The phrase “to see is to believe” is very popular among people who have doubts. The effectiveness of bariatric surgery is one of those things that a lot of people happen to doubt…

Let us introduce you to Russel F. He is one of our success stories and someone who “saw and believed.” He saw others achieve success with bariatric surgery which inspired him to learn more and later have surgery himself. At his first appointment, Russel weighed 437 pounds. Today he weighs 193 pounds.

Russel’s success was not a miracle produced by bariatric surgery. His success was produced by his willingness to change and bariatric surgery was the first step to his success. Surgery is a tool you can use to get through the rest of the weight loss process. Imagine trying to pound a nail into a board without a hammer. While it is possible, it is not easy or efficient, and you might not be successful. Surgery gives you the hammer, but you still have to do the pounding. There is still work to be done after surgery that requires discipline and lifestyle changes. As Russel put it: “My surgery has made a huge difference in my life, but it’s not a miracle cure. You have to change your lifestyle – drink water, exercise. I believe Dr. Clark’s surgery added 15-20 more years to my life, but the rest is up to me.”

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

Stretching: Knee Rolls

This is a great exercise for people with knee pain.

– Lie on your back, bending your knees so your feet are flat on the floor.
– Keep your arms at your side and your eyes on the ceiling.
– Simultaneously, look towards the left and slowly lower both knees to the right (trying to keep your knees together) until you feel a gentle stretch in your thighs and lower back.
– Hold this stretch for 5 seconds and then slowly lift your knees back to center. Repeat 10 times on each side, with short rests in between.

Eat Meat – Lean Meat!

Eating lean meat is great when you are trying to lose weight because it helps you to feel full. Meat is high in protein which helps the body burn more calories. Increasing your protein intake can also make you feel full faster and reduce food cravings!