Avoid Reactive Eating & Learn to Plan Ahead

chocolate-reactive-eatingToday, I want to share a very important concept that relates to changing your day-to-day eating habits and how you’re going to feel and perform. That has to do with reactive eating.

That means you wait until you’re hungry to eat or you eat because you see a certain food and you want to eat it. That will lead us down a path that will not give us that kind of energy, mental clarity and a body that feels the best.

You want to plan your meals and follow your plan. It’s very much like scuba diving. You’re supposed to plan your dive and then follow your plan. And if you don’t, you could die.

Our day-to-day life is about living. So, let’s think about reactive eating. How are you going through your day?

Is it approaching lunch time and you realize that, “My gosh! It’s been quite a while since I’ve eaten and I’ve got to eat something.” That’s when you make last minute plans. It simply doesn’t work.

It’s a very important part of changing your day-to-day eating habits. Plan what you’re eating. Do not eat unless it’s planned time. That’s where snacking comes in.

At some point, you have to eat. Even if you didn’t plan it, you still have to eat. In that case, you want to realize that you didn’t plan well that day, but don’t beat up on yourself. You want to figure out how you can be better tomorrow. And that’s planning ahead.

One of the easiest ways to plan ahead is to carry a health bar with you because when it’s been three to four hours and you haven’t eaten, it’s time to eat. And you want to eat not because you’re hungry, but because it’s time to eat. You don’t want to eat as a reaction to being hungry or as a reaction to the fact that you just see some food and you want it whether you’re hungry or not.

You want to eat because it’s time eat. The way that you will feel the best is to eat small volumes of food. If it’s a plate size, it’s roughly the palm of your hand; a small plate, roughly every three to four hours. That’s when you’re going to have the most energy, mental clarity, and your body is going to feel the best. But you need to plan that.

You may have set your phone as an alarm. You need some kind of prompt to remind you that it’s been three to four hours. But you don’t want to be waiting until you’re hungry because that’s reactive eating. Not that hunger is such a bad sign, but it’s reactive eating.

You want to plan ahead. And if you do that, your eating habits will change and you will feel better.

My Recent Interview on WMST Radio Discussing Weight Loss Surgery and Eating Habits

veggiesRecently I was invited to join Dan Manley, host of “Mornings on Main”, WMST Radio to discuss the topic of weight loss surgery, and specifically why we recommend and mostly do the sleeve gastrectomy.

As I mention in the interview with Dan, the reason why the sleeve gastrectomy is so effective is that it changes the gastro intestinal hormones in the body. What we’ve discovered over time is that when a person loses a significant amount of weight those gastro intestinal hormones are working really hard to drive that person back to the weight they were.

To back these findings up even more, a recent study of former “The Biggest Loser” contestants showed that even though the contestants had lost an enormous amount of weight, their metabolism did not change. In fact, these contestant’s metabolism became even slower, and the pounds began piling back on.

It was as if their bodies were intensifying their effort to pull the contestants back to their original weight.

You can read about the study here .

With the sleeve gastrectomy, when we cut out part of the stomach, and leave that upper two-thirds in a tube shape, it changes those gastro intestinal hormones giving that person a new set point. That gives people a very powerful tool to help them change their eating habits.

People really do need a tool when it comes to losing weight.

As I mention in the interview, surgery is only a tool to help a person change their eating habits long term. And it becomes easier to change your eating habits and lose weight long term when you don’t have those gastro intestinal hormones working against you!

Could Sleep Apnea Raise the Risk of Pneumonia?

houston texas weight loss surgeryAccording to a new study, people with sleep apnea may be at greater risk for developing pneumonia.  Additionally the study suggests that the more severe the sleep apnea, the greater the risk.

Sleep apnea causes the upper airway to become obstructed, cutting off oxygen during sleep. According to researchers, this can increase the chances of inhaling contents fluid from the throat into the lungs, putting people at risk for pneumonia.

It is important to get sleep apnea treated, since it can lead to not only problems like pneumonia, but also a host of other health problems like hypertension, strokes and acid reflux.

As I’ve mentioned before, 70% of people with sleep apnea are obese. So being excessively overweight is a major contributing cause to a person’s airways being blocked.

The sleeve gastrectomy is a safe, effective procedure for helping a person lose weight and keep it off long term.

If you suffer from sleep apnea, and would like to find out if surgery is the right option for you, visit our Houston Texas weight loss surgery pre-operative video.

One of the Biggest Reasons Why I Recommend the Sleeve Gastrectomy Over the Lap Band Procedure

One of the biggest advantages the sleeve gastrectomy has over the lap band procedure is with the chemical changes that take place within the body after surgery.

Theses chemical changes are beneficial in many ways. For one, they help in getting rid of those nagging drives within us to eat all kinds of bad food. These changes help to overcome the body’s drive to maintain it’s current weight.

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I’ve mentioned in previous blog posts how these chemical changes not only help the individual to lose weight and keep it off; but they can also help a diabetic get back to normal blood sugar levels without having to takes pills or injections.

For Regina, these changes led to different cravings for the better. No longer was she addicted to caffein and nicotine as before. Before surgery she smoked 15 cigarets a day; and after the surgery she had absolutely no craving for them at all. It was the same for coffee.

Before surgery, she would have headaches if she didn’t have her two cups of coffee for the day. After surgery, she has no craving at all for it.

These chemical transformations that happens within the body after surgery are absolutely remarkable to witness!

If you’re considering a sleeve gastrectomy Houston, visit our appointment page and and schedule a one on one consultation.

Discovery of Genetic Mutations Could Help Prevent Type 2 Diabetes

Approximately 26 million people in the US have diabetes; and 79 million are pre-diabetic. Now according to this article, researchers have discovered rare mutations in a gene that they believe could prevent type 2 diabetes.

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According to researchers, if a drug can be developed that produces the same effects of these mutations, it could lead to the prevention of type 2 diabetes.

Researchers analyzed analyzed the genes of 150,000 individuals; and all participants had severe risk factors for diabetes, including advanced age and obesity. 

Obesity is one of the biggest factors for diabetes and as I’ve mentioned previously, 80% of diabetes cases are resolved with either the Gastric Bypass or the Sleeve Gastrectomy.

Chemical changes take place after surgery – it’s as if everything resets, including a person’s insulin resistance that is causing diabetes.

You can see how this has taken place with Tim:

What’s the Best Way to Treat Hypertension?

Do you hate taking high blood pressure medication? Hypertension does need treatment, but isn’t there a better way than taking pills? Exercise and medication can be beneficial, but they rarely get people off medication by themselves.

Seventy-five percent of hypertension is linked to obesity. Obesity is the main problem! That said, dieting rarely works long term. The answer to long term weight loss success is a combination of weight loss surgery, and changing your eating habits.

The best weight loss surgery in my opinion is the sleeve gastrectomy.

In this video, I explain exactly how the sleeve gastrectomy works to help you lose weight and get off of high blood pressure medication permanently.

How Weight Loss Surgery Can Help Reverse Diabetes

If you could do something that that would suddenly give you normal blood sugar without taking pills or injections, would you do it?

More than 80% of Diabetes cases are resolved with either the Gastric Bypass or the Sleeve Gastrectomy.

If you’re considering weight loss surgery in the Houston area and would like to know how to choose a doctor that’s right for you, visit our “Choosing a Surgeon That’s Right for You” page here.

Christie Shares Her Story of Overcoming Infertility Through Weight Loss Surgery and Why She Switched to The Sleeve Gastrectomy

Recently I had the opportunity to sit down with Christie and have her share her weight loss surgery success story. Christie originally had the lap band procedure done, but that’s not the real story.

Christie had spent 13 years trying to get pregnant, going through all sorts of testing – tubal testing, PCOS testing etc. As Christie explains in the video, after losing 125 lbs from the lap band procedure, she became pregnant.

Unfortunately with the lap band procedure, Christie started having problems, and started putting some of the weight back on. She decided to have the lap band removed and instead have the sleeve gastrectomy procedure, which she is finding to be much better.

Christie says she doesn’t believe she would have ever become pregnant if she had not lost the weight. I talk about why weight loss is so effective for infertility in this video.


What’s One of the Biggest Causes of Infertility?

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New Research Shows Improved Sex After Weight Loss Surgery

Aside from the other health benefits of weight loss surgery, new research shows that women who lose weight after bariatric surgery gain a more satisfying sex life.

According to a study published by JAMA Surgery, women reported improvements in their arousal,  sexual desire and overall sexual satisfaction, just two years after bariatric surgery.

Additionally, women also had improved self-esteem, felt less depressed and were more comfortable with their body image according to the research.

“This is another good study that shows bariatric surgery helps patients in a number of ways,” said Dr. Jaime Ponce, president of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. “By losing weight, it allows you to balance your good sexual hormones that control the menstrual cycle,” Ponce said. “It allows them to experience improved sexual function.”

See Kaila share her experience with Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy: