Loved the Security: Deborah’s Juarez Sleeve


At the beginning of summer our BeLiteWeight team received a touching update from Gloria who had the Gastric Sleeve surgery by Dr. Rodriguez and his team in September of 2017. She still remembers the “final straw” that led her to surgery and the “wonderful” staff that helped her through the process! Read her letter below for some of her after thoughts on the entire process of medical care in Mexico.

After working out for decades and trying all sorts of meal plans, I’d never been able to achieve my weight loss goals. I’d stopped smoking 9 years prior to surgery, cut out soda for 4 years, adopted healthier recipes and had been competitively been walking 5ks for two years. My weight wasn’t increasing but neither was it decreasing. The final straw was when my previous gynecologist said “you need to quit shoving food in your face”. He didn’t care to know what I was doing nor did he take my health issues, like PCOS, into consideration. The insurance I had access to excluded bariatric coverage. So after consulting with my family doctor, he agreed that my best option was surgery. He said he could do tests to find out why I had trouble losing but surgery would be my best option, if I was comfortable with it. He agreed to follow me, if I choose to go to Mexico. I chose BeliteWeight and Dr. Villarreal-Rodriguez because I was able to find several local people from Indiana who he had also treated. The stay and the staff at the hospital were wonderful. I loved the security of being in a safe hospital setting with immediate access for emergency medical help, although I didn’t need it. I’m thankful I had made so many healthy changes prior to surgery. It made post op life easy to adjust to. It was amazing to watch the pounds melt off. My heaviest weight was 298. Preop, I was 275. By nine months after surgery, I had made my original goal of a healthy BMI for my height of 5’7” – 159. I realized that I hadn’t dreamed small enough. I made my ultimate goal of mid range healthy BMI by 12/18. I now average 140. (Picture is a size 22 to a size 4.)Instead of needing two blood pressure meds twice a day, I only need one pill once a day. This summer I’ve signed up for my regular 5ks but now have added a couple 10ks. Being able to squeeze into the back seat as a third person is fun too. The best advice I received with surgery, from a friend, was to not stop working towards your weight loss goals just because others tell you you’re getting to small. For me, most people have never seen me at a healthy weight, as the last time was 3rd grade. Some days will be hard, when you routinely hear “you’re almost (or are) to small” but don’t give up or back off. Seek out positive people, they’ll be help strengthen your resolve.

Gloria it is truly amazing how you cut more than 50 percent of your maximum body weight off! We are so proud of your accomplishments.

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

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/

The Perfect Place: Gloria’s Sleeve Experience in Juarez


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The BeLiteWeight team recently heard back from Gloria who is a patient that had the Gastric Sleeve surgery with Dr. Rodriguez in the first week of the year. She is already down nearly 70 pounds and judging from her letter seems to be very excited about her progress. As she should be! Read on for yourself:

“Down 66 lbs so far, since my surgery on January 7 of this year. Never thought I could be down to this weight again, and am still losing it. Today is June 2, 2019. I decided to do the gastric sleeve after learning about other peoples\’ experiences. Because no matter what I did, I just could not lose weight on my own, and the pounds were piling up onto eachother, year by year. I did a lot of research. After all, this is a life changing decision, and you put your life in the hands of whom you hope they know what they are doing. I finally found the perfect place! If you aren’t sure, please consider BeLiteWeight. Their customer service from beginning to end is spot on. The hospital in Cd. Juarez, Mexico, is just like any American hospital, with the highest standards of cleanliness and comfort. You almost feel like you are at a resort!!! The medical staff, from the person with whom you register upon arrival, to the nurses and doctors, are kind, responsive, and warm professionals. The follow up is awesome. And if you are still unsure, may my \”before\” and \”after\” photos be a testimony of what you can achieve. And I do have to admit that I don\’t exercise, other than walk about a mile, 2 or 3 times a week, just to feel that I have made at least this tiny change in my life.My only regret is not doing this sooner. But it all boils down to \”Better health, feeling great, looking amazing and being happy\”. Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions. I am always happy to share my experience.. Thank you to all the doctors, personnel, JoAnne , and all involved in my journey to an improved, great life!!!”

Our team over at BeLiteWeight is so happy for you Gloria! Keep up the hard work and enjoy the new outfits!

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

Stephanie’s Gastric Sleeve Weight Loss Journey


In 2010, Stephanie weighed 230 pounds. It was the heaviest she’d ever been. She tried to lose weight on her own, but one year later she was still over 200 pounds. She was depressed, embarrassed and ready for a change.

Dec. 2, 2011 was the first day of her new life.

Stephanie made the decision to have gastric sleeve surgery–and it was the best decision of her life.

She visited the gastric sleeve experts at BeLiteWeight, had the procedure, recovered and started seeing immediate results. A month after her surgery she was down to 177 pounds and happily snapping selfies of herself in the mirror. Three months after her gastric sleeve surgery, the inches were melting off of her thighs, waist and abdomen, and her photos showed a confident, happy woman standing in a workout tank-top and running shorts. She weighed 163 pounds and was ready to take on the world.

In March of 2012 she completed her first marathon. Stephanie’s decision to have gastric sleeve surgery, combined with her hard work, commitment and willingness to change her diet and exercise habits has paid off.

In March 2013, she put on a green and white striped dress and stood proudly before a photographer to show off a proud smile and a 145-pound body that just three years early had seemed impossible.

Stephanie’s is just one of the many success stories that the doctors at BeLiteWeight love to tell. If you’re ready to share your success story, contact BeLiteWeight today.