The Weight-Loss Surgery Connection

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2008-09-25
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education
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The support you need to be successful with weight-loss surgeryIf you're considering weight-loss surgery, or have already had it, you're probably filled with expectations, concerns--and a million questions. Author Melissa deBin-Parish knows what you're going through. She and her husband, Dan, lost a combined 300 pounds after their surgeries in 2003. Melissa went from a size 24 to a size 4, dramatically improved her life, and started her own support group to help other patients find the same success. Today, her website is one of the most popular and informed support groups available for patients. And now, with this comprehensive guide, she's combined the firsthand experiences of other weight-loss surgery patients with the latest medical information to help you: Decide if surgery is right for you Choose the best surgeon and procedure Overcome "emotional eating" Get the support you need And keep the weight off for life!You'll also find invaluable insider's tips, delicious recipes, and journal pages to make your journey positive, successful, and rewarding. And, with the right guidance, you'll see just how wonderful it can be to transform your body, your health, your attitude, and your life.

Author Biography

Melissa deBin-Parish underwent gastric bypass surgery in 2003 and has gone from a size 24 to a size 4. She is a popular speaker on issues related to weight loss surgery and is on the advisory board of the Obesity Action Coalition.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introduction: Taking a Peek at Your Bright Futurep. xiii
A New Life Is Waiting for You!p. 1
Our Story: Why We Chose Weight-Loss Surgeryp. 2
The Surgery Has Worked for Us-and for Millions of Others, Toop. 8
The Little Things That Make Life More Enjoyablep. 12
Start Your New Life Nowp. 15
Researching Weight-Loss Surgery-and Making Your Decisionp. 17
Are You a Candidate for Weight-Loss Surgery?p. 18
Facing Fears: Our Storyp. 25
Answering Frequently Asked Questionsp. 26
Sharing Your Decision to Have Weight-Loss Surgeryp. 43
Finding Your Voicep. 44
Fighting the Myth That "You Just Have to Diet"p. 47
Answering Questions About the Safety of the Procedurep. 51
Responding to the Naysayersp. 52
Dealing with a Reluctant Spouse or Partnerp. 53
When Not to Tellp. 55
Preparing for the Big Dayp. 59
Recognizing That Support Groups Are Your Safety Netp. 60
Clearing Your Schedulep. 68
Making Your Kitchen Healthyp. 69
Packing for the Hospitalp. 74
Tracking Your Progress on the Path to Successp. 77
What to Expect on the Big Dayp. 82
Preparing for Potential Side Effectsp. 84
Getting a Glimpse of Your Post-Op Stomachp. 90
Learning How to Eat After Weight-Loss Surgeryp. 93
General Guidelines for the First Six Weeks After Surgeryp. 95
Listening to Your Body's Signalsp. 96
Keeping a Food Journalp. 100
Starting with Smooth, Gentle Foodsp. 102
Eating Enough Proteinp. 105
Staying Hydratedp. 107
Checking for Vitamin Deficienciesp. 108
Eating Outside the Home: Handling Restaurants and Partiesp. 113
Eating in Restaurantsp. 116
Hosting a Partyp. 124
Attending Someone Else's Partyp. 126
Slow Foodp. 128
Continuing to Lose Weight: Overcoming Obstacles to Progressp. 133
Gauging Your Expectationsp. 134
Anticipating Plateausp. 136
Heading off Head Hungerp. 138
Expunging Old Habitsp. 141
Being Satisfied with Your Successes Along the Wayp. 143
Seeing Your Body Clearlyp. 146
Getting the Support You Need for Lifep. 149
Understanding the Benefits of Staying Connectedp. 150
Finding Support in Your Surgeon's Other Patientsp. 154
Going Onlinep. 156
Maintaining Support Even Through Your Maintenance Phasep. 158
Keeping Your Memories Alivep. 160
Giving Back to the Weight-Loss Surgery Communityp. 161
Favorite Recipesp. 165
Journal Pages: Your Weight-Loss Surgery Connectionp. 187
Converting to Metricsp. 207
Referencesp. 209
Indexp. 211
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