NEW YORK -- Fashion and lifestyle blogger Maui Bigelow has always been curvy and built a social media presence by embracing every pound. Until the worst happened. At nearly 380 pounds, her health took a dive. She was diagnosed with a blood cancer and multiple uterine fibroids that couldn't be treated due to her weight. That's when she decided to have bariatric surgery, a weight loss procedure. She hadn't yearned to be thinner, but she wanted to live at least long enough for her two children, ages 20 and 16, to make her a grandmother."For months I talked to my counselor about how I would share my truth with you," Bigelow told her followers at Phatgirlfresh.com after the weight loss surgery last year. "I was concerned about how you would receive it. I feared the plus-size and body positive communities wouldn't understand or respect my choice."Bigelow, a former teacher in Albany, Georgia, with 67,500 monthly unique visitors to her site and nearly 40,000 followers on Instagram, was pleased … [Read more...] about Weight loss among fat-acceptance influencers a fraught topic
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8 minutes ago Requiring prospective bariatric surgery patients to lose weight before they can undergo the procedure may not be necessary or safe, University of Pennsylvania researchers found in a new study published recently in the journal Obesity Surgery. The practice of having patients follow a medically supervised weight-loss program before the surgery is rooted in 28-year-old guidelines from the National Institutes of Health, which concluded clinicians should first determine that patients could not succeed with nonsurgical attempts to drop weight. It was later interpreted to require patients to try dieting before the surgery, researchers found. “There was little data to support the need for the weight loss requirement,” said lead author Colleen Tewksbury, senior research investigator and bariatric program manager with Penn Medicine. “We wanted to actually measure it,” she said. The researchers looked at data from about 349,000 patients during 2015 to 2017 … [Read more...] about Weight loss prior to bariatric surgery carries risks
Dr. Jorge Sosa Weight loss surgery may be a successful option for people who have tried many diets over the years, yet without sustaining weight loss that keeps them at a healthy weight. However, myths about weight loss surgery get a lot of attention. Below, we bust six common myths about bariatric surgery. Surgery is a “cop-out.” Not true. Patients having weight loss surgery must be mentally prepared to be successful. In addition to mental preparation, patients must follow strict dietary guidelines for six weeks after surgery and then continue to be diligent about food volume, choices, taking vitamins and increasing exercise for the rest of their lives in order to lose the excess body weight and keep it off long term. Bariatric surgery helps a person lose weight but a long-term commitment is required. Weight loss surgery is too expensive. While the cash pay price can be high, there are many financing options, and many people have insurance coverage for weight loss surgery. … [Read more...] about Six Myths About Weight Loss Surgery
Want to lose weight without getting hangry? Try adding a splash of hot sauce to your lunch. Researchers at Quebec’s Laval University say that the best weight-loss diet for your body may mean filling your plate with foods shown to be highly satiating, such as spicy peppers, water-packed fruits and vegetables, fiber-filled whole grains, proteins such as eggs and yogurt, and healthy sources of fat. At a glance, these foods seem like your average — if slightly random — list of healthy hits. But registered dietitian Wendy Bazilian, DrPH, says they all have a secret superpower: the ability to keep you satisfied, in different ways. Bazilian has extensively researched satiety, or what it means for the body to be full and satisfied. Some filling foods for weight loss, she tells The Post, “impact the chemistry of satiety through hormones and compounds that are released in response to those foods.” Others use “physical factors, like thickness and volume, to … [Read more...] about The most filling foods for weight loss, according to scientists
HTV National Desk Published 3:13 pm EDT, Tuesday, May 28, 2019 Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 Which is worse for weight loss, fat or carbs? 1 / 1 Back to Gallery A new study suggests that fat, not carbs, is directly linked to weight gain The study looked at mice on 30 different types of diets. Researchers found that the mice on a high-fat, low-carb diet gained the most weight, while mice on a low-carb diet actually gained no weight at all The findings suggest that trendy high-fat, low-carb diets might not be effective at helping you lose weight — but is that actually true? If you're trying to lose weight, you've probably jumped on the low-carb diet bandwagon at one point or another. Many weight-loss gurus have claimed that cutting down carbs and increasing your fat intake can help you lose weight. This has contributed to the increasing popularity of diets like the keto diet, which suggests that if you … [Read more...] about Which is worse for weight loss, fat or carbs?