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Weight Loss Blog

  • Getting More Fruit Into Your Diet

    Emily Fortner, Clinical Dietitian, Deaconess Weight Loss Solutions

    One of the best parts of summer are the seasonal, delicious fruits. Early summer gives us sweet strawberries; later we get to enjoy plump grapes, vibrant berries, juicy peaches...the list goes on and on! 

  • Quick & Healthy Breakfast Ideas for Your Family

    Carolyn Burns, RD, Deaconess Weight Loss Solutions

    Now that children are back in school, morning time can be very hectic. Amid the busy routine of getting everyone up, ready, and off to school, it is easy to skip breakfast. But as you’ve probably heard, breakfast is the most important meal of the day.   
     

  • Understanding Surgical Weight Loss

    Kara Sjogren, DO, Deaconess Weight Loss Solutions 
     
    As a physician specializing in helping people lose weight, I’ve seen firsthand how weight loss success positively impacts nearly every aspect of their lives. I have also answered many questions about the surgeries we perform, the process of preparing for surgery, and what patients can expect over the months prior to and after surgery.

  • The Keto Diet—The Facts, How It Works, Is It Safe?

    Mary Ann Bieker, MD, Internal Medicine, Deaconess Clinic Downtown
     
    Americans seem to try one trendy diet after another. Recently, a low carbohydrate diet called Ketogenic (Keto) has gained popularity.
     

  • Schedule Online Now – Making Health Care More Convenient

    Amanda Bohleber, MD, Deaconess Clinic Medical Director
     
    It’s never been easier to schedule an appointment with a Deaconess doctor or service. Online scheduling is convenient, helps busy families and people on the go, and improves access to the care you need--when and where you need it.
     

  • Sizzle Without Guilt: 7 Tips for Healthy Summer Cookouts

    Helen Schnarr, Clinical Dietitian, Deaconess

    Summer means picnics, barbeques, and other outdoor social events. It also means lots of yummy foods, many of which are not so healthy. Here are some tips--and recipes!--to help you enjoy a guilt-free summer without compromising fun or your weight loss goals. 
     

  • 8 Healthy & Fit Summer Vacation Tips

    Helen Schnarr, Clinical Dietitian, Deaconess 

    Vacation is a great time to reduce stress and rejuvenate your mind, body and spirit. It’s not, however, the time to turn back on healthy lifestyle changes you worked on through the winter and spring months. Here are a few ways to maintain healthy habits when you’re out of town and out of your normal routine.
     

  • Eat Your Veggies!

    Carolyn Burns, RD, Deaconess Weight Loss Solutions


    The farmers have been busy in the fields this spring, and their hard work is beginning to show as vegetables ripen. Soon, road-side stands and farmers markets will be brimming with people anxious to purchase their fresh seasonal vegetables. But what about the people not excited for fresh produce season?


     

  • Easter Favorites: Healthy Variations on Classic Lunch & Brunch Recipes

    Carolyn Burns, Clinical Dietitian, Deaconess Weight Loss Solutions

    Special Easter gatherings bring to mind favorite foods. Here are some Easter favorites, but these recipes offer a few less calories without compromising on taste.


     

  • Tasty and Healthy Recipes for the Big Game

    Debbie Pfeiffer, MS, Registered Dietitian, Deaconess Weight Loss Solutions

    It’s almost time for the biggest football game of the year, which often means parties with lots of food! Here are some tasty recipe ideas and healthy tips to make your game day a waistline success.
     

  • Keeping Resolutions in the New Year

    Sara Bueltel, RD, CD, Deaconess Weight Loss Solutions

    It’s that time of year again! New Year’s Day is around the corner and many of us are starting to think about making a resolution. But how do you stick to your resolution and not give up before Valentine’s Day? We’ve listed some tips below on how to make and keep momentum toward your New Year’s resolution throughout the year.

  • Staying Healthy Through The Holidays

    Mary Ann Bieker, MD, Internal Medicine, Deaconess Clinic Downtown

    The holiday season is upon us.  Learn tips for staying healthy and avoiding illness so you and your family can be well from now into the new year.
     

  • Planning & Goal-Setting to Prevent Holiday Weight Gain

    Deborah Pfeiffer, MS, RD, Deaconess Weight Loss Solutions

    When your goal is weight loss, this time of the year can be a difficult time, as high-calorie, great-tasting food seems to be everywhere!  Here are some tips that can help you navigate through the weeks ahead.
     

  • Making the Most of Your Doctor’s Appointment

    Ankita Bahuva, MD, Internal Medicine, Deaconess Clinic Downtown

    Your doctors’ appointments are an important and valuable time to connect with your doctor, share your perspective and information, and learn from your doctor’s expertise.  The best appointments happen when patients are very prepared.
     

  • Weight Loss From An Expert's Perspective

    Tammy Ransom, Nurse Practitioner at Deaconess Weight Loss Solutions

    When it comes to losing weight, there are some first steps that everyone should try. There are also some weight loss methods that I don’t recommend, either because they don’t work or because they aren’t healthy. These general recommendations can not only help with weight loss, but will also improve overall health and well-being. 
     

  • Mediterranean Diet—A Healthy Diet for Life

    Dr. Mary Ann Bieker, Internal Medicine, Deaconess Clinic Downtown

    One third of the adults in the United States are obese--that is, they have a BMI (body mass index weight/height) greater than 30. It seems these days everyone is trying to diet to lose weight or simply be healthier.
     

  • What's in YOUR grocery cart?

    Deborah Pfeiffer, MS, RD, Deaconess Weight Loss Solutions

    Learn some healthy shopping tips from registered dietitian Debbie P. from Deaconess Weight Loss Solutions.

  • Small Changes for Gradual Weight Loss and a Healthier Life

    Dr. Lori Sieboldt, Bariatrician; Carolyn Burns, Dietitian; Sarah Bishop and Jennifer Knight, Exercise Specialists, all from Deaconess Weight Loss Solutions

    Weight loss is a common topic this time of year, but the best-laid plans for New Year’s resolutions can go by the wayside if you try to take on too much at once!  There are several small changes to your nutrition and physical activity to implement over the coming days, weeks and even months to help you reach your weight loss goals

  • Feel Better

    Terry Gehlhausen, MD, Deaconess Clinic Family Medicine, Oakland City

    Feel better in a year, month, day, even minute! These are simple tips that can lead to increased health and improve your quality of life. 

  • Autumn: A Time for Change

    Terry Gehlhausen, DO, Family Medicine Deaconess Clinic Oakland City

    The winds of autumn are upon us, and they have already blown away the heat and humidity of summer. September 23rd was the first day of autumn and it is time for a new season.
     

  • Clean Eating in the Summer

    Dr. Emily Krajec, Family Medicine, Deaconess Clinic Princeton

    Summer months naturally lend themselves to clean eating. It’s important to know how to take advantage of this. Summer also brings cookouts, traveling, and family vacations. It is possible to continue clean eating by remembering a few tips and tricks.
     

  • A New Life Through Weight Loss Surgery

    My name is Sandy, and I am a gastric bypass patient of Deaconess Weight Loss Solutions. I underwent surgery in September 2014 and am 116 pounds lighter than I was a year ago!  I’m so excited to share my story. If I can help and inspire someone in the same way that I’ve been inspired by this process and the staff at Deaconess Weight Loss Solutions, then I’ll have made a difference.

  • Eating Clean, Feeling Good

    Dr. Emily Krajec, Deaconess Clinic Family Medicine 

    Do you feel like food controls you? Are you looking for a solution to weight issues or to your overall health? Are you exercising but not seeing or feeling the results you want?  If so, I want to share with you about eating clean. 

  • 10 Choices to Add Years to Your Life

    Terry Gehlhausen, DO, Deaconess Clinic Family Medicine

    People who follow a few simple steps to improve their health have less cancer and heart disease compared to other Americans, and their overall death rate is significantly reduced compared to other people under age 65. Here are ten choices you can make that will lead to a longer and healthier life:

  • Can the new weight loss drugs really help you lose weight?

    Dr. Mark Graves, Deaconess Clinic Internal Medicine

    According to the CDC, more than one third of American adults are obese.  Since the obesity epidemic began, Americans have tried an endless amount of techniques to drop extra pounds.  From group meetings to home delivered meals to medically supervised weight loss, the battle of the bulge has yet to be conquered.  The onslaught of programs, clinics and plans has left us confused and, more importantly, still obese.  

  • Easy Ways to Cut Calories

    Terry Gehlausen, DO, Deaconess Clinic Family Medicine

    Most of us picked up a little extra fat around the middle over the holidays. Here are a few simple ways to eliminate those pounds:

  • How to Make Realistic Resolutions and Keep Them

    Deaconess Employee Wellness Staff

    A new year can mean new resolutions, but what’s the best way to set realistic goals you can actually accomplish? Read on for some useful tips and direction to keep your resolutions, reach your goals, and have a new year that’s happy and healthy. 

  • 9 Tips for Making Healthy Choices During the Holidays

    Deaconess Wellness Team

    Family dinners and holiday parties are just around the corner. If you don’t have a plan for balancing food choices with enjoying the festivities, you may find yourself really frustrated. Try these 9 tips for making healthy holiday choices and you may find yourself having a Happy New Year

  • 6 Tips to Keep You Fit This Fall

    Dr Terry Gehlhausen, Deaconess Clinic Petersburg

    The winds of autumn are upon us, and they have already blown away the heat and humidity of summer. It's time to prepare for a new season, and the same applies to your health.
     

  • Medical Weight Loss, Polly's Story

    Like so many people, Polly struggled with my weight for years, trying many diets only to lose some weight and regain it, and more.  At her heaviest, she actually weighed over 300 pounds. 

  • 7 Guidelines to Healthy Weight Loss

    Dr. Terry Gehlhausen, Family Medicine Deaconess Clinic Oakland City

    Dietary changes will reduce your risk of breast, colon, and prostate cancers, and also reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease by up to 80%! Read this blog for seven “guidelines” to give your body a “tune up.”

  • Lifestyle Changes That Lead to a Leaner, Healthier You

    Ashley Chipps, BS, Wellness Coach with Deaconess Employee Wellness Program​

    I want to help anyone reading this know more about how eating habits and activity levels can impact weight loss. The first point to make, which is what the rest of this conversation will be about, is that weight loss is a matter of taking in fewer calories than you use during the day. 
     

  • Are You Ready to Take Shape for Life?

    Take Shape for Life is a new program at Deaconess Weight Loss Solutions.  This is an effective, relatively-easy way for people to lose weight—in a non-surgical program. Many people don’t qualify for or NEED weight loss surgery, but instead would benefit from a medically-directed weight loss program.


     

  • Surgical Weight Loss

    Dr. Christopher Haughn, Bariatric Surgeon at Deaconess Weight Loss Solutions

    Types of surgical weight loss methods performed at Deaconess. Learn more about:  Gastric bypass, Sleeve gastrectomy and LapBand.


     

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