Posted - July 5, 2024

DOs and DONTs of Eating Out After Weight Loss Surgery

Food. It’s necessary for your survival, but if you’ve battled obesity, the thought of food can trigger all kinds of thoughts, reactions and emotions. For post-weight loss-surgery patients, food can no longer be used as a way to deal with stress or emotions, instead, it requires a disciplined and intentional approach to ensure you’re consuming the right amounts of the right kind of food. This is most easily accomplished through cooking your own meals, but let’s be real - it’s nice to take a break and let someone else do the cooking every now and then! Let’s take a look at how to successfully navigate the times when you aren’t eating at home. Eating out at restaurants after weight loss surgery requires careful planning and mindful choices to ensure you adhere to your dietary guidelines and maintain your weight loss progress. Here are some tips for successful dining out post-surgery: Learn More
Posted - January 4, 2024

Getting Back to Her Best

Active and athletic. That’s how Mandy Crowell describes herself. She also remembers growing up in a house where both parents worked and most of the meals were quick, easy and not all that nutritious. But it was the 80’s and “clean eating” just meant you used a napkin to wipe your mouth! So she never really learned good eating habits, but it didn’t really matter because she was young and busy playing sports. Learn More
Posted - November 6, 2023

What is the Duodenal Switch? Is it Right for Me?

The biliopancreatic diversion with duodenal switch (BPD/DS) is a well-established weight-loss surgical procedure that provides excellent weight loss and long-term resolution of health conditions associated with obesity. This operation is usually, but not always, reserved for the extremely obese (with a BMI of greater than 50) because this surgery tends to result in more significant weight loss compared to other weight loss procedures. Learn More
Posted - October 3, 2023

Weight Loss Surgery – What Are My Options?

Each type of bariatric surgery has its own benefits and potential risks. It's important for individuals considering bariatric surgery to work closely with a medical team, including a surgeon, dietitian, and other healthcare professionals, to determine the most appropriate option based on their individual needs and health status. Learn More
Posted - September 7, 2023

Ever Heard of Diabesity? Here’s What You Should Know…

It's important to note that while weight loss can greatly improve the management of type 2 diabetes, it might not be a cure for everyone. Genetics, underlying metabolic factors, and the duration of diabetes can influence the extent to which weight loss can reverse the condition. Additionally, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, including regular physical activity and a balanced diet, is crucial for long-term diabetes management and overall well-being. If you’ve been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes and are overweight, our weight loss solutions may offer you a path to a new, healthier life free from obesity and diabetes. Learn More
Posted - August 4, 2023

A Life Changing Moment

For Shelby, it goes back to the year 2020 and the coronavirus. Her husband, Kris, who was also overweight then, got COVID in December and wound up in the hospital ER for four days! At one point, they weren’t sure if he would pull through. Fortunately, he did. But then on Father’s Day, Kris started experiencing what he thought was a heart attack. Thankfully, it turned out to be esophageal spasms. After follow-up visits with a cardiologist, Kris was told that if he didn’t lose weight, it would kill him. That was the turning point for Shelby, and one that strengthened their resolve to finally win the battle with obesity. Learn More
Posted - July 10, 2023

New Medications are Changing the Game for Weight Loss

Unless you’ve been living completely “off the grid” it would be impossible to have NOT heard about new weight loss drugs and their amazing results. Fueled mostly by social media, this new class of medications called GLP-1 agonists has given hope to many who have spent years trying and failing to lose weight. So are they really the game-changers that patients claim them to be? Learn More
Posted - May 15, 2023

Shantell’s Journey to Healing

As she remembers “I literally felt like in a matter of six months, I felt like I was going to die. I felt like it was over for me.” Scared, tired, borderline diabetic and feeling like there was no hope, Shantell said to herself “If this surgery is going to help save my life, then I need to do it.” Learn More
Posted - March 30, 2023

The Scale Doesn’t Tell the Whole Story

Our brains have been trained to measure success or failure based on numbers. From the very first days of schooling, we’re graded on how well we’re doing, so it’s no surprise that those attempting to lose weight can become obsessed with the number on the scale. But here’s the truth - even if the number on the scale isn’t budging, it doesn’t mean you’re not making progress in the right direction. Learn More

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Dr. Al-Kalla will be leaving Weight Loss Specialists of North Texas at the end of July. If you would like continue as his patient, please let us know and we can assist in getting your medical records transferred.

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