There’s no denying that America has a weight problem. According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control), nearly two-thirds of Americans are overweight or obese. Obesity is a condition where there is excess fat in your body (that leads to diseases like high blood pressure, diabetes, liver failure, heart attack, stroke, and cancer).
Ready to take the first step?
Talk to us and we will address all your weight-loss worries and help you achieve optimal health. We have a multidisciplinary team of experts including a nutritionist, an exercise physiologist, a mental health professional, and board-certified surgeons with specialized training in bariatric and metabolic surgery to assist you.
This is what our comprehensive treatment approach looks like:
Diet & Healthy Eating Habits: Our dieticians and nutritionists have only one goal- for you to have a healthy relationship with your food. Healthy habits are mindful eating (eating slowly and intentionally), avoiding processed foods and snacks, and learning how to stop when you feel full are the key to success with weight loss.
Exercise & Work-out regime: The American Heart Association recommends 150 minutes [about 2 and a half hours] of moderate-intensity activity a week like taking a brisk walk or low-intensity aerobic exercise.
Weight Loss Medications: There are different medications that may be prescribed to you when diet and exercise fail to give you desirable weight loss.
Surgery & supportive care: Considered only a last resort, bariatric surgery can lead to sustained weight loss in the long run.
To find out more give us a call on 718-DORAL-55.
What does Healthy Eating look like?
There are two keys to sustainable weight loss.
- A diet and exercise plan designed specifically for you.
- Take your time— you need time to adapt to new diets, routines, and lifestyle. This happens slowly, over time.
The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Integrated Health Nutritional Guidelines (ASMBS) boost your chances of maintaining a desirable body weight.
- Eat at least three meals a day and never skip breakfast.
- Eat nutrient-rich foods like vegetables, whole grains, fruits, and lean meats (like fish and chicken).
- Almost half of your plate at each meal should have whole grains and protein.
- Avoid refined carbohydrates (like white bread, white rice) and unhealthy proteins (like red meat and processed meats).
- Use healthy oils such as canola or olive oil instead of butter.
- Take at least 30 minutes to eat your meal, chewing your food to a pureed/mush consistency.
- Avoid processed snacks such as chips, cookies, crackers, fried food, hot dogs, ice cream, and candy.
- Avoid zero-nutrition foods such as pretzels, rice cakes, and animal crackers.
- Drink 8 or more cups of plain water a day. After you drink 6 cups of water you may drink coffee or tea (without adding sugar).
- Do not drink fluids 30 minutes before meals, with meals, or for 30 minutes after meals.
- Drink 8 ounces of skim or soy or almond milk every day. You can also eat light or Greek yogurt instead of drinking milk.
- Do not have carbonated drinks such as pop, juice, or soda. They have extra sugar and calories.
- Avoid tobacco, alcohol and drugs.
- Exercise at least 20 minutes or more a day.
- Keep a detailed food and activity log. Bring them to your dietitian’s appointment.
If you are worried or unsure of where to start your weight management journey, our team can help get you on track. Get in touch with us!