Lose Weight. Gain Life.

June 1st, 2017

Before and After

Changing lives at Bay Area Regional’s Metabolic and Weight Loss Institute

Meet Nicole – Before her gastric sleeve surgery in July 2016, Nicole’s blood pressure was out of control and she felt extremely fatigued every day. Now down 124 pounds, Nicole is vibrant and full of life, and she no longer takes blood pressure medicine. The number of migraines has subsided and her cholesterol has lowered also. She says, “it is a lifelong change that give you longevity and health. This is a commitment to yourself and your loved ones…I wish I would have considered this sooner.”

The Metabolic and Weight Loss Institute at Bay Area Regional Medical Center
At Bay Area Regional’s Metabolic and Weight Loss Institute, we are committed to providing exceptional care while making a difference in people’s lives. The bariatric and weight loss specialists work together to help you reach your goals and increase your quality of life.

Weight Loss Options at Bay Area Regional:

  • Reshape Gastric Balloon (non-surgical)
  • Gastric Sleeve
  • Roux-en-y Gastric Bypass

Why lose weight and gain life?
Research has shown that weight loss or bariatric surgery is the most successful treatment for obesity and its related diseases. With weight loss surgery, you will lose weight, but there is so much more you will gain. Your physical function and appearance will improve. You will also experience significant improvement and sometimes remission of diseases such as pre-diabetes, type 2 diabetes, hypertension, metabolic syndrome, dyslipidemia and other cardiovascular diseases, sleep apnea, venous insufficiency, gastroesophageal reflux disease, polycystic ovarian syndrome and gout.

Nationally Accredited Comprehensive Center for Bariatric Surgery
Achieving accreditation from the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP®) places Bay Area Regional and the multidisciplinary team at an elite status for bariatric surgery.  “We are proud to be leading the way in bariatric surgery with Dr. Chaudhry as the only fellowship-trained bariatric surgeon in the Houston Bay Area,” said Stephen K. Jones, Jr. CEO of Bay Area Regional. “Achieving the national accreditation as a Comprehensive Center for bariatric surgery shows our commitment to providing exceptional care and making a difference in people’s lives.” MBSAQIP ® is a joint program of the American College of Surgeons and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.

Life after weight loss surgery
Our goal at Bay Area Regional is to not only help you lose the weight but also improve your health, prevent the possibility of developing other diseases and increase your quality of life. By having bariatric surgery, you will lose weight and you need to be prepared for the lifestyle change for the journey ahead. When you partner with Bay Area Regional, we will support, encourage and educate you along the way, because your success is our success.


“The ReShape® gastric balloon is an FDA approved, non-surgical approach to weight loss that is proven to help patients achieve significant weight loss.”

Now offering the non-surgical weight loss option, gastric balloon
The ReShape® gastric balloon is an FDA approved, non-surgical approach to weight loss that is proven to help patients achieve significant weight loss. As an outpatient procedure, the gastric balloon is inserted endoscopically in the stomach where it remains for six months, acting as a built-in portion control helping patients feel less hungry. Over the course of a year, patients receive frequent in-person coaching sessions and online support to give tools, resources, encouragement and guidance along their weight loss journey. In an FDA clinical study of 326 patients conducted in the U.S., patients with ReShape ® experienced 2.3 times more excess weight loss at six months compared to those who had diet and exercise alone. In the clinical trial, patients lost up to 72 pounds in 12 months.



Making Sense of Fitness Confusion in the New Year

January 1st, 2016

scott-medDo you want to change your body? The answer is: it’s all about the muscle

By Scott Sands

We all know that exercise and eating right are good for us, but we’re bombarded with an endless supply of new exercise inventions on TV, along with new and improved workout systems that promise to tighten your tush, carve in your abs, or get you shredded in just 12 minutes a day, that it can be confusing! What works? All of it?  None of it? Who actually uses those things to get the bodies they want? The spokespersons?  I’ll bet not!

The problem is exacerbated by gyms that don’t teach members even the basics, and essentially let them work out on the gym “playground” without knowing even what is safe, let alone effective. And worse are personal trainers who teach incorrect methods and perpetuate myths and misconceptions, watch their clients perform exercises incorrectly while counting out the reps, and in many instances look like they should get their own personal trainer!

Who’s still counting calories?  Or counting how many steps you take in a day? Trying to lose weight? What about exercising to burn more calories than you take in.   Sorry.  Faulty thinking, and ineffective.

Science and my own experience have proven that many fitness “truths” are actually myths.  I have female clients who gain two pounds while losing two dress sizes.  How does that happen?  Hint: Muscle work affects the body differently than cardio, and places much greater metabolic demands on it.  But it doesn’t have to be a workout that “kicks your butt,” or crazy-looking, joint-pounding, sweat-dripping workouts. There’s a much easier way that makes sense and feels good, too.

You want to change your body? The answer is, it’s all about the muscle. Yours, that is. And all of them.  It’s about making them stronger.  Not pulsing your arms to the heavens a hundred times to “feel the burn” with 3 lb dumbbells.  Running doesn’t do it.  Jumping around doesn’t do it.  Dancing, twisting, slamming ropes against the floor or pushing sleds doesn’t do it. And running on “hamster wheel” type of machines most certainly doesn’t do it.

Women – would you like to have a sleek, tight, toned body?  Guys – would you like to look like Tarzan?  I want you to know that it is absolutely in your control. That there is a systematic procedure to follow that will change your body, and change your concept of exercise.

Getting strong means every major muscle group, as well as smaller ones.  Learn how they function, and how they feel when contracting, extending, and stretching out through a full range of motion with resistance. And then challenge them methodically.  Form, technique, and “feel” are of utmost importance. But once you’ve got that, you’ll feel empowered as you get strong and fit, your body composition will change, and your muscle will create a new shape for whatever fat remains to be burned.

Once you’re in tune with your muscle, you’ll be able to perform any other exercise movement, activity, or physical feat with a new understanding that makes it simpler, easier, and makes you more independent and confident.  My clients who play tennis and golf are usually surprised at how quickly their game improves.  But forehands that blast past their opponent and longer tee shots are not a surprise to me!

Getting strong makes everything easier.  Physical strength translates into physical confidence, which leads to mental strength and confidence.  One can lead to the other, and each one balances and propels the other one further.

In any case, just get strong, and a lot of good things follow.  If you need help, all you have to do is ask, and I’ll be happy to guide you.

About the author: Scott Sands is a rocket scientist turned body scientist who coaches others in getting the body and health that they want.  Muscle changed his life, and he’s been perfecting the blueprint that helps others change theirs ever since. Working out and experimenting with fitness, nutrition, and supplementation since his late teens, he’s helped hundreds achieve their fitness and health goals.  Background – BS & MS in Physics from Texas A&M.  NASA Mission Operations Space Shuttle engineer. Website Developer. Managed a weight loss clinic for women.  Certified in Corrective Exercise and Personal Training.

Learn more at FitnessAloha.com and 5PhaseFitness.com

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