Gender Disparity: Bariatric Surgery Much Less Common in Men

A recent study published in the March 2015 edition of the Journal of Laparoendoscopic & Advanced Surgical Techniques found that men are far less likely to undergo bariatric surgery than women. Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have identified a number of factors, including culture, socioeconomic status and demographics, contribute to a large gender disparity between United States men and women who choose to undergo bariatric surgery.

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Despite having equal rates of obesity between US men and women, an astonishing 80 percent of bariatric surgery patients are women. These surgeries include procedures to limit food consumption as well as reduce food absorption.

The University of California, San Diego School of Medicine took into account a large number of non-biological factors that may be causing men to avoid bariatric surgery. Factors identified include insurance coverage, perception of body image, age, surgery eligibility and health awareness.

Researchers also examined data from 190,705 U.S. patients who had weight loss surgery (93 percent gastric bypass, 7 percent sleeve gastrectomy) between the years of 1998-2010. One study pointed out in particular was a 2014 study conducted at Kansas State University. Researchers found significant differences in the health satisfaction of obese women and men.

Researchers found that 72.8 percent–94 percent of obese men were satisfied with their health opposed to 56.7 percent–85 percent of obese women.

Researchers also believe that part of the gender disparity issue is the result of culture. Women have a tendency to be much more aware of the health concerns associated with obesity. Women are also much more likely to explore bariatric surgery options at a much younger age than men. Men have a tendency to wait until they are experiencing adverse health conditions to explore surgical options.

Researchers believe that this study should bring awareness to the health of obese men and the health risks and complications associated with being considered obese. If you’ve recently undergone bariatric surgery or are considering bariatric surgery, check out Bariatric Advantage products, a complete line of products designed to meet the needs of bariatric surgery patients. Bariatric surgery helps to improve medical conditions associated with being obese. Bariatric surgery can help to control arthritis, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and sleep apnea. Researchers are encouraging men to be aware of these facts and take action in order to control their obesity.

Nashua Nutrition “2015 Best of Nashua” Award Winner

We are excited to announce that Nashua Nutrition won the “2015 best of Nashua” award. The category of the award was for best in weight-loss and bariatric. The Nashua Award program awarded Nashua Nutrition based on its commitment to customer service, and quality.

Best of Nashua Award - Nashua NutritionEach year the Nashua Award Program identifies companies that they believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in the local community and business category. They claim Nashua Nutrition enhances the positive image of small business through their service to the community and customers.

The award program recognizes us as a small business that supports people on their weight-loss journeys by providing supplements and products that work with common diets and eating plans, and patients facing pre or post-operative bariatric surgery.

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Walk to a Healthier You!

Today is the 9th annual National Walking Day. For the past 9 years the American Heart Association has claimed the first Wednesday in April as National Walking Day. National Walking Day was created by the American Heart Association’s “My Heart, My Life” initiative to push Americans to adopt a healthier lifestyle.

These are some of the benefits of walking: (source: American Heart Association)

•Improve your blood pressure, blood sugar levels and blood lipid profile
•Reduce your risk of coronary heart disease and stroke
•Maintain your body weight and lower the risk of obesity
•Enhance your mental well-being
•Reduce your risk of osteoporosis
•Reduce your risk of breast and colon cancer

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Why Fad Diets Aren’t Always The Best Option

Each year, the health and fitness industry seems to produce a new diet that is hailed as revolutionary and guaranteed. From the Master Cleanse Diet to the Atkins Diet, people are willing to try just about anything to rid their body of unwanted fat. The reason that fad diets are labeled as a “fad” is because they come and go, just the fashion, literary, and music trends.

If you want to you successfully lose weight and keep it off, try skipping on trendy diets and start living a healthy lifestyle. Let us take a look at the potential risks and dangers associated with popular fad diets, and an alternative to them.

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A number of popular diets may require you to make a drastic cut to a specific macronutrient such as carbohydrates. When you cut from one group and make up for it with another, you put yourself at risk for a number of health ailments. For instance, a dramatic increase in saturated fats from animal products may lead to heart disease and other cardiovascular complications. On the flip side, a huge increase in protein while limiting your fiber intake may result in kidney stones.

When you’re grocery-shopping, watch out for fad diet entrees. Many of these convenient and ready-to-go meals are very high in sodium. This may cause complications for those who have high blood pressure.

While you may temporarily lose water weight with a fad diet, this short-lived benefit isn’t worth the potential risks. Healthy eating habits and consistent physical activity are the two variables that have been shown to support a healthy weight loss. This doesn’t mean you need to overhaul your entire lifestyle at once. Use these simple tips and tricks to start making a positive change:

  • Eat small portions every 2 to 3 hours
  • The majority of your meals should be made up of fresh, wholesome produce
  • Drink 8 glasses of 8 ounces of water each day
  • Allow yourself one cheat meal each week
  • Strive to be active for 30 minutes each day – Examples include walking, bike riding, gardening, cleaning, and cardio classes.

Top 4 Ways to Keep Your New Year’s Resolution

Write Down Your Goals

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Also referred to as implementation intentions, writing down your goals may help to cement the validity and importance of your weight loss goals. Year after year, people make it a goal to lose weight and get in shape, but they don’t record these endeavors with good, old fashioned pen and paper. This simple act may be the difference between simply stating your weight loss goal and accomplishing it. Buy a large notepad or calendar, one you can stick on the wall, and write your goals down here. Make sure to place it somewhere that you will be able to see it each day as an inspirational reminder.

Focus Your Effort

Coming up with a laundry list of goals is simple. Some common examples include working out five times a week, going on a diet, starting yoga classes, meditating twice a week, and taking a multi-vitamin. The hard part is putting them into action and getting them accomplished. Instead of stressing yourself out with trying to juggle five goals at once, concentrate and focus your effort and dedication to one goal at a time. It may be easier and more efficient to fully accomplish one goal at a time, rather than completing bits and pieces of several goals over the long run.

Break It Down And Lay It Out

After you’ve written down your weight loss goals on paper and decided which you’ll tackle first, it’s time to take that goal and break it down into smaller, more manageable sections. Taking a large goal of losing 20 pounds, for instance, and breaking it down by the month, week, or day will feel less exhausting and more achievable. For example, if your goal is to lose 20 pounds in one year, break that down to 1 to 2 pounds per month.

Reserve A Day For You

It’s no secret that constantly striving to stick to your workout and diet programs can be exhausting and stressful, especially when things may not be going your way. Be sure to take a day for yourself. Think about what makes you happy and which activities take the stress away. Do you enjoy being creative by writing stories or playing an instrument? Do you find yourself more at peace when you are walking through nature? Whatever helps to bring you back down, set aside time each week to do just that. It should help you forget about the negative thoughts during your weight loss while letting you recharge for the journey ahead.

Have a Stress-Free and Healthy Holiday

On paper, the holidays should be a time of happiness, giving, and joy. The reality is that between the common cold making its way into most homes and the stress of buying those last minute gifts, the holidays can become anything but happy and joyful. That does not mean you have to let the chaos of the holiday into your life. Learn from our list of the best tips and tricks for ensuring your holiday truly is happy, healthy, and memorable.

Get Your Sleep

Chances are you have plenty of presents to wrap and more than enough food to cook. Regardless of your task list for the holiday season, you will not be able to do much if you aren’t getting enough sleep. A lack of sleep taxes your immune system and is an open invitation for colds to take hold. What’s more, basic reasoning and cognitive performance decreases as you lose out on those precious hours. Strive to sleep between 6 and 9 hours per night.

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Stay Active

You may be too busy for the gym but that doesn’t mean you can’t get up and move about. Climb the steps in your home, put on a workout DVD, or take a nearby cardio class. The goal is to remain physically active between 20 and 30 minutes every day.

Make Positive Time For You

Stress is just an inevitable part of life. No matter the time of year, you are likely to find yourself feeling overwhelmed at some point. This is where it’s very important to make time for yourself. No, this is not an invitation to cheat on your diet and watch television. Do something positive and creative. Take a painting class, practice yoga, or try actively meditating. The options are fun and limitless.

Give Your Immune System A Boost

As mentioned above, the common cold, flu, and other viruses will be looming in every store, home, and work place you visit. Make sure you properly arm your immune system to fight off any possible invaders. Drink green tea, get some exercise, fight your stress factors, supplement with a multi-vitamin, and remember to laugh as much as you can.

Bariatric Surgery Improves Taste Buds

For many people who have battled obesity, a stomach-shrinking procedure known as a bariatric surgery has been providing the results they have always wanted. Recent studies suggest that this life changing surgery may come with the added benefit of increasing the ability of your taste buds to taste certain foods. While this may not seem like much, it is suggested that being able to indulge in the intense taste of certain foods may contribute to a healthy and successful weight loss.

According to recent studies, those who have undergone the stomach shrinking surgery have reported that they can taste their food better. Being able to enjoy the taste of food provides a feeling of extreme satisfaction, more so than it once did before the surgery. This increased satisfaction from the taste of food is an excellent method to maintaining a healthy weight loss. The benefit to sensitive taste buds is less calories. Those who had undergone the surgery reported not eating as much due to the fact that the food tasted better and they felt no need to continue eating to attain that high level of satisfaction.


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When you are not able to taste or enjoy certain foods, this desire for flavor typically leads to overconsumption. How you interpret and enjoy these flavors are determined by your taste buds. As studies are suggesting, once you undergo a bariatric surgery, the procedure increases this ability, ensuring that those intense flavors offer the enjoyment they were meant to.


Regardless if you have had a bariatric surgery or not, it is highly recommended that you are getting in plenty of fiber. Fiber is important, especially after a bariatric surgery, as it can improve digestion and nutrient utilization, helping you to avoid any cramping or bloating. Nashua Nutrition is proud to feature Bariatric Advantage – Advanced Fiber, a daily fiber supplement that helps you to meet your daily recommended fiber intake. Enjoy all the benefits that fiber has to provide with the Bariatric Advantage.

5 Fat-Burning Tips

Pay attention to your numbers: A crucial component of fat loss. It’s amazing how caloric balance is overlooked. You should consider a creating a caloric deficit to burn fat.

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Pass on the carbs: Once you’ve moved past caloric intake, macronutrient balance comes into focus: favor protein over carbs. When you consume more protein and less carbohydrate, your body uses stored carbohydrate and fat for energy. Try cutting some carbs and replacing it with veggies and lean meat.

Cue the heavy breathing: There’s a reason runners are so lean. Cardio burns more calories per unit of time than strength exercises. Cardio burns more calories, while resistance/weight training has the upper hand in building muscle.

Speed it up: Slow and steady doesn’t necessarily win the race.

You don’t need to sprint, but setting your treadmill on “the fat burning zone” probably isn’t doing what you think it is: at low intensity, and at rest, our bodies burn a higher percentage of calories from fat than stored carbohydrate.

However, we’re also burning less calories overall during those low-intensity periods.

Let’s make this simple: if you work out in the fat burning zone, and burn 100 calories, 60% from fat and 40% from carbohydrate, you’ll have burned 60 calories worth of stored fat, correct?

But if you work out more intensely, outside of the fat burning zone, and burn 150 calories, with 40% from fat and 60% from carbohydrate, you’ll have burned 60 calories from fat, and more calories overall.

See how that works? Essentially, if you’re trying to lose fat, you want to burn as many total calories as possible- the actual breakdown of those calories is less important. Your body will burn through both as you create a caloric deficit.

Kick booze to the curb: When you consume alcohol, your body prioritizes its metabolism over stored fat and stored carbohydrate.

Alcohol also tends to contribute to harmful fat accumulation around the internal organs, visceral fat, or what is commonly referred to as “belly fat”.