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  • Banana Bomb

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    bananabomb-shakeUnder 300 Calories & 40 grams of Protein

    Blend:
    4-ounces of plain Greek yogurt
    4-ounces of unsweetened almond milk
    2 scoops of Bariatric Fusion Vanilla protein powder
    1/2 banana (frozen)

    Blend until smooth.
    *HINT* You can add Bariatric Fusion Chocolate Mousse protein powder to this recipe to make a chocolate banana bomb as well!

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  • Blueberry Boost

    Blueberry Boost Protein Shake

    Blueberry Boost Protein Shake

    Blueberry Boost Protein Shake

    27g of protein
    165-175 calories

    2 scoops Bariatric Fusion® French Vanilla High Protein, Low Carb Meal Replacement
    20-30 blueberries
    6 to 8 ounces of water
    4 ice cubes

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  • Pumpkin Spiced Protein Shake

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    Pumpkin Spiced Protein Shake

    35g of protein
    265 calories

    1 scoop Bariatric Fusion® French Vanilla High Protein, Low Carb Meal Replacement
    1 cup unsweetened almond milk or skim milk
    ½ cup canned pumpkin, without salt
    ½ banana
    A pinch of cinnamon

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  • How to Achieve Successful Outcomes After Bariatric Surgery

    A message from the dietitian
    It is well known that bariatric surgery is considered a long-term treatment for obesity, but reaching successful weight and health goals after surgery is related to what the health professionals call “patient adherence.” You are taught the surgery is not a cure for obesity, but a tool that must be interpreted and interacted with. Adhering to the prescribed dietary, supplement, and exercise regimen greatly influences success. Attending support groups and keeping your scheduled follow-up appointments with your bariatric program also influences successful outcomes.

    So while it seems obvious that success would be influenced by these factors, coupled with your motivation and desire to get into better health and reduce the myriad of symptoms burdened by obesity, what are some reasons why patients stop following the advice and direction of their bariatric health team, and what are the dangers? We already know there can be medical and surgical complications, and potentially serious vitamin and mineral deficiencies can occur with any bariatric surgical procedure.

    There are many reasons why you may or may not adhere to bariatric recommendations. First, the many dietary changes, including proper protein and supplement intake may be poorly understood or overwhelming. This may be caused by poor communication between you and your provider, insufficient information, or sometimes we are influenced by our own beliefs and knowledge and may be resistant to learning new things. Secondly, learn-ing how to change our lifestyles is challenging and daunting and may also be influenced by the constraints of everyday life such as social, financial, work or family-related issues.

    So what can you make sure of both before and after surgery? Develop a relationship with key members of the bariatric team, including the surgeons, nurses, nutritionists, psychologists, and exercise physiologists. In addition, partner with members of the bariatric industry and your bariatric peers and community. Ask many questions if you don’t under-stand. If educational material is given, read it, review it again, and ask for clarity. Attend support groups and go to your scheduled follow-up visits. If you don’t have an appointment, make one.

    Remember, you made that wonderful and life-changing decision to have bariatric surgery. You are in the driver’s seat toward success, but it doesn’t end with just getting surgery. Good health does not occur in a vacuum. Interact, stay involved, aware, educated, and enthusiastic and “adhere” to the bariatric recommendations. They were researched and created with your needs and best interest in mind.
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    Dr. Lillian Craggs-Dino, DHA, RDN, LDN
    Scientific Advisor to Bariatric Fusion
    Bariatric Fusion

  • Cinnamon Apple Spice Protein Shake

    Cinnamon Apple Spice Protein Shake

    Cinnamon Apple Spice Protein ShakeCinnamon Apple Spice Protein Shake

    228 Calories
    46g of protein

    1 scoop Bariatric Fusion® Cinnamon Bun High Protein, Low Carb Meal Replacement
    ¼ cup unsweetened applesauce
    8oz skim or almond milk

    Enter coupon code APPLE20 and receive 20% OFF any Cinnamon Bun High Protein, Low Carb Meal Replacement added to your cart now through January 1, 2015!
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  • Study finds bariatric surgery resolves T2DM

    According to the results from a systematic review, bariatric surgery resolves symptoms of type II diabetes mellitus (T2DM) in most patients with a body mass index (BMI) below 35kg/m2, without excessive weight loss. The outcomes from this meta-analysis support the findings of two previous meta-analysis including 133,000 bariatric patients (621 studies) reported by Buchwald et al. The paper is featured in the journal, Obesity Surgery.

    The literature review, performed by Martin Fried and colleagues from the Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic, who examined research articles in English over the last 30 years (1979–2009) that addressed surgical resolution of T2DM in patients with a mean BMI<35. Weighted and simple means (95% CI) were calculated to analsze study outcomes. Sixteen studies met inclusion criteria; 343 patients underwent one of eight procedures with 6–216 months follow-up. Patients lost a clinically meaningful, not excessive, amount of weight. The baseline mean BMI of the pooled cohort was 29.4kg/m2 (overweight) and was reduced to 24.2kg/m2 (normal weight) after follow-up.

    Study design

    Types of bariatric surgery performed on the patients included: biliopancreatic diversion (BPD; three studies); stomach- and pylorus-preserving BPD (one study); Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (two studies); laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding (three studies); duodenal-jejunal bypass (four studies); mini-gastric bypass (one study); ileal interposition with sleeve gastrectomy (one study); and ileal interposi tion with diverted sleeve gastrectomy (two studies).

    Outcomes

    By the end of follow-up, the outcomes revealed that 85.3% of patients who were off T2DM medications had fasting plasma glucose approaching normal (105.2mg/dL, reduction of 93.3), and normal glycated hemoglobin, 6% (reduction of 2.7). A subgroup comparison examining different surgical techniques found that BMI reduction and T2DM resolution were greatest following malabsorptive/restrictive procedures. Patients with a baseline BMI between 30.0 and 35.0kg/m2 (moderately obese) also had greater reduction in BMI and diabetes symptoms than those with a BMI between 25.0 and 29 kg/m2(overweight). There were few complications recorded and operative mortality was 0.29%.

    The results of this study provide ‘preliminary evidence to support continued investigation of surgery as a possible means of achieving lasting resolution of T2DM in a vast non-morbidly obese population,” the authors conclude.

    The outcomes concur with the previous meta analysis by Buchwald et al, that concluded: “The clinical and laboratory manifestations of type 2 diabetes are resolved or improved in the greater majority of patients after bariatric surgery; these responses are more pronounced in procedures associated with a greater percentage of excess body weight loss and is maintained for two years or more.”

  • Obesity May Shorten Lives By Almost 4 Years: Study

    And obese middle-aged people die an average of more than 7 years sooner, U.S. statistics show

    Obesity May Shorten Lives By Almost 4 Years: StudyObese American adults die an average of almost four years earlier than those with normal weight, and middle-aged obese adults face the highest risk of an early death, a new study suggests.

    One expert wasn't surprised by the findings.

    "As we are watching the epidemic of obesity grow, we need to understand the huge implications -- not just on chronic illness, but also the effect on life expectancy," said Dr. Suzanne Steinbaum, a preventive cardiologist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City.

    "It is time that we treat obesity as a medical illness, because, as with other chronic diseases, it causes premature death," said Steinbaum, who was not involved in the study.

    In the study, researchers Dr. Luisa Borrell and Lalitha Samuel of the City University of New York reviewed data collected by the U.S. National Health and Nutrition Examination survey between 1988 and 1994, as well as national death statistics through the year 2006. Continue reading

  • Pandemic: 1 in 3 overweight & over 1 billion obese

    One in three people worldwide is overweight and the number of obese adults is approximately 1.46 billion, according to a report from the UK’s Overseas Development Institute

    The ‘Future Diets’ report claims some of the rise is due to changes in eating patterns for cereals and grains to the consumption of more fats, sugar, oils and animal products. A total of 904 million people in developing countries alone, are now classed as overweight or above, an increase of 250 million since 1980.

    In a sad reflection of poverty that still exists, under-nourishment is still recognized to be a problem for hundreds of millions of people in the developing world, particularly children. Continue reading

  • Study indicates susceptibility to alcohol abuse in gastric bypass patients

    Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB) patients have an increased susceptibility to alcohol abuse, and the procedure-related increase in alcohol reward involves neuroendocrine mechanisms, according to a study published online at PlosOne.

    The study researchers from Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, Brown University and Stony Brook University, said that additional research is required to see whether these preliminary findings could be translated to humans and confirm the underlying mechanisms, which might result in personalised interventions and treatments. Continue reading

  • Nutrition for Sleeve Gastrectomy Overview for Healthcare Providers

    Dr. Lillian Craggs-Dino

    Dear Bariatric Health Care Providers,

    Obesity Week 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia, was a great success, and this was the time to learn, collaborate, debate, share, and meet amazing and dedicated bariatric health care practitioners and members of industry. I had the privilege of presenting “An Overview and Perioperative Nutrition for Sleeve Gastrectomy.” If you didn’t get a chance to attend, please take a look at my PowerPoint presentation located on the Bariatric Fusion® website. I also had the opportunity to attend many outstanding presentations. Here are highlights of key points shared at the Integrated Health Sessions I and II: Continue reading

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