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Get Moving After Bariatric Surgery

Burn More Calories.

As complicated as we make it out to be, it all breaks down into a rather simple formula. If you want to lose weight, then you have to burn more calories than you take in. From here, there are a million options as to what your snacking habits should be, what foods are best to eat, and what kind of exercise is best for you. These are the questions that your bariatric coordinator will help you answer.

•In the first days and weeks after bariatric surgery you will be limited to how much movement you can engage in. However, once the time comes, you want to make sure you are ready to jump into an exercise routine. Research shows that starting a workout program prior to your bariatric procedure actually prepares your body for a faster recovery and an easier transition into an active lifestyle after bariatric surgery.

•  You need to make sure that you choose an exercise that is ideal for your current body type and activity level. Here are a few suggestions that are often ideal for easing into a strong workout routine:


Low-Impact Cardio Exercise 
such as walking or bike riding. Try starting out by just walking around your neighborhood in short intervals, or going for a brief bike ride. You can also use gym equipment to take your workout indoors.


Weight-Resistance Training 
use resistance bands or light hand weights. These activities are easy to do in your own living room. You can follow a video or written instructions online to learn the best movements for building muscle and strength.

Water Aerobics or Swimming 
low-impact cardio exercise in the water is a great resource if you have access to a pool, either at your home, community center, or even the local gym.

Get Started, Just Do It.
The goal of any fitness program should guide you through the lifestyle changes you need to make so you can adapt to a healthier way of living. When you are going to have bariatric surgery, these lifestyle changes will add up to a lot of dietary changes, of course, but it also means incorporating activity into your daily life.

This is a new concept for many people. If exercise wasn’t something you enjoyed doing in the past, it is important to recognize why.  Getting started with an exercise program before undergoing bariatric surgery can help you reach your ultimate goals.

 

Bariatric Options:                                                       Medical Form

Gastric Balloon                                                        
Lap Band
Mini Gastric Bypass
Full Gastric Bypass
Gastric Sleeve
Gastric Plication Surgery
Conversion or Revision Surgery
Duodenal Switch Surgery

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              Dr. Sergio Verboonen

Much success in your journey.

Respectfully,
International Patient Facilitators – Cancun and Tijuana, Mexico
On behalf of Dr. Sergio Verboonen
info@ipf-mail.com

1 800 210 5124 

Don’t Ignore Too Tight Jeans.

Rise Up and Take Control

This isn’t necessarily about regain, its about restarting. In those first seven months after surgery, nothing can stop the weight from falling off, but then it all stops and its then up to us. If old habits have not been redirected, this is how you start losing again.

Going on a diet is different from the old pre op days. Back then, it was a slow painful process that took months for results because we had to lose a good forty pounds before anyone even noticed because of proportions. Face it, ten pounds is not a big dent when you weight 300 pounds. But post op dieting actually produces results fairly quickly and feels successful. Plus the pouch gives us an edge.

1. Grab a Friend !
Talk your girlfriend, spouse, sister, neighbor into losing five pounds with you. Friendly Competition is good and Peer Pressure makes you exercise harder.

2. Stop Buying Bread.
Sound too simple? It is! It’s a no brainer in fact. If there isn’t any bread you can’t eat it. When there aren’t any crackers, you can’t eat them.

3. Blab & Obligate Yourself.
Tell all close to you that you are recommitting to losing pounds. Say what you do – do what you say.

4. Stop eating White Foods.
No potatoes, bread, pasta, crackers, chips, rice, sugar, & tortillas. These foods are full of carbs and calories with few nutrients.

5. Get out the Small Plates Even with a four ounce stomach we can overeat soft or slider foods. On your small plate should be 4 or 5 ounces of protein and as much salad & vegetables that will fit.

Bariatric surgery is not easy nor is it the easy way out. It takes time to get used to these changes and it take strength and dedication.

Learn more about our Bariatric Program in Mexico here.

Much success in your journey.

Respectfully,
International Patient Facilitators – Cancun and Tijuana, Mexico
On behalf of Dr. Sergio Verboonen 

info@ipf-mail.com
1 800 210 5124 

Bariatric Food Tips

Smart essential bariatric tips

Take Control

Things are different when you have a four ounce stomach. We used to save best for last, but now we’d better eat it first! Now we have to chew food and think about the texture. No more big bites! Here is our short list of smart and essential bariatric tips.

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1. Sit at a table ! Before surgery, many of us inhaled our meal in front of the television or while standing over the sink. It’s very important to put your portion on a small plate, sit down at a table and pay attention to what you are eating.  Really enjoy it.

2. Eat at Home. Chain restaurants achieve consistency of flavors with the use of processed sauces and packaged components that have hidden ingredients like high fructose corn syrup food starches and fat. At home, when you roast a chicken thigh and pair it with a simple salad you know what is on the plate. 

3. Cook .  There are generations of people who do not know how to feed themselves. Begin to cook meals for yourself, your family and friends. It’s healthier for everyone in the house. Make better choices for yourself and for your family.

4. Eat within 1 hour of Feet on Floor.  We all know this so let’s just DO IT. Studies show that people who don’t eat breakfast weigh more than those who do. Skipping breakfast keeps the body in starvation mode. Break the fast and stoke the body with enough energy to burn some of that stored fat.

5. Have Plan of Attack for the Restaurant. Almost all restaurants have websites and full menus online. Look at the menu in advance to get an idea of what appetizers or entrees will work for your surgery. It’s a lot easier knowing before you arrive.

Bariatric surgery is not easy nor is it the easy way out. It takes time to get used to these changes and it take strength and dedication.

Learn more about our Bariatric Program in Mexico here.

Respectfully,
International Patient Facilitators – Cancun and Tijuana, Mexico
On behalf of Dr. Sergio Verboonen 

info@ipf-mail.com
1 800 210 5124 

Can I Reduce the Side Effects of Fertility Drugs

Making a baby is generally fun – except if you need the help of some fertility drugs, whose side effects can range from generally mild to downright miserable.

Side effects vary depending on the type of medicine you’re taking. Chlomiphene citrate, for example (best known by the drug names Clomid or serophene), is one of the most common medicines for stimulating ovulation, but its side effects can include hot flashes, nausea, breast tenderness, headaches, depression, mood swings and ovarian cysts.

Other medicine, like Lupron, can send you into a temporary state of menopause, complete with hot flashes, vaginal dryness, insomnia and headaches. Talk to your doctor about using the lowest dose possible of the medicine to minimize these side effects.

There are also some medications that can reduce the symptoms, from antidepressants to acetaminophen (aka Tylenol). Unfortunately, there’s little evidence to support taking herbs like black cohosh or Siberian ginseng, although you’ll find them touted on some websites as a cure-all for certain side effects.

Some women find acupuncture is helpful in managing some of the stress and anxiety surrounding fertility treatments.

Taking a walk or doing some other moderate exercise can also help.

The good news is that most side effects go away pretty soon after you’ve stopped taking the drugs, so you can hopefully focus on a healthy pregnancy and not the treatments that got you there.

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Much success in your journey.

Respectfully,
International Patient Facilitators – IVF TReatments, Mexico

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Embryo Freezing

Embryo Freezing.  What is it and when should I consider it ?

It’s been more than 20 years since embryo cryopreservation, as it’s sometimes known, became a buzzword in the world of reproductive medicine. Today embryo freezing is one of the most common components of IVF. As long as you’re undergoing the treatment, which involves having a number of eggs harvested after taking fertility drugs, some doctors feel you might as well take the extra eggs, fertilize them and preserve them through cryo (very cold) storage. Embryos can be frozen anywhere from a single-cell stage to blastocyst stage (5 to 7 days after fertilization).

The choice of freezing your eggs or embryos depends on a few different factors, from your age to your health. If you’re in your early 30s, don’t have a partner, and are looking to preserve your fertility, it may make more sense to simply freeze your eggs before they’re fertilized, until you’re more ready to decide on a potential sperm source (baby daddy). If you’re already undergoing IVF and have extra embryos that have not been transferred, and you’re potentially looking to add a sibling down the road, it may make sense to put some embryos on ice for future family planning. Or you may be years away from starting a family but facing a treatment like chemotherapy that might limit your ability to conceive naturally in the future.

Ultimately, the choice comes down to you (and your partner, if you have one) and your current and future needs and wants.

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Much success in your journey.

Respectfully,
International Patient Facilitators – 
IVF Treatment in Mexico

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Who’s a Winner, You’re a Winner.

We Are All Winners with Bariatric Surgery

We are all winners. Don’t lose focus that the goal isn’t to be the next supermodel, but to be healthy, happy and fit. If we never get to a size 4, but end up at a slim size 12 or 14 and no longer need insulin, blood pressure medications or get out of breath moving from the house to our car; we are a success story..

Compare yourself to Real People, the people at the grocery store, not the airbrushed magazine covers. Real men and women have squish at the waistband of our jeans and jiggly thighs and at least a bit of wattle hanging from our arms. No one ever promised us perfection. Focus on how far you have come rather than how far you have to go and BE REAL!

People come in all shapes and sizes – there is no standard for beauty.  We are a success when we have learned to love the person in the mirror and we realise that happiness radiates from within.  Be Healthy, Be Happy, Be a Success.

Bariatric Options:                                                       Medical Form

Gastric Balloon                                                        
Lap Band
Mini Gastric Bypass
Full Gastric Bypass
Gastric Sleeve
Gastric Plication Surgery
Conversion or Revision Surgery
Duodenal Switch Surgery

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              Dr. Sergio Verboonen

Much success in your journey.

Respectfully,
International Patient Facilitators – Cancun and Tijuana, Mexico
On behalf of Dr. Sergio Verboonen
info@ipf-mail.com

1 800 210 5124 

What’s Up with the Plateau ?

Relax, You’re A Staller!  After surgery we all go through the same categories. You haven’t hit a wall, you’re just a Staller.

It is normal for you to be second guessing your decision in these early weeks as you haven’t lost enough weight to justify the surgery. The benefits have not yet tipped scales in your favor but all that will change if you just hang on and give yourself the time and materials to heal. It usually all comes together and really rolls after the first 8 weeks. Here’s a helpful tip: STOP WEIGHING YOURSELF. During surgery they pumped you up full of fluids. Okay, I know you can’t stop weighing, so how about just every three days. Promise? 

The Myth

Truth is none of us jump off that operating room table able to do all of the things on our list of “things to do”. Start slowly, sip your water, get plenty of rest, and after a few days you can begin to think about eating a little egg custard or drinking more than a sip of protein drink, or maybe chewing a single vitamin tablet. It all comes in time and you don’t need to force the issue if you don’t feel good.

BOOM…  the sound of your weight loss hitting the wall! One minute you’re losing 10 pounds every forty three minutes and now you haven’t lost a single pound in a month! Relax, welcome to what everyone calls a ‘Plateau’. After dropping a large amount of weight your body is trying to preserve its comfortable blanket of fat and is doing everything it can to stop the massive loss.

Remember that you have just undergone a major surgical procedure in which 7/8th of your stomach was either removed or cut in two with your intestines bypassed then reconnected through a handful of punched holes; it makes sense that a complete recovery will take time and that it is normal that the last thing you want to do is eat, drink and be merry. Your stomach and intestines are very swollen and tender from the trauma of this surgery. This was kind of a Big Deal. Keep in mind that this surgery does not start out as a day at the beach. Focus on the long term results and soon things will fall into place for you.

Focus on how far you’ve come rather than how far you have to go.

Bariatric Options:                                                       Medical Form

Gastric Balloon                                                        
Lap Band
Mini Gastric Bypass
Full Gastric Bypass
Gastric Sleeve
Gastric Plication Surgery
Conversion or Revision Surgery
Duodenal Switch Surgery

dr. sergio verboonen
              Dr. Sergio Verboonen

Much success in your journey.

Respectfully,
International Patient Facilitators – Cancun and Tijuana, Mexico
On behalf of Dr. Sergio Verboonen
info@ipf-mail.com

1 800 210 5124 

Eating out after Bariatric Surgery

Have a Plan of Attack for the Restaurant

All Restaurants Have Websites.

Friday’s, Olive Garden and Outback has over 100 different things to order on their menus. The time to decide what you’ll be eating is not necessarily at the table with your Waiter standing over you describing the Pasta special and talking up the 8000 calorie bomb ‘Triple Hamburger with 2000 calorie dish of lip smacking dipping sauce. Almost all restaurants have websites and full menus online. Look at the menu in advance to get an idea of what appetizers or entrees will work for your surgery. It’s a lot easier knowing before you arrive that a small house salad comes with the meal and that you can order the Special Sirloin with broccoli instead of a special deal on fried chicken wings. If your restaurant stop is “last minute” unless you’re at a Pancake House, there will be a Shrimp Cocktail.  This is a “go to food” of proper bariatric eating.

Do I qualify ?

It’s cool to ask if you can have broccoli instead of baked potato,  the burrito served ‘naked’ without the tortilla,  your dressing on the side, to bring your shrimp appetizer with everyone’s entree, or have him take away the water glass so you don’t sip it with your food. 

Decide to be the best possible you and make the best possible decisions.

See if you qualify for Bariatric Surgery by completing this form.

Much success in your journey.

Respectfully,
International Patient Facilitators – Cancun and Tijuana, Mexico
On behalf of Dr. Sergio Verboonen 

info@ipf-mail.com
1 800 210 5124 

I’ll Start on Monday

My New Life… on Hold

If you have been targeting January 1 as your Official Start Date for your annual diet and beginning of your new, New Life, there’s a good chance you are doomed before even getting out of the gate. The very idea of choosing a date in the future to START means you are viewing changes as negative, difficult, and that your life with food will pretty much suck from that point forward. As in ‘I know its almost September and I didn’t get my act together to lose weight this summer but who wants to diet over the holidays; I will make a fresh start with My New Life on New Years Day.’

Cure for Stinkin Thinkin is a Checkup from the Neckup

Weight loss surgery is not a diet where you start and stop, it’s a way we have committed to live. Permanent surgical changes are meant to enforce this new way of thinking. What is stopping you from starting RIGHT NOW other than you? Get rid of the Stinkin Thinkin. Start now, no matter what the date and you’ll feel so much better that you are choosing to live in the present!

What are you going to do if you don’t start now? Eat more wings with blue cheese dip? More chips? Have another bowl of ice cream? What is it that you want to eat? There is nothing so important about the next few days that it justifies putting off change that is really in your head.

What are you Waiting For?!

Start now and you will be proud of yourself. Take a stand. Make it happen. Take the first step and get your supplies for the big change. This is the year we get to goal and learn to live there but start now, don’t wait.

Make it happen… make it about you! I can do it. You can do it! We can do it.

Bariatric Options:                                                       Medical Form

Gastric Balloon                                                        
Lap Band
Mini Gastric Bypass
Full Gastric Bypass
Gastric Sleeve
Gastric Plication Surgery
Conversion or Revision Surgery
Duodenal Switch Surgery

dr. sergio verboonen
              Dr. Sergio Verboonen

Much success in your journey.

Respectfully,
International Patient Facilitators – Cancun and Tijuana, Mexico
On behalf of Dr. Sergio Verboonen
info@ipf-mail.com

1 800 210 5124 

The Truth About Bariatric Surgery

Betcha Can’t Eat Just One

I am horrified by some of the stories that new post ops tell of eating foods that years ago nobody would have dreamed of putting in their mouth. What is the difference? FEAR!

What was it like in the olden days ?

Back then no one knew what the deal was. There were no outlines for meals, or guidelines, no real rules, there was barely an internet in 2001! No living breathing examples of post ops, other than Carnie Wilson, doing a TV interview.

Fifteen years ago, having bariatric surgery was like walking across a frozen lake, never being sure if the next step would crack the ice, plunging us into the icy water. We didn’t know anyone who had actually been across the lake before – we were on our own inching along tentatively, scared to death of what could or would happen.

Today, there are all kinds of people on the other side of the frozen lake rooting you on, having a party with confetti and they’re all drinking Diet Cokes. Come on – walk faster! Don’t worry! The ice is THICK! Don’t be scared!

Temptation Island

Have an Oreo, we’re all having Oreos. You deserve to eat an Oreo if you want one! We are eating Oreos and look at us! Don’t listen to those people trying to scare you! You didn’t have surgery to be on a diet for the rest of your life! Go ahead, have a sandwich, it’s whole wheat bread! OR HERE, HAVE A PIZZA MADE WITH A LOW CARB WRAP… EVERYTHING IN MODERATION! Potatoes are vegetables, have some! Would you like a Diet Mountain Dew? I drink soda and I have lost 75 pounds in four months, I must be doing something right!

If others are doing it, it cant be that bad! Can it? Isn’t this how we needed surgery to begin with; by ignoring the reality of our actions? Why, yes it is! Let’s find others who are also pushing it and not doing what they are supposed to be doing. IF they are still alive maybe I can get away with it too!

The Readers Digest Version (ask your mother)

Bariatric surgery drastically reduces the amount of food you can stuff into your mouth and ultimately your stomach – and for about SEVEN MONTHS you can effectually eat just about anything and still lose ONE HUNDRED POUNDS!

You can literally not move a single muscle and eat whatever you want (that doesn’t come back up) and because your stomach has been made so small you can actually lose ONE HUNDRED POUNDS!

Now the Hidden Truth

Please listen to me – we are not driving for the first seven months even though we may think so. It is the surgery doing the work! It’s all up to you what you do with the massive head start that bariatric surgery provides.

  • IF you take it upon yourself to learn what ‘eating right’ actually means – it takes a while to get the hang of it, even though it is simple it does take planning and effort…
  • IF you figure out a way to motivate yourself to move your butt at least a little bit on 3 of 7 days a week, even if it’s just parking further out in the parking lot at the office…
  • IF you somehow look inside yourself and figure out that you may have ANOTHER underlying issue which is actually the BIGGER issue and cause of your eating, that this is not really about food for you AND take the even bigger step to work it out with a therapist…
  • IF you put your hands over your ears and ignore the Oreo Eaters who do not realize they are following false Oreo gods and hanging with the WRONG CROWD…

You will have an amazing opportunity to overcome and even reverse the death sentence of Morbid Obesity!

The Truth about Bariatric Surgery:
Bariatric surgery gives you a window of opportunity of about SEVEN MONTHS to easily take off the first ONE HUNDRED POUNDS to lighten your load and give a boost to your self-esteem, while you get your act together regarding your Life. Drop the Mike.

Bariatric Options:                                                       Medical Form

Gastric Balloon                                                        
Lap Band
Mini Gastric Bypass
Full Gastric Bypass
Gastric Sleeve
Gastric Plication Surgery
Conversion or Revision Surgery
Duodenal Switch Surgery

dr. sergio verboonen
              Dr. Sergio Verboonen

Much success in your journey.

Respectfully,
International Patient Facilitators – Cancun and Tijuana, Mexico
On behalf of Dr. Sergio Verboonen
info@ipf-mail.com

1 800 210 5124