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KETO 30 day NO CHEAT CHALLENGE

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KETO 30 day NO CHEAT CHALLENGE

If you are just starting Keto, you’ll love this Keto 30 Day Challenge 

Meet the slimming sisters who’ve lost 167kg in a year thanks to pact

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Meet the slimming sisters who’ve lost 167kg in a year thanks to pact

TWO morbidly obese sisters have lost an incredible 167kg in the last year after making a surgery pact together, and incredibly they’re still shrinking.

Annabelle Chiarello, 16, and her sister Anastasia, 24 from Montaray, NSW, both battled with the bulge their entire lives, with the teenager wearing 7XL shirts at her heaviest and her sister squeezing into a size 26.

The incredibly close siblings grew up gorging on giant portions of pasta and bread, and snacked on family blocks of chocolate, causing their waistlines to stretch to huge proportions.

At just 13, Belle tipped the scales at 248kg. Doctors warned she needed to lose weight or die, and recommended having a gastric sleeve (VSG) fitted.

Meet the slimming sisters who’ve lost 167kg in a year thanks to pact

The sisters have struggled with weight their whole lives.

Meet the slimming sisters who’ve lost 167kg in a year thanks to pact

Annabelle and Anastasia before the surgery.

When the young teen was scared about having the procedure, loving sister Anastasia stepped in and made a pact to have the surgery too in a bid to encourage Belle.

The teenager went under the knife in Oct. last year, just three months after Anastasia, who weighed 165kg at the time of her surgery.

Now the sisters have lost a combined 167kg but are continuing to shrink together, and are determined to fight their flab for good.

Meet the slimming sisters who’ve lost 167kg in a year thanks to pact

Annabelle and Anastasia pictured with their parents before the surgery.

Meet the slimming sisters who’ve lost 167kg in a year thanks to pact

Annabelle and Anastasia still have a way to go, but are already different women a year after surgery. Picture: Caters NewsSource:Caters News Agency

Belle said: “My whole family loves food so it’s always been a big part of my life.

“I’d eat all day every day and never knew what hunger felt like.
“Even in baby photos I was really big, but Anastasia was too and so were other family members, so it made it okay.

“When our parents split up, Ana and I turned to food to help with the pain of their break up.

“It was only when my doctor said I would die if I didn’t lose weight that I realised how bad my situation was.”

The teenager was advised to have VSG surgery, but was overwhelmed because of her young age.

She said: “I didn’t like the idea of being put to sleep and having surgeons cut into me.

“Mostly, I was scared of what life would be like after.

“I knew I’d have to live on a diet of pureed foods for months and my eating habits would be affected for the rest of my life.

“I was only 13 so it seemed like a huge commitment. That’s when Ana stepped in and offered to go first, to reassure me it would be okay.

“She too had been struggling with her weight although she wasn’t as big as I was. I was so relieved I wouldn’t have to go through it alone.”

The sisters have been incredibly close since their parents split, with Belle even moving in with her elder sister.

Ana said: “We’ve both always struggled with our weight, but watching Belle balloon at such a young age was concerning.

“By the time she was 13, she was pushing the 200kg mark and I was extremely worried about her.

“But food was our go-to to help cope with the fact our parents were splitting up and whenever we tried to eat healthier, we’d always go back to our carb loving ways.

“When the doctor told her to lose weight or die, I knew I had to support her any way I could. Offering to have surgery with her was an easy decision. Plus, I needed help too.”

The girls with some of their old clothes.

Belle and Ana had lived on similar diets, of huge portions of pasta and bread, and lots of chocolate.

“Looking back at what I used to eat and it wasn’t all bad. I was just eating way too much of it,” said Annabelle.

“I’d eat about three big bowls of cereal for brekkie, then would have two or three sandwiches for lunch. At home, I’d devour bowls of pasta for dinner and would snack on chips and chocolate in between.

“I knew I was big, but I didn’t realise how bad it was because I was surrounded by people who were all big too. But I was wearing 7XL men tops and shorts with elasticated waists. I was the size of a burly man.”
Belle — who was bullied her whole life because of her size — knew surgery was the only option.

She said: “I tried diets a couple of times growing up, but I had no will power. I didn’t know how to say no.

“My mum Vicki had to draw on her super to pay for my $10,000 surgery, which was at a discounted rate because my surgeon was desperate to help me. Then Ana paid for hers through her own super.”

Meet the slimming sisters who’ve lost 167kg in a year thanks to pact

Back when this dress still fitted Anastasia.

Meet the slimming sisters who’ve lost 167kg in a year thanks to pact

Anastasia now, pictured with an old dress.

Thanks to their pact to support one another, Ana went first, having her VSG fitted in July last year.

Belle said: “Seeing Ana go through the surgery first was a huge help.
“We’d be at home and I’d see the small pureed meals she’d be eating and realised she was doing fine.

“It gave me the confidence I needed to have my operation without worrying about how I’d cope or what life would be like.”

Within weeks of having the operation, which Belle had in October 2015, the obese teen began to lose weight, much to Ana’s relief.

“I’d already lost about 20kg by the time Belle had her surgery, so she was feeling pretty confident,” said Ana.

“Back home I was able to support her through the puree stage, which was tough. She’d never experienced hunger before. But I was right there with her, telling her she’d get through it.”

On their slimming missions together, the sisters swapped their huge pasta dinners for healthier options like salads and wraps.

Belle said: Belle said: “At first it was tough, but with both of us on the same diet, it made things bearable. The worst part was I missed food. I was used to eating so much before, now my portions were tiny and I felt full quickly. But as the weight came off, I knew skipping my favourite foods was worth it.

“I’d been struggling to walk very far before my surgery, but I noticed a huge difference in my energy levels. I even started going to the gym.”

Meet the slimming sisters who’ve lost 167kg in a year thanks to pact

Belle (right) has now lost 90kg and Anastasia (left) has lost 77kg.

In the last year since their surgery, Belle and Anastasia have shed a combined 167kg and continue to lose more weight every day.

Belle said: “I’ve lost 90kg now and am happier than I ever imagined. I know I’ve still got a long way to go, but for once there’s hope on the horizon.

“Anastasia is doing amazing too, and she’s lost 77kg, and is wearing a size 14.

“I’m still in 2XL men’s clothes and am looking forward to the day I can go shopping and buy something fashionable.

“I can’t thank my sister enough for helping me to finally lose the weight. Together, we’re unstoppable.”

Meet the slimming sisters who’ve lost 167kg in a year thanks to pact

Your 7 Day Keto Kickstart and Meal Plan

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Keto Diet Meal Plan

So you have found the Ketogenic Diet. You have figured out your macros and you are itching to get started. Here is a 7 Day Ketogenic Diet meal plan for one week of eating. If you are just getting started with a keto diet use this basic plan to help get going.

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I just started MONTH five of a ketogenic diet(45 lbs lost). *Update- I am now entering month 11 of my own Ketogenic Diet journey and I am now down 80 pounds! 260 down to 180!

I’m by no means an expert. I am now 46 years old and I have spent my entire life trying to lose weight. Ironically I have also spent years learning about nutrition and exercise. I thought I knew stuff. I really didn’t.

Figuring out macronutrients just comes naturally to me as I have done it so much over my life. By following a keto diet this is the first time I have seen any real success in losing the unwanted pounds. This despite years of working out and being active.

I have had a very successful go of it so far, and I feel that a lot of you who are trying to get started with a ketogenic diet may get overwhelmed and confused with all of the numbers and information that is coming at you. Hence this ketogenic diet meal plan. It is what I am doing to keep things simple. I am a guy. I need simple.

For me I think that success with a keto diet is found with having some base meals and adding some variety later on if needed. Hell I eat the same thing pretty much every day. Not too exciting but losing 45 pounds in 4 months IS exciting, so I am sticking with it. If it isn’t broke, don’t fix it.

7 Day Keto Diet Grocery List




The daily meals will be bacon and eggs, chicken with vegetables, and beef with vegetables. This are base meals and will provide good macros for some people. For others who need more food(fat) you can just add a keto friendly snack or 2 to get your macros up to where they need to be. This is what I need to do.

  1. A dozen eggs.
  2. A package bacon.
  3. Butter. (real butter)
  4. A pack of boneless SKIN ON chicken thighs
  5. 1 onion.
  6. 1 bell pepper (Green, red, yellow, that’s your choice.)
  7. Two bulbs of garlic. (Optional, but very heart healthy.)
  8. A big bag of mixed frozen vegetables, at least 12 cups worth. If you are not sure what to get, just pick something else that’s keto friendly like frozen broccoli.)
  9.  a bag of almonds, a jar of almond butter (very expensive – cheapest I can find is 10$ for 750g at Costco).
  10. A package of beef. You want to find some kind of beef that you can imagine cutting/dividing into 6 equal portions of about 5.5 ounces each(a bit bigger than a deck of cards.)

I Am Actually Cooking. Well…Some

I am not much for cooking but I am doing better. A ketogenic diet meal plan does work better when you have food ready to go. It takes the guess work out of things and we need to keep this as simple as possible in order to have success with the keto diet.

  1. Put the 12 thighs in to the oven with all the cloves from a bulb of garlic. You should separate the cloves, but you don’t need to skin them. The heat from the oven will do that nicely, and you can peel them when you eat it.
  2. While the thighs are cooking, hard boil the eggs. Then set them aside to cool.
  3. Take a skillet, put some butter in it, and then fry up the bacon. (Note: Some might argue that the butter isn’t needed. In my experience you can either grease up that pan somehow, or your first strips of bacon will come out burnt.)
  4. Dice up half the onion, save the other half for next week.
  5. Cut up the pepper
  6. You might need to take the chicken out at this point. If it’s done, pull it out, and let it cool.
  7. In the skillet (I love to use the bacon grease as a base) sauté the pepper and half onion, and another bulb’s worth of garlic cloves. (leave the skin on, just like before.)
  8. Add the beef and brown it.

Getting The Keto Meals Together

  1. Wash/rinse out 12 containers.
  2. In 6 of them, put 2 chicken thighs each. Share the garlic between them, and evenly divide the fat juice.
  3. In the other 6 evenly spoon out the beef/pepper/onion mix.
  4. Take the veggie blend, evenly pour it across the 12 containers, right on top of the meat.
  5. Put them all in your fridge. If you have minimal fridge space you could just put some in there, and then rest in your freezer. Just pull another out when you pull from the fridge.
  6. Pull out six plastic bags and put 2 hard boiled eggs in each.
  7. Evenly divide your remaining bacon by 6.
  8. Now brown bag it, and put it in your fridge.

The Macronutrients of the Ketogenic Diet Meal Plan

Right now you have 6 day’s worth of ketogenic meals in your fridge

  • 6 bags with 2 hard boiled eggs and bacon
  • 6 containers of thighs/veggies
  • 6 containers Beef/Veggies

Okay so this is only 6 days. Make extra for day 7 OR you can try to get creative and plan your own meals. Ruled.me has some awesome keto recipes if you are feeling brave.

*I messed up. The macros of each “meal” above are too high in protein and too low in fat so reduce the amount of meat in each meal by about half AND add 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil to each meal(or some cheese). Please forgive me!!

For this basic ketogenic diet meal plan I am going to use the following macronutrient profile that I helped someone set up for themselves:

Total calories- 1570

  • Net carbs  – 20g per day
  • Protein      – 80 g per day
  • Fat              – 130 g per day

Now divide each of those by 3(for 3 meals per day) and you get:

  • ≈7 net carbs per meal
  • ≈26 grams protein per meal
  • ≈44 grams fat per meal

Omg, so much math! If you halve the protein in each meal you will be pretty close to these totals PER MEAL! 

Personally I need more protein and fat each day and so will some of you. So I add in some snacks, cheese, or keto fudge during the day to get my macros up where they need to be. I also drink homemade Bulletproof coffee which for me is:

  • 1 cup coffee
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil/MCT Oil
  • 1 tsp butter
  • 1 tbsp full fat coconut milk(in a can)

This adds about 25g of fat to my day.

The nuts and almond butter are there in case you find yourself having cravings. Between staying on top of your water intake and small snacks of these you really shouldn’t be overly hungry. If you got hungry on Day One between breakfast and lunch, or lunch and supper while you’re still at work—then portion out some nuts (15 of them ).

You may also want to consider adding these fat boosting strategies:

  • Full fat cream, butter, coconut oil, MCT oil in your coffee.
  • Put a tablespoon of mayonnaise on the chicken while it’s baking.
  • Top the vegetables with some cheese before reheating.

Salt and Electrolytes With The Keto genic Diet

It’s  also worth pointing out that you may want to consider taking a multi-vitamin with the ketogenic diet meal plan. It is very low on Vitamins B1, D, E, and K. Calcium, Magnesium, Manganese, and Potassium are also very low, but we need to manage those as part of our electrolyte strategy anyways on keto.

Do not omit essential electrolytes: Sodium (Na+), Chloride (Cl-), Potassium (K+), Magnesium (Mg++), Calcium (Ca++), Phosphate (HPO4–), Bicarbonate (HCO3-). Lack of electrolytes or more pointedly the bodies primary electrolyte sodium (aka Salt) is responsible for lethargy, brain fog and keto flu symptoms on high fats diets.

You should be aiming for at least 8 cups of water a day. I have a 600ml bottle and I empty it at least 10 times a day. That is a lot of water and yes I am going to the bathroom a lot. Carbs hold water, so with minimal carbs this will speed up the flushing of water. So even more bathroom breaks.

Also do not discount the importance of sleep! It plays a huge part in every aspect of your life.

But How Do I Keep Track All of This?!

The “easiest” way to actually track your eating(and thus your macros)  for your ketogenic diet meal plan is to set up a free account with MyFitnessPal. This app is both web based and/or you can use it with your phone. I cannot stress the importance of tracking what you eat. Doing this has made all the difference in the world for me and is a huge part of my keto diet success.

Once you get your account set up you just enter the food you eat and the app calculates your total consumption for each macro and your total calories. There is also a “bar code scanner” as part of the app. You use your phone to “scan” the bar code of the food you are eating and it enters it into your daily eating plan. Genius!

7 Things to Ask Yourself When Considering Bariatric Surgery

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7 Things to Ask Yourself When Considering Bariatric Surgery

As you consider the many weight loss surgery options, it’s important to understand that any procedure is just the first step. The key to making it a lifelong success is understanding the personal commitment to change.
Sharon Howard R.D., who counsels weight loss surgery patients (pre-op and post-op) her role at a certified Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence, believes there are several things that must be understood beforehand to maximize patients’ chances at long-term health and success after surgery. To understand whether someone is truly mentally and emotionally ready for the life changes that come after bariatric surgery, here are 7 key questions she thinks you should ask yourself.

You Might be Ready for Bariatric Surgery IF….

1) You plan to eat a healthy diet the rest of your life.

Surgery to alter your stomach size will aid in your weight loss, but You still have to “work it.” You still have to make food decisions that are:

  • Low fat
  • Low sugar
  • High protein
  • High nutrient
  • Small portions

You will need a balanced intake of fruits, vegetables, calcium-rich foods, as well as whole grains and lean proteins.

2) You change the way you eat.

Eating slowly, chewing thoroughly, and being mindful of the fullness your new anatomy brings  you are eating behaviors to maintain.  Learn to put your fork down between bites, chew more, and stop eating at the first sign of fullness.

3) You change the way you drink.

It’s a bit tricky, but you need to stay hydrated by sipping noncaloric, non-carbonated, non-caffeine liquids all day.  But, you need to stop drinking 30 minutes before and wait 30 minutes after eating solid food. Drinking with solid food in your stomach can at the least make you uncomfortably full, nauseous, or even vomit; but this practice over time can limit the nutritious food you eat at meals and ultimately stretch your “pouch” (what your new smaller stomach is named) which allows you to eat bigger portions and limits your weight loss.
You need a minimum of 48 – 64 oz of fluid. Count protein drinks and milk. Juice is not recommended—liquid calories that delay your weight loss. Your urine should be very pale yellow; if darker, up your water intake. Dehydration is a top reason for hospital readmissions.
Constipation may be annoying and uncomfortable. More fluids, movement, fiber and perhaps fiber supplements may be needed.
Alcohol is an irritant to your pouch, and toxic to your liver. You should plan on giving up alcohol!

4) You plan to be active to burn calories and build muscle.


To prevent massive muscle loss during the fast weight loss phase, you will need strength training to keep muscle and eventually even build muscle.  Muscle burns 8 times the calories that fat does on your body. Even though you will lose lots of fat mass faster than any diet plan, you still need to preserve your lean muscle mass to maximize your metabolism.
When your weight is still high, just walking can give you a good aerobic workout!  Moving that weight around the park is making your body calorie burning!  As you get lighter and leaner, you want well developed muscles to emerge from under the disappearing body fat.  As you lose more and more weight, celebrate your new body by embracing exercise as a way of life.

5) You take your supplements and medications as prescribed.

Your pills will, at first, need to be in crushable, chewable or liquid form.  The digestive juices that dissolve pills are disrupted, so changing the delivery of the medications is more effective for a while.  You will move back to swallowing whole pills when your surgeon directs you.
Supplementation with vitamins and minerals is for the rest of your life. A major alteration in your digestive system puts you at risk of long term nutritional deficiencies. Key nutrients are protein status, B 12, magnesium, calcium, and iron.
One of the many benefits of bariatric surgery is—less medications! You may not need as many diabetic medications, less blood pressure pills, and others.

6) You plan to self monitor.

What does this mean? Research on people who successfully maintain their weight loss continue to monitor their weight, food and fluid intake and/or their exercise. You can simply use a notebook to record your weight once a week, or get technical with a smartphone app for protein and calorie tracking, and have fun with a simple pedometer for step counting or a fitness tracker for calorie burning. It has become fashionable to wear devices that help monitor movement! Over the years, continue to step on the scale weekly or monthly—if you see your weight creeping up—take corrective action! The bariatric surgery will not guarantee your weight will maintain itself without you paying attention.

7) You plan to eat to live, not live to eat!


Food should be tasty, flavorful and enjoyed! However, using food as a coping mechanism for stress, boredom relief, or mindlessly watching TV, are weight gain habits. Address your food cravings. If you feel addicted to food, or compulsively overeat, you must address this prior to surgery with professional help. Bariatric surgery will not solve everything, but the benefits to your health, self-esteem, and longevity are significant!
written by Sharon Howard R.D.

5 Ways to Fight Excess Skin After Your Bariatric Surgery

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5 Ways to Fight Excess Skin After Your Bariatric Surgery

Have you lost a significant amount of weight but still dealing with loose skin? A series of plastic surgeries called body contouring can help trim excess skin from several places on your body. liposuction surgery.
Sometimes people believe removing extra skin after bariatric surgery or significant weight loss is a purely cosmetic procedure. But it also has a practical health purpose.
“The medical reason to remove the skin is to prevent rashes and discomfort from the extra skin chafing,” says plastic surgeon Raymond Isakov, MD. “So, we usually recommend removing extra skin, as long as it’s going to be safe, reasonable and the patient is a good fit for the surgery.”

Have you lost a significant amount of weight but still dealing with loose skin? A series of plastic surgeries called body contouring can help trim excess skin from several places on your body. liposuction surgery.Sometimes people believe removing extra skin after bariatric surgery or significant weight loss is a purely cosmetic procedure. But it also has a practical health purpose.“The medical reason to remove the skin is to prevent rashes and discomfort from the extra skin chafing,” says plastic surgeon Raymond Isakov, MD. “So, we usually recommend removing extra skin, as long as it’s going to be safe, reasonable and the patient is a good fit for the surgery.”5 places where body contouring may help1. AbdomenThe standard body contouring procedure for your belly is an abdominoplasty. The plastic surgeon removes the extra skin and tightens the muscles to make the entire stomach area look better and tighter.“In some of the patients who’ve had a significant amount of weight loss, we actually go all the way around their body in a procedure that we call a circumferential or belt lipectomy,” says Dr. Isakov.Also known as a lower body lift, the procedure reshapes the patient’s abdomen, hips, thighs and buttocks.2. Chest areaBoth men and women may require breast surgery to remove extra skin hanging from the chest.For women, the procedure is similar to a breast lift operation. For men, the plastic surgeon performs a gynecomastia procedure also used for men who develop breasts because of a hormone imbalance.3. Upper armsPatients often complain of deflated arms or what is known as a batwing deformity, because there’s so much extra skin hanging down it looks like a batwing. It is a safe, specialized operation, but it will leave a scar, according to Dr. Isakov.“All of these operations trade off scars for shape,” he says. “But they usually heal very well in time, and these patients don’t mind the trade-off.”4. Thighs A plastic surgeon can remove extra skin on your thighs, but it can be a more difficult procedure. It depends on how heavy the thigh still is and the anatomic location of the skin, Dr. Isakov says.5. FaceRemoving extra skin from your face is the phase of the body contouring process often left until last. It typically requires a fair amount of work, Dr. Isakov says.Staging the operationsAccording to Dr. Isakov, the plastic surgeon can do some of these procedures at the same time, but this works best with ideal candidates with a lower body mass index (BMI) who are very healthy.Usually, however, the surgeon performs the procedures in multiple stages. Each requires several months of rest and recovery. Patients must be at their plateau for weight loss for at least three months before beginning the procedures, Dr. Isakov says.“Before each procedure, you have to be mentally prepared for a surgical recovery, motivated and have realistic expectations,” he says. “I also have many patients supplement their protein intake prior to surgery.”Be ready to commit time and moneyPatients must take ample time off from work for the procedures and recovery. Covering the cost of the procedures is another concern for many patients.“People think the insurance companies are going to cover all of this, and they don’t,” says Dr. Isakov. “Therefore, some  people just can’t afford to have them done.”While most patients select the operation that they want or need the most, the best thing to do is talk with your doctor, he says.“Each patient needs a thorough medical consultation to assess their risk, what they need, what they’re capable of getting, how many procedures they’re capable of doing at one time, and what they can afford,” he says.Is body contouring different from coolsculpting?Body contouring procedures and coolsculpting™ are very different. Coolsculpting is a nonsurgical tool that targets fat cells underneath the skin with controlled cooling. It only works on patients with good skin quality.Bariatric surgery patients who have experienced substantial weight loss generally are not candidates, according to Dr. Isakov.“Post-bariatric body contouring is a more involved surgical procedure for our patients who need large amounts of skin surgically excised,” he says.

5 places where body contouring may help

1. Abdomen

The standard body contouring procedure for your belly is an abdominoplasty. The plastic surgeon removes the extra skin and tightens the muscles to make the entire stomach area look better and tighter.
“In some of the patients who’ve had a significant amount of weight loss, we actually go all the way around their body in a procedure that we call a circumferential or belt lipectomy,” says Dr. Isakov.
Also known as a lower body lift, the procedure reshapes the patient’s abdomen, hips, thighs and buttocks.

2. Chest area

Both men and women may require breast surgery to remove extra skin hanging from the chest.
For women, the procedure is similar to a breast lift operation. For men, the plastic surgeon performs a gynecomastia procedure also used for men who develop breasts because of a hormone imbalance.

3. Upper arms

Patients often complain of deflated arms or what is known as a batwing deformity, because there’s so much extra skin hanging down it looks like a batwing. It is a safe, specialized operation, but it will leave a scar, according to Dr. Isakov.
“All of these operations trade off scars for shape,” he says. “But they usually heal very well in time, and these patients don’t mind the trade-off.”

4. Thighs

 
A plastic surgeon can remove extra skin on your thighs, but it can be a more difficult procedure. It depends on how heavy the thigh still is and the anatomic location of the skin, Dr. Isakov says.

5. Face

Removing extra skin from your face is the phase of the body contouring process often left until last. It typically requires a fair amount of work, Dr. Isakov says.

Staging the operations

According to Dr. Isakov, the plastic surgeon can do some of these procedures at the same time, but this works best with ideal candidates with a lower body mass index (BMI) who are very healthy.
Usually, however, the surgeon performs the procedures in multiple stages. Each requires several months of rest and recovery. Patients must be at their plateau for weight loss for at least three months before beginning the procedures, Dr. Isakov says.
“Before each procedure, you have to be mentally prepared for a surgical recovery, motivated and have realistic expectations,” he says. “I also have many patients supplement their protein intake prior to surgery.”

Be ready to commit time and money

Patients must take ample time off from work for the procedures and recovery. Covering the cost of the procedures is another concern for many patients.
“People think the insurance companies are going to cover all of this, and they don’t,” says Dr. Isakov. “Therefore, some  people just can’t afford to have them done.”
While most patients select the operation that they want or need the most, the best thing to do is talk with your doctor, he says.
“Each patient needs a thorough medical consultation to assess their risk, what they need, what they’re capable of getting, how many procedures they’re capable of doing at one time, and what they can afford,” he says.

Is body contouring different from coolsculpting?

Body contouring procedures and coolsculpting™ are very different. Coolsculpting is a nonsurgical tool that targets fat cells underneath the skin with controlled cooling. It only works on patients with good skin quality.
Bariatric surgery patients who have experienced substantial weight loss generally are not candidates, according to Dr. Isakov.
“Post-bariatric body contouring is a more involved surgical procedure for our patients who need large amounts of skin surgically excised,” he says.

Long Term Post Bariatric Surgery Diet Meal Plan

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Long Term Post Bariatric Surgery Diet Meal Plan

Just when you can endure a decent assortment of ingredients from Stage 2, should you then move likely onto Stage 3… eating food for life. Normally, this happens between 8-16 weeks post-operation, yet everybody is different, so take after the advice of your own bariatric group. This is truly the phase at which you should have the capacity to attempt and eat an assortment of solid nourishment, in little sums. Have a go at using a side plate as a rule for serving size.

Foods in post bariatric surgery diet in the first place should have a delicate and moist surface so you may use a little sauce, salsa, dressing, so they bite into a damp sizable chunk, in spite of the fact that over the long haul a drier surface is empowered for choking and a perfect move through the recently changed stomach related framework. These alleged “slider” nourishments can imply that you can process more at a later stage exactly when you are searching for “satiety” and don’t need sustenances to go through the stomach or pocket too rapidly. Continuously cut down on them as you advance from week to week.

This is not an eating routine with a start and an end, nor is there requirement for a race to the tape to get to your objective weight, take it gradually, figure out how to perceive when you are full and fulfilled and don’t eat past that purpose of fulfillment. Over the long haul gastric sidestep and sleeve patients will figure out how to perceive this point and gastric band patients will surely, in time, locate their sweet spot.

It bodes well to cook suppers for everybody in the family instead of isolated ones for all now. Everybody can profit by the nourishments appropriate here, high protein, low fat, and low sugar. Include an additional backup for those developing individuals from the family or a sweet treat every now and then to get a perfect balance.

THE REGIME AND SOME RULES OF POST BARIATRIC SURGERY DIET MEAL PLAN

HIGH PROTEIN, LOW FAT, AND LOW SUGAR IS THE MANTRA

  • Always eat your protein first on your plate, then move onto the vegetables and the starch component – pasta, potatoes,
  • Choose lean protein with any obvious fat evacuated; go for low fat and settle on a low sugar form of a meal.
  • Eat 3 meals for each day with two or three little snacks if you need to. These should fulfill you. However, be careful with building up a “touching” eating example of little snacks for the duration of the day.
  • Eat healthy. Delicate sustenance without a doubt descends all more effortlessly. However, you can wind up eating more through the span of the day. If your nourishment is drier and more solid, you will eat less and remain full longer.
  • Eat slowly and stop when you feel full. Take little nibbles and bite every piece 10-25 times. When you feel full, stop! Gone are the days when you have to clear your plate.
  • Keep your liquid admission up. It is additionally a smart thought not to drink instantly some time recently, amid or after a meal, so that your stomach isn’t full from liquids.
  • Take your multi-vitamins, calcium and other supplements regular They will guarantee that you have the most obvious opportunity with regards to getting all the extra sustenance you require that may not be provided from the decreased measure of nourishment you are eating.
  • The hardest supplement to continue track with is without a doubt protein. Go for 70 g for every day. Entirely hard in the first place and do consider a protein whey powder. A scoop of this powder in food or as a drink can rapidly and productively give 25 g or 33% of your prerequisites all at once!

Cautionary solid foods, which may not be tolerated in post bariatric surgery diet

  • dried fruits
  • sweetcorn, pineapple, and mushrooms
  • pips, seeds and skins from fruit and vegetables
  • over-cooked pasta and boiled rice
  • red meat like steak and chops
  • stringy vegetables like green beans
  • non-toasted bread, especially soft and white
  • fizzy drinks and chewing gum (say no to them for good)

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Woman Loses 150 Pounds And Poses With Her Old, Heavier Self In Before-And-After Pics

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Woman Loses 150 Pounds And Poses With Her Old, Heavier Self In Before-And-After Pics



When Beth Beard decided to lose 150 pounds (68 kg), she and her friend, Toronto-based photographer Blake Morrow, came up with a fun idea: to create a before-and-after photo series juxtaposing the old Beth with the new. The resulting playful photo series, conceived of and directed by Morrow, was called the Beth Project. Weight Loss Surgery, Bariatric Surgery, gastric Sleeves Related information are here.
Their dedication to the project is impressive and inspiring – Morrow took the photos of Beard just a few weeks before her gastric bypass surgery. After the surgery, it took her 2 years to lose the weight. Once she reached her goal, she was able to step back into the photos and interact with her old self thanks to Morrow’s Photoshop work.
Thought digital editing was necessary to combine the new photos with the old, Morrow insists that he didn’t alter her body at all. Her weight loss does the talking for her!
“My aim with ‘The Beth Project’ was to celebrate my friend Beth’s spirit and celebrate her weight-loss journey visually in a fun way that could encourage others,” Blake Morrow told Bored Panda

“We shot “before Beth” a few weeks before her surgery. I had already planned out all of the concepts we wanted to capture her doing”

“2 years and 150 pounds lost later, we took her into my studio and photographed her ‘after’ self”

“I then took about 4-5 months to work on the selection and compositing process, pulling the 24 Beth’s I chose from the shoot into 12 interactive portraits”

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“We shot in my studio for both “before” and “after”, and then I added the environments in Photoshop during my compositing process. I hired some awesomely talented friends of mine to do the clothing styling and make-up and hair styling based on the concepts I had developed”

“I then took about 4-5 months to edit the project- from choosing the best images of each shoot, to which combination of Beth’s would tell more of her story – it was a very exciting and cumbersome task”

“I’m a fulltime photographer, digital artist, and art director. A lot of my current work is in the publishing industry (book covers) as well as advertising and magazines”




Thank you, Blake Morrow, for talking to Bored Panda about your wonderful project with Beth!

What Happens Immediately After your Bariatric Surgery

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What Happens Immediately After your Bariatric Surgery

When it comes to Bariatric Surgery or weight loss surgery or lap band, there’s so much information out there on what the results will be in the long run. There are before and after pictures abound and a lot of talk about what your life will look like months, even years after the surgery. The ultimate outcome is the image you have in your head and this is the important part.

However, it’s also important to break this procedure down into real life steps, understanding what to expect as you go through the process. Knowing what to expect during recovery can help you be at ease instead of being hit with new situations then freaking out if you have doubts or questions looming. Here is a step by step breakdown of what the day of your Bariatric Surgery or weight loss surgery or lap band and bariatric surgery will look like – (assuming you had a straightforward sleeve gastrectomy) that proceeded as planned, with no complications.

Waking up after your Bariatric Surgery

When you first wake up from your procedure, you likely won’t experience much pain beyond a dull soreness across the abdominal area of your stomach. You could feel some nausea from the anesthesia, however this should dissipate quickly.

You’ll have several incisions on your abdomen, about 5 or 6, leftover from the procedure. In the lower left quadrant of your stomach, you might feel the highest concentration of pain due to this being where the surgeon removed a large part of your stomach.

Your Diet on the Day of your Bariatric Surgery

You shouldn’t eat or drink anything yet, but don’t worry – you probably won’t even want to. Because of the breathing tube that was used during surgery, your mouth will feel swollen and sore. Also, due to the large portion of your stomach that was removed, the ghrelin in your body, or the hormone that causes hunger, will be low, so don’t worry too much about feeling hunger on the day of. Some patients are allowed mouth swabs or a cup of ice every so often, but this is not always the case. You’ll might feel dehydrated, however you won’t be able to drink anything until at the earliest, the next day.

Level of Activity

Getting up from your bed the day of your surgery will be hard, but, similar to exercise, it’s best to just get through it and force yourself to do this so that you are less sore the following day. Your surgeon will probably want you up and walking after your surgery for this reason and to help you get rid of the pain associated with the CO2 used in your surgery. When you’re lying down, it should be on your back and in a bed tilted at a slight incline.

The Day After and Beyond

The next day, you’ll be able to drink a minimal amount of fluids, providing you pass you swallow test that searches for leaks. If there are none, you may begin with small sips of water. You’ll still be on an IV for pain medicines, but others will be administered orally. Your doctor will give you a diet to follow and it’s important that you stay on track with this; You’ll be allowed sugar free gelatin, unsweetened juices, milk, strained cream soup and broth in addition to water.

Avoid carbonation. Also avoid teas or coffees or anything with caffeine as this acts as a diuretic and can continue to dehydrate you. Once you’re approved for discharge, your doctor will probably have you up and moving again as you leave the hospital and head home. You will have a dedicated meal plan that you should read over and adhere to strictly.

Day 3 and moving forward, you will most likely be on your own, including with the pain medications; you no longer have an IV pumping your bloodstream with the pain killers so you will feel it more now, however it will be bearable. Your pain will decrease as the days go by.

Your diet will progress from just liquids to pureed foods to soft, chewy foods, then, finally, after about 2 months, you’ll be able to take in solid foods again. It will still be a restricted diet, featuring much smaller portions than what you are used to.

Sticking to your meal plan is essential – many times, your doctor will have recommended approved brands that are specially formulated for bariatric patients, designed to deliver all the nutrients needed in much smaller amounts.

Overall, the idea you had in your head about the glorious results from your procedure will be accurate. It will just take some time, dedication and recovery to get there. Be patient and adhere to your post-op diets and instructions, and you will eventually get the results you’ve always hoped for.

Best Diet Advice for Before and After Your Bariatric Surgery

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Best Diet Advice for Before and After Your Bariatric Surgery

If you’re thinking about how your eating routine will change before and after doing the bariatric surgery, here are some advices you should know about Bariatric surgery diet.

What to do before bariatric surgery

1. Work with a dietitian. Your insurance agency may oblige you to see a dietitian or a doctor for regulated weight reduction before you can be affirmed for bariatric surgery. You will need to work with a dietitian who can recognize your dietary needs and give you instructions.

2. Start with an individualized meal arrangements. The pre-surgery diet is individualized based on many components. A portion of the things that may influence your meals incorporate your weight history and current dietary admission.

3. You may require a low-calorie diet. The reason for this is to help diminish the size of the liver and to decrease stomach fat before surgery.

What to do after the surgery?

Here’s what you need to know about after Bariatric surgery diet:

1. Make well ordered dietary changes. After your surgery, you will begin a fluid eating routine. Over a timeframe, you will advance to full fluids, puréed nourishments, soft food, and afterward regular foods.

2. Eat smaller meals, but more frequently.

3. Be aware of eating protein and remaining hydrated. Eating protein is essential in keeping up your muscles through fast weight reduction. Drinking enough water is also important.

4. Be aware of the portion sizes. The extent of your stomach after your surgery will constrain the volume of nourishment you can eat to close to one glass for every supper. When you start to consume larger meals, your stomach will extend.

5. Take supplements. After your weight reduction surgery, you should take vitamin and mineral supplements forever.
Other things to consider:

You may notice that you are losing your hair. However, this is temporary and your hair will grow back when you take vitamins, minerals, and proteins.

This is a lifetime change and will require many sacrifices, support, and strong will.

Two Weeks Medi Weightloss Menu to Lose 14 Pounds

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Medi-Weightloss: Menu to Lose 14 Pounds in Two Weeks

Lose Weight Fast Without Being Hungry

You’re probably like most people and do not have the genetic makeup to be thin. You may be seeking information about weight loss and healthy living because you or someone in your family has diabetes.
What prompted this article was that a friend of mine was planning a vacation that might lead to her being in a swimsuit at some point in time. Naturally she wanted to look her best. When I spoke to her, she told me she had just lost 10 pounds in less than two weeks. Of course, I asked what she’d been doing. She started telling me that she was on this diet that was only 500 calories a day. What? I was shocked!!
You are probably being very judgmental right now, and thinking she was nuts and that I should have referred her to a help line. But I didn’t, and a few days later she was down 14 pounds total, and looked healthier and happier than ever. Like most people would be, once I got over my shock, I was very curious about how she was able to lose weight that fast. She started telling me that she’d talked to her brother-in-law (because he was a doctor) about appetite suppressants and very-low-calorie-type diets.
So I tried a 500 calorie-per-day diet myself. This article contains the exact menu I used for 14 days. (I planned six days, then repeated.). I will admit I added an apple or orange on several occasions when I felt weak, which I would suggest to anyone. Never let any diet or weight-loss plan make you feel less than your best.


Dinner includes a serving of broccoli.

Who Can Lose Weight This Fast?

If your BMI is 20 or less, you will not lose much weight with this kind of low-calorie plan. If you are already at a BMI of about 20 and considering a diet that is 500 calories per day, please look for articles about eating disorders. You can starve and damage your system if you try such a drastic diet at a BMI of 20 or below; at this BMI, you should be getting your recommended daily calories. But most of us (95% of the US population) have a BMI of 21 or above and so don’t have to worry. If you have a BMI over 25, you can lose one or more pounds a day with this 500-calorie-per-day menu.

How Long Can I Manage This Type of Diet?

This extreme low-calorie diet should be followed for no fewer than four days but no more than 40 days. After 40 days, your system will adjust and stop losing weight. But the diet can be repeated in a month or so if you have more to lose. Like a fast or cleanse diet, this diet is not to be followed for long periods.

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Words of Caution

Please do your own research, but you will discover that if you eat low-calorie natural foods that are high in water content and fiber, they will kept you feeling full all day. They are also full of vitamins and great nutrition. If you are going to restrict your calories this much, make sure the calories you do eat are the best foods you can give your body.

Final Note:

If you are truly happy at the weight you are, you should enjoy it, and know that you are blessed to be in that contented minority. But if not, I hope this article has given you some information to reflect on, and an alternative to weekly meetings or online programs.

Printable menu with a shopping list

Printable menu with a shopping list

Your First 6 Days Pre-Planned

 

When
Day 1
Amount
Cal.
Total
Day 2
Amount
Cal.
Total
Breakfast
Orange (navel) – 69 calories
1
69
69
Orange (navel) – 69 calories
1
69
69
 
Coffee
1
0
69
Coffee
1
0
69
Lunch
Chicken Breast (3.5 oz) – 87 calories
1
87
156
93/7 Lean Ground Beef (3.5 oz) – 150
1
150
219
 
Broccoli (3.5 oz) – 34 calories
2
68
224
Cauliflower (3.5 oz) – 22 calories
2
44
263
 
Melba Toast (5 gram) – 20 calories
1
20
244
0
263
Snack
Apple (medium) – 72 calories
1
72
316
Strawberries, (half bag) – 45 calories
1
45
308
Dinner
Tea
1
0
316
Tea
1
0
308
 
Tilapia (3.5 oz) – 94 calories
1
94
410
Shrimp (3.5 oz) – 110 calories
1
110
418
 
Melba Toast (5 gram) – 20 calories
1
20
430
Melba Toast (5 gram) – 20 calories
1
20
438
 
Spinach, raw (3.5 oz) – 20 calories
2
40
470
Asparagus (3.5 oz) – 20 calories
2
40
478
 
     
     
When
Day 3
Amount
Cal.
Total
Day 4
Amount
Cal.
Total
Breakfast
Apple (medium) – 72 calories
1
72
72
Strawberries, (half bag) – 45 calories
1
45
45
 
Coffee
1
0
72
Coffee
1
0
45
Lunch
Chicken Breast (3.5 oz) – 87 calories
1
87
159
Cube Steak (3.5 oz) – 160 calories
1
160
205
 
Broccoli (3.5 oz) – 34 calories
2
68
227
Lettuce, all varieties (3.5 oz) – 10 cal.
3
30
235
 
Melba Toast (5 gram) – 20 calories
1
20
247
Melba Toast (5 gram) – 20 calories
1
20
255
Snack
Strawberries, (half bag) – 45 calories
1
45
292
Apple (medium) – 72 calories
1
72
327
Dinner
Tea
1
0
292
Tea
1
0
327
 
Tilapia (3.5 oz) – 94 calories
1
94
386
Chicken Breast (3.5 oz) – 87 calories
1
87
414
 
Melba Toast (5 gram) – 20 calories
1
20
406
Melba Toast (5 gram) – 20 calories
1
20
434
 
Cauliflower (3.5 oz) – 22 calories
2
44
450
Celery (3.5 oz) – 15 cal
2
30
464
 
     
     
When
Day 5
Amount
Cal.
Total
Day 6
Amount
Cal.
Total
Breakfast
Orange (navel) – 69 calories
1
69
69
Strawberries, (half bag) – 45 calories
1
45
45
 
Coffee
1
0
69
Coffee
1
0
45
Lunch
Chicken Breast (3.5 oz) – 87 calories
1
87
156
Top Round Steak (3.5 oz) – 166 calories
1
166
211
 
Cauliflower (3.5 oz) – 22 calories
2
44
200
Tomato (3.5 oz) – 20 calories
2
40
251
 
Melba Toast (5 gram) – 20 calories
1
20
220
Melba Toast (5 gram) – 20 calories
1
20
271
Snack
Apple (medium) – 72 calories
1
72
292
Orange (navel) – 69 calories
1
69
340
Dinner
Tea
1
0
292
Tea
1
0
340
 
Shrimp (3.5 oz) – 110 calories
1
110
402
Tilapia (3.5 oz) – 94 calories
1
94
434
 
Melba Toast (5 gram) – 20 calories
1
20
422
Melba Toast (5 gram) – 20 calories
1
20
454
 
Spinach, raw (3.5 oz) – 20 calories
2
40
462
Asparagus (3.5 oz) – 20 calories
2
40
494

Foods That Are Recommended

   
93/7 Lean Ground Beef (3.5 oz) – 150
Lettuce, all varieties (3.5 oz) – 10 cal.
Apple (medium) – 72 calories
Lime- 20 calories
Asparagus (3.5 oz) – 20 calories
Lobster (3.5 oz) – 98 calories
Beet Greens (1 cup raw)-8 calories
Melba Toast (5 gram) – 20 calories
Broccoli (3.5 oz) – 34 calories
Onions (medium yellow, raw)- 64 calories
Cabbage (1 cup shredded) – 17 calories
Orange (California) – 59 calories
Cabbage (3.5 oz) – 24 calories
Pink Grapefruit (1/2 large) – 53 calories
Cauliflower (3.5 oz) – 22 calories
Red Radishes (3.5 oz) – 12 calories
Celery (3.5 oz) – 15 cal
Seafood (avg. 98 calories)
Chicken Breast (3.5 oz) – 87 calories
Shrimp (3.5 oz) – 110 calories
Cod (3.5 oz) – 83 calories
Sirloin Tip Side Steaks (3.5 oz) – 130
Crab Meat (3.5 oz) – 100 calories
Spinach, cooked (3.5 oz) – 31 calories
Cube Steak (3.5 oz) – 160 calories
Spinach, frozen (3.5 oz) – 23 calories
Cucumber (3.5 oz) – 12 calories
Spinach, raw (3.5 oz) – 20 calories
Fennel (1 cup,sliced)- 27 calories
Strawberries, 20 medium – 80 calories
Flounder (3.5 oz) – 90 calories
Tilapia (3.5 oz) – 94 calories
Grissini Breadstick (3 g) – 12 calories
Tomato (3.5 oz) – 20 calories
Haddock (3.5 oz) – 88 calories
Top Round Steak (3.5 oz) – 166 calories
Halibut (3.5 oz) – 110 calories
Veal (avg 114 calories)
Lemon- 24 calories
Veal, sirloin (3.5 oz) – 110 calories

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