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Weight Loss Surgery:
Finding the Thin Person Hiding Inside You.
Remember Snack Well cookies? They were the answer to the low fat
diet craze. Since in a low fat diet, fat was bad, a whole host of
products came out that were low in fat but just as “fattening”
because the fat was just replaced with sugar. It concerns me that
the same kind of “Snack Well” type of thinking is going on with
the low-carb craze. There are low-carb cookies, low-carb pancake
mixes, over which you pour low-carb syrup, all of which are
loaded with calories. Unfortunately some people are approaching
these as “free” food. See the research article on carbs that
In This Issue
* Next Telephone
Seminar Set: Exercise, You
Can’t Reach Goal without It
* Research Article: The Truth about Carbs
* Recipe: Mahi Mahi with Salsa Mayo
Success Story: Linda Kaiser
* Spreading the Word in Michigan, Wisconsin and New York
You Can’t Reach Goal without It
Barbara Thompson Interviews Exercise Guru, Jon Gestl
Wednesday June 23rd, 2004, 8:00 PM Eastern Time
I receive so many emails from people who are
concerned because they are gaining weight. It is very scary after
going through so much to get thin. So in planning my next
telephone seminar, I wanted to address this vital topic by approaching
it through exercise. Exercise is such an important key to getting
to and maintaining your goal weight. But let’s face it, very few
of us really enjoy exercising.
I am very excited to announce that my next
telephone seminar will be on exercise with Jon Gestl, a former US
National Sportsaerobic Champion who had his own negative issues
about exercise to overcome. We will cover issues as what to do if
you have hit a plateau, how to exercise if you have limited
mobility such as a bad back or are wheel chair bound, and how to
stay motivated to keep exercising. Jon has a lot of handouts for
you that you will be able to download that will give you
The last telephone seminar was so popular that 114
people signed up! That is quite a crowd to be on a line and
asking questions. This time we will have an operator to field
questions so that none of us will be bothered by any background
If you are really serious about wanting to do
your best with your surgery, you won’t want to miss this fabulous
Click here for more information and to register:
The Truth About Low-Carb
This month’s issue of Consumer Reports has a
wonderful article on low-carb foods that addresses a serious trend
following the Atkins and South Beach diets. The
trend is that
some people are approaching low-carb foods as “free” foods.
In my book, “Weight Loss Surgery, Finding the Thin Person
Hiding inside You” I stress the 4 Rules of Success to help you to
reach your goal weight. The first rule is “Eat Protein First at
Any Meal.” Eating protein first following your surgery will help
you to heal by rebuilding red blood cells. And it takes 60 grams
of protein per day to maintain your muscle mass. This is so
important because you want to not only maintain but increase your
muscle mass because muscle burns more calories than fat does.
It is important to avoid carbohydrates because they raise our
blood sugar level and set off cravings. In this respect low-carb
foods certainly have their place. However, the article in Consumer Reports details how packed with calories many of the
low-carb foods are. It also points out that there is no agreed
upon, much less regulated definition of what low-carb is. The
same applies to the definition of “net carbs.” “Net carbs” are
supposedly the number of grams of carbohydrates minus the number
of grams of fiber and sugar alcohol. Fiber and sugar alcohols tend
to pass into the large intestines without being digested and
absorbed in the small intestines therefore do not raise our blood
Eat 2 Carbolite cookies and you will be consuming only 6 “net”
carbs but the calories count is 240. The rule “Eat your protein
first,” does not necessarily translate into “Eat low-carb food
first,” because we are still the product of calories in versus
calories used. We still have to be careful of our consumption of
To read the entire enlightening article, pick up a copy of “The
Truth About Low-Carb Foods,” Consumer Reports, June 2004.
Have you been helped in your
struggles for insurance approval by Walter Linstrom
of The Obesity Law and Advocacy Center? I am
writing a feature article on Walter Linstrom for the
next issue of WLS Life Styles Magazine and would
like to interview people that he has helped. If you
would like to be interviewed for this article, email
me as soon as possible at
Mahi Mahi with Salsa Mayo
I want to say a special thanks to Roxanne
Bachman for sending along this great fish recipe. Since my surgery
I have really gotten so fond of fish. It just goes down so easily.
So I am really enjoying this recipe.
My name is Roxanne Bachman. One day early on in my soft food diet,
I became hungry for something that was low in fat and carbs but
still had a lot of flavor and a bit of salsa to it. I came up with
this recipe to curb that craving. It worked beautifully. I make it
often as my husband is not a fish man but does enjoy this recipe. I
make extra because the leftover fish can be placed in my homemade
veggie soup the next day which turns it into an even more protein
packed fish soup.
Mahi Mahi with Salsa
4 ounces Mahi Mahi -- brushed
1 ounce ground pork rind -- to coat fish
4 tablespoons Hellmans Mayo -- 2 tbsp set asid
2 tablespoons Salsa -- add to saved mayo
Salt/Pepper -- to taste
Brush fish on both sides with mayo. Add salt &
pepper then dredge in ground pork rinds. Heat some olive oil and
butter in a heavy skillet. Carefully add fish to the skillet and
cook 5 minutes on the first side and 3 minutes on the 2nd side
according to the thickness of the fish.
In a small food processor, place 2 tbsp salsa
and 2 tbsp mayo. Combine until smooth.
Once the fish is finished cooking, drain
paper towels. Serve with sauce either by pouring it over the fish
or using the sauce as a side dish.
If you have a recipe that you would like to
share in future issues of this newsletter,
please send it to
I want to offer a special thanks to Linda
Kaiser for sharing her success with us. Here is her story:
My story really begins in high school. I graduated in 1973 and had
always been considered a larger framed gal, a size 14 to be exact.
I always felt larger than the other girls, definitely not the
"cheerleader" framed type.
I married and went on to have 3 children by 1979 but managed to
maintain my size. Upon a couple of occasions, I had gone down to a
size 12, which I was very proud of. A few years later, I forced
myself into only eating one meal a day and managed to get to a size
9. I must admit I felt a little sexy.
Shortly after that I was divorced and went back up to a size 16
in a short amount of time. I concentrated on cutting out the pizza
and fast food, had less ice cream and soon was back to a 14. I
maintained this weight for about 8 years until I had a car accident
that caused me to have a ventricular shunt placed within my head.
The surgeon explained that there were only 4 locations to place this
so that the fluids would equalize my speech, balance, and more. We
opted for the top of the head area.
Later I discovered that my migraines, speech, balance and vision
had improved but the weight was beginning to increase. I didn't
relate this new change and went to my first Weight Watchers
meeting. I worked very hard to lose 12 pounds, and because of no
patience on my part, I gave up. I checked with friends and tried to
figure out the best diet for me, whether it be portioned foods
bought at a center, real foods that were measured, deprivation of
certain foods or what. I also had a complete checkup to see if my
thyroid was in balance or if there was any medical problem.
For the rest of Linda's story with photos, go
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.
How Do You Maintain Your Weight Loss?
More Success Stories Needed for My
Are you 2 or more years post-op? If so, I need
to know what your secret is for maintaining your weight. I will be
using your story in my next book on maintaining
your weight loss long term. You must write at least 1 full page. Anything
less than 1 page will not be useable. I also need your before and
after pictures sent via email. I need to know how you eat, what you
do for exercise, and any tips that you have to offer. This will be a
tremendous help to people who are having the common problem of
weight gain following surgery, or are struggling to maintain their
Send your stories to
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