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Cost of Bariatric surgery

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The cost of Bariatric surgery can be quite high. The typical price of an operation can be $25,000 or more. Medical insurance coverage varies by state and insurance provider, and although some states have legislation in place that requires insurers to offer weight loss surgery for patients, providing it meets health criteria laid down by the National Institutes of Health, other states do not. This means that patients who would benefit from bariatric surgery often have to contend with providers that have not yet accepted that this kind of weight loss surgery can deliver powerful medical benefits that will save them money in the long run. A patient encountering this problem may have to work with his or her surgeon to prove to the health insurance provider that the proposed surgery is not a cosmetic procedure, but a potentially life-saving operation that will minimize future health problems.
Individuals who are interested in bariatric surgery and are on Medicare will be glad to know that it covers weight loss surgery for morbidly obese patients with an obesity-related or condition. Morbid obesity is defined as 100 or more pounds overweight or a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or more.
Of course, the costs do not end once a patient successfully undergoes bariatric surgery. Because weight loss can be significant, many individuals are left with loose, sagging skin that no longer has the elasticity to fit the new, slimmer shape. Since neither exercise nor diet will help tighten loose skin, many bariatric patients choose plastic surgery as a remedy. The cost of bariatric-related plastic surgery operations can vary significantly, depending on the patient’s condition, complications, the type of anesthesia, and other factors.
Some of the more popular post-bariatric surgery procedures include:
abdominoplasty (tummy tuck),
body lift (circumferential panniculectomy),
brachioplasty (arm lift),
breast lift,
augmentation,
or reduction,
face and/or neck lift,
and thigh lift.
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3500 calories in one pound of fat

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There are 3,500 calories in one pound of fat. Thus, if you cut back or work off just 3,500 calories, you will lose an entire pound of fat. While it is possible to cut back on your calorie intake and increase your exercise regimen in order to lose pounds quickly, it is important to note that doctors recommend that you lose no more than 2 pounds of weight per week in order to ensure that your body properly adjusts to the weight loss.
Here are some tips to help you safely drop 3,500 from your regular routine:
Run
Running for about 1 hour at a slow pace will help you lose approximately 350 calories, depending on your body type, speed, and terrain. Thus, if you run for one hour five days a week while maintaining a consistent diet, you will safely lose one pound.Woman tying hair in ponytail getting ready for run.
It is important to understand that many people who just begin running will eat pasta and other foods high in carbohydrates in order to compensate for the exertion. They think that because they worked out so hard, they deserve a treat. After all, they justify, the pasta will help to keep their energy levels high.
However, what they may not realize is that while they are justified in thinking that the carbohydrates will infuse their workout routine with energy, they are not actually setting their bodies up to lose weight. When you burn 350 calories but intake 450 over a high-carbohydrate pasta dish, you are adding more calories to your body than you otherwise would have.
Running does, however, help to boost our metabolism and change your muscle tone so that you burn calories more efficiently. Instead of inhaling a pasta dish after a run, select instead to have a large salad and splurge for the carbohydrate-rich croutons.
Eat-In
When you eat out at a restaurant, not only are you subjecting your body to an array of high fat, high-calorie foods, but you are also tempting yourself to eat a larger portion than you might normally eat. Therefore, what could be a simple 500 calories meal can easily turn into a 1500-calorie fat fest. In order to lose weight by cutting calories, it is essential that you are aware of exactly what you are putting into your body. Especially at the beginning of your new routine, it is important that you prepare your meals and monitor your level of hunger.
When eating out, generally you are in a social situation where food is not a priority – but spending time with your friends is. For this reason, people tend to eat more than they normally would.
Girls are eating salad.Non-dessert eaters often even spring for the extra round of calories. If you must eat out, help yourself avoid temptation by selecting a salad rather than a plate of pasta or burger. You will be amazed at the difference in the number of calories you intake when you make simple choices such as meal option.
By reducing your overall calorie intake and increasing your level of physical activity, you will be able to lose those 3,500 calories without much trouble. Make sure that you stay focused, motivated and on task. You’ll shed unwanted weight in no time!
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Basics of Losing Weight

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Failed diets and out of control obesity may lead you to believe that losing weight is difficult but it is quite easy, at least on paper. The only thing you need to do is keep the calories that you burn greater than the calories that you eat. So why is this article so long?
Your first step is to figure out how many calories you are burning each day. There are a few formulas that have come out over the years that estimate how many calories you burn per day based on your sex, age, weight, height, and physical activity. When using these formulas, keep in mind that the number you get gives you an estimate, not a number that never changes day to day. It will fluctuate.Woman measuring perfect shape
Safe weight loss is considered 1-2 pounds per week. While it is possible to lose more, it is extremely unhealthy to do so. So how many calories do you actually have to cut out of your diet? One pound of body fat equals about 3500 calories. If you want to lose one pound in a week, you need to cut 3500 calories out of your diet per week. While this might sound like a lot, per day it comes out to a 500 calorie deficit.
Your next step is to ask yourself how you want to get rid of any unwanted weight. You can cut 500 calories out of your diet per day, or increase the number of calories you burn by 500 calories per day. A combination of these two methods is the best way to go.
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Health And Fitness Through Weight Loss

Health and fitness is most of the time associated with physical appearance—especially weight. And why not? It is the weight of the person can tell whether he or she is living a healthy lifestyle due to the foods and habits that he or she has.

For those who think that their weight greatly affects their self-esteem because of physical appearance, health, emotional stability, physical abilities and the overall quality of their life in general, then it is about time that they contemplate on losing weight.

When does losing start

People who have decided to lose weight should know where to begin. First, he or she must determine the reason to lose weight. By determining the reason/s why one would want to lose weight, maintains motivations during the weight loss phases.

Next, commit in doing the things necessary for them to lose weight. Is he or she ready to permanently change what they eat, how they eat, their behavior and their activity levels, the possibility is greater that they would lose weight faster and safes.

Third, they must look for a back up support system in case they can no longer manage weight control on their own. And last but not the least, they must make sure that they are strong enough to deal with possibility of failing if they do not achieve their desired weight or result.

One of the most important things to remember before losing weight is that the person should seek professional help. This is a must that one chooses a responsible and safe weight loss program or plan carefully. One must also make sure that he or she is willing to undergo for a trial period before investing time, money, and effort in enrolling to a specific weight loss class.

Tips in losing weight

Experts say that two of the most crucial factors that affect weight loss are food—or calorie—intake and the frequency of physical activities such as exercise. Although it may seem easy to monitor calorie intake and exercise regularly, it is not always effective especially if the person doing it is not determined and disciplined enough. For a person to achieve their weight loss goals here are some tips that they can use:

1. Don’t ever skip regular meals. You must not forget that food nourishes the body. Although dieting or cutting down on food intake can help one lose weight, this cannot assure permanent weight loss because they will tend to eat more the next meal and the meals after that.

2. Regulate the food intake. Eating in smaller amounts or food portions will help one cut down on calorie and fat intake.

3. Monitor gradual weight loss of about 1 to 2 pounds weekly without irritability, fatigue, or weakness. This will allow your body to regain the loss water and fats.

4. Selecting healthy food choices. Choosing the foods that a person can eat from the food pyramid would help him or her develop a well-balanced diet as well as good eating habits.

5. Cut down on calories properly. If one is losing weight to achieve health and fitness, he or she must make sure that they know their body’s required calorie-intake because cutting too many calories can slow down metabolism. This will also make it difficult for the body to consume the necessary nutrients it needs to perform well.

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Strengthen Your Pelvic Core By Kick Starting Your Pelvic Clock Exercises

 

Feel like you have lost some energy and balance in your body? You need to strengthen your pelvic core?

Ever wonder why your back aches soon after you hit the road? Has shopping become a chore instead of a fun time as of late?
If you feel that the quality of your life has decreased because of a constant hitch in your back, then you know it is time to modify your current lifestyle and bring in some pain-taking techniques! Some might suggest very high-end, costly and time taking solutions to you, when simpler, cost effective and easily doable solutions exist such as the Pelvic Clock.

Back Pain Cure

The pelvic clock is an addition of five to twenty minutes of simple exercises in your life which can help you manage your lower body pain while building strength and flexibility for your body. Who would know a simple exercise could have such a magnitude of positive affect on your body? Well, it is time to wear your thinking hats on and get researching on what the pelvic clock is all about and how you can benefit from it.
To get you started, here is a starter pack of exercises, ranging from basic stretches to modified techniques that can improve the overall quality of life for you.

Getting Started

1. Get into The Rhythm
Lie back on a solid surface. Bend your knees with feet hip distance apart. Take a couple of deep breaths to bring focus and mind & body relaxation. Keep breathing till you shift your focus from the monotony to the routine.

2. Work On Your Pelvis
Slowly but surely lift your pelvis about one to three inches off the floor, place the pelvic clock right above your tailbone (sacrum).  Relax your back on the pelvic clock and find your adjustment spot. The 12 o’clock marker on the device should be pointing towards your head.

3. Rock Steadily
Stretch your legs open without stressing them into a straight position and get comfortable with the pelvic clock. Rock side by side and start getting familiar with the device.

Start Stretching!

To get you started, work on your stretches. Stretching helps your muscles relax, get in form and be prepared for a workout ahead. It also helps in bringing flexibility to your overall posture.

1. Rock Forward
Keeping your head at 12 o’clock, do simple rocking movements between 12 and 6 which will seem back and forth to warm up. Make sure your feet are firmly grounded and hands placed on the side of your body.

2. Rock Sideways
Keeping 3 o’clock and 9 o’clock on your sides, rock your pelvis slowly on the pelvic clock from 3 to 9. This will be a left to right or vice versa movement to get you used to the clock motion.

3. Rock Clockwise
To give yourself a boost, slowly attempt the clockwise movement on the pelvic clock. Move your hips in a circle and make sure that you are controlling your movement. Your hip will complete one full circle clockwise.

Pelvic Clock® exercise device www.pelvicclock.com is a stretching aid for hip and lower back pain relief.

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Bariatric Advantage Iced Latte

Bariatric Advantage Iced Latte

Bariatric Advantage High Protein Meal Replacement

 

Bariatric Advantage Meal Replacement – Iced Latte
27 Servings

Bariatric Advantage High Protein Meal Replacement HPMR features high-quality whey protein isolate with 27 g of protein, 1.5 to 2.5 grams of fat,150-160 calories, 11 grams of carbohydrates (6 from fiber and 1 g sugar), and 20+ essential vitamins and minerals. Ideal support for two-week pre-operative weight loss surgery prep or post-operative use. Available in 8 delicious flavors: Vanilla, Chocolate, Strawberry, Cookies & Cream, Orange Cream, Banana, Iced Latte, and Crème.

Highlighted in  todays post is Bariatric Advantage Iced Latte … the very best! I've had the vanilla which is also good, not a big fan of the unflavored. I am amazed at how filling these shakes are. I have one for breakfast and one for lunch with just water and occasionally a bit of instant coffee, or in the vanilla some fresh strawberries.

Great way to manage weight!

Tried many different kinds of protein shakes, even several gourmet, and NONE compare to Bariatric Advantage. The price is really reasonable when compared to other options on the market today. I highly recommend giving this brand a try. It does seem to work well at making me feel full. I drink a shake on my way in to work at 6 and don't find myself thinking about food until usually around noon. I actually think it helps me with my cravings as well, but that could be just me!
This stuff is awesome with just water. It gets thick like a shake should be…not runny at all. Tastes great too…

Bariatric Advantage Iced Latte High Protein Meal Replacement comes in an economic 35-serving bag with a measured coop to make accurate dispensing easy. Each 150 calorie serving provides a full 27 grams of protein with only 11 grams of carbohydrate (of which 6 grams are fiber, and only 1 gram of sugar) and 1.5 grams of fat. They are also gluten free to best meet the needs of weight loss surgery patients.

One hundred percent of the protein is from a high quality whey protein isolate. Fortified with between 15 and 50 percent of the DV for 23 essential vitamins and minerals, this product makes a perfect pre-operative weight loss shake or post-operative meal replacement for bariatric surgery patients. Bariatric Advantage meal replacement also comes in a great variety of flavors.

Key Bariatric Advantage Iced Latte High Protein Meal Replacement Features:
35 Servings
27 grams of whey protein isolate
Gluten Free
150 Calories
6 grams of Fiber
Only 1 gram of Sugar

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Spicy Chicken with Corn Relish Recipe


Spicy Chicken with Corn Relish Recipe

Prep time 6 min
Cook time 17 min
Total time 25 min

Author: Rick
Recipe type: Main Dish (spicy chicken)
Serves: 4-5 pieces
Ingredients
•4-5 boneless skinless chicken breast halves
•2 teaspoons chili powder
•¼ teaspoon salt
•¼ teaspoon pepper
•¼ teaspoon onion powder
•2 tablespoons olive oil or butter
•1 can black beans (15 ounces – drained and rinsed)
•1 cup chunky salsa (Mild or hot depending on taste) remember spicy chicken
•1 cup frozen corn

Instructions for spicy chicken:  In a small bowl whisk together the chili powder, salt, and pepper.
Pat chicken breasts dry with paper toweling and rub the chili spice mixture into both sides of the chicken breasts. Heat a large skillet over medium heat with the olive oil and cook the chicken breasts until blackened on one side.
Flip the spicy chicken breasts and continue cook to an internal temperature of 165F. (about 5 to 10 minutes on each side depending on thickness) Remove the chicken breasts to a serving platter and tent with aluminum foil to keep warm. In the same skillet mix together the salsa, beans and corn.
Cook until heated through. Serve the spicy chicken over the corn relish.
Enjoy!

The last step in this recipe: Enjoy!

Variation: Mix salt, basil, rosemary, garlic powder, mustard, paprika, black pepper, thyme, celery seed, parsley, cumin, cayenne pepper, and chicken bouillon together until blended, then use this as the seasonings.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories 510
Calories from Fat 80
Total Fat 9g 14%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 85mg 29%
Sodium 1070mg 45%
Potassium 650mg 19%
Total Carbohydrate 63g 21%
Dietary Fiber 11g 47%
Sugars 5g
Protein 43g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A 6%
Vitamin C 4%
Calcium 8%
Iron 25%

Exchanges:

3 1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 4 1/2 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1 Fat;

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

 

 

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Elastic Band Workout – Arms


Arm Exercise #1:

Name: Standing Biceps Curl with elastic bands
Gym Equivalent: Standing
Dumbbell/
Cable Machine Curls
Area Targeted: Front of Arms

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Standing bicep curls is the basic exercise for biceps and to do it, you simply step on the elastic while you hold the handles using elastic bands.

If you need more resistance you can wrap the band twice around your feet and make it shorter. Of course if you don't have other bands available.

This is why I always suggest to buy a set of resistance bands, especially the stackable type.

Anyway, the standing curls exercise is straightforward for elastic band workout for the arms.

The start position is with your arms extended along your side holding the band that you not be loose but already in tension, and your palms towards your body.