Being Well Blog
“We know you well” means we not only know what it takes to keep you healthy, but that we actually get to know each other. No other group of doctors can do that like we can, because only the North Ottawa Medical Group is made up of doctors employed by North Ottawa Community Health System. We’re your neighbors, fellow parents at the school, coaches to your kids, and as much a part of this community as you are.
We want you to be healthy, and we want you to get to know us a bit better, so this blog will provide you with health and wellness information as well as fun ways to learn about who your home-town Medical Group doctors are. After all, being well is more than just great care. To the North Ottawa Medical Group, it’s also about building genuine personal relationships.
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There are so many articles about the best way to lose weight. What is the best diet?
It’s easy to get caught up in the newest diet craze but it’s important to remember that losing weight is just the beginning. For many, it can be harder to keep the weight off. Several recent studies have supported that weight loss differences between low fat and low carb diets are relatively small. However, low carb and low glycemic index diets were better than low fat diets at keeping your metabolism higher after weight loss.
In our practice, we find that people are less hungry when they are getting adequate protein and fiber in their diets. Plus, a diet rich in vegetables and fruits is important in overall wellness and disease prevention. However, many people are not likely to continue a diet that eliminates an entire food group long term. Thus, the best diet is one that you can continue long term to maintain your weight loss. Focus on creating a nutritional balance with proteins, vegetables and fruits, healthy fats, and whole grains. Keeping a food log can also be helpful for awareness and planning the calories, protein, carbohydrates, and fat content you eat. We recommend that you eat every 3-5 hours throughout the day. When you skip meals and go long periods without eating, not only do most people get so hungry that they make poor choices, but our bodies also react by slowing metabolism, making weight loss even more elusive.
A lot of foods are labeled low fat or high protein. Does this mean they are good choices?
A word of caution when looking at food marketing: look at the nutrition label not the packaging. Often foods are marketed to try to make them appear to be a healthy choice, when in reality foods labeled “low fat” or “high protein” may be that, but also contain significant sugar, sodium, or unnecessary carbs. Next time you are in the grocery store, check how many boxes of gummy candy and licorice are labeled low fat and how many “protein” bars have more than 20 grams of sugar (nearly half of the recommended limit of sugar for the entire day).
We will all have some help with sorting natural sugars and added sugars with some food label changes in 2018. Until then, looking at the ingredient list can help.
You’ve tried a weight loss program and/or exercise without the success you were hoping to have. You’re not a candidate for bariatric surgery.
Now there is a new option!
Introducing the ORBERA® balloon from NOCHS Bariatric Clinic. We are pleased to offer this non-surgical weight loss option that has been growing in popularity during the past two decades. It is FDA approved, and more than 220,000 of them have been placed in the United States.
How does it work? The balloon is inserted into the stomach while the patient is under light sedation. Then the balloon is filled with saline. Since the stomach feels full, patients are not as hungry and they eat less. After six months, the balloon is removed. As with any weight loss program, diet and exercise are critical elements of success. “We highly recommend that our patients take advantage of our medical weight loss program as well,” says Stacy Suarez, Medical Weight Loss Coordinator of the NOCHS Bariatric Clinic.
“Our dietitians and exercise physiologists can provide patients with the support and education they need to start making better choices. Once the balloon is removed, the goal is to have changed old behavior patterns to ensure the weight stays off.”
Who is a candidate for this procedure? ORBERA® is right for people who have struggled to lose weight with diet and exercise alone, but who are not candidates for bariatric surgery. “If you’re looking to lose 40–50 pounds this might be a good option for you,” says Stacy. “We are offering the ORBERA® balloon because it provides patients another choice in addition to medical and surgical weight loss. This option is designed to help patients lose enough weight to relieve joint pain, re- energize their efforts around diet and exercise, and improve their overall health.”
If you have questions about weight loss options,contact the NOCHS Bariatric Clinic at 616.847.5489.