Extending Lives: Weight Loss Surgery

Time Magazine recently circulated a story that makes our team at BeLiteWeight proud. Recent research in Cleveland has shed light on to what BeLiteWeight has been the embodiment of for over 10 years: that weight loss surgery improves and extends lives!

The US team discovered with a study of about 11,000 people that suffer from obesity and related diseases that about 41 percent more people who would have died were still alive after 8 years!

If you are suffering from diabetes the gastric bypass has been shown to be an extremely effective way at putting many of the symptoms in recession. Many other health problems have been shown to be improved as well including hypertension and sleep apnea.

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!


How to pick out the perfect bathing suit after WLS

With summer right around the corner, it's time to start thinking about what you're going to wear to the beach. Here's a guide to picking out the perfect bathing suit after weight loss surgery:

How to pick out the perfect bathing suit after WLS If you are large-chested…

Look for something with structure so you can be sure to avoid those Janet Jackson-like wardrobe malfunctions. Also, a suit with fabric that gathers at the waist can create a pleasant division between your hips and chest.

If you are small-chested…

Look for a suit that plays up your bust line. One way to accomplish this is to find a suit that rests high on the hips. This will give the allusion of longer legs, elongating your frame and making your chest less of a focal point.

If you have a pear shape …

Find a suit that extenuates the things you like most about your body as well as your upper body. It could be your chest or your shoulders or your waistline. The key is to minimize your hips. Think "sexy" and "demure," which are not mutually exclusive. You should avoid suits with vertical stripes or designs running across the midsection—both of which can make your waist appear larger.

If you've got an athletic body …

Look for a suit with a strong vertical axis and something that adds femininity. Making sure to find balance across your torso is important to being comfortable.

The bottom line is that there are bathing suits for every body and everybody. The trick is to find one that puts the focus on the parts of your body you want to highlight—and to put comfort above all else.

If you haven't reached your weight loss goals yet …

Look for something that makes you feel comfortable and practical. A suit that extenuates your bust while providing coverage on the backside can give you the confidence to walk a beach, swim and splash without feeling self-conscious. Also, don't be afraid to accessorize. Wear a colorful sarong or matching shorts.

Low Fat & Perfectly Baked Banana Bread

Baking can still be a fun treat even when you're on a diet or trying to live a healthier lifestyle. There are several recipes you can add to your go-to list that are still low in fat, calories, and safe for healthy eating habits, such as this perfectly baked and naturally sweet banana bread.

Bananas are a great source of potassium and other much needed vitamins and nutrients. If you have very ripe bananas you can use them in this low fat banana bread recipe that the entire family will love. The prep and baking time is fast and easy with the end results being incredibly tasty. Most ingredients can probably be found in your kitchen right now.

These ingredients will make enough banana bread for about twelve people, or two yields. Measure accordingly if you want a bigger or smaller batch. Here is the full ingredient list below:

  • Four bananas, must be very ripe Low Fat & Perfectly Baked Banana Bread | BeLiteWeight | Weight Loss Recipes
  • 1 1/2 cups of flour, all purpose
  • One cup of white sugar
  • Two tablespoons of butter, softened
  • One teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • One teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
  • One egg, medium to large
  • Two tablespoons of apple sauce, preferably low fat

And here are the instructions to make this delectable banana bread:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Mash bananas with fork or masher in a large bowl, making sure the mixture has a thick consistency. Then, add the rest of the ingredients in the bowl and begin to mix and stir vigorously until completely mixed together.
  • Grease two loaf pans and then pour the mixture into both pans. Alternatively, you can use only one pan for a larger loaf that can be cut in half later on.
  • Place the loaf pans in the oven for between 50 to 60 minutes. Use a toothpick in the center of the bread in order to see if it has baked through.
  • Let cool for 15-20 minutes before cutting.

Serve and ENJOY!

How to prepare for your first year after WLS

Weight Loss Surgery Weight loss surgery can make everything better–your overall health, your social life and your weight (of course). But before you can fully realize all the benefits it has to offer, you've got to make it through the first year, and that's not always easy to do.

The first year after weight loss surgery is full of extensive metamorphosis. Some of the change will be exhilarating. Some will be challenging. And some will be unlike anything you've ever experienced before.

Here's a look at how you should prepare for your first year after weight loss surgery:

The first month
Get ready to drink your meals. The first two weeks are all about nursing your body back to health, which means liquid protein for the first two weeks, then pureed and soft food for the next two.

Months two, three and four
Finally, you'll be able to start eating "real" food again. Although you won't be eating anywhere as much as you ate before you went in for your procedure. And some of the things you liked to eat before won't appeal to you anymore. Months two, three and four will be a time of dietary experimentation.

Months five and six
These are the months in which you'll start to realize the fruits of all your hard work. Depending on what type of weight loss surgery you've had, you'll have lost somewhere between 30 and 40 percent of your total body weight–or one to two pounds a day. You're clothes will start to be loose, you'll have more energy and you'll start feeling more interested in exercising.

Month nine
By now, you and your doctor should have a pretty good idea of how your body is responding to the procedure. Any vitamin deficiencies should be addressed at your nine-month visit, and any modifications to your diet should be taken care of. You've got momentum, now is the time to build on it.

One year
This is it. You're one year in. You will have lost a lot of weight–maybe even 100 pounds. Now, it's time to get started on another successful year!