Last Thursday, we hosted our second Open House event for medical providers in the state. The goal of this event was to educate the medical community so that we, as healthcare providers, can give you the best possible medical care and advice. We welcomed about 100 providers, gave tours of our facilities, and enjoyed refreshments and music while discussing ways to help Alaskans live longer, happier, healthier lives.

A few of the ideas we emphasized to the providers are that we cater to our patients by making them feel comfortable in our offices. We are located on the first floor and have the amenities that our patients need. We also shared that our informational session is free to anyone who wants to learn more about weight loss options and that there is no pressure to book an appointment after attending this, or any of our support groups. We offer a wide spectrum of weight loss options and look at the patient as a whole person (considering their background, medical history, personality and likes/dislikes) when helping them determine which type of solution is right for them. We have the most experienced staff in the state and are truly concerned with helping our fellow Alaskans.

Please reach out to us if you would like more information or would like to see our offices and meet our staff for yourself. We would love to meet you!

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

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Pre Workout

“Pre workout” is a term now popularly used to describe a drink mix that people consume prior to exercising. These drinks are largely made up of carbs, caffeine, amino acids and other vitamins to help amp up your athletic performance. However, they, like any other product, can be mis-used and are most likely not even necessary. Unless you will be participating in a highly challenging, high intensity and prolonged workout routine, they are probably not a good idea. In fact, some dietitians don’t even recommend them at all. Independent studies have found that the performance boost is minimal, despite what the product manufacturers want you to believe. So, instead of drinking a “pre workout,” grab a banana and a piece of wheat toast – its a much more natural way to fuel your body before exercising.

Carbs are not all bad

Low carb, no carb, carbs are bad, cut out carbs – you’ve heard it all. The truth is, your body needs carbohydrates in order to fuel itself. Cutting out an entire food group is almost never a good idea, either. Carbs get a bad rap because of those made from white flour and sugar that are highly processed. For example, white bread can be swapped for whole grain bread and the carbs you get there are much healthier. Another example is exchanging chips for veggie sticks – again, still carbs but a much better version. Opt for fruits, vegetables, whole grains and beans to make up your carb intake. It is especially important to eat these types of carbs before a workout, as your body will use them as energy to burn fat during exercise.