Even with the best intentions, most of us struggle to make the time to focus on our health and wellbeing. There is always something else to do that steals our spare time from us. We fill our heads with excuses and reasons to postpone getting active and gradually the months and years pass us by.
When your workouts feel like a chore, and you keep starting fitness programs only to find yourself quitting soon after, don’t beat yourself up. You are not alone! However, understanding the effective methods of highly motivated exercisers can help you to start thinking like them:
- Set goals – start simple, then modify your objectives – but always stay realistic. It’s important to make small achievable goals to set yourself up for success.
- Make fitness a lifestyle – schedule workouts like any other important activity. Incorporate some physical activity throughout your day to get your body used to moving around more.
- Surround yourself with fit friends – Having workout buddies will help ensure exercising is fun, minimizing the risk of skipping workouts. Take the time to find a friend, colleague or family member who you can exercise, with. They will get you out on the days when you are looking for excuses and you will return the favor to them. Consider it part of your social life and a privilege to be able to get out and get moving.
- Think about the payoff – If you love eating, your daily fitness regime allows you to indulge in this – in moderation of course. When we exercise, the body creates endorphins which give you those happy feelings after exercise.
Unfortunately, it is often a serious health scare that ends up being what motivates someone to stick to the exercise and diet changes they need to make. Don’t let that be what motivates you!
If you live in the Las Vegas area and are looking for ways to treat obesity and the many other illnesses that go with it, schedule an appointment with Dr. Shawn Tsuda. He and his expert team can help you find the treatment you need.
One of the most common questions patients ask when they begin their weight-loss journey is, “Why do I have to wait to get bariatric surgery?” The answer is more complicated than they think at first, but ultimately they understand how important laying the groundwork can be maximizing their chances for success.
The first part of the answer has to do with your insurance company. Most insurance plans mandate that patients spend anywhere from three to six months undergoing medically supervised weight loss before they will be approved for surgery. The rationale the insurance companies use is that they want to ensure the patients are dedicated to losing weight before the insurance company assumes the significant cost of weight loss surgery.
The second part of the answer has to do with what is best for the patient and what helps the patient’s chances of being successful long-term with weight loss surgery. It takes a while to get used to eating healthily. Eating small meals frequently helps patients get used to life after surgery because all of the operations involve limiting how much food patients can eat. Small, frequent meals mean you are eating before you get hungry and minimizes the risk of overeating. Overeating after surgery almost invariably leads to pain and/ or vomiting. Learning how to eat right takes practice.
The third part of the answer deals with physical conditioning. Many patients are not in good physical shape when they start. Improving physical conditioning before surgery helps patients recover more quickly and with fewer problems after the operation.
The final piece of the weight loss puzzle relates to the emotional issues related to overeating. A common misconception is that the operation will fix all of the problems obese patients have. Patients must prepare emotionally for their upcoming operation. It is a lifestyle change patients are undergoing, and making sure patients understand what changes will occur after surgery is vitally important. Building the foundation for a lifestyle change starts before the operation, and that foundation-building takes a little time.
If you live in the Las Vegas area and are considering bariatric surgery, schedule a consultation with Dr. Shawn Tsuda. He and his expert team can help you find the right treatment.
Minimally invasive operating techniques have had a tremendous impact on surgery since the 1990s. This advancement in surgical technique is leading to an improvement in the quality of life for patients undergoing surgical treatments. In minimally invasive surgery, surgeons use a variety of techniques to operate with less injury to the body than with open surgery. Minimally invasive surgery is usually done on an outpatient basis or requires only a short hospital stay.
Minimally invasive procedures, which include laparoscopic surgery, use state-of-the-art technology to reduce the damage to human tissue when performing surgery. For example, in most procedures, a surgeon makes several small ¾ inch incisions and inserts thin tubes called trocars. Carbon dioxide gas may be used to inflate the area, creating a space between the internal organs and the skin. Then a miniature camera (usually a laparoscope or endoscope) is placed through one of the trocars so the surgical team can view the procedure as a magnified image on video monitors in the operating room. Then, specialized instruments are placed through the other trocars to perform the procedures.
Minimally invasive surgeries have now become the standard surgical techniques in many routine operations, such as cholecystectomy (removal of the gallbladder), appendectomy (removal of the appendix), abdominal explorations, some gynecological surgeries and hernia repair.
The advantages of minimally invasive operating techniques are:
- Less pain
- Faster recovery after an operation
- Less major bleeding
- Fewer post-op infections
- Fewer complications
- Shorter length of stay
- Quicker return to normal activities
- Quicker return to work
- Less scarring
- Comparable or lower cost
There are some advanced minimally invasive surgical procedures that can be performed almost exclusively through only one small incision. This is called Single Site Laparoscopy, and is another approach to performing traditional laparoscopic surgery using the same tools.
These kinds of procedures are not for everyone, and only a doctor can determine if a minimally invasive surgery is right for you. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Shawn Tsuda to find out what surgical options are right for you.
When you’re trying to lose weight, the scale can be a powerful tool. It is so satisfying to see those numbers go down, but sometimes stepping on the scale can feel like torture. Fortunately, you don’t need the scale to feel successful.
Instead, use these tests and tricks to assess your victories:
- Track a healthy habit.
Instead of just keeping track of the pounds you’re losing, keep a record of all the
things you’re adding to your life. Pick a healthy habit, and track your consistency.
- Take progress photos.
Take a photo of yourself wearing the same outfit, standing the same way, and in the same place once a month or every few weeks.
- Take an activity assessment test.
If you walk up a flight of stairs regularly, for example, check in every few weeks to see how the ascent feels. Check in with yourself when you’re doing the things you already do every day like playing with your kids or walking up that flight of stairs and compare how you feel today to how you felt a month or two ago.
- Step into your old jeans.
Feeling more comfortable in your clothes or going down a size is even more important than the scale because they’re more accurate signs of fat loss versus the fluid shifts you can see on the scale.
- Measure your body’s other numbers.
Track your body fat percentage or measurements. It’s possible to reduce your body fat percentage and weigh the same, especially if you’re losing fat and gaining lean muscle. Measure wherever you want to lose weight — waist, hips, upper thighs, etc. and take your measurements every month to track inches or centimeters lost.
If you live in the Las Vegas area and are looking for treatments for obesity and the health problems that go along with it, schedule an appointment with Dr. Shawn Tsuda. He can help you find the right treatment for your situation.