Is the Keto Diet the Right Way to Lose Weight?

Based on what you hear in the media or from your favorite fitness influencer, the keto diet may seem like a miracle cure for excess fat. However, it’s a little more complicated. No diet is going to be the best solution for everyone, and diet alone is not the cure for obesity.  How it Works … Continue reading Is the Keto Diet the Right Way to Lose Weight?

Why Bariatric Surgery Patients Should Avoid Drinking Water with Meals

After you’ve had bariatric surgery, you may notice a lack of appetite, especially when you drink water during meals. However, eating too little can have negative effects on your health. You should avoid drinking water 30 minutes before and 30 minutes after each meal. Here’s why drinking water during meals can become a problem after … Continue reading Why Bariatric Surgery Patients Should Avoid Drinking Water with Meals

Reading Nutritional Labels

AN IMPORTANT STEP IN WEIGHT LOSS SUCCESS Research has shown that when you log the foods that you eat, patients have a greater chance of keeping off all the weight that they have lost. However, if you have never paid attention to the content of the foods that you eat, how are you to know … Continue reading Reading Nutritional Labels

The Power of Protein

Any patient undergoing bariatric surgery will discuss the need for vitamin and protein supplementation after surgery. In fact, I have a lot of patients who have misconceptions as to why they need it and what happens if they don’t take it. If patients know why protein is so important and can find ways to incorporate … Continue reading The Power of Protein

How to Manage Night-Time Snacking

By: Collins Hodges, Psy.D. – Licensed Clinical Psychologist Raise your hand if you struggle with food cravings late at night? I imagine there are a lot of raised hands out there. Night-time snacking is one of the most common difficulties bariatric patients have in managing caloric intake. There are a variety of reasons why people … Continue reading How to Manage Night-Time Snacking

Celebrate The New Year With Healthy Eating Habits

By: Collins Hodges, PsyD, Licensed Clinical Psychologist Most of us are creatures of habit. We learn from an early age the comfort of predictability. In the same way that a predictable pattern of behavior from a mother to her child is inherently calming, the predictability of patterns affords adults the luxury of coherence and structure. … Continue reading Celebrate The New Year With Healthy Eating Habits

Vitamin A

By Dr. Charlotte Hodges There is so much information available today about vitamins and supplements, from the internet, to your family doctor, to your best friend’s neighbor’s cousin who had a deficiency. I wanted a chance to read through the data and break down everything that we need to know (and then some) about vitamins … Continue reading Vitamin A

How To Make A New Year’s Resolution That Sticks

By: Danielle Houston, RDN, LD Ask anyone in the United States–and possibly the world–and they will tell you that the month of January is associated with new beginnings and New Year’s resolutions. But when it comes to resolutions, there are things that are helpful as well as unhelpful. Additionally, people who have had bariatric surgery … Continue reading How To Make A New Year’s Resolution That Sticks

What Does It Mean To Eat Mindfully?

By: Collins Hodges, PsyD – Licensed Clinical Psychologist Have you ever looked down at a bag of chips you were eating and wondered where they went? Or, have you had the experience of driving to work only to notice later that you had already eaten a portion of your prepared lunch? Other familiar examples may … Continue reading What Does It Mean To Eat Mindfully?


Bariatric Support Group

Dr. Hodges highly recommends patients attend monthly support group meetings. The meetings are led by Dr. Collins Hodges, both a licensed clinical psychologist and someone who has had bariatric surgery himself. The support groups are offered on the first Monday of every month from 6:30pm – 7:15pm CST via an online GoToMeeting. The meetings are open to the public, and there is no charge to attend.

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