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.

4 Pant Sizes & Feeling Better: Tish’s Gastric Sleeve


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The BeLiteWeight team wants to give special recognition to one of our beautiful and amazing patients Letitia for her incredible results with the Gastric Sleeve! Letitia, who also goes by Tish, recently sent us the above pictures and wrote this brief update for us to share:

 

"I have lost 58lbs and went down 4 pants size, feel tons better! Still, have 40lbs to go but am feeling confident that it will happen and in the meantime, I'm much happier with the way that I am looking thanks to Dr. Rodriguez and JoAnne at BeLiteWeight!""

 

Way to go Letitia! Our team is so happy for your success today and in the future to come!

 

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

In With The New: Mairim One Year Post Sleeve


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Nothing makes the BeLiteWeight team more overjoyed than the continued success of our amazing patients. Since Mairim's three month update is now a bit out dated, she recently sent in a one year update containing the hilarious photo above. Mairim is literally carting off her old self while proudly embracing her dazzling new body. We love it so much we had to share. Here are more photos from her journey!

Before and After: 3 Months Update

I want to thank BeLiteWeight and Dr. Rodriguez for being my life saver and changer. I had a friend recommend BeLiteWeight and the doctor. Although nervous and scared to travel to Juarez it was the best decision, I received excellent care better then I would state side…." – Mairim

 

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Before and After: 12 Months

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Congratulations Mairim! The BeLiteWeight team is more than proud!!

 

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

Tammy’s 8 Month Sleeve Surg-iversary!


Tammy 8 Month Surgiversary

 

Just the other day BeLiteWeight received a picture and a few words from one of our beloved patients Tammy that truly captured the goal of what we aim to do here.  

Tomorrow is my 8 month surg-iversary! Everything is going great, I couldn’t be happier!

The decision to undergo a surgical weight loss was so profoundly life-changing for Tammy that she likened her surgery to a marriage anniversary. She is just too funny! BeLiteWeight could not be happier for her either!

 

 

Come check out our Blog for more weight loss stories and tips! And to learn about the Gastric Sleeve and other surgical weight loss options call BeLiteWeight today!

Second Chance at Life: Nicole’s Gastric Sleeve


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Just over seven months ago one of our patients Nicole made the life changing decision to undergo bariatric weight loss surgery. She could not be more happy and we could not be more proud! This post contains her before and after photo, a link to her testimonial page, and a short little paragraph from Nicole herself. Keep up the great work you look amazing Nicole!

 

"It has been almost 7 months since I had the gastric sleeve done in mexico at Star medical hospital .  I set out on this journey on April the 22nd. I was nervous and excited all at the same time. I had several friends who had gone before me so I knew a little bit about what to expect. I must say that the doctors and nurses all exceeded my expectations, and did a woderful job. I am happy to report that I have lost a total of 59 pounds since I had the surgery .  I feel amazing, and from all the comments I get from people I must look amazing. I went from wearing a size 18/20 to a 9/10. It is a good feeling to be able to walk into a regular store and pick something off the rack and know you can fit it, and not have to try it on first. I am thankful for this second chance at life and I will never take it for granted again. thank you for all your help"

 

Link: https://www.beliteweight.com/testimonial-detail/?id=330

 

Be sure to check out our Blog for more patient stories and weight loss tips! & To learn more about the Gastric Sleeve and how it can help you call BeLiteWeight today!


 

Hypertension: Bariatric Surgery & Medical Benefits


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Hypertension, also known as high blood pressure, has become a common costly illness causing serious global concern. Studies show that one out of every 3 American’s live with hypertension which is costing our nation more than 46 billion dollars a year in health costs! With the burden of illness and mortality associated with high BP being so dangerous and diverse, hypertension should be declared a major public health concern and a national epidemic. Fortunately, the underlying causes of hypertension can be successfully addressed through modern forms of bariatric surgery.

What is Hypertension?

Hypertension refers to a condition of body when the force exerted by the blood against the walls of the blood vessels stands increased or elevated. This force largely depends on the quantity of blood pumped by the heart into the blood vessels (cardiac output) and the resistance of the blood vessels to handle this cardiac output. Basically. when elevated blood pressure occurs it means that the pressure against the blood vessels is raised signaling certain heart, brain, and kidney impairments which often ultimately lead to premature death.

Causes and Symptoms

Hypertension has a variety causes but none is as strong as its association with obesity. The direct correlation between high blood pressure and obesity, and specifically abdominal obesity, is supported with significant medical data. As obesity rates have tripled in the past 30 years the rates of hypertension and high blood pressure have risen correspondingly as well.

High Blood Pressure is a very dangerous illness with far reaching consequences. Hypertension is the most prevalent cause of stroke and kidney failure and is always accompanied by obesity, diabetes, kidney disease and other co-existing problems. However, hypertension is usually asymptomatic, meaning it occurs without active signs of the illness and does its damage through its comorbidities. A brief list of these underlying illnesses that obesity and hypertension are associated with include:

·       Type 2 Diabetes

·       Coronary Heart Disease

·       Hyperlipidaemia

·       Sleep Apnea

·       Pulmonary dysfunction

·       Ischemic stroke

·       Osteoarthritis

·       Gallbladder Disease

·       Non-Alcoholic Steatohepatitis

·       More.

Resolution of Hypertension through Bariatric Surgery

The most medically supported long-term resolution to hypertension is reduction in weight and weight management. The weight loss offered by bariatric surgical options and the corresponding success reducing hypertensions comorbidities are both unmatched.. It has been documented that patients who underwent RYGB or other gastric surgery lose 61.6 and 47.5% of their excess body weight respectively. Research also shows that patients who underwent gastric banding, gastric bypass, gastroplasty, biliopancreatic diversion, or the duodenal switch reported major improvements in hypertension as their weight loss continued.

Medical data further shows that bariatric surgery is associated with a high rate of complete obesity and hypertension remission. A majority of patients after having had bariatric surgery saw complete resolution or improvement of their diabetes, hyperlipidaemia, hypertension, obstructive sleep apnea, and other comorbidities. This further underscores the fact that patients who undergo bariatric surgery experience remarkable long-term improvement and often complete resolution of their hypertension and its comorbidities.

The correlation between the remission of hypertension and bariatric surgery is likely due to the standard treatment for hypertension including the same diet restrictions as patients with bariatric surgery. Bariatric patients already undergo many of the same recommended restrictions on salt, fats, carbohydrates, and alcohol which help to reduce blood pressure levels. Gastric surgery is the perfect tool for those suffering from obesity and hypertension seeking empowerment over their disease.

Conclusion

Hypertension’s dangerous association with obesity and other major health concerns including stroke and heart failure classify the illness under the most serious category of diseases. In light of recent medical data, one can safely assume that bariatric surgery offers the highest rate of improvement, and often complete resolution, of obesity’s comorbidities including high blood pressure and hypertension.

If you would like to hear more about how the Gastric Sleeve and can potentially help your hypertension click here and inquire today!

 

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Types of Hypertension

Primary hypertension, also called essential hypertension, is a condition when the causes for high blood pressure are indeterminable. Primary hypertension gradually develops over the years and is affected by general factors such as size, family lineage, and pregnancy. Secondary hypertension develops when high blood pressure is the direct result of some other problem or condition in the body such as kidney disease, diabetes, Cushing’s syndrome, hyperplasia, hyperthyroidism, or something else.

Measuring Hypertension

Blood pressure is usually expressed as two measurements: systolic pressure that is the pressure of the left ventricle of the heart while contracting or pumping the blood and the diastolic pressure that is the force or pressure of the left ventricle when it is relaxed. The normal blood pressure is measured when body is at rest. In general your systolic number should be more than 120 but less than 140 and your diastolic measure should be over 80 but less than 90. When the blood pressure at rest is higher than this, the condition is termed as high blood pressure or hypertension.

Forms of Treatment

A list of recommended treatments for hypertension include:

·       Lifestyle Changes

·       Salt, Carb, and Fat Diet Restriction

·       Moderate Alcohol Consumption

·       Reduction of Weight

·       Regular Physical Activity

·       Prescribed Medication

·       Bariatric Surgery

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Emotional Eating: How to Stop it Before it Starts


People who eat to satisfy an emotional need are often compared to those who have other types of addictions. In some ways, an addiction to food can be harmful, much like a drug addiction.

When people eat for comfort, they often choose foods that are high in sugars and satisfy a specific taste. If allowed to continue, the depressed feelings that cause them to over eat and can lead to diabetes, chronic digestive problems along with obesity.

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With emotional eating, it isn’t so much the food that is addicting. Instead it is the behaviors that cause a person to crave the way a certain food makes them feel. Individuals, who deal with emotional eating, often find themselves trapped in a vicious cycle of depression, overeating and weight gain.

Breaking the cycle isn’t easy, but it can be accomplished if you realize you have a problem and are willing to face the ugly truth about how your eating is affecting your body.

There are several things you can do to curb your emotional craving for foods once you understand the connection between your feelings and your desire to eat when you are upset. They include:

  • Know your triggers
  • Address the addiction
  • Keep a food journal
  • Swap eating for exercise
  • Learn to breathe
  • Listen to music
  • Create a support system

Once you can pinpoint what causes you to eat more, you can address the fact that your addictive behaviors are affecting your lifestyle and your health. Write down what you eat and when. If you are upset or need an emotional boost get up and move around. Exercise can and will help you break your food addiction.

Learn to breathe. Deep cleansing breaths are beneficial in bringing in more oxygen and eliminating toxins. Listen to music that makes you want to get up and move. As you begin your journey to better eating, create a support system that includes individuals who are familiar with your situation. They can help you deal with your problems without bringing food into the mix.

Delicious and Filling: Chicken, Zucchini and Potato Soup


Tired of the same old soup recipes? Looking for something that won’t fill you out but instead fill you up while also being healthy? Don’t grab that canned soup from the pantry but instead, create this fresh and tasty chicken, zucchini and potato soup that the entire family will love.

With low sodium content and a bit of nutmeg for some extra flavor, this soup is bound to be a favorite while you’re on a diet, staying trim, and looking to replace your diet with healthier alternatives. Plus, all of the ingredients are easily found at any local grocery store or supermarket and can make for a great Sunday night dinner.

In fact, it is a great make it and leave it type of meal as everything can be done with a crock pot to help save you on time.

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Here is what you’ll need to make this hearty soup:

  • 2 lbs. of potatoes, cut and peeled into square inch pieces
  • 2 lbs. of chicken breast
  • 2 lbs. of fresh zucchini, also cut into square inch pieces
  • Two medium onions, chopped
  • 5 cups of chicken broth, low sodium
  • 1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon of Greek yogurt, unsweetened (optional)

And here’s how to make the soup:

  • Set up your crock pot and add in all the ingredients together, making sure to layer in the potatoes first and then the chicken and then adding in the zucchini and onions last. Pour in the chicken broth and finally sprinkle in the nutmeg on top of everything.
  • Cover the crock pot and let it cook for about eight to ten hours on the low heat setting. Once the soup has thoroughly cooked, take a few minutes to shred the chicken with a fork and add a dollop of the unsweetened Greek yogurt in a bowl of soup for added taste if desired.

Lose Weight While You Sleep: Best Night Time Snacks


Ah, the bedtime snacks. It’s a time-honored tradition practiced by individuals from the time they are 2 years old to the time they reach their golden years.

If you’re like most people, it starts with a glass of milk and a cookie or two when you’re young, and then progresses to entire bags of microwave popcorn and a cocktail or two when you’re older.

The next thing you know, your body is packing on the pounds–working to metabolize all those extra calories–while you sleep. And then you’re overweight. Wouldn’t it be great if there were bedtime snacks that would actually do the opposite? You know, actually help you burn calories while you sleep?

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There are–and here’s a list of seven of them:

String Cheese. It might be processed, but it’s full of stomach-filling, muscle-building, metabolism-boosting protein and fat, so you’re more likely to feel satisfied after one 80-calorie stick than you do after an entire bag of popcorn.

Cereal. No, not the sugary kind. The kind of cereal you should eat must be the whole grain ones and containing metabolism-moving complex carbohydrates. You know like: oatmeal or corn flakes.

Nonfat Greek Yogurt. It tastes great and has loads of protein. But most importantly, it calms your stomach so you’re more likely to get a better night’s sleep. And the better you sleep, the healthier you’ll be.

White-Meat Turkey. In addition to the sleep-inducing tryptophan, turkey is full of protein.

An Apple with a Dollop of Peanut Butter. You know what they say: An apple a day keeps the doctor away. Oh, and the peanut butter will fill you up with protein without making you feel full and uncomfortable.

Non-fat Chocolate Pudding. Non-fat Chocolate Pudding delivers all the chocolaty goodness of the cookies you grew up loving at bedtime–but it does it with a lot fewer calories.

A Banana They’re sweet. They’re substantive. They’re loaded with fiber and sleep-inducing tryptophan. So why not nosh on a banana before bed?

This list is by no means exhaustive, but it will get you started. Contact BeLiteWeight today for more clever ideas for losing weight while you sleep.

Swearing Off Treats & Other Weight Loss Mistakes


The recipe for weight-loss success is well-documented: eat right and exercise. Unfortunately, knowing the recipe and being able to execute it are two entirely different things. Daily living and bad habits can easily derail your best efforts.

Luckily, you can overcome common barriers to success by knowing what the barriers are—and having a strategy to avoid them. Here’s a look at six common mistakes and ways to make sure you don’t fall prey to them:

  • Not being prepared
    When hunger strikes and you have nothing healthy to eat, you’re likely to turn to foods that are full of fat. Avoid this mistake by carefully planning your meals and snacks—and having healthy food on hand.

  • Keeping quiet
    If you don’t tell your friends and family about your weight-loss goals, they might unknowingly sabotage your efforts by suggesting you indulge in fatty, “fun” foods. Avoid these pitfalls by making your intentions known and asking the people who are closest to you for support.

Weight Loss Mistakes|BeLite Weight

  • Going to extremes
    Sure, cutting carbs and working out for hours can work in the short term, but neither is sustainable and both will likely leave you in worse shape. Rather than trying to do it all at once, find balance and create a sustainable system.

  • Relying entirely on exercise
    A lot of people think they can exercise away all the extra calories they consume. This rarely works. Remember, it’s easier not to eat a 400-calorie slice of pizza than it is to burn 400 calories. Use exercise to supplement your healthy eating efforts, not to replace them.

  • Drinking your dinner
    Drinking alcohol is never a good weight-loss strategy, even if you skip dinner to make up for the empty calories in beer, wine and spirits. Limit your alcohol consumption and don’t skip dinner.

  • Swearing off sweats
    Trying to deprive yourself of sweets never works. You’ll eventually give in and go overboard. Instead, allow yourself a sweat treat every now and then—just do it in moderation. And don’t do “cheat days.”

For more information about overcoming the roadblocks to success and achieving your goals, contact BeLite Weight today.

Simple Lifestyle Changes = More Weight Loss


Losing weight can be difficult. With all the dieting, exercising and avoiding, there is a lot to think about, and it can be hard to stay on track. So why not make it a little easier by making seven simple changes to your daily life?

Sometimes little changes in the way you eat can add up to big calorie cuts. So here’s a list of seven easy ways you can change your diet to lose weight:

Cut down on your carbonated drinks
Start by cutting back on the number you drink every day. Then stop drinking them on weekdays. Then stop drinking them all together. Cutting down on your carbonated drinks can save you hundreds of calories a day.

Subtract the starch
An easy way to eat fewer starches it to cut all of them in half. Subtracting half the starches from your plate every time you eat will add up to a lot of weight loss over time.

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Skip dessert
Every time you eat desert, you’re adding an additional 200 to 400 calories to your meal. Every now and then, skip it.

Dress down your salads
Salads are low-calorie and healthy—until you load them up with dressing. One easy way to cut calories is to cut down the amount of salad dressing you use.

Go Greek
There are three great reasons Greek yogurt is so popular: It tastes great, it’s good for you and can be used in a lot of different ways. It can serve as a substitute for cooking oil, mayonnaise, sour cream and more.

Don’t eat everything
There is no such thing as a “clean plate club,” so stop trying to join it and make a point to always leave something on the plate.

Say no to seconds
If you do eat everything on your plate and are still hungry, help yourself to some more vegetables, but say no to second servings of carbs and meat.

These are the easy things you can do to lose weight. If you want more ideas to lose weight, or want to discuss weight-loss surgery—contact the experts at BeLiteWeight today.