Sometimes in life, we all need a little help. There’s no shame in admitting that and accepting the help. Cara H. shares her story in hopes of inspiring others to get that same help to change their lives, too.

“I’m only 24. I thought I had time to lose this weight on my own. I figured, ‘I’m young enough, I can probably do it.’ Then I got real with myself and realized I had already been trying for years….”

Cara listened to herself, to her dreams, to her body. She wants to build a family of her own and be there for them and she knows the best way to do that is by being healthy – because you have to know how to take care of yourself before you can take care of others.

“My turning point was when I was told I could not have children of my own if I didn’t change my ways. I’m getting married in a few months and having a family is a huge part of our plans. I want to be there for my husband and future kids.” 

You are a champion, Cara, and we are proud of you!

Read Cara’s full story!

Our next Support Group is Wednesday, May 1 and the topic is “Your Fitness Journey” presented by Anthony Baynard of Body Renew. Support groups are FREE and open to everyone! The meeting will be from 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM in the Willow Room (adjacent to the cafeteria) at Providence Hospital. Click here to register!

If you would like more information about how Anchorage Bariatrics can help you with a customized weight loss solution, would like to attend a free informational seminar, or our Monthly Support Group, please call us at 907-644-THIN.

Do I really need to lose that weight!?

Some people may think losing weight is just for aesthetic purposes. However, there is a long list of medical comorbidities of obesity. Losing weight can help ease these pains.

Obese patients are at an increased risk for developing many medical problems, including insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, cardiovascular disease, stroke, sleep apnea, gallbladder disease, gout, and osteoarthritis.

Losing weight can have a positive effect on more than just your self esteem!

Typical diet rules include:

                  1. Eat three meals and two small snacks each day.
                  2. Never skip breakfast.
                  3. Avoid eating after dinner.
                  4. Eat the proper number of calories per day for your body’s needs.
                  5. Keep carbohydrate intake low, sticking with carbohydrates found naturally in fruits, vegetables and whole grains.
                  6. Don’t eat white starches: white rice, white bread, or white pasta.
                  7. Don’t eat foods with ingredients that you can’t pronounce.