NO Regrets: Dionne 1 Yr Post Sleeve


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Our team over at BeLiteWeight would like to give special recognition to Dionne for her amazing achievements with the Gastric Sleeve in just one year! Check out her latest letter.


“I really had to send my biggest thank you to you and everyone at Beliteweight and a special thank you to Dr Elmo/Dr Rodriguez and the whole team. I wish you guys knew how much you’ve change me as a person and not just my physical appearance although I do enjoy it. I’ve realized that I was just existing and not LIVING. Love you all, please share with the team.Thank you again! I’m still shooked at how much my body has change. I certainly have NO regrets at all. My last weight was 188.

It is really great how appreciative and optimistic you are Dionne! We are so happy for you.

For more information on Gastric Sleeve and other weight loss surgical questions, please call BeLiteWeight today at 1-800-215-6497!

Bariatric Surgery & Your Liver



The benefits of bariatric surgery for the moderate to morbidly obese cannot be understated. Over the past 30 years medical advancements and research has led the bariatric surgical industry to a point where each year tens of thousands of people are finding success with options like the Gastric Sleeve and the Bypass.

Candidates for these weight loss surgeries are at a higher risk to already have and be more susceptible to liver disease and other underlying medical conditions. Studies have conclusively shown that for the majority of people bariatric surgery is an incredibly effective treatment for these conditions. However, there are important exceptions to be aware of with respect to malnutrition and anorexia.


It is an issue for certain individuals to not properly nourish their bodies after having gastric surgeries and to fall in to a cycle of non-eating or only eating very limited amounts of food that does not provide the body with what it needs.


To maintain a healthy liver after weight loss surgery it is especially important to maintain a consistent intake of high quality protein and nutrient dense foods. At BeLiteWeight we take pride in our teams extensive knowledge and follow up care so that our patients are able to thrive!

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.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5061986/

Cheesy Bacon Keto Salad



With Barbecue season under full swing it is time to bring out the big guns and cook up the cheese and bacon! Or maybe its best to stay health conscious… Well with this new recipe you won’t even have to compromise. Many flee at the thought of vegetables but when prepared well they are really one of the tastiest options. Not to mention being full of nutritious vitamins and organic compounds that fight deterioration and disease! This recipe is so simple, delicious, nutritious, and family-friendly that the BeLiteWeight team is confident if you take the time to test it out you will be well rewarded!

Only Five Ingredients

1- Fresh Greens (Broccoli / Spinach)

2 – Diced Onions

3 – Sliced Almonds

4 – Keto Ranch Dressing

5 – Smoked Hormone Free Bacon

Just 3 Steps

1 – Cook the Bacon

2 – Chop the Greens, Dice the Onions, and Slice the Almonds

3 – Throw them in a bowl and take them out to your next barbecue!

For more information on Gastric Sleeve and other weight loss surgical questions, please call BeLiteWeight today at 1-800-215-6497!

Recipe Adapted from:

https://thatlowcarblife.com/broccoli-salad-with-bacon/

Courage to Change My Life: Jeff’s 4 Year Update


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Earlier this month we received a touching letter from one of our blinding success patients Jeff who has really turned his life around since we first chatted with him on the phone about 4 years ago. Read for yourself!

I just wanted to drop a quick note to the amazing folks are BeLiteWeight.com and give a quick update. It’s been four years since I found the courage to pick-up the phone and change my life.

When I decided to change my life, I was miserable and unable to do so many of the things that I wanted to do. I was always tired, miserable and my life was absent of anything to keep me going – except food.

When I called, I wanted to do the surgery fast! From the time I first called there was only three weeks until I left for the Gastric Sleeve.

The experience was amazing – and the years following the surgery have also been amazing! I feel great, look great and people tell me that I look so much younger now than I did then.

I can’t tell you how greatful that I am to everyone at Beliteweight for the amazing guidance that I received and for the support leading up to the surgery and the post surgical support that was fantastic from the minute I got home until I felt like I had it under control.

The process was worth it, the cost was unbeatable and the way my life was changed cannot be put into words.

The BeLiteWeight team is so proud of you Jeff! Keep up the hard work and you can achieve all of your goals and inspirations!

For more information on Gastric Sleeve and other weight loss surgical questions, please call BeLiteWeight today!

Keto-Korean Beef Short Ribs


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For our next recipe get out your steak knives! With only 2 basic steps and 8 easy ingredients this keto-friendly and high protein meal is a perfect option for health conscious individuals interested in losing weight!

Ingredients

2 lbs of Beef Chuck, Flanken-Style Short Ribs (3/8 to 1/2 inch thick)

1/2 Green Onion – Chopped

2 teaspoons Dark Sesame Oil

1/4 cup Soy Sauce

2 Minced Garlic Cloves

1/2 TSP Black Pepper

1 TBS Toasted Sesame

1/4 Cup Water

Directions

#1 – Combine onions, ginger, oil, garlic, pepper, and water in a small bowl and pour in to a plastic container with the beef. Marinate for 4-8 Hours.

#2 – Grill! For best taste cover the meat over medium-high heat for 5 minutes before turning over and continuing for another few minutes!

For more information on Gastric Sleeve and other weight loss surgical questions, please call BeLiteWeight today at 1-800-215-6497!

* Recipe Adapted from KETO RECIPES – Pilcook Books

** One of our patrons suggested adding Ginger and it is quite a valuable upgrade! & Be sure to always purchase organic and non-GMO ingredients!

How to Live Again: Karina’s 3 Year Update


One of our most inspirational patients sent us this heart warming email that the team at BeLiteWeight is honored to share with you! Below are pictures of her throughout her journey. You are amazing Karina!!

My heart is full of gratitude as I sit down to write this email . Next week will mark 3 years since I’ve had surgery with Dr.Rodriguez. What a roller coaster this ride has been. From learning to portion control, learning new habits, learning to love the gym , it has honestly been learning how to live again. >>>> We all these changes came self love I never knew I had . Confidence to follow my dreams and the well power to keep going. I have been able to maintain an average of 105lbs lost and have gained about 15 safely . I have had a breast reduction with a lift and I am currently recovering from a tummy Tuck with lipo of the back and flanks. I feel great . Life is great. The work is never done that’s for sure . We will forever gain and loose and fluctuate. What’s important is the healthy habits I have been able to maintain and the structure I have set for myself . I will once again tell you I’ll never forget that lunch time phone call outside my local Starbucks where you told me your story and within a month I had my surgery booked . I was ready .

2 Months!

4 Months!

10 Months!

1 Year!

18 Months!

Doesn’t she look incredible? Karina, you are such an inspiration to people who want to make a major change in their life!

For more information on Gastric Sleeve and other weight loss surgical questions, please call BeLiteWeight today at 1-800-215-6497!

Weight Loss Recipe: Refreshing Summer Salad


Light, crisp, ultra healthy and with many benefits for weight loss, this happens to be a great and easy refreshing summer salad that is perfect as a side or even a whole meal. In particular, this summer salad isn't your typical salad and is full of tantalizing and new tastes that are perfect for foodies looking to eat right and stay fit.

What main ingredients happen to be the healthiest? Check it out:

  • There are a bunch of fruits and a bit of vegetable being used that have tons of ultra healthy vitamins for your body: sweet corn, papaya, cucumber, and pineapple, to name just a few.
  • The dressing utilizes lemon, ginger, and honey with Vitamin A and C to help boost your antioxidants and healthy, glowing skin.
  • Have a sweet tooth that needs to be satisfied during your dieting? No problem, the fruits act as a natural sweetener without all of the processed sugar found in most sweet foods.
  • Ginger is great for your digestion, making your stomach stronger and more resilient as well as adding a tangy and unique taste to this crisp summer salad.

For this particular recipe, you will need to create both the dressing and salad itself. But, they are both very easy to create and will only take roughly five minutes to mix together. Afterwards, you can refrigerate the dressing for a few minutes before drizzling it on the salad. Then, you can serve and enjoy as a family meal, as a dish at a get-together, or just a treat for yourself!

 

Here are all of the ingredients for the dressing:

 

  • One half teaspoons of grated ginger
  • Two teaspoon lemon juice
  • One teaspoon honey
  • One tablespoon of low-fat curds
  • One tablespoon of skim milk powder
  • A dash of salt

And here are all of ingredients for the summer salad:

                            

                                                                                                Photo and recipe courtesy of Tarla Dalal

  • One cup of watermelon cubes
  • One cup of pineapple cubes
  • One sliced cucumber
  • Three fourths cup of papaya cubes
  • Two tablespoons of sweet corn kernels (cooked)
  • Two tablespoons of grated carrots for garnish

Directions:

  1. Mix all of the dressing ingredients together. Chill for at least one hour before serving.
  2. Add all of the salad ingredients into a large bowl (without adding the carrots) and mix together in a large bowl.
  3. Right before serving pour the refrigerated ginger dressing on top of the salad and gently toss.
  4. Serve right away.