Blog Archive

Reasons To Consider a Gastric Bypass Sep 1st, 2022

In recent years, the number of surgical weight loss procedures performed annually in the United States has grown to more than a quarter million. Driven by the desire to lead happier, healthier lives, these people are finding that bariatric surgery is the best way to conquer their weight loss hurdles Ranking...

6 Benefits of the Gastric Sleeve Aug 1st, 2022

If your weight has become problematic in almost every way, it is likely overshadowing your life and your health. While there are several options when it comes to weight loss surgery, our team of bariatric experts here at Weight Loss Institute of Arizona wants to focus on one, in particular — the gastric sleeve. In the...

Am I Preparing My Protein Shake Properly? Jul 1st, 2022

One of the pitfalls of losing weight through your diet is that you may not be getting enough of the nutrients you need to keep your body strong and healthy. If you want to lose weight while maintaining your energy, protein shakes should make their way into your daily regimen....

The Dangers of Sleep Apnea Jun 1st, 2022

There are many potential health complications that come with carrying too much weight, and obstructive sleep apnea is certainly one of them. There are approximately 22 million Americans who have sleep apnea, and the condition may be putting their collective health in jeopardy. In this month’s blog post, our team of bariatric experts here...

5 Tips for Preparing for Weight Loss Surgery May 1st, 2022

Between 2011 and 2019, bariatric surgeries in the United States jumped by more than 100,000 to more than a quarter million. The main reason for this jump is that weight loss surgeries are highly effective in helping people lose excess weight. If our team of bariatric experts here at Weight Loss Institute of Arizona has...

The Top 5 Bariatric and Surgical Procedures for Weight Loss Apr 1st, 2022

As more people endeavor to avoid the serious consequences that come with carrying too much weight, bariatric procedures in the United States are on the rise. In 2019 (before COVID-19 struck), approximately 256,000 people underwent a weight loss procedure, which is a big jump from the 159,000 in 2011.  While the growing weight problem...

How Much Should I Exercise After Weight Loss Surgery? Mar 1st, 2022

It’s easy to be drawn in by the success rates of bariatric surgery. Many patients lose 30-50% of their excess weight in the first six months after surgery and 77% of excess weight at the 12-month mark.  But don’t be lulled into thinking that weight loss surgery is a simple...

Am I a Good Candidate for the Gastric Sleeve? Feb 1st, 2022

Taking a surgical step toward weight loss isn't one that you make overnight. Rather, the decision likely comes after years of trying, unsuccessfully, to lose the weight you need to take charge of your health.  Now that you’ve made this important decision, it’s time to figure out which surgical approach...

5 Reasons Why Dietary Counseling Is Important to Your Weight Loss Journey Jan 1st, 2022

You need to lose weight and you’ve decided that bariatric surgery is the best path forward for meeting your goals. While it may be tempting to think of weight loss surgery as some sort of magic bullet, there’s much that you need to change, before and after the surgery, for...

Myths and Facts About BMI Dec 1st, 2021

When you’re struggling with your weight, three letters put together can have an enormous influence — BMI. While calculating your body mass index can provide valuable information, it’s far from a conclusive evaluation of your overall health and wellness. As bariatric experts, our team here at Weight Loss Institute of...

What Is a Duodenal Switch? Nov 1st, 2021

Your body mass index (BMI) is very high and/or you have a weight-related medical illness and you’ve been told that you might want to consider a form of bariatric surgery called a duodenal switch. Before you embark on any weight loss surgery, our team of highly qualified and experienced weight...

Why Is It so Hard to Lose Weight? Oct 3rd, 2021

You embark on a diet with renewed determination to finally gain the upper hand on your weight, but the needle on the scale refuses to budge all that much. Or perhaps you regularly lose weight and you quickly put it back on.  Whatever the issue, weight loss can be an...

Why Do I Need to Lose Weight Before Weight-Loss Surgery? Sep 1st, 2021

Despite your best efforts, you’re unable to lose weight and you've decided that bariatric (or weight loss) surgery is your best path forward. But before your procedure, we may ask you to embark on one last pre-surgery effort to shed some pounds. At the Weight Loss Institute of Arizona, our...

Where Do I Fit in the Body Mass Index? Aug 2nd, 2021

Whether you determine your weight using a scale or your clothing size, it always comes down to numbers. Figuring out where your weight falls in the grand scheme of things also often comes down to a number — your body mass index (BMI) calculation. At the Weight Loss Institute of...

How Should I Prepare For My Bariatric Surgery? Jul 6th, 2021

Making the decision to take control of your body and your health through bariatric surgery isn’t likely one that you took lightly. As you’ve undoubtedly learned, this type of surgery involves some dramatic lifestyle changes that you need to put into practice before and after the procedure. To help you...

Consider Minimally Invasive Gastric Plication Jun 13th, 2021

You’ve struggled to lose weight, but diet and exercise just aren’t getting the job done. So it’s time to consider bariatric surgery, or weight-loss surgery, but the thought of permanently altering your gastrointestinal system just doesn’t appeal to you.  Luckily, we have a minimally invasive solution called a gastric plication....

Can I Afford Weight Loss Surgery? May 3rd, 2021

They say you can’t put a price tag on certain things in life, particularly your health. While that’s all well and good in theory, the practice can be tough going when you’re faced with tight finances.  When it comes to our weight loss surgery, we feel that this is a...

Why the Gastric Sleeve Is So Popular Apr 1st, 2021

You’ve decided it’s time to tackle your weight problem, once and for all, through weight loss surgery. Your next step is to decide which option is best for your goals — and there are many. Ranked at the head of the list, in terms of popularity, is the gastric sleeve,...

5 Tips for Getting Active After Your Bariatric Surgery Mar 1st, 2021

Undergoing bariatric surgery is a big step in the right direction when it comes to losing unhealthy pounds, but it shouldn’t be the only one.  Instituting a regular exercise regimen after your weight-loss surgery can help you lose weight more quickly, recover faster, and improve your overall health long into...

The Role of Protein During Your Weight Loss Journey Feb 2nd, 2021

Taking the brave and life-changing step to control your weight and your health through weight-loss surgery is just that — a step in the right direction.  While bariatric surgery offers you an enormous leg-up in your weight-loss journey, you need to do your part to achieve your goals. That includes...

Make This the Year You Take Charge of Your Weight Jan 1st, 2021

You resolve to lose weight each year, only to find yourself renewing the same resolution every New Year’s Eve with increasing frustration. You’re not alone. Nearly half of all Americans try to lose weight each year, yet two-thirds of the population is still considered overweight or obese. If you want...

Avoid These Foods After Weight Loss Surgery Dec 1st, 2020

The success of bariatric surgery when it comes to meaningful weight loss is certainly clear, but much of this success also depends upon you.  While we can pave the way forward through weight loss surgery, it’s not a one-and-done solution. After your surgery, you need to do your part through...

What Is the Obalon Balloon? Nov 1st, 2020

You’d like to lose weight, and perhaps your doctor has suggested weight loss, but diet and exercise haven’t delivered the results you want. As you review your options, you may be anxious about a surgical procedure, which is where the Obalon® balloon system comes in. At the Weight Loss Institute...

Which Type of Weight Loss Surgery Is Best For You? Oct 1st, 2020

Whether you’ve come to the decision on your own or your doctor has recommended it, bariatric surgery can help release you from the prison of obesity, allowing you to regain control of your life. Now it’s time to choose which type of weight loss surgery is right for your circumstances...

4 Benefits of a Duodenal Switch Sep 30th, 2020

If you’ve been struggling with your weight but diet and exercise aren’t garnering the results you need, it may be time for bariatric surgery.  As you explore your options, it’s helpful to fully understand the benefits of each approach so you can choose the weight loss surgery that’s best for...

Can a Lap-Band® Help You Reach Your Weight Loss Goals? Aug 13th, 2020

If you’re ready to put an end to your weight-loss roller coaster, bariatric surgery is one of the most effective options available, but not all bariatric surgeries are alike. At the Weight Loss Institute of Arizona, our team has one mission: help our patients take control of their health through...

Putting the Final Touches on Your Weight Loss Through Plastic Surgery Jul 14th, 2020

Making the decision to take charge of your health and your body through bariatric surgery is no small undertaking, and we applaud your decision.  As the number on your scale drops, you quickly realize the incredible health benefits of such a change, but you may also be left with unpleasant...

Revising Your Bariatric Surgery Laparoscopically Jun 12th, 2020

The success rates of bariatric surgery are highly encouraging — and by success we mean losing 50% of your total body weight. Most of our patients achieve this goal within 12-24 months and maintain a 50-60% loss after 10 years or more.  But there are times when bariatric surgery doesn’t...

The Advantages of Reversible Bariatric Surgery (gastric plication) May 12th, 2020

We don’t need to tell you that losing weight is an incredibly difficult journey, which is why many people turn to bariatric surgery to finally gain the upper hand on their weight problems. While effective, most of these types of surgeries permanently change your digestive system or require further procedures...

What Is a Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy? Apr 9th, 2020

You’ve tried to lose weight, only to watch the numbers on the scale head right back up, leaving you terribly frustrated. If diet and exercise are falling short, we offer several surgical options that help you shed the weight and regain your health. At Weight Loss Institute of Arizona, our...

Considering Gastric Bypass? Here Are the Options Mar 12th, 2020

If you suffer from obesity, losing weight can seem like an insurmountable hurdle. Thanks to innovative bariatric surgical procedures, we can give you the jumpstart you need for meaningful and lasting weight loss, allowing you to lead a healthier life. Of the many options, gastric bypass ranks among the most...

Have You Heard About the Obalon® Balloon System's Nonsurgical Approach to Weight Loss? Feb 5th, 2020

The struggle to lose weight is a frustrating one that takes an enormous amount of will and commitment. But instead of going it alone, why not get a leg up and kick-start your weight loss with far less struggle?  There are many ways we can help with weight loss through...

Am I a Candidate for Weight-Loss Surgery? Jan 1st, 2020

If you’re reading this, it likely means that you’re very familiar with the struggle to rein in your weight. You’ve also likely tried everything, from fad diets to good old-fashioned exercise. But if your weight still isn’t under control, it may be time to consider a more aggressive solution —...

The Benefits of Dietary Counseling Before Surgery Dec 1st, 2019

The battle to lose weight can be incredibly difficult, as we’re sure you know. If you’ve opted for bariatric surgery with us, that’s a wonderful step in the right direction. While this type of surgery is very effective, it shouldn’t be considered a magic bullet. There’s still work to do...

What's a Duodenal Switch and How Can It Help Me Lose Weight? Nov 1st, 2019

Approximately 1 in 3 Americans are considered obese, with a body mass index (BMI) over 30, and nearly 8% of Americans have extreme obesity, with BMIs that measure 40 or higher. The health risks that come from being morbidly obese are extremely serious, as we’re sure you’ve heard from your...

A Case for Losing Weight: The Link Between Obesity and Diabetes Oct 1st, 2019

The numbers surrounding diabetes and obesity are nothing short of eye-opening. Since the 1970s and 80s, global diabetes numbers have almost quadrupled and obesity numbers have tripled.  Bringing the statistics closer to home, it’s estimated that more than 30 million people in the United States have diabetes and another 84...

Understanding the Psychological Factors That Lead to Weight Gain Sep 1st, 2019

The propensity to carry extra pounds can be laid at many feet: fast food, physical health problems, and psychological factors. In fact, the role that your mental state plays in your weight is one that we cannot underscore enough. At the Weight Loss Institute of Arizona, we understand the enormous...

5 Unexpected Ways Losing Weight Changes Your Life Aug 1st, 2019

Losing weight is tough, and we understand that. But the rewards that lie on the other side of weight loss are well worth your efforts. In fact, there are some surprising benefits that you may not have considered. Here at Weight Loss Institute of Arizona, our goal is to give...

Understanding the Difference Between Dieting and Weight Management Jul 1st, 2019

The numbers surrounding regaining weight after dieting are disheartening, to say the least. For example, 13 of the 14 participants in a study on “The Biggest Loser” television show regained 66% of the weight they lost, and four were heavier than before the show.  And this is but one example...

Here's Why Dietary Counseling Is Crucial for a Successful Weight Loss Surgery Jun 1st, 2019

If you’re tired of the physical, social, and emotional burdens that come with being overweight or obese, bariatric surgery is a great first step in the right direction. The push that these types of surgeries provide in breaking down your weight-loss hurdles is invaluable, but you still need to play...

Life After Weight Loss Surgery: How to Retain Your Results May 9th, 2019

There are several different weight loss surgeries, and the kind of surgery you have will determine your specific follow-up and the best way for you to maintain your results. Of course, healthy eating, exercising, and keeping yourself physically and mentally well are all key. Regular follow ups and a strong...

How To Choose the Best Bariatric Surgery For Your Lifestyle and Weight Loss Goals Apr 7th, 2019

You’ve tried everything — diets, gym memberships, the latest superfoods, and the “miracle” shakes and pills — yet you’re still tipping the scales into unhealthy territory. If you’re among the one-third of the population in the United States that’s considered obese, bariatric surgery offers a ray of hope. This type...

Top Habits of Successful Gastric Sleeve Patients Mar 8th, 2019

When obesity is aggravating chronic health conditions and threatens your health — and possibly your life — weight-loss surgery can be a savoir. Gastric sleeve surgery is the most commonly performed weight-loss surgery in the United States, and the team at Weight Loss Institute of Arizona often recommends it when...

Weight Loss Institute of Arizona January 2019 Support Group Feb 12th, 2019

WLIA January 2019 support group led by our Registered Dietitian, Michael Murphy, RD. Our monthly support groups are always broadcast online on Facebook live in our private Facebook group. Once you join our program, you will have access to all of our past support group videos.

We’re Barely Using the Best Tool We Have to Fight Obesity Feb 6th, 2019

Over the past 20 years, the global numbers concerning weight have shifted toward an alarming direction. Namely, more people are at risk of serious health issues, and even death, because of overeating than from not having enough to eat. To say that the obesity problem in the U.S. is significant...

5 Tips to Help You Prepare for Bariatric Surgery Jan 15th, 2019

You’ve struggled to lose weight and keep it off most of your adult life and you’ve decided to take a positive step toward reclaiming your health. Maybe you’ve already consulted with your surgeon, and you’re ready for bariatric surgery. In addition to undergoing surgery, this whole experience is a major...

Weight Loss Institute of Arizona Patient and Friends Cycling Party Dec 21st, 2018

Cyclebar Raintree Ranch was nice enough to host our Weight Loss Institute of Arizona patient and friends cycling party on December 12th. We had a blast! If you have had weight-loss surgery this is a great exercise option to look into.

Landmark Study Highlights Long-Term Success of Weight-Loss Surgery Dec 13th, 2018

It sounds so easy — eat less, move more, and the excess pounds will disappear. For many people, though, it isn't so simple. Fortunately, there are other options to help you reach your goals. At the Weight Loss Institute of Arizona, our team of highly trained surgeons understands the dangers...

Welcome to Our New Blog! Nov 19th, 2018

Welcome to Weight Loss Institute of Arizona. We excited to showcase our new website and blog. More information to come...