Learn what Dr. Maria Altier, new bariatric surgeon, likes most about her role in Penn Medicine's Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Program.
Shedding hair three to five months after weight-loss surgery is a relatively common occurrence that happens from losing weight rapidly, not getting enough protein, and the general stress your bod...
If you are considering bariatric surgery, you’re probably wondering what you can expect to eat after your procedure. The short answer is: many different things.
When considering bariatric surgery, or any surgical procedure, it is normal to have concerns about safety. Here we examine the benefits and risks of weight-loss surgery to help you decide if it i...
You may have heard the term “bariatric,” but what does it really mean?
Learn what Linda Sartor, RD, MA, CDCES, LDN, new dietitian at Penn Medicine, likes most about her role in Penn Medicine's Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Program.
Bananas are a widely available, affordable and versatile fruit. You can just eat one on the go, add some peanut butter, or use it in a smoothie for a boost of energy and a creamier texture. But a...
People considering weight-loss surgery often ask if it is possible to safely incorporate alcohol into a healthy diet and lifestyle after surgery. The short answer is “yes,” but gradually and ...
While everyone has different needs after bariatric surgery, there are general recommendations for which foods and drinks to avoid.
Here’s what you need to know about alcohol, tobacco, marijuana and other substance use before and after bariatric surgery.
Learn what Shruthi Mathew John, MS, RD, new dietitian and program coordinator, likes most about her role in Penn Medicine's Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Program.
Despite the shocking "claims" made by What the Health, eggs are actually very beneficial to your diet. Here's why.
As bariatric patients, you may have heard everything under the sun on what to eat and how to manage your health pre-and post-surgery. The fact is, there is clinical advice and then there is every...
For many people, eating habits and food choices have changed significantly over the past year. Meals are happening predominately at home, and you may be making more frequent visits to the grocery...
If you are trying to lose weight or maintain a healthy weight, a high-fiber diet is an essential part of your program.
Shawn Leask, MS, RD, bariatric program coordinator at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, shares tips for celebrating the holidays during COVID-19 in healthy, nutritious and delicious ways.
After bariatric surgery, sticking to your diet goals doesn’t mean you always have to cook at home.
This take on a grilled shrimp salad uses many items that are likely already in your home or that can be found on your next, regular trip to the grocery store.
Food cravings are a common experience, but with the right tools, you can manage them effectively and ensure that they don’t interfere with your health and weight goals.
In celebration of Psychology Day 2020, Maija Bruzas, PhD, and Courtney McCuen-Wurst, PsyD, LCSW, licensed psychologists and members of the Penn Bariatrics team, share ways in which the field of p...
It is important to remember that experiencing reduced motivation during this unprecedented time of stress is very normal. Fortunately, there are ways we can boost our motivation during this time ...
Here are eight steps to help you learn ro practice mindful eating and pay better attening to the food you eat without judgment.
Tips for practicing self-compassion to cope with emotionally difficult experiences and disruptions to your routine.
During times of stress, you may go to bed later, wake up later, sleep more or less than usual, or have difficulty staying asleep. Thankfully, there are a variety of ways to improve your sleep rou...
In times of uncertainty, such as during the current COVID-19 pandemic, our bodies and minds can experience physical and emotional unrest. Here's how to reduce stress, manage distress and control ...
During the COVID-19 pandemic, use live streams, fitness apps, and no-frills equipment to keep up your workout routine from inside your home.
During times of stress and anxiety, it can be easy to fall back into comforting behaviors. We offer some strategies for keeping on track while you may be spending most of your time at home.
With some simple swaps you can enjoy this special time of the year while still working toward your wellness goals.
Are you ready to get "back on track" as you head back to school or work after summer? We have five easy recipes for nutritious lunches for you and your family.
Here are some helpful tips for stopping food cravings.
Try one (or a few) of these super foods to super charge your diet!
There are many factors that play a role in weight loss, including one that’s often overlooked: stress.
A recent weight-loss trend is to drink apple cider vinegar before meals or at the beginning of the day to promote weight loss. But does it work?
You're invited to join bariatric surgery alumni, Penn staff, and faculty on Sunday, June 9, for the ASMBS Foundation’s Walk from Obesity.
Lactose intolerant? No problem, there are plenty of milk alternatives to try including lactaid, soy, almond, coconut, oat, and rice milk. Here's what you need to know about each type.
Learn how obesity contributes to heart disease – and what you can do to combat both!
Calculating your weight loss is a great way to find out how far you've come. To calculate your percentage of weight lost, grab a calculator and follow these steps.
Physical activity plays a big role in maintaining your health.
Medical weight management appointments are an important part of your bariatric surgery journey when you choose to have weight-loss surgery at Penn.
Your smartphone is an excellent tool to help you along your weight loss journey. For one, it’s often — always? — with you. Chances are, you’re reading this on your smartphone right now.
See what Colleen Tewksbury, PhD, MPH, RD, LDN, senior research investigator and bariatric program manager, likes most about her role in Penn Medicine's Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Program.
Take our seven-day smoothie challenge with these recipes.
Nutrition is an important part of the before and after weight-loss surgery process. But making changes to something as personal as what you eat can be...
The concept of intermittent fasting tends to be divisive. It’s either heralded as the latest surefire fitness trend or maligned as a too-good-to-be-true potential health hazard.
Leah Cassella, RD, LDN, a registered dietitian and member of the Penn Bariatrics team, shares some of her favorite ways to lighten up your holiday baking.
Not only does regular exercise help with weight loss, it also can improve your overall health and fitness, as well as reduce your risk for — or manage — many chronic illnesses, including hear...
Shawn Walsh had a laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy at Penn Medicine with weight-loss surgeon Dr. Gary Korus in December 2017. In this blog, he talks about setting realistic goals, or “microgoals...
Recent publications highlight the benefits of bariatric surgery, as well as the difficulty of patient access.
Leah Cassella, RD, LDN, a registered dietitian and member of the Penn Bariatrics team, shares some of her favorite ways to use pumpkin this fall.
The true essence of autumn in its beautiful, fresh produce that's packed with tons of flavor — and health benefits.