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!

Obesity & Walking: The First Step


Too many people do not exercise because they believe that working out must equal long hours spent at the gym putting yourself through excruciating pain. However the benefits of just stepping outside your front door and leaving your home for a few minutes are staggering! Here are just a few reasons to walk more!

#1 – Greater Benefit for Obese

For those struggling with obesity these effects are even more amplified! At a power-walking speed of 4.5 miles per hour a 185 lb person would burn about 65 more calories per hour than a 155 lb person!

#2 – It’s Easy!

While walking may be troublesome for a select few, when compared to other forms of exercise such as running power walking is low-impact and minimally stressful on the body. Just start with a five minute walk and add two minutes every week!

#3 – More YOU time!

The time you spend walking is an opportunity for you to put on your headphones and jam out to your favorite tracks or listen to an audiobook.

#4 – The American Lifestyle

Americans take fewer steps than adults in Australia Switzerland and Japan which all have less issues with obesity and heart disease. Our lifestyle choices in America are not good for our bodies!

#5 – 50% Reduction of Select Diseases

High energy walking for 2-4 hours a week reduced the risk of diabetes, heart disease, and metabolic syndrome by 50 percent!

The 2008 CDC Physical Activity Guidelines recommends 30 minutes per day of moderate activity or 15 minutes per day of vigorous exercise. The BeLiteWeight team would like to challenge you to meet their standards!

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

Weight Loss Surgery Is Effective When Diets Don’t Work


Losing weight through diet and exercise seems like it would be the easiest option but sometimes despite one's best efforts, they are not able to see significant results. For those that do lose weight, keeping it off can also prove to be difficult, as it tends to creep back up much faster than it took the time to lose it. Studies by the Memorial University of Newfoundland have proven that weight loss surgery is a significantly effective way to lose and keep off weight. Not only will it help reverse many of the adverse effects of obesity but it can also drastically improve quality of life. Most all patients who get weight loss surgery do not regret it and often recommend it anyone who suffers from obesity-related health issues.

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The study followed patients for five to twenty-five years after having weight loss surgery and compared them to those who did not. The studies showed that those who had the weight loss surgery were much happier, physically healthy, and more socially active than those who did not. The patients who had surgery reported that their symptoms in depression lessened, they were able to have more mobility, as well as loss of chronic pain. 

The studies also highlighted the enormous medical benefits of having weight loss surgery, including curing sleep apnea, lowering blood sugar and even helps with those suffering from Type 2 diabetes. The small percentage of patients who didn't lose weight still experienced positive benefits to their metabolism. Having surgery is also much safer than it was even ten years ago, and less than 1% of patients who would qualify are utilizing it. This costs the health system a lot more when factoring the cost of obesity-related conditions that could be potentially reversed through surgery. It also saves patients money on the medications they used to take from health issues that they no longer suffer from after having surgery.

Ultimately, the studies prove that weight loss surgery is the best preventative method to avoid more costly health issues in the future and also provides patients with overall better health and a much higher quality of life.

 

 

For more information on Weight Loss Surgery, please call BeLiteWeight today!

* Sourced from The Newfoundland and Labrador Bariatric Surgery Cohort Study

Does Your Sleep Schedule Affect Your Weight?


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Your sleep habits can have a huge impact on all aspects of your life, including your weight. If you are working on losing a few pounds, a good place to start is to track how many hours of sleep you're getting each night. Obesity rates have been rising, while hours of sleep have been dwindling, due to busy schedules and work life. While lack of sleep is most likely not the primary cause of weight gain, it can affect it in many ways.

There are four hormones that are associated with weight gain, and they are disrupted when we don't get enough sleep. The first is Ghrelin, which is released by your stomach and is responsible for letting your brain know that you're hungry. The second is Leptin, which is responsible for letting your brain know that you're full. The third is insulin, which is what your body uses to turn food into energy, and the last is cortisol, which is released when you're under stress and causes your body to store your energy as fat. When you lose sleep, your body increases the production of ghrelin so you feel hungry more, and reduces the amount of leptin, so you feel less full. 

Lack of sleep also disrupts your body's ability to turn carbohydrates into energy, which causes your blood sugar to rise and that can lead to insulin resistance, as your body produces more insulin and cortisol as a result. This causes your body to store fat and sugar instead of processing it.

Losing sleep also makes it harder to control your eating habits overall, and you are more likely to make bad decisions regarding what you eat. When you're not getting enough sleep, you tend to eat later at night and crave food with a lot of fat and carbohydrates. 

Studies have shown that losing weight can be good for your sleep habits. Not only can it help reduce snoring and sleep apnea, but it also reduces daytime fatigue because it greatly improves your quality of sleep. So make sure that you are getting at least 7 hours or more sleep per night, and you might experience some great benefits.

For more information on Weight Loss Surgery, please call BeLiteWeight today!

Heather’s Year: From Bypass to Non-Scale Victories!


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BeLiteWeight is so grateful to share the success of Heather, who was kind enough to give her experience with us after having bypass surgery one year ago. You are amazing Heather!

There is so much I could say that has happened in a year since my surgery! So much good! If numbers are what you need to hear, my HW was 466, my weight on surgery day was 458 and as of a couple days ago my current weight is 235!! And I feel aaaawwweeesooome! However, it's the non-scale victories that have made me the most happy from day to day. I can now bend over without feeling like my airways are cut off. I can now sit in any adult sized chair without being crammed painfully at my hips. I can comfortably squeeze through passages without having to turn sideways. I can also go to festivals, events without worrying if they will have that rocking teeshirt in my size! One more victory, in my health journey family and friends have also been motivated for taking their own, it's become a team sport. We have my mother planking at 64!

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Hard ships?  The surgery doesnt account for my decision making, however it was a valuable tool in relearning food and my body. Now that my weightloss has slowed down due to muscle gain, it's a fine tuning process. I'm always excited for the next challenge. I did my first 5K in April and even though it was soo hard, the whole time I was blown away by my drive and ability to keep moving, keep smiling. My body felt like a powerhouse! Loose skin? Yes, this is a reality, one I expected– does it stop me? No! The way I see it, I will tighten as much as I can, and once I can no longer do so then it's to considering removal surgery. As far as worrying about the opinions of others? We all can get insecure at times, but this isnt even my final form! If a person can not celebrate my body's progress and its resulting look now, then I don't feel they should get access to once I've reached my desired shape! sorry I am a saucy southern gal! 
 
Thank you everyone at BeLite for your help, encouragement, and just passion for helping others feel this good! Keep on dreaming and hoping and doing what you can, you will get there!! 
Thank you so much, Heather! There is nothing better than hearing about your incredible achievement!
 
For more information on Gastric Bypass and other weight loss surgical operations, please call BeLiteWeight today!

Turmeric: A Super Root


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In order for our bodies to work properly, we have to keep them well fueled. What you eat can make a huge difference in your energy levels, your mood, and of course your overall health. It's important that your diet is giving your body the best fuel possible.  A super food that has been proven to contain many health benefits is turmeric. Turmeric is a root that is similar to ginger, and it can be found most notably in curry. (It's what gives curry it's beautiful yellow color.) In India, the belief that turmeric holds various health properties has persisted for thousands of years, and now science is proving that belief to be correct.

The main ingredient of Turmeric is curcumin, which is where it derives its numerous health benefits. One of its perks is that it's an antioxidant. Antioxidants help to counteract the effects of aging and disease that are caused by the oxidation of tissue. Curcumin also increases the productivity of the antioxidants that are already present in our system. So not only does it block oxidants from damaging our tissues, but it also strengthens the other antioxidants in our body so that they work better. 

In addition, curcumin works as an anti-inflammatory. Low-level, chronic inflammation is thought to be responsible for a variety of chronic illnesses that afflict many people, such as heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer's, and other degenerative diseases. It can help to prevent heart disease by improving the function of our blood vessel lining, which regulates things like blood pressure as well as blood clotting. In addition, curcumin has been shown to be effective in the treatment of arthritis, as some patients have reported that it works just as well as other anti-inflammatory drugs.

Curcumin also has the ability to help elevate levels of a growth hormone called Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF). BDNF is shown to prevent brain-related diseases, and low levels of BDNF correspond with certain health issues such as depression and Alzheimer's Disease. Alzheimer's Disease is in part caused by inflammation as well as oxidation, and curcumin works to counteract them both.

A powerful remedy for cystic acne is a relatively simple mixture of turmeric with equal parts fresh lemon juice and unfiltered apple cider vinegar. It creates a paste that is extremely effective in preventing and healing acne cysts. The only downside is that it can temporarily dye the skin, so it's best to do it at night before bed.

The amount of curcumin in turmeric is relatively small, so it's recommended to use a turmeric extract in order to receive the full benefit of its potential. Another way to boost your body's ability to absorb curcumin is by eating it with piperine, which is the chemical in pepper that makes it spicy. It's also recommended to consume turmeric with a meal heavy in fat because curcumin is fat-soluble, which means it needs fat to break down.

The best health plan is prevention, and using turmeric is a great way to help your body fight against the degenerative diseases that are prevalent in today's society.

 

 

For more information on Weight Loss Surgery, please call BeLiteWeight today!

 

 

Keto Diet: A Helpful Short-Term Tool


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Everyone is talking about The Keto diet! Many celebrities swear that it is the fastest and most effective way to shed weight. The diet is essentially an extremely low carb regiment. By eliminating carbohydrates, your body goes into a natural state of ketosis where it breaks down the fats in your liver and produces ketones. This is a process called beta-oxidation, and the ketones are used to fuel your brain and body, instead of what your body normally uses for fuel, which is glucose, or sugar. Anyways, all that science means that your body is actually burning fat instead of using its other sources of energy!

There can be many other benefits to switching to a low carb diet too. Not only is it an effective method for weight loss, but it can also help prevent and maintain diabetes by controlling your blood sugar. Additionally, making this change can also improve brain functionality as well. Studies have shown that increased fatty acid intake can aid your concentration and focus. Keto benefits don’t stop there either! The diet has also been shown to be good for your skin and help clear up acne!

So what exactly is a Keto diet? When following a keto diet, it's good to avoid things with sugar, such as bread, fruit, or starchy foods like potatoes and beans. What you should be eating are things like meat, greens, seeds, nuts, and other fatty foods like milk and cheese. The majority of food to be consumed is fat, followed by protein and then a small number of carbs. Green, leafy vegetables are best, such as Kale and Spinach!

There are some potential side effects associated with the Keto diet. It is possible to experience cramping in the legs as well as constipation. In order to best prevent this, it is important to keep hydrated. When switching to a high fat, low carb diet the body goes through a transitional period where it adapts to burning fat instead of glucose. During that time you might feel tired but that is normal! Your energy levels will return to normal after your body has finished adapting to using a new fuel source.

It is truly fascinating the way the human body works and how what we eat directly affects our ability to function. Whether or not you're interested in trying the Keto diet, it's best to do your own research and formulate a plan that is best for you!

Inspiration from Alex: 2x Cancer & Obesity Survivor


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BeLiteWeight patient Alex P is by no means a stranger to first-class medical standards. Unfortunately having had, and successfully treated, two types of life-threatening cancers Alex has had several surgeries and procedures including chemotherapy and radiation treatment in Miami, Florida. Despite having received so much treatment in first-class American hospitals in Alex's latest letter to BeLiteWeight he thanked our team for providing an experience that was "just as good or better, than those we have in the United States." Alex was so impressed with our facilities, surgeons, and support staff that he composed a video and wrote a detailed letter for all potential surgical weight loss patients to watch and read before making their decision. We are proud to share them both!

 

 

"My name is Alexander P and I have been battling obesity for several years. I have tried many diets and shake replacement companies and even though I did have success with some of them, it is not a lifelong quest of mine to live off shakes for the rest of my life.  I am also a two-time cancer survivor and happy to have survived both of my health scares.  I have been researching weight loss surgery for several years now and I have attended a half dozen gastric surgery information seminars.

About two years ago, I came across be lite weight in a magazine ad and began to do my research on them.  From the moment I first contacted Joanne, Jaime and the other company representatives, they’ve always answered and returned my calls promptly and answered every single question that I ever asked.  They emailed me a list of past clients that had already had the gastric sleeve surgery abroad in Mexico and I was able to communicate with over twenty men and women to ask them questions about their experience with the company and their success with the surgery.  Absolutely everyone that I spoke with told me that they wish they had had the surgery sooner and that I wouldn’t regret my decision to utilize this company.

So, in September/October of 2016 my wife and I decided to pay our deposit and pick a date for our gastric sleeve surgeries, to be completed in Juarez, Mexico at the Star Medica Hospital.  I have had several procedures in Miami, FL. My two cancer saving surgeries, foot surgery, along with chemotherapy and radiation. I can honestly say that our experience at the Star Medica Hospital was nothing short of amazing.  The hospital is super clean, the staff is very friendly and there to help you at every turn.

We arrived into El Paso International Airport, picked up by a transportation company that works with the agency to transport us into Mexico and directly to the Hospital.  We were received and checked in quickly and brought upstairs to our room. We had a quick check-up and were scheduled for our surgeries the same afternoon we arrived.  Our surgeries took approximately 30-40 minutes and within two hours after surgery, we were both walking around the lobby of our floor to begin to release the gases in our bodies in order not to experience any blood clots.  The food at the hospital was good for the two days that we were there.  My father-in-law, who stayed with us in case we needed assistance, was also very impressed with the service we all received, including him at Star Medica.  I would most certainly recommend Star Medica Hospital in Juarez, MX and the entire staff there, if you decide to have any of the gastric surgeries utilizing be lite weight for your procedure.

My wife and I are now entering our seventh month since our gastric sleeve surgery on December 8th, 2016.  My wife has lost 75 lbs. and I have dropped 122 lbs.  Prior to my surgery, I weighed 408 lbs. and I am now weighing in at 286 pounds and counting. I feel amazing and like everyone else before me, my only regret, is I wish I’d done the surgery earlier in my life.  However, everything happens for a reason. I am very happy with our results and look forward to dropping a little more weight and reaching my goal of 260 pounds.

This surgery has completely changed our lives.  We eat so much healthier now and have been able to get out of the house and experience so many different activities, that I struggled to enjoy in the past, due to my excessive weight.  We will be able to travel abroad more often, knowing that we are much more physically fit and able to walk longer distances and enjoy a better quality of life, thanks to the amazing staff at “Be Lite Weight”, especially Joanne and Jaime and the amazing Hospital staff at Star Medica Hospital in Juarez, MX.


Anyone out there thinking of having the gastric procedure done for them?  I highly recommend you use Be Lite Weight as your agency and also decide to have your procedure done in Mexico. You will not regret your decision.  The price is definitely right and much cheaper than the US and the doctors and medical staff are just as good or better, than those we have in the United States."

Alexander P

 

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Keep up the amazing work Alex! Your work is bringing strength to more than just you!

For more information about the Gastric Sleeve and other surgical weight loss procedures pick up the phone and call BeLiteWeight now!

 

 

4 Pant Sizes & Feeling Better: Tish’s Gastric Sleeve


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The BeLiteWeight team wants to give special recognition to one of our beautiful and amazing patients Letitia for her incredible results with the Gastric Sleeve! Letitia, who also goes by Tish, recently sent us the above pictures and wrote this brief update for us to share:

 

"I have lost 58lbs and went down 4 pants size, feel tons better! Still, have 40lbs to go but am feeling confident that it will happen and in the meantime, I'm much happier with the way that I am looking thanks to Dr. Rodriguez and JoAnne at BeLiteWeight!""

 

Way to go Letitia! Our team is so happy for your success today and in the future to come!

 

For more information about the Gastric Sleeve and other surgical weight loss options call BeLiteWeight today!

Summer Exercise Tips: Avoiding Joint Pain


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Sunshine summertime is almost indisputably the best time to be outdoors and enjoy the natural beauty of Earth. Take advantage of the good weather and go outside and get some exercise! Here are some great ideas that won't stress your knees but will get your bodies engine fired up! 

 

Go Walk Around

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 Even if it just a few minutes extra each day just moving your body more than it is accustomed to will get your body processes started and burn more calories. Don't even worry about jogging or running, a brisk walk is more than enough to get your heart beat moving faster. 

 

Swim at the Pool

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While the sun is strong and the days are longer there are no good reasons why you shouldn't go out for a swim every few days! Swimming places your body in a zero gravity environment and is the perfect place to move your body without stressing the joints! 

 

Find a Partner

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Having an exercise buddy can be highly beneficial for two main reasons. First, you can hold each other accountable and boost the chances that you both will continue working out. Secondly, you have someone to enjoy the time with while you are exercising! And remember even going for a walk together counts 😉 

 

Play a Game

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Even if you are just throwing around a frisbee, or shooting some hoops, playing games makes exercise engaging and fun! BeLiteWeight wishes all of you a memorable and bright summer. Make hay while the sun shines and go outside and enjoy the weather! 

 

For information about surgical weight loss options such as the Gastric Sleeve call BeLiteWeight today!

 

References

https://www.livestrong.com/article/537088-the-best-exercise-for-someone-morbidly-obese/

http://www.rd.com/health/fitness/exercise-for-overweight/