Putting Protein in Diet at Nobesity Support Group Meeting #31

The right nutrition is a key aspect of post-surgery care for every bariatric patient.

And, protein is the cornerstone of a well-balanced and healthy diet.

It forms the building blocks of muscle and helps keep one satiated for a long period.

The 31st Nobesity Support Group Meeting on 3rd March was devoted to incorporating the adequate amount of protein in post surgery diets.

Many patients are hesitant to try protein supplements as they assume that they will be unpalatable and not tasty.

To bust this myth, samples of protein bars, shakes and chocolate were distributed to the attendees.

The Nobesity nutritionists explained how diet can be made protein-rich by making some simple substitutions and additions to regular food.

All attendees got a complimentary recipe book filled with innovative recipes to add flavor and fun to healthy diet.

Another highlight of the meeting was Best Motivational Patient recognition to a patient who convinced multiple others, unknown to him, to opt for the procedure and thus opt for a better life.

He also single-handedly convinced 14 obese patients from one family to undergo the appropriate Bariatric procedure for each one of them at Nobesity, India.

The meeting was a grand success with the crowd of over 100 present returning home with a better understanding of making their food healthy and delicious.

Remember: Patients who attend support group meetings are more likely to stick to their post-surgery regime and ensure sustained weight loss. The support group meetings at Nobesity are free of charge and open to our patients as well as patients of other surgeons. Register here for FREE to join our next support group meeting or call us Today on +91 89999 49999

Quiz with RJ Harshil RadioCity @ Nobesity Bariatric Surgery Support Group Meeting #30

Popular RJ Harshil RadioCity conducted the Bariatric Quiz that was filled with energy and enthusiasm at our 30th support group meeting last Sunday.

Exciting prizes were won by 10 participants.

Fun as you learn is the real purpose of such contests, for making healthy lifestyle a strong habit in post Bariatric Surgery patients to achieve durable and sustained loss of excess weight and co-morbidities such as Diabetes, for decades after Bariatric Surgery.

Special prizes were awarded to our 3 special patients who attended all 30 monthly support group meetings so far. Their 100% attendance is indicative of their great commitment to healthy lifestyle.

Our 90 attendees of this meeting had a mix of some undergone Gastric Bypass and similar procedures as long back as 6 years ago and some 2 years ago.

Their success stories, experience sharing and questions formed the core of this meeting after quiz session.

Such diverse group of patients in our meetings is a great opportunity to new patients considering Bariatric surgery to meet them face to face and know first hand from their success stories.

The meeting ended with a Q&A session with Dr Manish Khaitan and team of Nobesity Center of Excellence for Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery, who fielded questions on diet, lifestyle modification and host of other topics that help patients sustain the benefits of the procedure for a long time.

 

Remember: Patients who attend our support group meetings held on last Sunday of every month are more likely to stick to their post-surgery regime and ensure sustained weight loss. The support group meetings at Nobesity are free of charge and open to our patients as well as patients operated by other centers. Register for our next support group meeting here or call us Today on +91 89999 49999

Detox Diet and other Healthy Recipes at Nobesity Support Group Meeting #29

Celebrity chef Ms Hina Gautam is not new to Nobesity support group.

Detox diet menus. Breakfast blends, Probiotic drinks, Energizing smoothies. And cleansing diet were the focus of discussion at the 29thNobesity Support Group Meeting on 30th Dec.

Ms Hina Gautam shared many recipes and tips to help optimizing diet and sustaining weight-loss naturally.

Nobesity team and Ms Gautam also emphasized that if a patient’s goal is sustained weight loss, a detox diet might help drop a few kgs, but lost weight is likely to come back. Also its not a healthy approach. Wheras a wholesome detox diet that limits processed, high-fat, and sugary foods, and replaces them with more whole foods like fruits and vegetables is likely to work long term while keeping the patients healthy.

A record turnout of patients kept Dr Manish Khaitan and team busy with an active Q&A session.

Success story sharing by old patients and networking with them by new patients considering Bariatric surgery was a high value aspect of this meeting.

Remember: Patients who attend support group meetings are more likely ensure sustained weight loss. The support group meetings at Nobesity are free of charge and open to our patients as well as patients of other Bariatric centers. Register for our next support group meeting here or call on +91 89999 49999

RJ Harshil Radio City, Cooking Contest and Fun at Nobesity Support Group Meeting #28

We are a fun support group besides being India’s best and most consistent in meeting every month.

At the 28thNobesity Support Group Meeting on 25th Nov, the mood was festive and fun.

RJ Harshil, popular RJ of Ahmedabad and a fitness enthusiast himself, enthralled the audience with his energetic compering of the whole proceedings. He also shared his journey to losing substantial weight in pursuit of fitness.

Cookery and other fun contests added great fervor to the day with enthusiastic entries and prizes were won.

This support group was also an excellent opportunity for those considering bariatric surgery to meet a large number of patients who have undergone the procedure and gain confidence from their experiences.

Many success story was shared. One by the daughter of a patient how her mother lost 45 kgs in 6 months and got back on her feet leaving her wheelchair behind after many years was special.

Dr Manish Khaitan and team spent adequate time in answering questions and queries.

Remember: Patients who attend support group meetings are more likely ensure sustained weight loss. The support group meetings at Nobesity are free of charge and open to our patients as well as patients of other Bariatric centers. To register for our next support group meeting, call on +91 89999 49999

Valuable Tips on Muscle Strengthening and CorrectPosture at Nobesity Support Group Meeting #27

Weight loss, especially around the abdominal area, may result in posture change that in turn brings about lower back pain.

At the 27th Nobesity Support Group Meeting held on 21st October, expert physiotherapist Dr. Raj Shekhawat shared valuable insights on how exercise and correct posture can help keep the pain at bay.

Dr. Shekhawat not only shared tips on corrective measures to improve posture but also gave the audience suggestions on how to prevent the onset of back pain by muscle strengthening exercises.

The doctor explained how some common mistakes result in back pain and how they can be easily mitigated. He also spoke of various exercises that can help ease the pain as well as strengthen the muscles.

He also addressed some of the concerns of the patients through a Q&A at the end along with Dr Manish Khaitan, Director, Nobesity.

This support group was also an excellent opportunity for those considering bariatric surgery to meet 50 patients who have undergone the procedure.

They shared details of their personal journey of having undergone the surgery and managing their success post-surgery to last a life-time. No doubt these interactions would boost the morale and confidence of those preparing for surgery.

Remember: Patients who attend support group meetings are more likely ensure sustained weight loss. The support group meetings at Nobesity are free of charge and open to our patients as well as patients of other Bariatric centers. To register for our next support group meeting, call on +91 89999 49999

Acupressure for Gas, Indigestion and Constipation: Guest Lecture at Nobesity Support Group Meeting #26 on Sunday 30 Sept 2018 by Dr Bhargavi Ben, Expert Acupressure Practitioner.

It is our pleasure being committed to conducting regular support group meetings and bringing experts from multiple disciplines to enrich the post bariatric surgery life of our patients.

By the way you may be aware that we welcome patients who underwent surgery at other centers too, for our monthly support group meetings which is a life-long free of cost support service from us.

In our 26th such meeting last Sunday, it was an honor and privilege to have Ms Bhargavi Ben, eminent acupressure expert of Ahmedabad as our guest speaker.

Dr Bhargavi Ben explained that acupressure, with its roots in Chinese traditional therapy, promotes wellness without needles compared to acupuncture.

It believes that there are 12 channels or meridians in our body through which life energy flows. These meridians also connect our body organs and establish a system of communication between them.

According to this theory, when some blockage in any of these invisible meridians develops or energy balance is lost, a disease or a medical condition also develops.

Certain acupressure points lie along these meridians and when practitioners apply pressure on these points, the blockage gets removed or balance is restored, thereby relieving the body of its disease or the condition.

Dr Bhargavi also demonstrated acupressure on volunteering audience members and explained how the benefits of acupressure may be leveraged if acidity, indigestion or constipation is experienced by patients after bariatric surgery.

The session was interactive and audience questions were answered by both Dr Bhargavi Ben and Dr Manish Khaitan, Director Nobesity.

Remember: Patients who attend support group meetings are able to stick to their post-surgery regime and ensure sustained weight loss. The support group meetings at Nobesity are free of charge and open to both our patients as well as patients of other surgeons. To register to our next support group meeting, call on +91 89999 49999

Skin and haircare tips by Dr Vishal Patel, leading plastic surgeon at Nobesity Support Group Meeting #25

Dr Vishal Patel Guest Speaker and Leading Plastic Surgeon

Majority of patients experience rapid weight loss in the first 6 months to 2 years after bariatric surgery.

The skin that was covering the obese body gets left behind, hanging lose in some patients. This may cause some insecurity and dissatisfaction among these patients.

Not to worry. Skin contains collagen- an elastic material which is likely to help skin bounce back after changes in body composition and new weight settle. There are also a few simple steps you can take to enhance skin tightness.

Some patients may also experience temporary hair-loss, hair thinning or change in texture in the immediate months after surgery due to some hormonal changes.

Hence its useful to know whether one should consider home remedies, medicines or a cosmetic surgery to address the issues one is facing.

Dr Mahish Khaitan answering audience questions

The expert plastic surgeon Dr Vishal Patel, our guest speaker in this meeting addressed exactly this topic and explained how simple remedies like staying hydrated, exercising and taking vitamin E supplements would resolve most of the problems. A small percentage of patients however may need medications and a few may have to undergo plastic surgery if the skin hanging is too much.

The session was interactive and audience questions were answered by both Dr Vishal Patel and Dr Manish Khaitan, Director Nobesity.

Nobesity Team Celebrating 25th Support Group Meeting

There was also a good reason to celebrate this time! This being the 25th consecutive support group meeting of Nobesity- hardly surpassed by any other center in India, a cake cutting ceremony by Nobesity team formed a perfect ending for the day.

Remember: Patients who attend support group meetings are able to stick to their post-surgery regime and ensure sustained weight loss. The support group meetings at Nobesity are free of charge and open to both our patients as well as patients of other surgeons. To register to our next support group meeting, call on +91 89999 49999

Spine Care in focus at Nobesity Support Group Meeting #24

Weight loss especially around the abdominal area eases the strain on the lower back muscles.

Dr Manish Khaitan answering audience questions

But, because these muscles and the spine have been under stress possibly for many years, it is natural to feel tension in that area. Additionally, urban lifestyle which involves long hours of sitting compounds the lower back issue.

Thus, Ms Kamal, the leading physiotherapist from Ahmedabad was the guest speaker at the 24th Nobesity Support Group Meeting held last Sunday who conducted an outstanding session on strengthening the back and relieving back pain which was a mix of lecture and demo.

There are two components to spice care: 1. strengthening and 2. relieving the pain.

Ms Kamal demonstrating back exercises

At the meeting, basic back-strengthening exercises which may be done independently were demonstrated. It was advised that these should be practiced daily to gradually build strength.Certain exercises which help relieve localized pain were also demonstrated.

Mobility and regular exercise are an important part of post surgery regime. It is thus important to take care of the back to be on track with the weight loss.

The discussion that followed the demonstration helped those present to share their individual concerns with the experts present at the meeting.

Ms Hina Gautham lecture on balanced diet

The second guest speaker was Ms Hina Gautham, the celebrity chef who has been graciously finding time to attend our support group meeting as a celebrity resource person for diet and nutrition related topics. Ms Hina this time spoke of importance of balanced diet and how achieve it in our every day meals. Her session as usual was outstanding and well received.

Dr Manish Khaitan, Dr Pinal and team took questions from audience from time to time and clarified the doubts with respect to host of topics around bariatric surgery.

Remember: Patients who attend support group meetings are more likely to stick to their post-surgery regime and ensure sustained weight loss. The support group meetings at Nobesity are free of charge and open to our patients as well as patients of other surgeons. To register for our next support group meeting, call on +91 89999 49999

Double Dhamaka at Nobesity Support Group Meeting #23

Having two expert speakers and doubling the benefit to our support group attendees was the highlight of our 23rd consecutive support group meeting last Sunday. We hold these highly interactive meetings every month on the last Sunday.

Acupressure demo by  Ms Bhargavi Ben

Ms Bhargavi Ben, an acupressure expert spoke of how acupressure helps relieve some of the chronic problems such as back pain, neck pain, joint pain and many such daily irritants.

Ms Bhargavi Ben also explained that Acupressure is the practice of applying precise pressure, usually with fingertips, to various points on the body with the goal of balancing life energy, called qi (pronounced as chi) in Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Our second speaker was the person that you all know and love. Ms Hina Gautam, one of the most popular celebrity chefs of Gujarat. Ms Hina graced our support group meeting for the third time and we were so privileged to have her again. 

Celebrity chef Ms Hina presentation

Ms Hina, who had shared recipes last two times, focused on balancing the diet this time by having the right amount of essential nutrients such as protein, carbohydrates and vitamins in our daily meals.

Dr Manish Khaitan, Dr Pinal Shah and team joined the expert speakers in Q&A session at the end to answer specific questions related to pre and post Bariatric aspects.

 

Remember: Patients who attend support group meetings are able to stick to their post-surgery regime and ensure sustained weight loss. The support group meetings at Nobesity are free of charge and open to both our patients as well as patients of other surgeons. To register to our next support group meeting, call on +91 89999 49999

Celebrity Chef Ms Hina Gautam Shares her Secret Recipe at Nobesity Support Group Meeting #22

One of the important post-surgery goals is to work on your eating habits.

It’s not about sacrificing your favourite foods. Its about learning how to eat what you like- wisely.

Studies have highlighted the positive impact of millets (ragi) on blood sugar levels and have elevated its status from the poor man’s cereal to a gourmet ingredient.

The high content of soluble dietary fibre in millets makes it an ideal substitute for other cereals for those suffering from type-2 diabetes and cardiovascular disorders.

Keeping this in mind, our guest speaker Ms Hina Gautam- a medical student who followed her passion for food to become a celebrated chef- brought to the table her ability to optimize taste and nutrition in our last Sunday’s support group meeting.

She shared tips on substituting high glycaemic load grains like rice and wheat with the gluten-free and diabetic-friendly millet.

Ms Gautam also demonstrated some delectable recipes that used millet as a key ingredient.

The interactive session at the end of the Meet allowed the audience to get valuable insights from Ms Gautam on improving the nutritional quality of their diet.

For those who missed out on this meeting, here is a delicious recipe shared by Ms Gautam. Try at home:

Recipe: Ragi (Millet) Rava Dhokla

Ingredients
1 cup ragi (millet)
¼ cup urad dal
1 cup semolina
¼ cup grated carrot
2 tablespoons chopped coriander leaves
1 inch piece ginger, grated
1 green chilli, chopped fine
½ teaspoon soda bi-carb
Salt, to taste

Method
Soak the urad dal and ragi, semolina separately, overnight.
First, grind them separately to get a smooth batter and then combine them together.
Add the remaining ingredients to the batter and mix well.
Heat the steamer and pour the dhokla batter into the platter. Let the batter steam till the dhoklas are cooked.
Serve with coriander chutney.

Bon Appetit!

Remember: Patients who attend support group meetings are able to stick to their post-surgery regime and ensure sustained weight loss. The support group meetings at Nobesity are free of charge and open to both our patients as well as patients of other surgeons. To register to our next support group meeting, call on +91 89999 49999