Anais’s story is short but in her own words exciting. The latest BeLiteWeight update shows how going through weight loss surgery can lead to changes in new healthy habits for not only our patients but their families as well.
After witnessing Anais’ commitment to a healthier lifestyle her husband decided to make some changes as well. Here is what Anais wrote to us:
It’s been a journey. I lost from like 172 to I’m down to 120.I’m so happy with the weight loss. My face is clear. My activity level is so high and working out at the gym consistently. My husband has been super supportive and lost 20 pounds himself and lost enough to join the Navy. We are so excited!
Doesn’t she look beautiful in her wedding dress? 🙂 We congratulate you on this wonderful accomplishment and wish the best of luck for both of you in your new lives together !
How sick we get when we catch different infections depends on everyone’s immune system. We each have a very complicated system of defense that is regulated on many levels.
Due to aging or the course of chronic diseases the efficiency of the immune system decreases. That is why certain groups of patients are particularly vulnerable to disease and suffer from more severe infections of any kind.
All of us have compromised our immune system in the past and we are not able to rebuild it overnight. Therefore, at this particular time we must pay attention to what we can do to best support it.
Diet, lifestyle, and the ability to deal with stress are the most crucial tools at our disposal to prevent severe complications due to viral infections. If we properly manage each of these things it will improve our chances of recovery.
Vitamins C and D have been recognized as potential preventative tactics for severe infections. Simply taking these vitamins has the potential to save thousands of lives. Patients who are seriously struggling with the coronavirus at New York State’s largest hospital receive 1,500 mg of vitamin C three to four times a day.
Vitamin C in very high doses may even act as an antiviral drug, potentially killing different viruses. The Journal of the American Medical Association found that having a Vitamin D deficiency increases your risk of testing positive for coronavirus by nearly 80 percent.
Vitamin D also enhances immune function and allows the host organism to fight the viruses more effectively. Vitamin D also inhibits inflammatory processes which have been known to target vital organs.
But that’s not all, other vitamins also have hidden powers that you may not know about. For example Vitamin B1 also improves immune function, can reduce the risk of type-2 diabetes, and can help maintain healthy blood oxygen levels.
Vitamin B3 and B5 help to fight inflammation and also improves the mental state and condition of our brain. Vitamin B9 aids enzyme production which is vital in fighting off bacterial or viral infections.
We all should make sure we are getting enough of these vitamins and keep in our minds how important they are in preventing any possible fight with infection and viruses.
For weight loss surgery patients it is recommended to use patch vitamins, chewables, or liquids and are preferred over the pill form alternatives.
Imagine a life without stress… it’s not an easy task. It has long been known that stress is a part of life, but some of us can feel stress more than others. Let’s be honest, today’s world is not the most peaceful period in the history of mankind. We are in a pandemic that has been with us for many months, a presidential election that will be over soon, fires, hurricanes and other disturbing news from all around the world.
So many factors can very easily increase our stress levels. How do we stop and reduce tension? Albert Einstein supposedly said “life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.” So maybe the solution is even easier than you think…
One of our patients Deborah truly takes to heart these famous words of Einstein. She not only improved the quality of her health but most of all she made her life much better and continues to strive for even more. In her words “I want to make the rest of my life the best of my life” So let’s hear more from Deborah.
“One of my new favorite activities is kayaking. It’s a great total upper body workout and you get to enjoy nature”. Change it up between cardio, like walking and jogging, and other days work with weights and strength training. A little time at the gym can give a good endorphin boost. Weights will help tone you and also help increase bone strength. “Take pictures of yourself so that later you can see the progress. You get so used to seeing yourself in the mirror that sometimes you don’t see how you have really changed. But most importantly, love yourself every step of this journey we call life. My goal is to make the rest of my life the best of my life.”
As you can see, focusing on your own health has the power to improve your life without adding more stress. You can do this too! The choice does not have to be painful, it’s up to you to decide what to do. If you like to swim, go to the swimming pool. You enjoy the dancing ? Turn on the music and start your party 😊
Positive focus on your health in can act as a stress reliever. Being active can boost your feel-good endorphins and distract you from daily worries. Additionally, exercise has a positive effect on reducing the risk of cardiovascular and metabolic diseases.
Just as it did for Deborah, we hope your focus on a healthy lifestyle will give you great pleasure too!
Dear readers, we invite you to listen to another beautiful story directly from our patient Savannah. It is so amazing what she has done in little more than one year!
“To say the last year has been easy would be a lie but was gastric bypass worth it? Absolutely! Let me tell you a little bit about my journey…” A slim and slender figure is everyone’s dream. Sometimes, the road to success can be difficult because not only temptations, but also because of many different obstacles. Today, with great admiration, BeLite can tell the story of our patient who, after tedious efforts, found her way to find herself, so that with help our team to be on the better side of life.
After the first 6 weeks, I questioned if I did the right thing and even considered having it reversed at my year mark if I wasn’t any better. I got really sick, I became unemployed, I missed out on my children’s activities and I became even more bed ridden. I was losing weight and that felt great. I found a new doctor when I had had all I could take.
She ran blood work and sent me to every specialist that she could think of. I was hospitalized for several weeks and went through every test imaginable. Nothing came up. Everyone would tell me it’s a bad reaction to the bypass. I didn’t believe that because 10 years prior to my surgery I struggled with the same symptoms so it couldn’t be the bypass. I was finally sent to an immunologist and much to my surprise, this was the last place my doctor knew to send me. After this we were at a brick wall. After many blood tests, allergy testing and immune testing we finally have it!!!
I was diagnosed one month ago with an immune deficiency. I have probably suffered with this all my life after reviewing my medical history as a child. I was diagnosed with S.A.D. (specific antibody deficiency). My body makes antibodies to fight off infections and bacterias but my antibodies don’t work, leaving me with no immune system and vulnerable to recurrent infections.
Because of this I have had many many surgeries and almost felt like a pin cushion. Now I have an answer and a treatment. I receive Immunoglobulin infusion therapy 2 times a month. I sit in a small room with an IV hooked up to plasma and I sit for several hours. I just received my first treatment and I feel so great and I am starting to wean off my nausea medicines and pain meds.
With all of that said, I just want you to know that I am living my best life since being diagnosed and starting treatment and I am 120lbs lighter and I have so much energy and getting to actually enjoy my weight loss. I had to walk through a storm to get to the sunshine but having the bypass saved my life in more ways than one. If I hadn’t had it done most doctors would keep looking at my weight as ALL my problems, and I wouldn’t be the mom I am able to be right now. I am active, I play softball, I just recently started going back to the gym and lifting weights and I feel free!!! I love myself again and I am so happy I made the decision that I did 1 year ago on my actual birthday. I had a wonderful staff that was so sweet and caring in a very nice facility. I would tell anyone that is considering weight loss surgery it is hard mentally the first several months but if you really want change and stick with it you can get through the mental part and have a better life. I eat normally now but I have learned to push away and make better choices with food. It is a tool that can really help you.
Thank you so much for all your help and patience with me when I was making my decision. It was the best thing I ever did!!!
I am so grateful for all of your help and that in the end the struggle was worth it all!!!”
The team at BeLiteWeight is thrilled for you Savannah! It is always such a pleasure to see such powerful success from our past clients.
Our team at BeLiteWeight is always excited and proud to hear from our wonderful patients that have found the success they are looking for. We just received an update from Michael to share that is really impressive! In just 13 months he lost roughly two hundred pounds and is now off all his medications! Here is his update in his own words:
“Finally hit Onederland! This quarantine was rough, but still managed to lose 13 lbs in the last 10 weeks. Now if I could be brave enough to go get a pedicure for these darn feet! Highest Weight:399 (was probably over 400 at one point) Current Weight: 199 Total loss: 200 Best part: off all medications and I feel great!
It is incredibly inspiring to hear from someone who has changed their life for the better in such a profoundly significant way. BeLiteWeight is so happy for you Michael!
It is truly special for the team at BeLiteWeight to hear from a patient that has found the long term success that they were hoping to achieve. 2 and a half years ago Tracy embarked on her journey with the Gastric Sleeve and chose our surgical team in Juarez Mexico led by Dr. Rodriguez and his excellent group of surgeons. She looks like a whole new person and we could not be more proud to share her letter!
Good afternoon!- I wanted to share my update with everyone. On the day of my surgery i weighed in at 430 pounds. Two and a half years after Dr. Jose Rodriguez Villareal did his magic i now weigh 115 pounds. I’ve dropped from a 34W to a size 4. People who haven’t seen me in years are amazed. I’m really amazed that I don’t have more loose skin than i do. (I recommend to anyone who has had this surgery to drink plenty of water whole you’re losing weight to help with the skin elasticity. ). Thank you so much to BeLiteWeight and Dr. Jose Rodriguez Villareal for saving my life!!
What an impressive job you have done Tracy!! With all of the hard work and progress you have made there is no limit to what is coming next!
We are thrilled to announce that all two of our Juarez surgical team members are now Fellows of the American College of Surgeons (F.A.C.S.). Dr. Jose Rodriguez-Villarreal became a Fellow back in 2016 and just recently, Dr. Rafael Vizcarra have received their credentials as well. This is a huge accomplishment and great honor for them, and we are so proud to work with such a distinguished group of surgeons.
The letters F.A.C.S. (Fellow of the American College of Surgeons) after a surgeon’s name are an indication to the patient that the surgeon has passed a thorough evaluation of both professional competence and ethical fitness. Fellows are board-certified surgeons or, in unusual circumstances, have met other standards comparable to board certification. A Fellow has committed herself (himself) unequivocally to place the welfare of her (his) patients above any other consideration; to avoid division of fees with other physicians; to make her (his) fees commensurate with the services she (he) renders; and to refrain from performing unjustified operations.
The link above describes what it is to be a Fellow. (F.A.C.S.) and the section to read is #2.
It’s important to
distinguish the difference between an “Associate” and a “Fellow”. Some surgeons
pay a fee to become an “Associate” member, however, you cannot buy a
Fellowship, it must be earned. The College admits to its Fellowship only
those surgeons whose professional activity is devoted to surgical practice and
who agree without compromise to practice by its professional and ethical
The F.A.C.S. credential exists to foster the professional growth and
development of surgeons, to promote high standards and best practices in
surgical care, and to establish and maintain the patients’ confidence in the
ability and integrity of their surgeon.
You can check ANY surgeons F.A.C.S standing here (be sure to choose the country of the surgeon on the left side before searching): CLICK HERE
New Year, New You! At least this was the case for Laisa in 2019 who is ‘beyond happy’ with her decision to choose BeLiteWeight! Laisa had her Gastric Sleeve surgery just days before the New Years and in one year shed over one hundred pounds! We recently received the update below from her along with some images that we are very happy to share:
So happy to hear from you! It’s been the best year of my life. I lost 109 pounds and I’m also down 4 dress sizes! I’ve had zero complications. I’m beyond happy with my decision and more importantly, choosing to go on this journey with Beliteweight 🙂 Thanks again for all of your help. I couldn’t have done it without you. Forever grateful!
A big congratulations to Laisa for her incredible achievements! She really looks great. If you have any updates of your weight loss achievements that you would like shared please send them to email@example.com. Happy New Years!!!
BeLiteWeight would like to share an update from one of our patients that had the Gastric Sleeve with Dr. Rodriguez early this past year. He is showing incredible progress shown by the reduction in his blood pressure medication. Way to go Michael!
I am down almost 80lbs, I’m running, BP is down (not as far as I’d like but down) and I’m off 2 BP pills. Couldn’t be happier at this point.