Weight Loss Post-Bariatric Surgery: Meal Replacement Benefits

Benefits of the Meal Replacement:

  • Enables the frequent traveler to get adequate nutrients
  • Enables the busy person who’s short on time to get sufficient nourishment
  • Provides delicious, satisfying meals that are easy and fast to prepare
  • Eliminates the need to worry about and keep track of features such as calories, grams of fats and carbohydrates, protein content, etc. You’ll know exactly what you’re getting in the meal.
  • Can be taken just about anywhere without spoiling
  • Comes in a variety of flavors; there’s something for everybody.
  • Can masquerade as a “sinful” indulgence yet supplies a generous amount of vitamins, minerals and protein while being low in calories and fat.
  • Provides the nutrients that bariatric patients in particular need, due to their new stomach’s smaller capacity to hold food.

Many bariatric surgery patients have to “relearn” how to eat in a healthful way. Meal replacements will help expedite this process, yielding a sense of more control over food.

Sweet or “sinful” meals don’t have to be off-limits to the post-bariatric surgical patient. He or she can still satisfy their sweet tooth with products such as the HealthSmart Meal Replacement Chocolate Shake.

At only 220 calories, this rich creamy shake provides four grams of fiber, 35 grams of high quality protein and plenty of vitamins and minerals, with only 18 grams of carbohydrate.

If your mouth is already watering, it gets even better, because there’s now available a meal replacement that’s specifically formulated for bariatric surgery patients (gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy, lap band, VGG, BPD and DS).

Bariatric Fusion has great meal replacements - nashua nutritionThis innovative product is called Bariatric Fusion, and it’s based upon the expertise of very experienced bariatric specialists—plus the raving feedback of over 3,000 bariatric patients.

Patients have given Bariatric Fusion a big thumbs up for affordability, convenience, taste, texture and consistency. And if you don’t care for chocolate, vanilla or strawberry, no problem: Bariatric Fusion comes also in orange cream, cinnamon bun, cappuccino and mint chocolate flavors.

For coffee lovers, get your daily energy and protein all in one with Chike Protein Iced Coffee. This delicious beverage (20 grams of protein) will also give your workouts a big spark.

It contains real espresso coffee, whey protein isolate (the purest form of protein) and many essential nutrients—plus rich flavor. This product will curb cravings while helping you build lean muscle—crucial for increased fat-burning. You won’t want to go back to plain ‘ol regular coffee ever again.

And there’s also Bariatric Advantage High Protein meal replacement—coming in at only 140 grams of protein per serving, and includes iced latte and unflavored. This last product is also lactose-free and has a generous five grams of fiber.

Bariatric surgery doesn’t mean you must eat boring meals for the rest of your life. With delicious and nutrient-packed products such as these, you can actually look forward to meals that save time and make you feel energized.

Vitamins D, A and B12: Why They’re so Important

celebrate multi-vitamin from nashua nutritionDeficiencies in vitamins D, A and B12 can result in serious problems, which is why supplementation can result in many health benefits.

Are you getting enough vitamins D, A and B12? You never outgrow the need to get adequate amounts of these very important nutrients, which can be taken in supplement form.

The Western diet is hardly loaded with all the vitamins that you need for optimal body and brain function. SAD—the standard American diet—is steeped in heavy processing, which strips food of its naturally occurring nutrients.

To help overcome the nutritional deficiencies of processed, manufactured food, you should take supplements. Even if you make sincere efforts to “eat well,” it’s still very difficult to get all the vitamins you need daily through only food.

The Many Benefits of Vitamin D

Many people don’t get the recommended daily amount of this antioxidant.

Vitamin D deficiencies can lead to an assortment of major problems (e.g., increased risk of cancer, heart disease, type II diabetes, infectious disease), but let’s look at what adequate amounts can do for you.

  • Boosts immune function that leads to lower risk of many conditions including cancer, autoimmune disease and cardiovascular disease.
  • Improves muscle efficiency. Vitamin D supplementation is linked with improved mitochondrial functioning. Mitochondria are a cell’s “powerhouses” and are adversely affected by vitamin D deficiency. This is why muscle fatigue is common among those with such a deficiency.
  • Stronger preschoolers. The aforementioned link between vitamin D and muscle efficiency applies to pregnant women. A study showed that four-year-old children, whose mothers had higher levels of vitamin D during pregnancy with these preschoolers, had stronger grip strength than children whose mothers had lower levels of D during pregnancy. There’s also been found a direct relationship between higher D levels and higher muscle mass in the young children.
  • Other benefits include a lower risk of multiple sclerosis, lower fall risk in the elderly and lower risk of getting the flu.

Vitamin A: Not just Good for the Eyes

Vitamin A is a powerful antioxidant, and a deficiency can result in night blindness and a compromised immune system, plus skin problems, to name just a few negative effects of deficiency.

The benefits are:

  • Immune system efficiency
  • Bone and teeth growth and maintenance
  • Keeps the skin and mucus membranes in top mode (moistness) for repelling invaders
  • Maintains good night vision as well as a protective effect against macular degeneration
  • Fights free radicals, which are unstable atoms that can ravage DNA and lead to ailments such as cancer and heart disease
  • Can slow down growth in established cancers
  • Helps maintain healthy skin
  • Stronger resistance to colds

Vitamin B12: Especially Important to non-Meat Eaters

Vegetarians and especially vegans may not be getting enough B12, as this nutrient is found naturally only in animal-derived foods. Vegans and even vegetarians should consider a B12 supplement.

A deficiency in B12 can cause neurological problems including permanent damage to the brain. Deficiencies can cause fatigue, anemia, depression, constipation, loss of appetite, memory problems, asthma, issues with vision and even low sperm count.

B12’s main benefits are proper functioning of the nervous system and optimal red blood cell production. Other benefits:

  • Contributes to proper glucose metabolism
  • Fights against brain shrinkage from age
  • Improves cholesterol profile
  • Aids in skin integrity
  • Helps protect against cancers such as colon, lung, breast and prostate

Don’t assume that living in a modern world and/or overeating automatically means you get adequate amounts of vitamins D, A and B12. Supplementation should be a part of your overall health program.

Why Spin Class Slims Thighs, not Bulks Them

spin class won't bulk you up, in fact it promotes weight lossCelebrity fitness trainer Tracy Anderson told Redbook Magazine that spinning can make thighs get bigger, but here’s why she’s so very wrong.

Have you been avoiding spin classes after reading what Tracy Anderson, a celebrity trainer, said what they can do to one’s thighs?

By the time you’re done reading this, you’ll be convinced that spinning is one of the best exercises for making your thighs (and whole body) slimmer, trimmer, tighter and fitter!

Tracy Anderson’s Comments About Spin Class and Big Thighs: Analysis

#1. She has been quoted: “I have women who come into my office after spinning exclusively for six months, wondering why they can’t fit into their jeans.”

The spinning is merely an association with the increased girth; this doesn’t prove cause and effect.

Can we rule out that these women weren’t eating more because they were spinning—a phenomenon known as “entitlement eating”?

After grinding out a spin class for a full hour, some participants may end up eating more—not just consciously, but subconsciously—because they figure they could get away with it, after having burned so many calories spinning. But they may overcompensate and thus gain body fat over several months.

It would be quite interesting to take a spin class participant’s body composition and body weight, then after they exclusively spin for six months, take it again and see if there’s a shift in fat to muscle ratio.

#2. Tracy Anderson has stated, “It bulks the thigh and butt muscles.”

This is physiologically impossible. When a muscle “bulks,” this is called hypertrophy, what every bodybuilder dreams of. Men, who have about 10 times more testosterone than do women, often struggle to bulk their thighs up, performing very heavy squats, deadlifts and leg presses.

Spinning, by stark contrast, involves extremely light resistance. In fact, the resistance is so light, that you’re able to sustain the pedaling for 30 minutes or more. Can you imagine performing 225-pound squats nonstop for 30 minutes?

There are many men who can perform eight repetitions with 225 pounds across their back—yet hardly have bulky thighs or a huge butt. This is because bulking up is hard to do—even for men.

Heavy strength training recruits fast twitch muscle fiber, which has the potential to increase in size.

Spinning is not strength training. It’s aerobic (cardio) exercise. Cardio exercise cannot bulk you up, even if it’s grueling. Ever see a long distance runner with bulky thighs?

Endurance-based movement (which spinning is) recruits slow twitch muscle fiber. Slow twitch never increases in size. If it did, marathon runners would have mammoth thighs and a beastly butt.

#3. “You develop mass by working these same muscles over and over,” insists Tracy Anderson. The “over and over” approach will sabotage muscle building efforts. Aerobic exercise is done “over and over,” and again, muscle building enthusiasts make gains in the weight lifting area, not the cardio machine area

If you can do something over and over, this means the intensity or resistance isn’t heavy enough to qualify as muscle building; it’s aerobic, endurance-based. Otherwise, lifting just your arms above your head over and over should build giant shoulders.

You’ll be hard-pressed to find a bodybuilder who claims he or she got their bulky, muscled-up quadriceps and gluteus maximus from months of spin classes or other “over and over” cardio. Bodybuilding competitors will tell you the top exercises for building the legs are the squat, deadlift and leg press—and with very heavy weight. Aerobics won’t even make the list.

Embrace Spin Classes!

Usually, a woman who believes her thighs are too muscular turns out to have excess body fat in this location, as determined by a caliper reading. The body fat masquerades as muscle because it doesn’t jiggle. But fat and muscle are not the same. A body fat analysis with skin fold calipers will tell the true story.

Spinning burns a high rate of calories and will force the body to raid fat reserves for performance as well as recovery energy. Coupled with proper nutrition and controlled portions, spinning will make legs with excess fat smaller, not bigger. And it will make already-trim legs tighter and shapelier.

Spin classes are ideal for self-conscious individuals because everyone works out in the same physical position: sitting on a bike and pedaling; nobody stands out.

Final Thoughts

Bulking requires heavy strength training that engages fast twitch muscle fiber. Fast twitch fiber is designed for short bursts of significant force. With sufficient training, fast twitch fiber grows in size.

Spinning and other cardio routines of a “steady state” nature (continuous pacing) tap into slow twitch fiber, which is designed for long duration. Slow twitch fiber does not get bigger.

Though some spin routines involve brief explosive bursts of pedaling, this high intensity phase does not bulk the thighs. If it did, spin classes would be full of bodybuilders. Tracy Anderson misses the boat on this one.