1. Ready for the holidays?

    The happiest season of the year is here and it means parties - good food and drinks everywhere! Sticking to your diet might get tricky because (1) there's so much food to share, (2) you wouldn't want to offend people who have worked hard for these meals and well, (3) grandma's cooking is just irresistible and you get to taste her cooking once year! If you can't say no, here are some things you can…Read More

  2. Oh dear… I think I ate too much!

    Promises have been made and broken before. We're all guilty of that, but what's done is done. What's important is that we do something now to make things better for today and the future. This sentiment applies to overeating during the holidays. It feels bad physically when you eat too much and it feels bad emotionally when you know you've broken a promise to yourself. But, you don't need to dwell …Read More

  3. Two keys to staying on track this Thanksgiving holiday

    Thanksgiving is just around the corner! This is a great occasion where we celebrate with good company and good food, but don’t get carried away! You still have to be mindful of what you eat. Sure, that table is full of yummy dishes that are probably rich in sugar, carbs and starch, but remember there are also dishes that are rich in protein (whew – that’s a relief). One strategy you can try …Read More

  4. Is your body telling you something?

    "Take care of your body. It's the only place you have to live." ~Jim Rohn Listen to your body. What is it telling you? Are you well? Are you not? Listen. Most of the time, we take self-care for granted because we have so much to do. We say sleep can wait, rest can wait, exercise can wait, healthy eating can wait - because those things take up too much of your time. You want to be productive, so …Read More

  5. Do you really need a support network?

    Where do you find a support network? You have family, friends, fellow patients and medical providers. Each one of these groups offer a different type of support for you. Your family, they could serve as your inspiration because you might want to be a healthier person to be with them longer or to be able to participate in activities with them. Your friends, they are like your family in that they…Read More

  6. In many cases, there’s more to weight gain than just overeating

    “I was sick and tired of being sick and tired." ~Dennis R. Many can relate to Dennis's sentiment of being sick and tired all the time. It was his weight that was doing this to him and he knew that - that's why he decided to do something about it. Dennis is still in the middle of his weight-loss journey, but he's making waves of inspiration already! Dennis's weight was not just due to overeating …Read More

  7. Is bariatric surgery right for me?

    Are you ready for bariatric surgery? Before you dive in, there are certain things that you should know. For example, did you know that bariatric surgery is not for everyone? There are tests that your doctors will use to determine if you qualify (general overall health, blood work, medical history, etc.), in addition to the following qualifications. What are the basic qualifications for bariatric s…Read More

  8. Childhood Obesity Epidemic: CNN Article

    Anchorage Bariatrics and our staff want to encourage healthy lifestyle choices when it comes to diet and exercise for people of all ages. You're never too young or too old to start making healthy changes, so don't let your past determine your present and future! The choices you make as a family — especially as a parent — will affect the next generation. In this CNN article, Childhood obesity:…Read More

  9. Common Type 2 diabetes symptoms

    Ninety percent of adults with Type 2 diabetes are overweight or obese. If a person is obese, does that person automatically have diabetes? No, but obesity greatly increases the risk of a person developing Type 2 diabetes. Studies suggest that abdominal fat causes fat cells to release ‘pro-inflammatory’ chemicals, which can make the body less sensitive to the insulin it produces by disrupting t…Read More

  10. Exercises to do while watching TV

    TV shows are getting better and better each season and so are the writers - they sure know how to get you hooked! So, how can you use your down time to get your heart rate up? Introducing "Streaming September!" The idea is to choose a TV series you can stream (binge watch) but only while exercising. That's it - the only rule is if you're watching this particular show, you've got to be moving your …Read More

  11. Best alternatives for diet soda

    Does drinking diet soda make you fat? If yes, why bother getting a "diet" soda when the effects are pretty much the same as a regular soda? Let's get into the facts first. Diet sodas are so called "diet" because of the low (to no) calorie and sugar content compared to regular soda. Lower calorie and sugar content means it does not directly add to your weight. However, diet sodas use artificial swe…Read More

  12. Using simple exercises to manage diabetes

    Managing diabetes is not easy because it comes with different comorbidities, but did you know that weight management and physical fitness can do a lot to help with managing it? Simple exercises actually help you use insulin better and lower your blood sugar. Here's how: There are a few ways that exercise lowers blood glucose (sugar): Insulin sensitivity is increased, so your muscle cells are bette…Read More