Getting active is an integral part of any weight loss journey. When you’re recovering from surgery, you may not be ready to try the latest HIIT class or to start training for a marathon. Like anything else in life, you need to work your way up to the more challenging exercises. This is especially important … Continue reading 5 Workouts to Help You Get Fit While Recovering from Weight Loss Surgery
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
Brunch can be a greasy, sugary, fatty affair, especially during the holidays. When you’re working toward weight loss goals, many of your favorite brunch foods (and drinks!) can make you feel like you’re reversing course. If your family has an Easter brunch tradition, bring some balance to brunch with these delicious, healthy recipes! Spring Vegetable … Continue reading Healthy Recipes to Bring to Easter Brunch
Having bariatric surgery is very stressful. As a bariatric success story, I know this to be true. I suppose the good news is we have become familiar with stress as obese people. Hopefully, we can utilize that training we’ve had in stress tolerance to our advantage. Maybe we have developed some emotional padding because of … Continue reading The Importance of Self-Care
I was with a friend this past weekend, and she asked me the same question I hear all the time: How do I get these extra pounds off!? As you know, football is a religion here in Texas. And, like all good churchgoers, we want to look good in our team colors! So how … Continue reading Getting back into your Fall Jeans!
By Dr. Collins Hodges — Moving forward with bariatric surgery will be one of the most significant medical decisions of your life. As a bariatric patient myself, I know it often follows decades of struggling with weight. The majority of us have tried several diets and exercise programs, … Continue reading Create a Pathway to Success
By Dr. Collins Hodges — As a psychologist working within a bariatric surgery clinic, my job is to assess a patient’s psychological ‘readiness’ for surgery. In other words, based on the clinical interview and diagnostic testing, what psychological factors help a psychologist determine whether or not a patient is ready to … Continue reading Which Psychological Variables Predict Good Surgical Outcomes
The menu is a combination of a week’s worth of meals I have had in the past. My calorie goal is: 300 cal per meal 1000 cal per day I have a macro ratio goal of: protein 40%, carbohydrate 30%, fat 30%. However, I realize (after looking this menu over), my protein and carb macros … Continue reading The 411 on Dr. Hodges Menu
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
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.