About Jamie Eberle

Jamie Eberle is the Chief Financial Officer of BeLiteWeight. BeLiteWeight has helped over 7,000 patients have safe, affordable and successful weight loss surgery over the past eight years. Jamie has had bariatric surgery and knows the ins and outs of the different procedures, including: gastric sleeve surgery, gastric sleeve plication, vertical sleeve gastrectomy and gastric bypass surgery, and other bariatric surgery procedures. BeLiteWeight focuses on each patient's needs to help them choose the right procedure and get started on the path to a healthier life.

Teenage Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery


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With the rising obesity epidemic it is really important for our next generation to be pro-active about their health! Many children lose control of their weight at an early age which can have a dreadful impact on a critical time during the development of their careers.

It was once thought that weight loss surgery is similar to Lasik surgery in the sense that a potential patient should wait until they are well into adulthood before having surgery. Teens were told to weight before having weight loss surgery.

However new scientific studies offer evidence that bariatric weight loss surgery can be performed on individuals during the later portion of their teenage years. In fact, on average the adolescent’s who underwent weight loss surgery fared better on average than their older counter parts!

If you are interested in reading more about this we have included a link below. For more information on Gastric Sleeve and other weight loss surgical questions, please call BeLiteWeight today at 1-800-215-6497!

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/16/health/bariatric-surgery-teenagers.html

The Impact of Bariatric Surgery and Diabetes


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There are many ways in which obesity can negatively affect one's health. From sleep apnea to high blood pressure, the added weight can impact the body in many ways. In particular, the risk of developing type 2 diabetes increases drastically as a result of obesity. Many studies have shown that losing weight can lessen that risk, as well as help, bring the disease under control for those who have it.

Losing weight can be very difficult, however, especially if one is suffering from other health conditions. Bariatric surgery is a method of permanently or temporarily reducing the size of a patient's stomach which causes a change in the digestive process. There are three different types of Bariatric surgeries. There are restrictive surgeries like adjustable gastric banding and sleeve gastrectomy. There are also malabsorptive/ restrictive surgeries like gastric bypass (or Roux-en-Y). In addition, there are electrical device implantation surgeries such as the Maestro rechargeable system that is put into the abdomen to lessen food intake.

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It's always best to go by a doctor's recommendation, but bariatric surgery has consistently proven to be an extremely effective and long-lasting method for putting diabetes into remission. Although changing diet and exercise is always recommended, these methods alone may not be enough to sufficiently reverse life-long habits that contributed to the onset of diabetes, and patients who have had surgery are statistically proven to have more permanent positive changes in lifestyle as well as better health.

Andrei Keidar conducted an analysis that showed enormous benefits for bariatric surgery patients who had diabetes. Studies have shown that gastric bypass is among the more successful procedures in regards to treating and reversing diabetes, in many cases the patients' insulin levels return to normal mere days after having surgery. In 87% of cases, patients who had bariatric surgery not only lost weight but showed significant improvement in their diabetes.

Although having surgery will always come with risk, the studies have shown that the benefits of surgery far outweigh the risks.

 

https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamasurgery/fullarticle/2422341

For more information on Weight Loss Surgery, please call BeLiteWeight today!

Does Your Sleep Schedule Affect Your Weight?


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Your sleep habits can have a huge impact on all aspects of your life, including your weight. If you are working on losing a few pounds, a good place to start is to track how many hours of sleep you're getting each night. Obesity rates have been rising, while hours of sleep have been dwindling, due to busy schedules and work life. While lack of sleep is most likely not the primary cause of weight gain, it can affect it in many ways.

There are four hormones that are associated with weight gain, and they are disrupted when we don't get enough sleep. The first is Ghrelin, which is released by your stomach and is responsible for letting your brain know that you're hungry. The second is Leptin, which is responsible for letting your brain know that you're full. The third is insulin, which is what your body uses to turn food into energy, and the last is cortisol, which is released when you're under stress and causes your body to store your energy as fat. When you lose sleep, your body increases the production of ghrelin so you feel hungry more, and reduces the amount of leptin, so you feel less full. 

Lack of sleep also disrupts your body's ability to turn carbohydrates into energy, which causes your blood sugar to rise and that can lead to insulin resistance, as your body produces more insulin and cortisol as a result. This causes your body to store fat and sugar instead of processing it.

Losing sleep also makes it harder to control your eating habits overall, and you are more likely to make bad decisions regarding what you eat. When you're not getting enough sleep, you tend to eat later at night and crave food with a lot of fat and carbohydrates. 

Studies have shown that losing weight can be good for your sleep habits. Not only can it help reduce snoring and sleep apnea, but it also reduces daytime fatigue because it greatly improves your quality of sleep. So make sure that you are getting at least 7 hours or more sleep per night, and you might experience some great benefits.

For more information on Weight Loss Surgery, please call BeLiteWeight today!

Inspiration from Alex: 2x Cancer & Obesity Survivor


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BeLiteWeight patient Alex P is by no means a stranger to first-class medical standards. Unfortunately having had, and successfully treated, two types of life-threatening cancers Alex has had several surgeries and procedures including chemotherapy and radiation treatment in Miami, Florida. Despite having received so much treatment in first-class American hospitals in Alex's latest letter to BeLiteWeight he thanked our team for providing an experience that was "just as good or better, than those we have in the United States." Alex was so impressed with our facilities, surgeons, and support staff that he composed a video and wrote a detailed letter for all potential surgical weight loss patients to watch and read before making their decision. We are proud to share them both!

 

 

"My name is Alexander P and I have been battling obesity for several years. I have tried many diets and shake replacement companies and even though I did have success with some of them, it is not a lifelong quest of mine to live off shakes for the rest of my life.  I am also a two-time cancer survivor and happy to have survived both of my health scares.  I have been researching weight loss surgery for several years now and I have attended a half dozen gastric surgery information seminars.

About two years ago, I came across be lite weight in a magazine ad and began to do my research on them.  From the moment I first contacted Joanne, Jaime and the other company representatives, they’ve always answered and returned my calls promptly and answered every single question that I ever asked.  They emailed me a list of past clients that had already had the gastric sleeve surgery abroad in Mexico and I was able to communicate with over twenty men and women to ask them questions about their experience with the company and their success with the surgery.  Absolutely everyone that I spoke with told me that they wish they had had the surgery sooner and that I wouldn’t regret my decision to utilize this company.

So, in September/October of 2016 my wife and I decided to pay our deposit and pick a date for our gastric sleeve surgeries, to be completed in Juarez, Mexico at the Star Medica Hospital.  I have had several procedures in Miami, FL. My two cancer saving surgeries, foot surgery, along with chemotherapy and radiation. I can honestly say that our experience at the Star Medica Hospital was nothing short of amazing.  The hospital is super clean, the staff is very friendly and there to help you at every turn.

We arrived into El Paso International Airport, picked up by a transportation company that works with the agency to transport us into Mexico and directly to the Hospital.  We were received and checked in quickly and brought upstairs to our room. We had a quick check-up and were scheduled for our surgeries the same afternoon we arrived.  Our surgeries took approximately 30-40 minutes and within two hours after surgery, we were both walking around the lobby of our floor to begin to release the gases in our bodies in order not to experience any blood clots.  The food at the hospital was good for the two days that we were there.  My father-in-law, who stayed with us in case we needed assistance, was also very impressed with the service we all received, including him at Star Medica.  I would most certainly recommend Star Medica Hospital in Juarez, MX and the entire staff there, if you decide to have any of the gastric surgeries utilizing be lite weight for your procedure.

My wife and I are now entering our seventh month since our gastric sleeve surgery on December 8th, 2016.  My wife has lost 75 lbs. and I have dropped 122 lbs.  Prior to my surgery, I weighed 408 lbs. and I am now weighing in at 286 pounds and counting. I feel amazing and like everyone else before me, my only regret, is I wish I’d done the surgery earlier in my life.  However, everything happens for a reason. I am very happy with our results and look forward to dropping a little more weight and reaching my goal of 260 pounds.

This surgery has completely changed our lives.  We eat so much healthier now and have been able to get out of the house and experience so many different activities, that I struggled to enjoy in the past, due to my excessive weight.  We will be able to travel abroad more often, knowing that we are much more physically fit and able to walk longer distances and enjoy a better quality of life, thanks to the amazing staff at “Be Lite Weight”, especially Joanne and Jaime and the amazing Hospital staff at Star Medica Hospital in Juarez, MX.


Anyone out there thinking of having the gastric procedure done for them?  I highly recommend you use Be Lite Weight as your agency and also decide to have your procedure done in Mexico. You will not regret your decision.  The price is definitely right and much cheaper than the US and the doctors and medical staff are just as good or better, than those we have in the United States."

Alexander P

 

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Keep up the amazing work Alex! Your work is bringing strength to more than just you!

For more information about the Gastric Sleeve and other surgical weight loss procedures pick up the phone and call BeLiteWeight now!

 

 

Obesity Rising: Weight Loss Surgery the Answer?


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With all of the recent advancements in public health education and technology it seems like Americans must have made great progress to fight the obesity epidemic that scared the nation a decade ago. However, unfortunately this is not the case. Obesity is still on the rise and modern health & fitness "fads" have done little to change the picture. One of the only sources of hope lies in the future of surgical weight loss options such as the Gastric Sleeve and Bypass. An article from the LA times suggests that many Americans are:

"Letting themselves go." – Obesity

Studies over the past 15 years have revealed that the percentage of overweight people who are even attempting to lose weight have dropped significantly. This coincides with an increased tendency for overweight people to deny their condition and claim that they are in the normal body weight class. It would seem that many people have gotten used to being overweight, often after multiple failed attempts at dieting. Unfortunately after losing weight from standard dieting

"the post-diet body undergoes a host of changes designed to ensure that weight loss is regained." – New England Journal of Medicine

It is an unfortunate fact that within five years of having lost weight the standard dieter will typically regain 95 percent of the weight they lost. This is largely because body has mechanisms in place to reach an equilibrium weight which is usually a persons largest point. Even though decreased body weight would greatly reduce stress on the heart, the body still gravitates towards the higher weight. The body simply does not change without a huge stimulus. Weight loss surgery provides this stimulus.

"Obese patients who opt for bariatric surgery… reduces mortality by 30% to 50% seven years to 15 years after surgery" – American Family Physician

The long term benefits of weight loss surgery are clear: it works. A group of 1800 patients who had the gastric bypass were surveyed by the NIDDIK 10 years afterwards and only 19 of them had regained back to near their starting point! That is barely 1% of all patients!  Overweight Americans are losing hope in the "yoyo" cycle of consistently losing weight and then putting it right back on. Weight Loss Surgery is likely the best answer for many of them. 

 

For information about Weight Loss Surgery & the Gastric Sleeve call BeLiteWeight today!

 

Works Cited

http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-fewer-americans-diet-20170308-story.html

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/do-the-benefits-of-weight-loss-surgery-really-last/

http://www.menshealth.com/health/health-problems-with-weight-regain

 

Salad Dressings: Carb Friendly & Delicious


 

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The Spring Equinox on March 20 may officially be the first day of Spring, but April 1st has the emotional appeal of true change. Winter is officially over and to help fully internalize this change BeLiteWeight is giving out all of our favorite Salad dressing recipes. Don't wait to try these zesty sauces!

Low-Carb Caesar

With fresh lemon juice and garlic this recipe is guaranteed to leave your mouth tangy and stomach wanting more!

Sugar-Free Thousand Island

Clocking in at only 5 ingredients this salad dressing makes a quick addition to some protein!

Feta Vinaigrette Dressing

This recipe takes a few minutes of time and a blender but we promise it is worth the wait!

Classic Low-Carb Vinaigrette

Made with raw organic apple cider vinegar, this vinaigrette is full of flavor and helps cut your gut!

 

For information about Weight Loss Surgery & the Gastric Sleeve call BeLiteWeight today!

 

Works Cited

https://www.dietdoctor.com/recipes/caesar-dressing

https://www.verywell.com/sugar-free-thousand-island-dressing-2242121

http://www.ketogenic-diet-resource.com/low-carb-salad-dressing.html

http://www.lowcarbsosimple.com/basic-vinaigrette-and-variations/

 

 

5 Low-Carb Dieting Mistakes


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Middle of January is dieting season! As more and more eating regiments are being constructed for 2017 unfortunately many people are falsely informed regarding the benefits of lowering their carbs. The BeLiteWeight team has put together five simple pieces of advice to hopefully help others avoid the common pitfalls of low carb dieting. Now is the time to diet succesffully! 

1. Not Enough Fat

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It is a very unfortunate myth that a low fat diet helps shed weight when in actuality fats are one of the most important parts of your diet because they make you feel full without packing on the weight!

 

2. Not Enough Vegetables

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It is far too easy to neglect eating vegetables however they are your bodies most healthy fuel! Eating vegetables will help keep you feeling full without processed carbohydrates!

 

3. Low Carb Does Not Mean No Carbs

9-and-0-1165172-1279x788 Despite what you may think the human body needs carbohydrates to function! Rather then cutting all the carbs from your diet  learn to portion and time them for true success.

 

4. Don't Give Up Too Early

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Limiting your bodies carbohydrate intake will make you feel different and that is completely normal! Avoid the impulse to run to those potato chips the moment you are hungry and choose some healthy fat!

 

5. Drink More Water!

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Water is your best friend! Drinking water will not only make you less thirsty but it fills up your stomach curbing your hunger and making you feel full!

 

For more information about the Gastric Sleeve and other weight loss options call BeLiteWeight today!

 

Links to info: 

https://bengreenfieldfitness.com/2011/08/10-ways-to-do-a-low-carbohydrate-diet-the-right-way/

https://www.verywell.com/top-low-carb-diet-mistakes-2242042

https://low-carb-support.com/low-carb-mistakes/

http://www.womenshealthmag.com/weight-loss/low-carb-diet-mistakes

Five Superfoods & Supplements


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With the rise of agricultural and technological advances humanity can now easily extract the best foods, vitamins, and supplements this planet can offer. BeLiteWeight highly recommends taking advantage of this opportunity with the five products below. You WILL feel a difference!

#1 – Omega 3’s
weight losss surgery before after tips sugar carbs Omega 3 Are considered essential fatty acids because the body cannot produce them on their own and must be absorbed through our food. Omega 3's are anti inflammatory and reduce the chances of heart and brain disease, hypertension, depression, joint pain and more!

#2 – Lentils

weight losss surgery before after tips sugar carbs Lentils are one of the greatest sources of protein with 18 grams and only 1 gram of fat in a one cup serving. They are also packed with 16 grams of fiber to keep you full too!

#3 – Green Tea

weight losss surgery before after tips sugar carbs Green tea is a powerful tool for weight loss! The antioxidants in green tea are able to increase the metabolism and reduce insulin spikes by regulating glucose levels.

#4 – Pistachios

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Pistachios fight for your heart! They are full of antioxidants which are especially effective for those with high cholesterol. Pistachios also lower the levels of harmful lipids and lipoproteins which decreases the risk of heart disease!

#5 – Spirulina

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Spirulina is a blue-green algae remarkable for its powerful neutralizing of harmful chemicals, heavy metals, and toxins. It has even been proven to curb hunger when consumed in the morning or afternoon!

For more weight loss & nutrition tips and more come check out our Blog! To learn about the Gastric Bypass and how weight loss surgery may change your life call BeLiteWeight today!

Cites to Info

http://www.lifehack.org/articles/lifestyle/11-benefits-of-green-tea-that-you-didnt-know-about.html

http://news.psu.edu/story/167129/2010/05/20/research/pistachios-offer-multiple-health-benefits

https://draxe.com/spirulina-benefits/

http://articles.mercola.com/omega-3.aspx

http://www.mensfitness.com/nutrition/what-to-eat/fit-food-the-benefits-of-lentils

http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/features/good-fat-bad-fat-facts-about-omega-3#1

http://www.epax.com/pages/11-quick-facts

 

 

 

The Best Thing: Maria & Eduardo’s Sleeves


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Eduardo & Maria both had Dr. Rodriguez-Villareal and Dr. Elmo Aramburo perform Gastric Sleeve Procedures with BeLiteWeight less than a year ago and have truly hit the ground running. Here is their experience thus far in their own words! 

Here's a bit about our weight loss journey, this is the best thing both Eduardo and I could have done. So blessed and happy that we were able to do it together. We both had the gastric sleeve on November 9, 2015 by Dr. Rod and Dr. Elmo at Star Medica. Both doctors, the staff and the hospital were great! 

We are super excited to say that we are right about 9 months from having surgery and we are down a total of  222 lbs between the both of us. Eduardo is down 135 lbs and I am down 87 lbs, we are so happy with our results so far! After trying different ways to lose weight for years and nothing working, we realized this was our only option left. Again I can't express how grateful I am that we decided to do this together at a Team!!

We are very thankful for BeLiteWeight, because of them we are a lot healthier now than before. Even though we still more to go and at times our weight loss slows down we knew that sooner or later we will be where we want to be at. 

For more weight loss tips & stories come check out our Blog! To learn more about the Gastric Sleeve and other surgical weight loss options call BeLiteWeight now!  

Breakfast’s Galore: 5 Ways To Start Your Day!


Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. The reason why it is considered so important is because after almost six hours of sleep the body is starved of nutrients that it will need for the rest of the day. Breakfast is the meal that will fuel up the body for it to work at its optimum capacity.

Being the most important meal, your breakfast has to be healthy, full of nutrients, and nonetheless have to be tasty! We at Beliteweight have carefully put together for you some awesome breakfast recipes to jumpstart your day on a healthy note!

1.    GREEN BREAKFAST BLAST

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This is an excellent recipe to start your day. It is full of proteins and rich in anti-oxidants. Feeding your nutrient starved body with this power pack blast will leave you energized throughout the whole day. It’s creamy, hydrating, and an excellent go-to when you are in rush!

Check out NutriLiving's recipe at https://www.nutriliving.com/recipes/green-breakfast-blast

2.    EGGS BENEDICT

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Looking for a filling breakfast? Look no further! This recipe has it all. Power packed with proteins, the recipe brings to your table the goodness of spinach- the megastar weight loss booster! Rich in fibre and loaded with nutrients, check out SlimmingWorld's at http://www.slimmingworld.ie/recipes/eggs-benedict.aspx for a perfect Sunday breakfast.

3.    MIXED BERRY PANCAKE

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Berries are low in calories and rich in vitamins and minerals. They are powerhouse of antioxidants and phytonutrients that fend off heart diseases and cancers. This low carb berry pancake recipe will not only keep you full but also satisfy your taste buds. It is as good as having desert for breakfast. Who doesn’t want to sign up!

Check out RealSimple's recipe at http://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/recipe-collections-favorites/healthy-meals/list-breakfast-foods

4.    PEACH SMOOTHIE

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Peaches are a rich treasure of minerals such as calcium, potassium, magnesium, iron, manganese, phosphorous, zinc, and copper. They are low in calories, contain no saturated fat or cholesterol, and are a good source of dietary fiber. Sip this up to slim down!

Check out Prevention's at http://www.prevention.com/food/smoothie-recipes-for-weight-loss/peach-smoothie


5.    APPLE CINNAMON SMOOTHIE

 

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It’s the season for apples and apples always go best with cinnamon! The twist of cinnamon gives you the right flavor and kick to grab this smoothie all the more. Low in glycemic index and a powerful cleanser for the body, this Blast won't just make you feel good on the inside, but also look good on the outside.

Check out PopSugar's at: http://www.popsugar.com/fitness/Harley-Pasternak-Breakfast-Smoothie-Recipe-25151750

For more recipes and health tips go to our blog today! And to learn more about weight loss surgery and how it can change your life call BeLiteWeight now!

 

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