumpkin is probably one of the first to cross your mind. The delicious taste of rich pumpkin mousse or a freshly baked pumpkin pie can be almost more temptation than a body can handle, but with a little fore planning, you can beat this craving with some Bariatric approved pumpkin recipes.

Bariatric Pumpkin Pie Recipe

Four ounces of light or fat free cream cheese, softened
One tbsp. skim milk
Three packets of Splenda sugar free sweetener
One 1/2 cups of Cool Whip Lite
One 9” graham cracker pie crust
One cup skim milk, cold
One 16 oz. can of pumpkin
Two pkgs. of sugar free vanilla instant pudding in the four serving size
One tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground ginger
1/4 tsp. ground cloves

In a large bowl, add the cream cheese, 1 tablespoon of milk and the three packets of Splenda, whisking until smooth. Stir in the whipped topping and spread across the bottom of the graham cracker crust.

Next, pour one cup of milk into a large mixing bowl and add pumpkin, spices and pudding mix, beating with the wire whisk until blended well. Your mixture should be thick, allowing you to spread it over the cream cheese layer.

Refrigerate the pie for at least four hours or until the pumpkin pie is fully set. Garnish with additional whipped topping. Without the topping, one slice of pie is only 218 calories, eight grams of fat and five grams of protein.

Makes 8 servings

Bariatric Approved Pumpkin Mousse Recipe

One pkg. instant sugar free vanilla pudding in the six serving size
Three cups skim milk
½ cup solid packed canned pumpkin
One tsp. pumpkin pie spice
½ cup Cool Whip Lite
One cup plain yogurt
One tsp. vanilla extract

In a large bowl, add pudding mix and skim milk, beating for approximately two minutes before folding in the rest of the ingredients above. Spoon into cups or stemmed glasses and garnish with a
sprinkle of cinnamon and a dollop of Cool Whip Lite. Each cup holds only 106 calories, one gram of fat and seven grams of protein.

Makes six servings.

You can make these recipes anytime you crave pumpkin, but when the fall holidays roll around, be sure to have some on hand to curb your yen for the foods that will keep you from reaching your goal weight.

Zucchini Bread Recipes for Post Bariatric Surgery

I’m not going to lie. Homemade breads are one of the things I miss the most after having weight loss surgery and I will probably always long for those fresh baked fares, but the pain is not worth one moment of pleasure or losing sight of those weight loss goals.

As the fall holiday season fast approaches, I remember how delightful homemade zucchini bread can be, especially when it was just removed from the oven and is still warm. Yum! I love the way homemade zucchini bread makes the house smell like fall.

Zucchini Bread Recipes after Weight Loss Surgery

If you are like me, you are probably thrilled right now because you thought you would never be able to enjoy zucchini bread again. Best of all, these Bariatric zucchini recipes taste so great, I doubt you will have any trouble getting your family to fall in love with these great homemade baked goods too. Below you will find two Bariatric doctor approved zucchini bread recipes that won’t sabotage your weight loss goals.

Bariatric Approved Moist Zucchini Bread Recipe

½ cup vegetable oil
½ cup vanilla yogurt, no added sugar
Two cups Splenda
¾ cup egg substitute
Two cups raw shredded zucchini
Two cups whole wheat pastry flour
One teaspoon baking soda
One teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon baking powder
Three teaspoons cinnamon
Three teaspoons vanilla
Dash of nutmeg

In a large bowl, blend together the oil, yogurt and Splenda. Add the zucchini and egg substitute and blend. Sift the dry ingredients together and add to the yogurt mixture.

Add the vanilla and stir in nuts and/or raisins. Pour into two loaf pans that have been coated with
non-stick cooking spray and bake at 300ºFahrenheit for approximately 45 to 60 minutes.

This recipe yields approximately 16 servings, each portion containing 125 calories, four grams of protein and seven grams of fat.

 

Bariatric Approved Whole Wheat Zucchini Bread Recipe

One and 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
One tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. cinnamon and allspice, ground
1/2 cup apple sauce, unsweetened
1/4 cup pineapple juice concentrate, unsweetened
One large egg and two egg whites
Three tbsp. peach spreadable fruit
Two tsp. vanilla extract
One and 1/2 cup zucchini, shredded
Six packets of sugar substitute

Preheat your oven to 350°Fahrenheit and spray a nine by five loaf pan with non-stick vegetable cooking spray; set aside.

In a large bowl, combine all of the dry ingredients along with the egg, egg whites, fruit spread and
vanilla. Next, pour the remaining liquid ingredients into the large bowl and stir just until blended.

Add the shredded zucchini and pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan. Bake the zucchini bread for approximately 45 to 55 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Cool the zucchini bread on a wire rack for about ten minutes before removing from the pan to cool
completely. This recipe makes one dozen servings of whole wheat zucchini bread, each portion containing only 80 calories, three grams of protein and one gram of fat.

Fall Fitness Tips to Faster Weight Loss

Weight loss surgery is not a quick and easy fix as some might think, but rather a constant reconditioning of your life, and that includes your approach to exercise. It isn’t too difficult to get yourself up and moving when its warm and sunny, but depending on where you live, you may find yourself feeling reluctant to leave the house once the fall season has rolled around.

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Fitness Tips to Beat the Fall Blues

Another reason fall can be a difficult time of year is due to the many upcoming food and candy focused holidays. Additionally, when you feel a bit trapped indoors, it is easy to make bad choices out of habit or convenience. Here are some fall fitness tips to help you lose weight and feel better about the person you are slowly and steadily becoming making the choice to have Bariatric surgery.

How to Get Fit for a Healthy Fall Holiday Season

#1 – You and your Bariatric doctor has already determined what your goal weight should be, but it is also important to set small weight loss goals such as one or two pounds per week, especially with the upcoming holidays.

#2 – Keep a food and exercise journal to mark your progress. Research shows that weight loss patients see much better results when keeping track of what is being eaten and how many calories are burned.

#3 – If you are like most who have undergone Bariatric surgery, you probably have a pair of jeans or a little black dress you are working your best to get into. Don’t hide these items in a drawer or hanging in a closet. Instead, put these goal items where you will see them several times a day.

#4 – Make an effort to go bicycle riding or walking two to four hours per week. Not only will your body appreciate the fresh air, but your goal weight will be that much closer.

#5 – Rid your pantry of any and all food items that are not agreeable with your Bariatric diet by donating them to the local mission or food pantry. Getting rid of the temptation will also cleanse your life.

#6 – Keep numerous protein rich choices in your pantry and refrigerator rather than the traditional fall sweets and sugary candies around your home, opting instead for yogurts, tuna, chicken and other healthful options.

#7 – Replace your candy dish with a bowl of vegetables kept inside the refrigerator, allowing you to snack on carrot sticks, celery and other convenient finger foods.

#8 – Get your family on board for the extra support and make some changes they will also benefit from as well. Purchase skim or fat free milk instead of whole milk and replace regular products with reduced fat or fat free options.

#9 – Stop consuming liquid calories! Announce that your home is a soda free zone and keep bottled water on hand. By drinking bottled water, you can keep track of your intake and help flush away unwanted fat cells. Switch up the flavors with lemon, cucumber or mint.

#10 –  While you are probably used to dining with plates, it is recommended that you downsize to smaller plates, bowls and saucers. This will keep you from dishing out more than what you need, helping you eat slower and smaller helpings.