The Importance of Self-Care

Having bariatric surgery is very stressful. As a bariatric success story, I know this to be true. I suppose the good news is we have become familiar with stress as obese people. Hopefully, we can utilize that training we’ve had in stress tolerance to our advantage. Maybe we have developed some emotional padding because of … Continue reading The Importance of Self-Care

Getting back into your Fall Jeans!

I was with a friend this past weekend, and she asked me the same question I hear all the time: How do I get these extra pounds off!?   As you know, football is a religion here in Texas.  And, like all good churchgoers, we want to look good in our team colors!  So how … Continue reading Getting back into your Fall Jeans!

Create a Pathway to Success

              By Dr. Collins Hodges — Moving forward with bariatric surgery will be one of the most significant medical decisions of your life.  As a bariatric patient myself, I know it often follows decades of struggling with weight.  The majority of us have tried several diets and exercise programs, … Continue reading Create a Pathway to Success

Which Psychological Variables Predict Good Surgical Outcomes

        By Dr. Collins Hodges — As a psychologist working within a bariatric surgery clinic, my job is to assess a patient’s psychological ‘readiness’ for surgery. In other words, based on the clinical interview and diagnostic testing, what psychological factors help a psychologist determine whether or not a patient is ready to … Continue reading Which Psychological Variables Predict Good Surgical Outcomes

The 411 on Dr. Hodges Menu

The menu is a combination of a week’s worth of meals I have had in the past. My calorie goal is: 300 cal per meal 1000 cal per day I have a macro ratio goal of: protein 40%, carbohydrate 30%, fat 30%. However, I realize (after looking this menu over), my protein and carb macros … Continue reading The 411 on Dr. Hodges Menu

Reading Nutritional Labels

AN IMPORTANT STEP IN WEIGHT LOSS SUCCESS Research has shown that when you log the foods that you eat, patients have a greater chance of keeping off all the weight that they have lost. However, if you have never paid attention to the content of the foods that you eat, how are you to know … Continue reading Reading Nutritional Labels

Losing Weight with Revision Surgery

Since 2011, I have been working as a bariatric surgeon.  Over this time, I have found that my patients are not seeking solutions exclusive to their weight.  I am equally invested in addressing their overall heath. Moreover, it is not uncommon to see patients who have already undergone a bariatric procedure and need help addressing … Continue reading Losing Weight with Revision Surgery

How to Achieve Long Term Success with Weight Loss Surgery

According to the CDC, in 2015-2016, 93.3 million US adults (that’s roughly 40% of the US population) was considered obese (BMI of 30 or more). Because of the tremendous health issues and costs associated with obesity, the field of bariatrics has grown immensely. The American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) is the main … Continue reading How to Achieve Long Term Success with Weight Loss Surgery

The Power of Protein

Any patient undergoing bariatric surgery will discuss the need for vitamin and protein supplementation after surgery. In fact, I have a lot of patients who have misconceptions as to why they need it and what happens if they don’t take it. If patients know why protein is so important and can find ways to incorporate … Continue reading The Power of Protein


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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