Most Common Types of Weight Loss Surgery

Posted: November 18th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Food | No Comments »

Exercise and diet are the best ways to lose weight. But those methods have been tried by many people for many years and some people just cannot lose that excess weight. As you know, being overweight can cause serious health problems. For those who are frustrated, weight loss surgery, or bariatric surgery may be the best option.

Types of Bariatric Surgery

Gastric Bypass Surgery – in gastric bypass surgery, the surgeon uses staples to separate the smaller, upper part of the stomach from the rest of the stomach. Also, the small intestine is rerouted and connected to the smaller stomach pouch. Now, the amount of food you are physically able to eat is reduced.

Lap-Band Surgery – In Lap-Band surgery, the surgeon places a silicone rubber band around the top of your stomach; creating a smaller stomach pouch. You end up feeling very full quickly. Food can slowly flow from the smaller, upper pouch into the lower part of the stomach and then it can be digested.

Gastric sleeve surgery – Gastric sleeve surgery is one of the newer types of bariatric surgery. A bariatric surgeon removes about 85% of the stomach so that it takes the shape of a tube or sleeve. The operation is performed laparoscopically.

For more information or ideas on gastric bypass surgery diets, contact Gastric Bypass Supplements.

WLS Awards and Nominations

Posted: November 11th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Food | No Comments »

The Annual Backstage Pass Radio Program WLS Awards is dedicated to celebrating those making a difference in the WLS Community. The WLS Awards are “nominated by” and “voted on” by members of the WLS Community.  The entire weight loss surgery and bariatric community is eligible for a nomination.

On November 7th, the winners were announced. These were the 2nd Annual Backstage Pass WLS Awards. The community made nominations in each category. Then, the top three nominees in each category were then voted on

Our company, Gastric Bypass Supplements, was nominated for Favorite Overall Bariatric Company. Several of our products were nominated or are winners in their respective categories.

You can find out more about the awards and the nominations in other categories by visiting divatauniablog.

A Lean, High-Protein Meat Snack

Posted: November 4th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Food | No Comments »

The New Ostrim Natural Beef Snack Sticks uphold Ostrim’s quality standards of a lean, high-protein meat snack. Packed with 11grams of protein and only 2 grams of fat, Ostrim Natural Beef Snack Sticks go beyond the attributes of a typical meat stick.

Ostrim Natural Beef Snack Sticks are for people of all ages looking for snacks that offer taste, nutrition and convenience. They are the perfect for anyone on the go. If you are looking for a great tasting, moist, real meat protein snack try Ostrim.

Our new Ostrim Natural Snack Sticks are high in protein and low in fat. The Ostrim Natural Beef Snack Stick is MSG and Nitrite free! All of our products are vacuum sealed and ready to eat without any refrigeration, making them not only great tasting and nutritious, but convenient also!



Posted: November 1st, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Food | No Comments »

A hefty problem starting around Halloween and running through the New Year might sitting in a bowl or a bag somewhere near you in the house right now.   It causes many of us 5-10 pounds of weight gain every single year.

Did you buy several bags, or pounds of candy for the “trick or treaters” — and get left with some remaining treats?  Did you think you were tricking yourself into not wanting any treats by playing the game with yourself at the store?

“I’ll just buy enough candy for the trick or treaters, just what I need for the night.”

“Maybe a little more, in case there are more than we expect?”

“Perhaps I should get another bag.”

“No.  I don’t need the temptation in the house!  I’ll buy candy that I don’t really like!  That way I won’t be bothered to eat any.”

Then, you spend a horrific amount of time searching for the perfect candy selection, choose some, and grab a bag of Reese’s Peanut Butter Pumpkins just in case.  Am I close?  I spent some time staring blankly at the seasonal candy aisle at the local Wal-Mart, considering the same options and giving myself the Talk.

“If you buy those, you know what’s going to happen.  They’re going to end up hidden in the cabinet, y’know, for later, and soon your hand will be in that bag once, twice, three, four times tomorrow, looking for another miniature candy bar.”

Yes.  That is the case, which is why, I chose to buy NO CANDY, and instead shut the lights off and shoo’ed away children like a mean old witch.  Alternatively, I am sure I could have given out healthy treats or those WICKED COOL, uh, pencils, but in the end, time vs. money + me = not going to happen.  I know I am lucky, in looking this morning I was not targeted with toilet paper or eggs, thank you.

However, what if you did gave in to all of the treats, what if they tricked you?


What if you found yourself ankle deep in mini Hershey bar and Payday wrappers this afternoon, half-comatose with your head on the desk, and hand in the kids’ candy bowl?

(I can see you.  It’s not pretty, you got a little drool there.)

So what?

Tomorrow is a new day.

Do what you can to start fresh.  You don’t have to go on a liquid diet and flog yourself for screwing up, but do take steps to get back into your healthy routine.

  • IT’S OKAY TO THROW AWAY THE CANDY.  Do not allow yourself to feel guilty over this.  Candy adds unnecessary calories — nobody needs it.
  • Do not fool yourself into thinking you’ll just “have one piece a day.”  We know what happens.  If it’s too much to handle — just lose the candy.
  • Some suggest “candy buy back” programs to send candy to the troops overseas?  Though soldiers also, could probably use protein more than junk.
  • Totally untouched wrapped product could be donated to food pantries, treats may be appreciated.
  • Keep healthy snacks available to you — a cut up protein bar can be very good alternative to a mini chocolate bar – put slices of the bar in the fridge to be ready at any time.  You don’t ever have to eat a WHOLE protein bar at once.
  • Some of the BEST bars for this — ISS Oh Yeah Bars, Balanced Protein Diet Snack Bars, Supreme Bars
  • Keep drinking your water — feeling thirst can be mistaken for hunger.
  • Read your eating plan again.  Renew that knowledge about your weight loss plan — and what you’re supposed to be doing.
  • Note where candy falls in this plan.  Can you find it?

Now go find that candy and toss it in the trash.  You’ll feel better.

Phases of the Gastric Bypass Surgery Diet

Posted: October 28th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Food | No Comments »

The gastric bypass diet has four phases to help you ease back into eating solid foods. How quickly you move from one step to the next depends on how fast your body heals and adjusts to the change in eating patterns. You can usually start eating regular foods with a firmer texture about three months after surgery.

Phase 1: Liquid diet
You won’t be allowed to eat for one to two days after gastric bypass surgery so that your stomach can start to heal. After that, you start a diet of liquids and semisolid foods to see how you tolerate foods after surgery.

Foods you may be able to have on phase 1 of the gastric bypass diet include:

Phase 2: Pureed foods
Once you’re able to tolerate liquid foods for a few days, you can begin to eat pureed foods. This is a 2 to 4 week long phase in which you can eat foods that have the consistency of a smooth paste or a thick liquid.

To puree your foods, choose solid foods that will blend well, such as:

  • Beans
  • Fish
  • Egg whites
  • Yogurt
  • Soft fruits and vegetables
  • Cottage cheese

Phase 3: Soft, solid foods
With approval, a few weeks after pureed foods, you can add soft, solid foods to your diet. In this phase you need to be able to mash your food with a fork.

During this phase, your diet can include:

  • Ground or finely diced meats
  • Canned or soft, fresh fruit
  • Cooked vegetables

You usually eat soft foods for eight weeks before eating foods of regular consistency with firmer texture, as recommended by your dietitian or doctor.

Phase 4: Solid foods
After about eight weeks on the gastric bypass diet, you can gradually return to eating firmer foods. You may find that you still have difficulty eating spicier foods or foods with crunchy textures. Start slowly because you may have developed some intolerance to some foods.