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/

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!

BeLite Weight Success Stories


Obesity is a leading health concern. Many people who are considered to be morbidly obese are choosing weight loss surgery to help them take control of their weight and to begin the long process of restoring their health.

There are several types of gastric weight loss surgery a person can choose from. Depending on your level of obesity, other health conditions and time frame for their predicted weight loss, your physician can suggest specific types of surgery that will accommodate your needs.

A few of the surgeries offered by BeLiteWeight include:

  • Gastric Sleeve
  • Lap Band Surgery
  • Gastric Bypass
  • Mini Gastric Bypass
  • Duodenal Switch Procedure
  • Gastric Vertical Plication
  • Metabolic Surgery for Diabetes
  • Revision Weight Loss Surgery

Weight loss surgery offers patients an efficient way to lose a large portion of their weight in a safe and effective manner. It works especially well if you start to lose weight quickly due to a health issue.

Individuals who have lost weight using these various types of surgery have continued to make improvements in their lifestyle. Having surgery gives you an edge by helping you see results in a relatively short amount of time. As the results become more apparent, it is easier to remain motivated and on track. This also will help foster the desire to continue to make positive lifestyle changes.

Mind Set: The First Step to Weight Loss


Often, when people think of weight loss success stories, they focus on all the hard work they put in working out, going to the gym, eating healthy, etc. All of this is absolutely important to achieving weight loss goals, but this often overlooks, arguably, the most important aspect, the Mind.

Losing weight is as much a mental challenge as it is physical. In fact, one could argue that losing weight starts first in the head. We need to consciously decide first that we might be too heavy to lead a healthy life. Self-reflection is key to starting, planning, and sticking to any weight loss plan.

Approach Weight Loss from an analytical perspective.
One of the most common mistakes people make when trying to lose weight is setting extreme goals and expectations for themselves. This can set you up for a huge let down, if the goals are not actually feasible, which could lead to disappointment and shame, both of which are never good.

By taking the time to actually analyze and understand your weight loss goals, you are able to create a balanced, healthy, and realistic weight loss plan. Taking it one step at time will allow one to ease into their routine and ultimately help them achieve their goals.

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Look at the people around you, and ask yourself if this is a supportive environment.
Losing weight can be both a physical and mental challenge. Sometimes the mental part can prove to be even more difficult due to your surroundings. Do your best to remove any negativity around you, that includes friends and family that might not be entirely supportive of your endeavors. Replace the negativity with positive encouragement from those around you and use it as motivation to stick to your goals.

Don’t be scared of what others say or think.
For many of us, the hardest part of losing weight is dealing with the social shame we might feel over our body image. Sure, there may be those who will point and laugh at your physique at first, but don’t let that stop you. You are working out for yourself and your health, and you will never meet your weight loss goals if you let others dictate how you feel and shame you into going back inside. Instead, you can let it go in one ear and out the other or use it as motivation to work even harder.

Find out why you gained so much weight.
Over indulgence isn’t just a problem with drugs and alcohol but with food as well. A lot of times, we may have emotionally or psychological triggers that lead us into overeating to overcome them. If you understand what triggers you to overeat, then you have a better chance of being able to overcome it.

Most importantly, believe in yourself.
It all starts with you. If you don’t have faith in yourself to meet your weight loss goals, then why should anyone else?