Exciting Journey : Anais 13 Months After Gastric Sleeve


Wight Loss surgery before and after

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 !

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

If you have any updates of your weight loss achievements that you would like shared please send them to jamie@beliteweight.com.

More Than Just Keto Ice Cream: ChocoMint


ChocoMint Keto Ice Cream

Summer is in full swing ! The weather really pampers us, we would like to say, the sun is exceptionally gracious this season. During the hot days, we are desperately looking for the best ideas to cool ourselves down. Like always BeLite is on alert and knows one trick that is really quite good. This will not only cool you down but also offers a great taste that will put a huge smile on your face. It will definitely make sure that your scorching concern will be a stranger to you now forever. Our new summer recipe will conquer your heart but not your weight, so don’t worry, and get ready for culinary delight that you will surely love.

First of all, the process of making ice cream can seem very difficult but it is not. You only need five ingredients and maybe a little patience because the freezing process still takes its sweet time… the sun is beating down on us so lets go ahead!

Here’s what we need :

1 1/4 cups of Heavy Cream

1/2 Teaspoon of Vanilla Extract

1/2 Teaspoon of Mint Extract

3 Egg Yolks

1/4 Cup of Erythritol (or equivalent of your favorite non-caloric sweetener)

1 1/2 Tablespoons of Cocoa Powder

Preparation :

Heat the heavy cream and vanilla in a saucepan over low heat until simmering, remove from the heat and allow to cool to around to room temperature.

Whisk the egg yolks with the erythritol until the yolks are pale yellow, add the cocoa and mix well.

Whisk half a cup of the warm cream mixture into the eggs, then add the remaining cream and whisk well. It is very important to make sure the cream is only warm and not hot. If the cream is too hot it can cook the eggs and make the ice cream chunky!

Next pour the mix back into the saucepan and place over low heat while stirring continuously to thicken. Make sure to keep the heat low, you don’t want to scramble the eggs. This step can take up to 20 minutes. The custard will be ready when the mixture coats the back of a spoon.

Pour the custard mixture it into a serving container and place in the fridge to help it cool down before freezing. Stir this mixture every ten minutes. Depending on the size of your container it can take anywhere from 20 minutes to an hour to completely chill.

If you have an ice cream machine pour the cold custard inside and let the machine work its magic. When the ice cream is the proper consistency of soft-serve pour it into a container and place it in the freezer. You will have delicious ice cream very soon! If you don’t have a machine you can just keep freezing the chilled custard and it will still be ice cream! But be sure to stir it every fifteen minutes as it freezes for best enjoyment.

Enjoy and stay cool.

For more information on  weight loss services, please call BeLiteWeight today at 1-800-215-6497!

How to Not Gain Weight on Vacation


If before you left on vacation you were carefully keeping to your diet and taking care of what you eat, do not stop thinking about these things! The worst thing you can do during your vacation is to think “it’s vacation, I can afford – X.” Yes, you can, but why? Are you sure, that is it worth it? It will definitely take you a few steps back in achieving your goal!

Fortunately, BeLiteWeight is here to be like a lifeguard from Baywatch cautioning you to keep to your diet during this summer. So then you can still properly enjoy your awaited holiday without regret.

First of all, summer is the best time to lose weight. We eat less at high temperatures. We feel more like lighter foods. We forget about thick sauces and instead prefer fish, fresh fruits, and vegetables, that taste best in summer and are also at their cheapest.

However, on the other hand, summer is also a time of vacations and outdoor events with friends and family. During these times we allow ourselves more freedom and are more easily tempted. After all, it’s time to relax, not stress yourself with a diet. Is there a way to not gain weight during vacation, and at the same time try new flavors? Is there a way to enjoy the food at parties and not miss the effects of the diet? Yes there is! Remember, you can always choose healthy options and still enjoy your vacation! Follow a few simple rules and you won’t miss out on anything.

Plan!

Before leaving, it is worth getting a few products that will not spoil, be easy to pack, and a better alternative to products that can be easily found. One of our top recommendations are simply nuts and beef jerky. But find your favorite health conscious food-bar and keep them around. The day before departure, it is also worth it to prepare the meals that you will eat the next day. If the plan is to go somewhere for longer than a few days it is important to plan your diet more carefully.

Moderation is the key!

You don’t have to give up all delicacies to be healthy. It is enough to be moderate. Summer is often spent near the water at tourist destinations like beaches, lakes, and rivers. Remember to order healthy fresh fish but maybe skip the fries and chips and eat some vegetables on the side.

Sweet moments …

A small scoop of ice cream or fruit sorbet during an active day will not hurt you much either. As long as it is not excessive and you minimize the toppings it might help keep you sane! But remember to do your best to choose more valuable alternatives – like a fruit salad with yogurt. Of course, one holiday dessert will not ruin your slimming treatment, but try to give up processed foods and choose desserts with natural ingredients.

Water and Salt

During the hot weather, moisture and minerals escape our bodies in the form of sweat extremely quickly. This is why a tangy pickle can sound so tempting in the summer. It is very important to replenish these levels quickly. Drink water and eat salty foods!

What about alcohol?

Alcohol is not friendly for any diet, so it would be best to not drink at all. However, it is understandable that this part can be especially difficult during summertime with special time spent with friends and family. Alcohol itself is caloric and, unfortunately, it stimulates the appetite and makes you hungrier too.

A good strategy is to give up the high calorie drinks altogether. Beer and juice cocktail drinks are especially bad for diets and better alternatives include red wine, and clear drinks like vodka tonics.

Be active

Nothing is less friendly for our health than inactivity. Fortunately, trips do not limit us when it comes to physical activity. For each special food you enjoy you can take an additional walk and enjoy the scenery.

Don’t get crazy but remember your goals!

It’s a vacation after all, not a survival camp, so you can afford a few sins. But remember the principles of healthy eating, allowing yourself to deviate from the diet from time to time, but overall still remembering your goals.

Only a few days into your vacation the weight you fought so hard to lose beforehand can quickly return. A few pleasures are certainly not worth it! So just remember: self-control and moderation.

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Waiting For This Day: Michael 13 Months After Gastric Sleeve


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!

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

If you have any updates of your weight loss achievements that you would like shared please send them to jamie@beliteweight.com.

Finally Living Again: Heidi 6 Month Post Sleeve



One decision can change your whole life. Once again, BeLiteWeight is very happy to hear another beautiful story from one of our newer patients Heidi. It makes us especially proud to see her with such a big bright smile & writing such kind words in her recent letter. She gave us permission to share it!

Heidi:

At my heaviest I was 225 pounds at only 5’2. I was so physically tired carrying around the weight. I have an office job and kids that were older so my lifestyle really supported my obesity. I could get away with sitting most of the day at work and then when I got home I could do the same. Each day I would sit more and more because it was so exhausting to me to do anything else. So I just stopped trying.

One day when I was bringing groceries into the house I really lost my breath. I had to take a break between each trip back to the car. It was that day in 2018 that I decided I HAD to do something. I had been on every program you can think of before that, but I went right back online to sign up for a paid program. Once there I decided to look into weight loss surgery. I wanted something that would work this time! Then I saw how much it cost! No way I thought. It wouldn’t be an option for me and my insurance didn’t cover it. So, I google weight loss surgery without insurance and magically Beliteweight came up in that search! Being able to talk to real people and use a company that is based in the US sealed the deal for me. I had my surgery on December 7, 2018. I was still 225 pounds on surgery day.


I am now one year and 2 months post op. I hit my goal weight of 125 one year post op. I am now currently at 118. I am healthy and active! I just returned from a trip to Cabo where I was able to wear a regular bathing suit. You know what I mean, one that I didn’t have to be completely covered. I had spent many years avoiding trips and being around the water. I had to wear bathing suits that covered my entire stomach and shorts or a skirt kind of bottom to hide the thighs. I felt like to go to the beach or the pool I was still fully dressed. During my trip I never once felt like people were staring at me. I spent most of the days by the pool or at the beach… in my bikini!!! It felt amazing.

I have so many non scale victories I could continue typing for the next month. Everything I do is physically easy to me now. It doesn’t even cross my mind anymore. I think about something I want to do and I just do it. No regrets after at all. This has changed my life. It was the best decision I have ever made for myself. I am finally living again.

The support that you get from the people at BeLite is amazing. They have continued to stay in touch. The trip to Mexico for my surgery was amazing. The hospital there was better and cleaner than any I’ve ever been to here in the states. The surgeons are very attentive and really spend the time with you that is needed. I met my surgeon the moment I walked into the center. I had absolutely no issue communicating with any of the staff there. I literally speak zero amount of Spanish. They took great care of me before and after my surgery.

If you’re ready to start living again… this is the way to go!!! I’m so excited about my life I’m living right now and look forward to the life I get to live in the future.

Thank you for being such a great role model for others who are struggling to reach their target weight. In such a short time

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

If you have any updates of your weight loss achievements that you would like shared please send them to jamie@beliteweight.com.

Obesity History & Future


The modern diet has developed over the past 50 years to now consist of significant quantities of chemicals and poor quality carbohydrates. Two recent studies look at both the past and the upcoming projections at how obesity has and will continue to impact our lives. Americans are not getting smaller, and there are serious consequences on our human genetics because of this global trend.

The New York Times recently released an article that scientists project by the year 2030 fifty percent of American adults will by scientifically obese. While it may seem that health fads and exercise regiments have helped counter the obesity trend, this is true for only particular groups. As a whole the nation is becoming much unhealthier.

One major impact that this diet has had on our human genetics as a whole can be seen in the declining puberty rates in females since the 1970s. A European study published in The Independent details how over 38 research projects were compared with more than ten thousand girls from all over the world. Scientists suspect that obesity is a major contributing reason.

Join BeLiteWeight in helping people create healthy and more sustainable lives. For more information about surgical Weight Loss Services and your other options please call BeLiteWeight today at 1-800-215-6497!

Links to more information

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/10/well/live/half-of-us-face-obesity-dire-projections-show.html

https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/girls-puberty-start-age-earlier-obesity-study-copenhagen-a9328571.html

Crispy Nacho Cheese Chips


Crispy Nacho Cheese Crisps

This recipe is a special treat because it is keto diet friendly, incredibly delicious, and made from only TWO ingredients! All it takes to make these delicious Cheese Chips is:

Ingredients

1 – Cheddar Cheese

2 – Taco Seasoning

Directions

1 – Cut Cheeses in to Chip Size Wedges

2 – Sprinkle Taco Seasoning

3 – Bake at 250 Degrees for 40 Minutes or until Golden Brown

Let them cool down for added crispiness and dip with your favorite dressing as needed!

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

*Inspired by a Recipe from Delish.com Best Nacho Cheese Crisps

Fellow Of The American College of Surgeons (F.A.C.S)


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.

Dr. Jose Rodriguez Villarreal, F.A.C.S
Dr. Rafael Vizcarra, F.A.C.S

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.

https://www.facs.org/education/patient-education/patient-resources/qualifications

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 standards.

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


Citrus Oil Olives


Merry Christmas from everyone at BeLiteWeight! If you are procrastinating for holiday snack ideas and need something to throw together quickly with items you probably already have.. we are here to help! Just throw together as many of these ingredients as you can:

Ingredients:

1/2 Cup Olive Oil

1 Cup of Green Olives and 1 Cup of Kalamata Olives

1/4 Cup Orange Juice

2 Tablespoons of Lemon Juice

3 Tablespoons of Red Wine Vinegar

2 Tablespoons of Lemon and/or Orange Peels

2 Teaspoon Ground Cumin

1/4 Teaspoon Red Pepper Flakes

Guide:

The longer they marinate the better they will be, but they will be tasty in as little as 20 minutes and can last in the refrigerator for upwards of a year!

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 – Pilcookbooks.com

Improved Sleep & Weight Loss Benefits


It may be time to try out a new set of sheets and treat your sleep right! Studies have shown that better sleep means more weight loss among a string other health benefits.

A recent article published by Medical Daily which is linked below outlines a few of the ways in which sleep quality and patterns are linked to your bodies processes of weight balance.

Essentially, your body has a system of hormone regulation and a lack of sleep triggers hormones for both increased hunger and accumulating fat. Both of which lead to higher BMIs!

https://www.medicaldaily.com/heres-what-you-need-know-about-gut-health-443884

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