Friday, July 18, 2014

Fighting the Weight Loss Doldrums

We talk a lot on this blog about how weight loss surgery in Los Angeles at one of our clinics can place patients on the path towards a far more positive lifestyle. It's definitely true that such procedures as the gastric sleeve and lap band can make it far easier to make the adjustments severely obese people need to begin a lifelong habit of truly healthy eating.

Of course, it's equally true that patients are still required to work at developing the drastically altered eating habits they will need to permanently lose their excess weight. Moreover, sometimes patients make significant progress and then start to plateau. Depending on how much weight has already been lost, this might be an issue that has to be addressed. In many cases, a patient and doctor might decide that the original procedure simply wasn't sufficient.

At Dr. Feiz & Associates, we perform a number of revision procedures that can correct issues with earlier bariatric operations that might have been performed elsewhere. If you have had a weight loss procedure elsewhere and are facing lackluster results that appear to be immune to your best efforts, we're here to help. Consider calling us at 310-855-8058.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

There's Never a Perfect Time

With the obesity epidemic continuing to impact so many of us, more and more people are coming around to the idea that weight loss surgery really may be the right approach for them. Indeed, with more and more information coming out regarding how bariatric procedures can actually reverse type 2 diabetes and help numerous other conditions, there's never been more reason for people to seriously look into working with a first-rate board certified bariatric surgeon like Dr. Feiz.

The problem for many people, however, is simply getting started on the road to a procedure. As the saying goes, the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step...but that first step is often the hardest to take. The tendency for many is to try and wait for "the right time." With work, family, and other responsibilities facing the majority of us, however, the "right time" never seems to arrive.

If you are considering weight loss surgery in California, it might be time to simply stop considering and start acting. That perfect moment, truly, will likely never arrive...unless you realize that the best moment to do something good for yourself is right now. If what we've been saying makes any sense at all, please contact us at 310-855-8058.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

NFL Training Camp Spotlights a Lap Band Success Story

With Wimbledon over, the World Cup coming to a grand finale and Major League Baseball's All Star game on deck, it can seem Americans are up to their necks in sports. However something major still looms: the start of training camp for the upcoming National Football League season.

American football, with the NFL as its showcase, is arguably the most popular sport in the nation. With training camps set to start at the end of the month, players and most involved with the professional league will have the spotlight shined brightly on them.

Fans can wonder if their favorite player did anything special over the off-season to gain an edge once real games begin in early fall.

Someone who made the news recently was New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan, who had a lap band surgery in 2010. Since then, he says he's lost 130 pounds.

Before the surgery, a doctor asked him how many people he knows who weigh 350 pounds who are over 50 years old. "Not many," Ryan responded.

The doctor replied, "Yeah, because they don't exist." Ryan told CBS Sports that it was then he knew he had to do something.

That something was lap-band surgery for significant weight loss and the associated health benefits.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Yes, You Still Have to Eat Your Vegetables

People who just can't abide broccoli and Brussels sprouts might be tempted to leap on today's news story about researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. The review and meta-analysis of available data found that a diet high in fruits and vegetables, by itself, really didn't seem to improve weight loss efforts a great deal.

Now, if anyone out there thought that merely increasing intake of vegetables and fruit could be a substitute for obesity surgery, they were obviously very much mistaken. While the mysteries of the human body can be very confusing and every day, it seems, we hear that certain foods might help or hinder efforts against, say, type 2 diabetes or heart disease, one fact is clear. It is entirely possible to become overweight, even seriously obese, eating a perfectly balanced -- but much too large -- diet. Portion control is key but, alas, vastly easier said than done for obese people.

It's only human to want to seek out a semi-magical prescription that is going to slay the dragon of obesity once and for all, and the idea that filling up on vegetables and fruit could help us to avoid excessive amounts of more caloric food has a certain logic. It just appears that our body is pretty smart about calories and it knows that, while a celery stalk might be larger than a slice of bacon, they are definitely not the same thing. Of course, we still need veggies and fruits -- they provide absolutely crucial vitamins and fiber and not eating them is only going to make us less healthy and, very possibly, just slightly fatter. Moreover, a fruit-based dessert is obviously vastly preferable, health-wise, to a giant ice cream sundae. Nevertheless, it's pretty obvious that our overall caloric intake is the name of the game and bariatric procedures remain the best weapon we have when it comes to dealing with obesity.

If filling up on fruits and veggies isn't helping your battle against obesity, Dr. Feiz and Associates remains the best place for weight loss surgery in Los Angeles. If you're ready to learn more about what weight loss surgery can really do, please call us at 800-868-5946.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Celebrity Figures Helping Promote Health

There are many female pop stars that get a lot of media attention for exhibiting their fabulous bikini bods – two  of our favorites are Katy Perry and Beyoncé. 

Katy Perry may not have needed a weight loss surgery in Los Angeles to get her body into super thin shape, but she does follow the advice of them-and that’s by eating the healthiest foods possible. We think it’s great that she actively promotes eating fresh fruits and vegetables at all times. We heard that her favorites are spinach, broccoli, celery beets and carrots.
Beyoncé also makes it well known that she eats healthily. Recently she posted a photo on her Tumbler site of her dinner which consisted of a Nicoise salad, sweet potato, chili and coconut soup and pan-seared beef. It looked delicious! 

We think it’s important that celebrities and people in the media promote a healthy living. It’s much better than promoting a diet of cigarettes and diet coke. It also helps inspire the fans when they can have the mindset of, “If Katy Perry can do it, so can I.” 

If you would like to get the figure of Katy Perry or Beyoncé, Dr. Feiz & Associates are here to help!