WLS Center E-Newsletter
FREE publication from
Weight Loss Surgery:
Finding the Thin Person Hiding Inside You.
Today is April Fool’s Day. When I was growing up, that was my
least favorite day. I would try to fake being sick so I wouldn’t have to
go to school. It was always a day when it was OK to play tricks on the
“Fat Girl.” Aren’t those memories painful?
Obesity is truly the last acceptable prejudice. We
are still fair game. Please remember as you lose weight following your
surgery, to never tolerate that insensitivity from anyone. You will find
that people will be open with you about their prejudice against the obese.
They will have no idea that a few short months or years before, they would
have been making fun of you. Stick up for those who haven’t yet found
their answer to this disease. And never forget.
In This Issue
* Spring Thaw
* Research Article: Yogurt and Weight Loss
* Matty’s Problem
* Weight Management System
* Fat Actress
* Recipe: Fat Free Ranch Dressing
Success Story: Dianne “Ladybug” Dougherty
Spring Thaw: April 15
If you will be in the Minnesota area April
15th to 16th, I will be the key note speaker for the Weight Loss
Surgery Educational Conference and I hope you
can attend. Following me on the program are
the actor Ron Lester, David Fouts, and Colleen Cook among
others. There are great activities and break out sessions
planned. There will be a pajama party, a fashion show, cooking
demonstrations, info on plastic surgery, nutrition, and lots of
other topics to chose from.
Click here for more information:
Research Article: Yogurt and
Yogurt May Help Burn Fat, Promote Weight
I found this article from Web MD
particularly interesting. A study has shown that those eating
fat free yogurt lost 22% more weight than those who didn’t.
Additionally, those that ate the yogurt lost more body fat.
Losing body fat is so important because that is an indication
that you are not losing muscle mass. Keeping muscle mass ensures
that you will burn more calories, so it is all linked.
Be careful with yogurt. Make sure that it
is fat free. You can find fat free plain yogurt easily, but
most people do not like the taste of plain yogurt. You can
modify plain yogurt by adding artificial sweetener to it and a
little vanilla flavoring. It then tastes exactly like vanilla
yogurt. And yogurt is an excellent source of calcium.
In the March 15th issue, I included a letter from Matty who was
very concerned because she had hit a plateau very early in her
journey. I asked for your opinions on what Matty could be eating
that would help her get over her plateau. Here are some of the
responses I received:
Just after my surgery, I was supposed to
be getting in 3 protein shakes a day. I could break my
plateaus by increasing my shakes by 1-2 more per day. Use
only water to mix your protein shakes, and avoid Ensure
and Carnation Instant Breakfast type shakes. They have way
too much sugar!!!
I drink 2 protein drinks per day. I have
breakfast, a snack of protein, lunch, a snack of protein,
supper and then a snack. I do not eat bread and try not
to eat tortilla chips either. I do have lean meat, fish
or poultry about 3 oz and veggies or salad and try to get
in some no sugar added fruit.
I love the Morning Star Veggie Grillers.
One patty has 16 grams of protein and they are very easy
to digest. I eat one, topped with my favorite cheese, for
breakfast and many days for lunch.
I noticed that the foods Matty named are
higher in sodium. Sodium and the water retention it causes
always stalls my weight loss. It could be a factor here.
Peanut butter was my life saver during my
first few months, when nothing else sounded good. I also
enjoyed the cheese that is in the can.
Matty could try the following:
||Light string cheese - (80 calories, 8 gms
protein, 3 gms fat)
||Light Cow Mini rounds (soft Swiss cheese)
- 70 calories, 5 protein, 6 fat
||Add protein powder into soups, puddings,
yogurts, chili and beverages to beef up
||Beef Jerky - (70 calories, 10 gms.
protein, 1 gm/fat per ounce)
Matty was kind enough to email a follow up after her
appointment with her Dietician:.
Thank You for responding to my
email. I didn't get cottage cheese added to my diet until two
days ago. I did hang in there and my dietician explained, as
you did, that my body went into a hibernation mode. That when
it doesn't get enough calories right after surgery it becomes
shocked and tries to hold onto what it can. I also was sleeping
much more than usual. Now I am back to losing, I lost another 6
pounds since I emailed you. YippEee. Thank you again for your
concern and recognition, I really appreciate it.
Thanks to all who responded. We
can all learn from these suggestions. You just can’t
underestimate the importance of eating protein.
Weight Management System
I receive email almost daily from those who
have had surgery and just can’t get off those last 20 or so
pounds or are starting to regain weight. If this is you, then
I am excited to announce that we now carry
a new line of weight management products that includes
specialized supplements, protein shakes,
protein bars, entrée meals, and support items.
The meals are unique in that they do not require
refrigeration or freezing for storage. The shakes and bars make
a great alternative snack that keeps you away from junk
food. The support items include 30-minite DVDs that cover
different weight management issues. Another support item is a
journal that keeps you on track with a
low glycemic index eating program, supplementation, and
Please note that the
supplements are in a pill form and are recommended
only for people who are more than 1 year
the supplements along with a program of low glycemic index
eating may help with the “weight regain after goal” problem.
As an introductory offer, there will be no
shipping and handling added to orders placed between now through
April 15th. Click the banner below to go to my new
website and learn about a whole new way of managing your weight.
There is a new program on Showtime called
“Fat Actress” starring Kirstie Alley. My curiosity got the
better of me and I watched it. While I found it definitely
cable viewing with the language and sexual references, I had to
admit that there is so much that I found so familiar in the
shows that I watched.
For instance, there is an episode in which
everyone thinks that Kirstie Alley is pregnant because of her
size. How many times have we had people ask us if we are
Then there is the way men talk about how
huge she is behind her back. We knew that was happening, didn’t
And her desperate attempts at dieting are
so familiar. She tries every diet with glee and never questions
how unhealthy it might be, from overdosing on laxatives, to
drinking parasites, to living in a small environment and
cavorting with little people to trick her mind and make her body
shrink (It was referred to as the
I don’t want to recommend the show because
the language is awful and the sexual references are over the
top. But I definitely identified with so many of the
circumstances depicted in the plots.
I would love to hear from those of you who
have seen the show. Let me know what you think. Email me at
Fat Free Ranch Dressing
I love salad, but avoiding very fattening,
high calorie dressing is sometimes challenging. In keeping with
the Web MD article about the benefits of yogurt, here is a recipe
utilizing yogurt in a salad dressing.
Fat Free Ranch Dressing
1 6-ounce container of fat free yogurt
3 Tablespoons of Mrs. Dash (original)
2 Tablespoons of fat free Mayonnaise
Combine all of the ingredients and store in
the refrigerator for at least an hour. Not only can you use this
as a salad dressing, but as a veggie dip. You can add a little
skim milk if you would like a dressing with a thinner consistency.
If you have a recipe that you would like
to share in future issues of this
newsletter, please send it to me at
Dianne “Ladybug” Dougherty
I want to offer a special thanks to Dianne
“Ladybug” Dougherty for sharing her story with us. Here is her
The last week of October, 2000, I slipped into
a coma. I had a reaction to Morphine. The doctors told my husband
to prepare for a funeral because I was not going to make it. I was
in this coma for a week but God wasn't ready for me yet because I'm
alive today. At the time I weighed 344 pounds. After coming out of
the coma, I was put on oxygen. I was already on
medication for blood pressure,
diabetes, arthritis and cholesterol.
My primary care doctor was excellent but his
advice was to lose weight or I was going to die an early death.
But, he also knew that I had great difficulty losing weight. I couldn't exercise because I couldn't breathe.
I saw an advertisement in 2002 for
Roux-En-Y gastric bypass surgery. After researching it I knew this
was for me! I approached my primary care doctor about it and he was
honest with me. He didn't know much about it but promised to
research it and see if he could recommend it for me.
When I went back the next time he said that
from what he had read, if I could find a surgeon willing to take the
chance on me that he would support me.
I contacted the NewStart program in St Louis,
MO, and went through all the hoops for them. In February, 2004, I
was approved for weight loss surgery. My surgery was on April 7,
2004, and I weighed 315 pounds. I've had no problems whatsoever and
less than a year later, I weigh 196 pounds. I've still got a little
way to go to reach the goal I've set for myself, but I'm confident I
will make it.
By the way, I'm no longer on any medication nor
am I on oxygen! I'm a new woman!
I love good news. If you have good news, a
success story to share, or inspiration,
please send it to me at
Barbara@WLScenter.com so that I can
include it in future issues.
You may reprint any items from this newsletter in your own print or
electronic newsletter. But please include the following paragraph:
from Barbara Thompson’s free e-newsletter featuring helpful
information and research material to help patients succeed following
weight loss surgery.
Did someone forward this newsletter to you?
Would you like to
receive a personal notification when it is
ready for you to read? It's simple! Just go to
scroll down to the subscription form. After filling out the form and
submitting it, watch for an email that asks you
to CONFIRM your subscription.
subscription is not complete until we get this confirmation back!
If you like this newsletter, please
pass it on to your friends and family and have
them signup for our notification service.
Do you want to unsubscribe? Go to the
bottom of your newsletter notification email message and click the
unsubscribe link. You will be automatically deleted.
If you have any problems with this
call our office toll free at (877) 440-1518.
continued FREE delivery of this Newsletter
by clicking the banner
below and purchasing your vitamins.
Copyright © 2000-2013 Barbara Thompson All Rights Reserved