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.

Dangers of Simple Carbohydrates For Pre Diabetics


simpel carbs white rice glycemic index load unhealthy diabetics yams health carbohydrates protein weight loss If you are diabetic, pre diabetic, or even just concerned about your body composition, simple carbohydrates can be very dangerous for your blood sugar and body fat storages. This is because “Simple Carbs” are made up of only one or two sugar molecules making them very easy for the body to break down in to your bloodstream. These simple carbs are found in processed foods such as bread, pasta, white flour, soda, & sweets, but and also in fruits and vegetables as well. simple carbs white rice glycemic index load unhealthy diabetics yams health carbohydrates protein weight loss

 The rate at which sources of simple carbs affect your blood sugar is measured by a system known as the glycemic index (GI). This number is multiplied by the serving quantity for a measurement known as the foods glycemic load(GL). Foods with either high GI’s or GL are known to spike blood sugar levels and should be avoided by diabetics, pre-diabetics, and probably everyone else too. It is also best to eat a variety and not be excessive with one food or source of carbohydrates.

Popular Foods With High Glycemic Index / Loads

White Bagel – 72 / 25

Fanta Soft Drink – 68 / 23

Sweetened Cranberry Juice – 68 / 24

Instant Sweetened Oatmeal – 83 / 30

White rice –  73 / 43

Fruit Roll-Ups – 99 / 24

Baked Russet Potato – 111 / 33

simpel carbs white rice glycemic index load unhealthy diabetics yams health carbohydrates protein weight loss Low Glycemic Alternatives

100% Whole Grain Bread – 51 / 7 * Be sure to read the label even bread marked as wheat often contains white flour.

Tomato Juice – 38 / 4

Unsweetened Orange Juice  – 50 / 4

Unsweetened Oatmeal – 55 / 13

Quinoa – 53 / 13

Yams – 54 / 20

simple carbs white rice glycemic index load unhealthy diabetics yams health carbohydrates protein weight loss Glycemic Index, Load, & Weight Loss Surgery

Foods with high rates of absorption quickly pass through the bodies digestive systems and are stored as fat for future energy. Therefore, it is of no surprise that those with high Glycemic Indec (GI) and Glycemic Load (GL) diets have been found to be at much higher risk for obesity, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease. Fortunately, there are many dietary studies that have found low Glycemic Indec (GI) and Glycemic Load (GL) diets provide substantial weight loss and glycemic control benefits. Patients of bariatric surgery tend to feel full without the need of excessive carbohydrates which can be a remarkable tool from those suffering from terrible simple carbohydrate food cravings. It may be hard to stay away from processed foods with simple sugars, but your body will thank you for it!

 

For more health articles and weight loss advice come check out our blog! & To learn about the Gastric Bypass Operation and other surgical weight loss options call BeLiteWeight now!

 

Works Cited

https://www.verywell.com/simple-and-complex-carbohydrates-and-diabetes-1087570

http://www.health.harvard.edu/diseases-and-conditions/glycemic_index_and_glycemic_load_for_100_foods

http://lpi.oregonstate.edu/mic/food-beverages/glycemic-index-glycemic-load

 

Rachel’s Second Chance at Life: The Gastric Sleeve


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Rachel had surgery with BeLiteWeight about 8 months ago and recently sent over some very good news and nice words about Dr. Rodriguez, Dr. Elmo Aramburo, and the rest of our medical team. We are very happy for you Rachel! Keep up the good work!!

 

"This surgery has changed my life! I feel amazing! I can't thank Dr. Rodriguez and his team enough for this second chance at life. My surgery was 10/13/2015 my heighest weight was 330 my current weight Is 196.4! I'm so glad that I was introduced to BeLiteWeight.com! You have certainly saved my life! Everyone was amazing!! They made me feel right at home! Took care of me and my husband. They were always cleaning and always checking to see if I was okay! I have told everyone who is looking at having the same procedure that I did to go here. Thank you for taking care of me"- Rachel

 

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

 

Less Than A Year! Ashley’s Bypass Experience


weight loss surgery vsg vertical sleeve gastric bypass Our patient Ashley had the Gastric Bypass with Dr. Rodriguez and in less than a year she sent us this mind blowing photo! We are so proud of you!! Here are a few words from her:

"I had a great experience. Everything when as planned except my flight taking forever. But Dr Rodriguez got me in as soon as I arrived. Everything at the hospital was great. Super clean and staff was great at meeting my needs. Can't say anything bad about it. I've had no complications at all. So happy I chose BeLiteWeight 😉 "

If you are interested in the Gastric Bypass or other surgical options for weight loss call BeLiteWeight today!

Out In The Sunshine: Jamie’s 7 Year Revision Update


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This is Jamie’s Seven Year anniversary of her lap band to gastric bypass revision surgery. She successfully kept the weight off for all of these years. If you are struggling with a prior weight loss surgery a revision surgery could possibly be your solution.

Disclaimer: I work for BeLiteWeight but I'm doing a testimonial because I had surgery, lost weight and was pleased with the care I received at the hospital etc.

I had revision of my prior Lap Band surgery to a Mini Gastric Bypass on January 29, 2009. I had lost close to 90 pounds with my band* but after some other health issues (not band related) I found myself all the way back up to within 5 pounds of where I started originally back in 2003.

I couldn't live heavy any longer and found that I was missing so many vital things in my life like enjoying activities with my children. I wasn't looking forward to another surgery (I'm a surgery whimp) but I didn't see many other options since I was a total failure at dieting (obviously).

My revision surgery went well, I won't go into the fact that I think that all the surgeons we have are awesome but I wanted to tell you my experience with losing the weight.

At my one year surgery anniversary I wrote this for my blog:

Before Weight Loss Surgery I Weighed 92.5 Pounds More (Now its 109) and…

~Couldn't walk up a flight of stairs without being winded
~Couldn't bend over to tie my shoes without strategic propping involved
~Couldn't imagine that life would be any different than it was already was

Today I… Weigh Less Than I Did When I Was 14 Years Old and…

~Can walk long distances without trouble
~Can bend over to pick something up without feeling like I might fall over
~Can see great promise in future things to come my way and already have a life that is totally different from before

Now at my seven year anniversary I am STILL keeping the weight off and having weight loss surgery is STILL one of the very best decisions I have ever made in my life. I was a relatively "heathy fat person" so, other than having no energy, being heavy robbed me of more of my "life experiences" than anything else. Seven years later I am proud to say my revision surgery gave me those life experiences back. In the last few years I've gone on trips to Hawaii, Carribean, California, and around Mexico too. I can't believe how much easier it is to travel, work, and enjoy life. Each and every day I am so incredibly thankful to have had weight loss surgery.

Thanks for reading and allowing me to share my experience with you!

Jamie

Procedure Lap Band to Bypass Revision

For more information about Revision surgery, and other weight loss options, please contact BeLiteWeight today!

*See below

 

4 Years And Counting: Mike’s Mini Bypass Success


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One of the most important parts about any weight loss program is not just the ability to help people lose weight, but also the ability to help people keep that weight off. BeLiteWeight is proud to give a long term update for a former patient, Mike F, who had surgery back in 2011 but just recently wrote in:

"Thanks JoAnne, I am down 221 lbs. and holding pretty close to that for going on 5 yrs. now… Only regret is that I didn’t do it sooner.. I went from a 64 waist to 38 now and from a 6x shirt to a X large, my exercise program is dancing, I go dancing 5 nights a week and dance every dance.  I am now in the best shape I have been in years and years.."

Mike's story is truly special because it represents the long term value of BeLiteWeight's weight loss services. The commitment to transform one's entire health and well being with bariatric surgery is without a doubt a stressful and frightening decision. However, the extensive amount of BeLiteWeight's patient testimonials provide inspiration, hope, and guidance for the success of both our prior and future clients. 

 

For more information about the Mini Gastric Bypass, and other weight loss options, contact BeLiteWeight today!

 

Metabolic Surgery For Diabetes: Jeff’s Signs of Success


Metabolic-Surgical-Options-for-Diabetes November is Diabetes Awareness Month! With all the advances in medical technology, it is hard to believe there is no established cure for Type 2 Diabetes. In fact, diabetes is on the rise worldwide. Studies suggest that by 2034 the number of diabetics will rise from 23 million to upwards of 44 million people!*

Diabetes is a very serious medical condition with a large complication rate. When a person has this disease, their body does not produce or utilize their bodies' insulin, causing glucose and blood sugar levels in the blood to spike. The costs of typical medical aids are up to $33,000 a year, and they are generally not effective or curative.* Tragically, even with proper medical services, patients often face horrible side effects including dialysis, loss of limb functionality, heart attacks, and often death. Fortunately new evidence is suggesting there is a nonconventional way to restore the bodies insulin processes: Bariatric Surgery (Metabolic Surgery for Diabetes).

Bariatric surgery refers to a set of abdominal sugeries which are extremely effective at helping people suffering from obesity lose significant amounts of weight. Further research is showing that bariatric/metabolic surgeries has an effect on insulin production and utilization, making it curative and able to reverse Type 2 Diabetes back in to remission.** Just one example comes from a study in the Annals of Surgery which concluded 83 percent of 240 diabetic patients were completely cured of their disease after having the gastric bypass surgery!*

For less than the cost of one year of standard medical aid, bariatric surgery could be curing diabetics completely of their disease.** Here is the story of Jeff, a diabetic who is also a nurse and well informed regarding the dangers of his illness. One month after his bariatric surgery, he has rapidly stabilizing blood sugar levels and is down from two hundred units of insulin to less than twenty. Bariatric surgeries' effects on the disease are extremely rapid. Here is his entire story in his own words:

As a nurse for twenty years, I know too well the tragedy of runaway diabetes and obesity. I had both. No matter what I did: diet, exercise, diet supplements, and just plain fear, all of my good intentions eventually imploded and I was once again packing on the pounds and watching my diabetes and weight soar out of reach. Eventually, I just wrote my will and resigned myself to my fate.
 
I had been aware that bariatric surgery could radically improve one's chances of limiting, or even putting diabetes into remission, but for all my knowledge and experience I was baffled where to begin. A phone call to BeLiteWeight and Nicky and Jamie smoothly clarified my options and helped me to understand which bariatric option would be best for me.
 
Then there was the scenario of having the surgery in Mexico. This was a better option for me, as I live next door to Juarez, but another weight loss agency described their surgeon's services as being done in a strip mall, with the recovery period taking place in a hotel room. Not good.
 
Again, BeLiteWeight gave me information about Star Medica, one of the finest hospitals in Juarez. I know a lot of people who are intimately connected with Juarez, and without exception, every single one highly recommended Star Medica. If there was any trouble, I would have found it. I was also somewhat relieved that Star Medica is the official hospital of choice by the U. S. Consulate in Juarez.
 
I had less than perfect credit because of the stock market debacle five years ago, and wondered how in the world I could afford to get this life saving surgery. My insurance considered it a "cosmetic procedure." Cosmetic my foot, literally. My diabetes was making its presence known.
 
Again, Nicky and Jamie efficiently steered me into a loan company who provided terms I could easily afford. The complications of getting into Mexico, and out? Jamie and Nicky made that super easy, as well.
 
Transportation: the shuttle was there right on time and whisked my wife and I smoothly to Star Medica's front door.
 
The hospital: I have worked in many hospitals throughout the United States. Star Medica was spotless and comfortable, the staff friendly and professional. I was processed in with remarkable speed and efficiency. The room was more like a pleasant suite, again spotless, comfortable and roomy.  I would gladly prefer to have any surgical procedure done at Star Medica over many of the hospitals I have worked in the United States.
 
The procedure: Again, it can be summed up as efficient in every way. They told me what they would do and when they would do it, and it went exactly on time very smoothly. Dr. Rodriguez came and met with us, and cordially answered all my questions in English.
 
The pain: there wasn't any. At worst I felt a little sore once it was done. The staff kept me well supplied with good pain and nausea medication, and I was up walking about the facility, doing my laps, within an hour of the procedure. Going to a dentist is much more difficult. I was back to work at the end of the week.
 
The surgical wounds: there was never a trace of infection. There was no bleeding. Dr. Rodriguez made the smallest of incisions and sealed them with Durabond and already, a month later, the small scars are beginning to fade.
 
Psychologically: Life after stomach. I was out the next morning following one day in the hospital. It is an adjustment to going from eating like a horse, as I did, to being only able to tolerate food in very small amounts. My brain says "EAT," and my stomach says, "NO THANKS." Each day gets a little easier. In the first week, I did have signifigant hunger pangs, but they are lessening daily. Every day gets easier to get my brain around eating just a little amount, and my tiny stomach feels more and more comfortable.
 
The weight loss: BeLiteWeight provided me with a comprehensive pre and post surgical eating plan. Lots of vitamin supplements. The pounds are melting off me like snow in July, and I don't have to fight it. I went from 265 pounds the day of surgery to 234 pounds in a month. My feet don't hurt so much. I can sleep on my side again, which I couldn't do because my obesity hurt my hips. My knees don't hurt so much. I can tie my shoes and getting in and out of a car isn't like trying to climb Mt. Everest any more. I have more energy.

My blood sugars are rapidly returning to normal. It is soon yet, but I have gone from using two hundred, or more, units of insulin every day, to using less than twenty, and some days not at all. It is too soon to predict the final outcome, but it strongly appears that my diabetes is going into remission.
 
Paying for it: No lie, I save so much on groceries and eating out that it is no trouble making payments. I still get to enjoy food, just in very small amounts.
 
The hope: Best of all I have hope for the future. I no longer wonder when my diabetes is going to ruin my life and my ability to support my family. I have hope for a long and healthy life to provide for my family. Bariatric surgery was the best decision I ever made, and BeLiteWeight helped me every step of the way.
 
I cannot thank you enough for getting me over the hump.
 
Jeff M
El Paso, Texas

For more information on bariatric surgeries such as the Gastric Sleeve or Bypass and how they might reverse your diabetes, contact BeLiteWeight today!

*Statisics from https://asmbs.org/patients/benefits-of-bariatric-surgery

** Individual Results May Vary

A Blessing: Jeff’s Inspiring Letter Regarding the Gastric Sleeve


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As a company, BeLiteWeight truly takes pride in our advanced hospitals, experienced surgeons, and comprehensive medical services. When our patient Jeff was asked a number of questions regarding the Gastric Sleeve and his experience working with our company he wrote quite an elegant response for us to share. 

Hey Everyone! First of all, congratulations on considering the surgery. It has definitely been a life changer for me and I am sure it can be for you as well.  When I decided to do it, it was a very last minute decision. I woke up one morning tired of the life I was living and started my research. By the end of the day I found beliteweight.com and was scheduled for two weeks later. I relied on little information other than my complete desire to change my life. I quit smoking that day and started the pre-op diet.

1. The hospital was completely amazing. Star-Medica is a place that US hospitals should strive to match in both appearance and professionalism. The place is gorgeous and you feel very comfortable the minute you walk in the doors.  It is furnished well and it is sparkling clean.

2. Dr. Rodriguez and his associates, including the anesthesiologist, are super friendly and took lots of time to calm my nerves and answer all of my questions. I had never had surgery before so I was a nervous wreck.  Dr. Rodriguez checked on my twice the night of surgery and then daily after.  I also saw one of his associate surgeons daily in addition to his nutritionist who came daily to talk to me about lifestyle changes moving forward. They were all amazing. I have already sent two of my close friends for surgery and a third recently paid her deposit.

3. The length of stay was perfect in my opinion. I'm a busy body and any more time down would have been hard. I was off pain medicine at noon the day after my surgery, so I spent a lot of time walking the halls and watching television.  I was ready to go home and was pain free when I left.

4.  I did not spend one penny more than I was originally quoted.  I was actually impressed. I was honestly afraid of there being a shake down when I got there for more money. That was not the case at all. The admissions team at the hospital was ready for my arrival and processed all of my paperwork quickly and I paid my balance with a cashiers check.

5. Not only did I feel safe in Juarez, I have considered traveling back to El Paso to visit again. I feel like it would be a neat city to take some time to explore.

6.  Surprises. I think the only surprise that I have encountered is how quickly I have lost weight and how good I felt immediately. I can eat nearly anything I want now, but small small doses. I watch what I eat and I take my supplements and honestly I feel great.  I don't suffer from insomnia anymore nor do I feel exhausted all day long. I was a size 52" waist and now I'm in a 38. That's the biggest surprise.

7.  I would not only do it again, but I wouldn't wait until I was 37 to do it. I realize how much of my life I have missed and quite frankly, it's sad.  I am a huge supporter of the surgery and know that it's a blessing. If you're ready for the long term changes, I think you'll do well.  The hardest part of the entire journey was learning that food isn't fun or delicious, it's merely something that I need a couple of times a day for survival.  There are times that I see someone eating something that I want, and I want to tackle them and steal it, but it passes quickly. You'll find things that will help you forget about food. My secret is my Yeti tumbler. It keeps ice cold water with me all day. If I feel the need to munch, I drink some cold water and it fills me up really quickly and I move on.

There are lots of horror stories I read, especially while on he plane headed to El Paso. I was scared.  It made me decide to commit to the post surgical diet and the changes to my lifestyle. I now walk every day. I bought a FitBit to monitor my physical activity and I try to do a little more each day than the day before. I compete with myself. It's great.

My doctor here local is impressed with the results and is shocked at how much I have lost without any negative side effects. I have had no hair loss, all of my blood work looks great and I feel amazing.

If you have any questions beyond this, please, don't hesitate to reach out. I'd love to help you in any way that I can.

Best wishes to you,

Jeff

For more information about the Gastric Sleeve and how it might transform your own life too contact BeLiteWeight today!

Questioning the Belly: Is it Bloat or Fat?


Is it belly fat or is it belly bloat? The answer can help you with your exercise decisions, dictate your diet, and affect the way you feel about yourself.

If it’s belly fat, you’re probably going to want to ramp up your workouts, dial back the amount of fatty foods you’re eating and find a way to keep your head up and battle back. If it’s bloat, well, at least you know you haven’t done anything to sabotage your weight-loss efforts.

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So how do you know if your bulging belly is caused by fat or bloat? You will need to answer these questions:

Is your belly swollen and as tight as a fully inflated balloon?
If the answer is yes, you’re probably suffering from bloat. Belly bloat commonly causes your stomach to increase in size throughout the day. So if it’s hard like a balloon, it’s a good bet you’ve got bloat.

Did your stomach increase in size quickly?
Again, if the answer is yes, it’s likely just a bad case of bloating. Fat doesn’t form around your belly quickly–it takes time to consume the amount of excess calories it takes to increase the size of your belly due to increased fat. If your stomach increased in size quickly, it is probably caused by bloat.

Are you currently suffering from gas?
If the answer is yes, you have bloat. The number one cause of bloat is excess gas in your stomach, and excess gas can be caused by a lot of factors. If you chew a lot of gum, for example, you probably take in a lot of extra air, which can lead to gas, which can lead to bloat. Foods with high fat content can also cause excess gas. Another cause of excess gas is gastrointestinal disorders. If you experience any of these, you probably have bloat and not stomach fat.

Of course, it’s possible to suffer from both belly fat and belly bloat. But if you’ve taken steps to shrink the size of your belly, you can rest assured that the bloat will go away. Contact BeLite Weight to learn more about options to make your bulging belly smaller.

Veggie of The Day: Black Bean Burgers


Burgers can be a bad choice when it comes to staying on a diet and trying to eat healthy– especially those greasy burgers at local diners or fast food restaurants. It’s also not helpful when most places don’t have vegetarian options when it comes to their burgers. So instead of being disappointed with your menu options every time you go out, why not stay at home and make your own black bean burgers?

Black bean burgers are great for vegetarians, super healthy and can be a great source of protein. All you need is about twenty minutes to make about six servings that are as juicy and tasty as a regular burger.

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Here are all the ingredients you will need:

  • 1/2 cups of quinoa, uncooked
  • 1 cup vegetable stock
  • 1 teaspoon of olive oil
  • Two carrots, peeled and diced finely
  • 1/4 cups onions, diced
  • One clove minced garlic
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon oregano, dried
  • 3/4 teaspoons sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoons black pepper
  • 15 ounces of black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 3 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons Sriracha sauce
  • 1/2 or 1 cup panko bread crumbs
  • One egg
  • Six burger buns
  • Toppings as desired

And here’s how to make these amazing black bean burgers:

  • Begin cooking the quinoa with a vegetable stock. Next heat up one teaspoon olive oil in a skillet with a dash of salt and add in the carrots, onion and garlic. Saute until soft or for about eight minutes.
  • Mix together all the spices plus the oregano and the rest of the sea salt in a small bowl. Set aside.
  • Pour black beans in a large bowl. Add in the carrots, onion and garlic. Begin mashing together with two forks or mixer. Don’t mash completely. Next add in the soy sauce, Sriracha sauce, ketchup, and spice mixture. Stir well. Start making the mixture into patties. Let refrigerate for about twenty minutes to set.
  • Finally cook patties for about four minutes on both sides and then add toppings as desired when building the burger.

Your Natural, Magical Potion: Water!


It’s been said that water is life. Without it, your body can’t absorb nutrients, the neurons in your brain can’t fire and your internal body temperature be set alight.

So you need water to live. But did you know that water can also play a key role in weight loss, keeping you healthy and ensuring that you’ve got a clear mind? In fact, water is so wonderful that it could almost be considered a magical potion. Here’s why:

Water boosts your metabolism. A study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism found that drinking 17 ounces of water can boost your metabolism by up to 30 percent.

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It’s good for your heart. If you don’t want to suffer from a heart attack (and who does?), drink water. A recent study found that drinking more than five glasses of water a day cut your risk of dying from a heart attack by 41 percent.

It helps your head. A study published in Neurology found that migraine sufferers who drank about six cups of water a day (in addition to what they usually drank) experienced significantly fewer headaches than before they increased their water consumption.

It might make you smarter. Your brain requires oxygen to function at maximum capacity. Water delivers oxygen to your brain.

It can save you a lot of money. Water–even when it’s bottled–is less expensive than juice, soda and energy drinks. And if you drink it straight from the tap in your kitchen, it’s even less expensive. Over the course of a year, replacing juice, soda and energy drinks with water can save you hundreds of dollars.

It keeps you awake and alert. Did you know that dehydration causes daytime fatigue? It’s true. So instead of reaching for a soda or energy drink (both of which contain dehydration-causing caffeine), grab a water before your next meeting.

It’s a secret weapon in the battle of the bulge. Drinking water takes up space in your stomach, meaning there is less room for food.

Want to know more about water and weight loss? Contact the experts at BeLiteWeight today.