Thursday, January 29, 2015

Forming Healthy Eating Habits is the Key to Weight Loss Success

If you've seen the patient testimonial page on Dr. Feiz's website, it's clear that weight loss surgeries like the sleeve gastrectomy procedure are highly effective ways for obese patients to lose weight. But, simply getting the procedure is by no means a cure-all solution. Weight loss surgery is designed to curb hunger cravings so that it is easier for people to eat less. It is up to them to make sure that they are actually eating less. What's also important is to develop the habit of eating food that is generally healthier than what many patients ate before their surgery.

The time following weight loss surgery is also the best time to commit to a healthy diet and form lifelong healthy eating habits. While there is an old adage that says it takes 21 days of doing something to form a good habit, research conducted at the University of London shows that the average good habit is formed in closer to 66 days. This means that if weight loss surgery patients can commit to eating right for just over two months following their surgery, then eating right will come much more naturally to them across the rest of their life! A healthy lifestyle is closer than you think!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Spreading the Weighty Truth

A short article, "5 Things Not to Say to Someone Who’s Had Weight-Loss Surgery" written by Samantha Gregor, got us thinking about just how little many people across the weight spectrum really know about the problem of obesity and the obesity epidemic. Her first suggestion: "Don’t say: 'You’re so lucky you can eat anything you want now!'” is an example of the somewhat shocking ignorance of at least some people.

Of course, if there really were a surgery that would allow people to eat as much high calorie food as they wanted without gaining excessive weight, there would be a line around the block outside Dr. Feiz & Associates, and not everyone in it would even be particularly overweight. You'd think by now most people be aware that bariatric surgery merely makes eating a great deal less a great deal easier by reducing the appetite. And, while the idea that weight loss surgery allows you to eat fattening foods and not gain weight may be relatively rare, a surprising number of people assume that bariatric procedures are a way to lose weight without doing any of the "work" associated with eating less and exercising more. Our patients are fully aware that that is a million miles from the truth.

If you're ready to do the work that goes into maintaining a truly healthy lifestyle but have found the pangs of hunger just too distracting on your previous weight loss attempts, that what we're here for. As always, give us a call at 877-301-1333. You'll learn something and you just might end up being a lot healthier and a lot happier.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Why Sleeve Gastrectomy is the Fastest Growing Weight Loss Procedure

There are many types of weight loss surgery that have been proven to help patients lose weight, but not all of them are growing in popularity at the same rate. This is because the gastric sleeve procedure is a happy medium between the Lap Band and Gastric Bypass procedure. The gastric bypass is shown to help patients lose the most weight, but that it is only because it is the most drastic procedure that fundamentally alters the way patients digest food. And, unlike the Lap Band procedure, the sleeve gastrectomy does not require implanting a foreign object in the body, but still produces incredible weight loss results.

Dr. Feiz is an expert at performing the gastric sleeve procedure using minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery methods. Patients of Dr. Feiz & Associates who undergo weight loss surgery in Los Angeles have tremendous things to say about both the expert care and the unmatched results they receive. 

While more and more patients are turning to the gastric sleeve procedure with Dr. Feiz to jump start their weight loss journey, it is true that no one procedure is best for every patient. If you are interested in learning more about your weight loss surgery options, don’t hesitate to schedule a con
sultation with Dr. Feiz today.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

New Study Demonstrates Health Benefits of Weight Loss Surgery

Several times a month, a study is released that adds to the already favorable cost-benefit analysis of weight loss surgery in Los Angeles. This week, a study was released in the Journal of the American Medical Association which showed that, over a 14 year period, obese patients who had undergone weight loss surgery were 53 percent less likely to die from a disease attributed to obesity. The report also indicated that age was not a big concern when considering the health benefits. It was seen that older men recover from the surgery just as well as young obese women. No one is too old for a healthy lifestyle!

The study also showed that bariatric surgery is safer now than it ever was. According to the study, the risk of patient death after bariatric surgery was lower in the five year period from 2006 to 2011 compared to 200 to 2005. Even better, Dr. Feiz & Associates has a zero percent mortality rate across hundreds of patients. Much of this has to do with the fact that Dr. Feiz has mastered the minimally invasive laparoscopic method of performing bariatric surgery. Dr. Feiz is the safe choice for an already safe procedure.

Friday, January 2, 2015

3 Tips for Weight Loss in 2015



Weight loss is one of the most common New Year’s resolutions, and for good reason. With such a high percentage of obesity in American, shedding pounds is not just a good for wanting to look better, it’s a great way to improve your health. Unfortunately, keeping resolutions and losing weight are both extremely difficult, and have high rates of failure. Still, here at Dr. Feiz and Associates, we don’t think that should stop you, so here are 3 tips for living a healthy lifestyle in 2015.

1) Start Small. One of the main reasons why New Year’s resolutions fail is that they’re simply too ambitious. While there’s nothing wrong with aiming high, taking a difficult task like weight loss and resolving to simply make it happen is almost impossible. You need to set small goals. Instead of deciding that you’ll lose a certain amount of weight for the year, resolve to lose a few pounds a few months at a time. 

2) Eat better. One of the keys to weight loss is healthy eating, but you shouldn’t expect to change your entire diet overnight. Start small here too. Use a smaller salad plate to eat a meal to control your portion size, or limit yourself to eating out to a certain number a week. Try swapping out at least one snack a day with something health like eating an apple instead of potato chips for example. 

3) Consider all options. Losing weight is difficult for anyone, but for the severely obese it can be nearly impossible to get down to a healthy weight and keep it down. Options like surgical weight loss like the procedures offered by Dr. Feiz and Associates are available to anyone who is eligible and needs the extra support. Don’t give up on your goals for a healthy and productive new year!


Friday, December 26, 2014

Don’t Eat a Day’s Worth of Food in One Meal!



How much food is too much food? Some would say it’s a matter of opinion, but most doctors and nutritionists agree, for the average adult, 2,000 calories is the ideal daily consumption level for a healthy lifestyle.  The average American might not even know what 2,000 calories looks like. But thanks to this comprehensive and fascinating report from the New York Times, you can see just how easy it is to go over your daily recommendation in a single sitting. 


The obesity epidemic has a lot to do with processed foods and fast food restaurants. You probably already know that a meal at McDonalds isn’t the most healthy way to go, but did you know that combo meal might be an entire day’s worth of calories? At Burger King, a Double Whopper, large soda, and fries brings you to 2,130 calories. Meanwhile, even “healthier” options like Chipotle burrito nets you 2,010 if you get chips and guac with a drink. Don’t fool yourself into thinking fast food is the only way to do it, either. With the generous portions most dine in restaurants provide a single dish could put you well over. The Farfalle with Chicken at the Cheesecake Factory weights in a whopping 2,410 calories. 

Want a great way to keep your calorie counts under control? Just cook at home, and try to assemble meals yourself from fresh ingredients. It might take a little longer than going out, but it’ll be well worth it for your health, and here at Dr. Feiz & Associates we believe your health is what matters the most. 

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Shrink Obesity Down to Size

According to a recently released report, the worldwide obesity epidemic is costing the health care system about as much as smoking. Not only is obesity costly financially, it is costly emotionally, as it can take years off of a person’s life.

Just like smokers, no obese patient will question the fact that they need to make a change to secure a healthier future, but adapting to a healthy lifestyle is extremely difficult. Luckily, bariatric surgery from Dr. Feiz & Associates has been proven time and time again as the best way to give patients the tools they need to start eating right. Bariatric procedures are not a golden ticket to weight loss, but they do give the patient a major advantage in the constant battle against hunger and dietary control.

Not only is Dr. Michael Feiz an expert surgeon who patients trust, him and his staff give patients expert dietary and post-surgical advice to ensure that they get on the right track to controlling their obesity. Everyone agrees that obesity is a growing problem, but with the help of Dr. Feiz & Associates, you can shrink it down to size.