Thinking About Lap-Band Surgery? Think again!

Each year there are millions of people who consider getting lap-band surgery. Many of them decide in favor of it and go through with the risky procedure. Problem is, some of them don’t make it because they end up dying from the procedure or some form of complication following it. There are so many reasons why lap-band surgery is not the way to go!

Lap-band surgery, also referred to as laparoscopic surgery or gastric bypass surgery, is a surgical procedure that takes about four hours. Through it, a surgeon essentially alters the size of your stomach so that it can’t hold as much food. In theory, this is supposed to make you eat less, so t you take in fewer calories and end up losing weight. However, it doesn’t always work out as smoothly as planned.

Some people never make it off the operating table when they go in for lap-band surgery. Imagine, families losing someone they love simply because they were dying to be thinner. It’s a needless death that never needs to happen. In addition, there are many risks that come along with the lap-band surgery, including vomiting if you eat too much, repeat maintenances surgeries, anemia, osteoporosis, gastritis, kidney stones, and dumping syndrome, where your food moves too rapidly through your body.

The real problem with weight issues lies in things that can’t be fixed with a lap-band surgery. No surgery will address the causes of what made someone gain the weight in the first place. Emotional eating, improper nutrition, and not exercising are all things that the lap-band surgery does nothing to correct.

If you or someone you know is considering lap-band surgery, I urge you to choose not to do this. That temporary fix will cost you thousands of dollars, will put your health and life at risk, and will not get to the root of the problem or teach you how to adopt a healthy lifestyle that leads to maintaining fitness.

What does work to get, and stay, fit is to work with a personal trainer. A personal trainer will guide you on the path of health by assessing where you currently are and creating a plan to safely help you progress and get to where you need to be. Forget the risks, going into debt, and problems that come with lap-band surgery. Doing it the natural way will leave you feeling better and your pocketbook with money with which you can take a relaxing vacation. Commit to working out and becoming fit and it will happen!


Making Healthy Eating Choices at Buffalo Wild Wings

Buffalo Wild Wings is a place that I like to go to with the guys to watch the Packers game. A lot of people do! That’s why it’s always so noisy in there. Whether you are letting loose with friends as you watch the game or you just want to have some fun, it’s a great place to do either. But the last thing that I – and most likely you – want is to have that meal out end up sabotaging our fitness and dieting goals. The good news it that you can make healthier food choices, even when you eat at Buffalo Wild Wings!

There are some things you will absolutely want to avoid at Buffalo Wild Wings, because they will not help you meet your fitness goals. These things include a lot of the appetizers, which are often loaded with fat, calories, and salt. For example, the crispy southwest dippers alone have 630 calories, the chicken quesadilla has 800 calories, and the nachos pack a powerful 960 calories. And this is all before you have even had your meal!

Healthier choices can be made at Buffalo Wild Wings, but you need to be proactive in seeking them out. To start with, choose a beverage that is not going to add empty calories to your meal. The best options are water or unsweetened tea. While I am not a fan of recommending diet soda, even that will help you avoid the empty calories found in the sugary beverages. And try to avoid the alcohol, as difficult as that may sound, because it will also add a lot of empty calories to your meal.

Ideal foods to order include the naked tenders, which only have 260 calories, and the boneless wings, as well as the naked tenders wrap without chips, which has 600 calories. The grilled chicken sandwich, without fries, is also a healthier option, with only 470 calories. Another good option is the garden burger, without fries, which has only 250 calories. For sides, skip the fries, which add an additional 300-600 calories, depending on whether you get a regular or basket size.

Salads also make an ideal option, as long as you pay attention to the dressing you choose (which goes for your wings, as well). Avoid the ranch and bleu cheese dressings, which have around 300 calories for a small serving of each. Instead, opt for the honey mustard, honey barbecue, and sweet barbeque sauces.

Oh, and skip the dessert, as well, even though it may be tempting to have it. One slice of the chocolate fudge cake with vanilla ice cream will set you back about 820 calories! That’s more than (hopefully) the entire meal you had picked out.

We live in a world that makes it nearly impossible to avoid eating out all together. And why would you want to do that? After all, eating out, especially with friends, is fun (even if it is noisy), and you get to try different foods that you may not make at home. Dining out doesn’t have to come between you and your fitness goals. You just need to focus on making healthier choices, because they are out there!

Fitness Questions and Answers for Baby Boomers

Being a personal trainer I can say I get my fair share of questions. My clients, and even those who are not my clients, are always posing workout and health related questions to me. So I decided today I would answer several of those questions, just in case there are others out there that may be looking for the same answers.

Q. Brian, I see there are so many exercises you can do for your legs, but what is the best one? Which should I do if I want to build up strength and get a nice shape?

A. If you want the best possible exercise you can do for you legs, work squats into your workout. Squats work nearly every muscle in the body and can really do a lot for you. Start out small, be sure you are doing them correctly by maintaining the proper positioning, and slowly progress in the number you do and the weight that you add. Squats are a safe bet for anyone looking to give their legs a great workout!

Q. Many people today use heart rate monitors, but I just don’t see that I will gain any benefits from one. What can a heart rate monitor do for me and is it worth investing in?

A. Heart rate monitors are especially helpful for baby boomers who are working out. They have been designed to keep you in the know about what your heart rate is, so that  you know if you are working out too hard, need to step it up a bit, or if you are right about where you need to be. The more you train at an ideal heart rate for working out, the better benefit you will get from the workout. Heart rate monitors are a good idea to use. They will give you a quick snapshot look at how your heart is responding to the workout.

Q. I love cappuccino, but I want to be healthy and fit. Do I really have to give up my daily cappuccino in order to be fit?

Let’s face it, we all have something that we love and the thought of giving it up is, well, a bit frightening. I totally get it! While the cappuccino may not be the healthiest beverage choices you can grab, it also isn’t the worst. If you are drinking one cappuccino per day, you don’t have to worry too much about excessive caffeine or calories. One small cappuccino has about 75 calories on average. Having one per day, providing you are keeping the rest of your diet and workout routine in check, you should be completely fine. Have one for me!

If you have questions you would like answered, feel free to contact me. Maybe your question will make the list of the next round of questions. I look forward to hearing from you!