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The Connection Between Menopause, Hormones and Weight Loss

Reaching menopause often feels like going through a second puberty. You experience wild fluctuations in your hormones with symptoms that aren’t all that unfamiliar. When you start having hot flashes, mood swings and fatigue, you know that perimenopause is here. Perimenopause is the stage before menopause that can last anywhere from a few months to … Continue reading The Connection Between Menopause, Hormones and Weight Loss

When People Treat You Differently After Weight Loss

Weight loss can be life changing. Health problems that have been ailing you can get better or disappear. Clothes start fitting better. Exercise gets easier. By changing one aspect of your life, it can feel like more than the weight you lost has been lifted off your shoulders. One change you may not fully anticipate … Continue reading When People Treat You Differently After Weight Loss

Beauty isn’t Just Skin Deep: Dealing With Excess Skin

After bariatric surgery, almost all patients have some degree of excess skin. This happens because of the quick, dramatic weight loss in the operating room. For many patients, their skin needs time to catch up to the weight loss. Others have excess skin for some time after surgery, especially if their surgical weight loss exceeds … Continue reading Beauty isn’t Just Skin Deep: Dealing With Excess Skin

What to Do When You’re Grieving Your Past Self

Grief is an emotion you may not expect as a result of bariatric surgery. However, when you go through major changes in life, there’s always a chance you’ll look back to your “past self” and feel a sense of loss. That person may have felt more fun, more friendly or just different in a way … Continue reading What to Do When You’re Grieving Your Past Self

Eating Your Favorite Foods After Bariatric Surgery

It’s normal to feel overwhelmed by the amount of foods and habits you are told to avoid after bariatric surgery. Chances are, you made some changes to your diet leading up to the surgery to begin the weight loss journey. You may think that the foods you ate before are now forbidden, but that’s not … Continue reading Eating Your Favorite Foods After Bariatric Surgery

How to Navigate Weight Loss on a Vegetarian Diet

Whether going vegetarian is your New Year’s resolution or you want to try out meatless Mondays, eating a plant-based diet can be a challenge in the beginning. Moving toward a more plant based diet can be healthy for individuals and beneficial to the environment. However, if you don’t go in with a strategy, you may … Continue reading How to Navigate Weight Loss on a Vegetarian Diet

5 Types of Protein for Bariatric Surgery Patients

Getting enough protein after bariatric surgery can be hard, and many patients find that protein supplements help them reach their protein requirements. Protein powder that can be made into shakes is one of the most popular ways to consume protein, but there are also snack-based supplements, protein milks, protein water and more. You can also … Continue reading 5 Types of Protein for Bariatric Surgery Patients

How to Eat Mindfully During the Holidays

The holidays are here, and with them, all of your favorite holiday foods. When you’re on a weight loss journey, the holidays feel different. Eating holiday foods can fill you with guilt, rather than the joy they once brought you. You may be so preoccupied with avoiding certain foods that it gets in the way … Continue reading How to Eat Mindfully During the Holidays

Giving Yourself Grace on Your Weight Loss Journey

Embarking on a weight loss journey means making big changes to how you live your life. Changing your lifestyle isn’t easy. We fall into habits, we learn to become content with the way we’re living, and at times, we’re resistant to change. Deciding to improve your life is the first step, and any steps you … Continue reading Giving Yourself Grace on Your Weight Loss Journey

 

Bariatric Support Group

Dr. Hodges highly recommends patients attend monthly support group meetings. The meetings are led by Dr. Collins Hodges, both a licensed clinical psychologist and someone who has had bariatric surgery himself. The support groups are offered on the first Monday of every month from 6:30pm – 7:15pm CST via an online GoToMeeting. The meetings are open to the public, and there is no charge to attend.

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