Why Test Your Metabolic Rate? | Infographic.

Testing your Metabolic Rate will precisely assess how many calories you burn each day giving Dr. McEwen the perfect target for steady weight loss before or after your LAP-BAND surgery. Here are 5 reasons why this test will help us make your weight loss journey more successful.[…]

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Orbera Balloon: Real Self 2016 “Most Worth It” Award Winner!

Realself.com is a site that offers insightful information on all types of medical products and procedures. Since their 2006 launch, the informational site has generated a strong presence in patient communities while showcasing itself as a strong and reliable source. They offer real patient reviews, lists of providers, educational information, cost of various procedures, and communication for anyone looking for more information. Nearly 10 million people visit the site each month to learn more about a procedure or product they are considering.[…]

Transformation Tuesday: Mary

What goals were you setting for yourself 6 months ago? A lot can happen in 6 months and a lot has for Mary. She came in for her first consultation to our office last December. She was ready to make a change, get healthy and lose weight. Her dedication over the last 6 month have help her lose 52 pounds! […]

Introducing Resting Metabolic Rate (RMR) Testing To Our Practice!

What is a Resting Metabolic Rate Test?

Metabolism is the process of converting food (calories) into energy. The efficiency with which your body does this is referred to as your metabolic rate. Many factors affect a person’s metabolic rate: weight, age, body composition, hormone levels, and gender making it a highly unique number […]

5 Delicious Protein Shake Recipes For Your LAP-BAND.

Diet and lifestyle changes can be intimidating. Whether you are brand new to the Lap-Band or have had one for years your diet is, and always will be, important to your success. Protein shakes can be a convenient and simple way to achieve your recommended 60 grams of protein each day. It is important to choose protein shakes or protein shake powder made with whey protein as this type of protein is a “complete protein” which means it has all 9 essential amino acids. To avoid burnout with the same protein shake try out some new recipes like the 5 listed below! You can even meal-prep the recipes by putting all ingredients (minus the milk) in individual baggies to be prepped and ready for your morning! […]

Transformation Tuesday: Becky

Becky had her band placed on DAY 1, 2005. She has had her band for 12 years. She has had the normal stresses of life. She is very thankful that the band has helped her maintain her weight loss and health. She feels without the band she would have always been obese. Although she had lost 100 pounds several times before, her LAP-BAND and Dr. McEwen and his team keep her on track. […]

7 Recommended Pre-Made Protein Shakes Brands For Your LAP-BAND Diet.

What better way to keep up with your protein intake and lifestyle pace: pre-made protein shakes. Here are 7, highly, recommended pre-made protein shakes: Pros Cons 15 grams protein 9 grams fat 3 grams carbs Dairy Protein Blend’ – Contains caseinte 160 Calories Too low in protein for full meal replacement. High variety of flavors…

Transformation Tuesday: Wendi

Wendi states that she followed the program, worked her food journal, incorporated exercise and listened to Dr. McEwen and Lauren on how to use the Lap Band as a tool. […]

Questions For Your LAP-BAND Surgeon.

You’ve done the research. You’ve learned about the pros and cons about the LAP-BAND surgery. You’ve compared weight loss procedures and which one works best for you. You’ve even talked to your insurance and understand coverage and requirements. Now, where do you get this done? Who does it in your area and are they good?

Online reputations and reviews can only tell you so much about your future bariatric surgeon, so asking the right questions during your initial consultation is very important. It’s important to understand the surgeon will be a constant part of your LAP-BAND journey, along with his team of health professionals. They will be the ones providing you with the support and necessary tools you need to stay on track both before surgery and after.

During your consultation, educate yourself beyond your internet searches. Let the surgeon tell you about the procedure, how it works, why it works, and their personal philosophy behind the LAP-BAND. If you don’t understand something, ask for clarification or a different way to explain what you’re not understanding. You’re interviewing the surgeon to perform a surgery on you, make sure you understand everything and feel comfortable. Here are some great questions we’ve been asked from successful LAP-BAND patients. […]

Transformation Tuesday: Myrna

Meet Myrna, since her first visit to our office she has lost 115 pounds. She is now able to do actual “abdominal workouts”. She states she consistently has worked on her diet habits and her weight came off slow and steady. She enjoys going to Florida, taking walks and not having to worry about carrying extra weight around and feeling uncomfortable. […]

My LAP-BAND & My Relationships.

Will my LAP-BAND affect my marriage or other relationships? In a way, yes it will. First it starts with affecting you. You will change your personal relationship with food. You’ll look at eating differently and will modify habits that led you to an unhealthy weight or continued the cycle of unhealthy weight. During this personal change you might need support from those around you. You will need to be strong enough to say, “Sorry I prefer not to eat that… but I can eat this.” or “you know I love peanut butter m&m’s, but I am trying not to have them on a regular basis anymore, Can we avoid having them in the house?”
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Transformation Tuesday: Paula

In September 2016, Paula told us she was ready for a change. At 5’3 her weight peaked at 262 pounds and had a series of weight related health issues. Paula gave dieting and exercise multiple tries, hoping to lose the weight. Since her LAP-BAND placement, Paula has achieved a weight loss of 57 pounds! Her commitment and dedication has given her more time with her family, more energy, and more reasons to smile! […]