Am I Losing Weight at a Healthy and Safe Rate? FAQ with Dr. Steven Simper
By: Dr. Steven C. Simper, MD, FACS
“It is the will and ambition of our patients who ultimately make their weight loss possible. Treating the whole person is a critical part of the care given to my patients.”
Question: Am I Losing Weight at a Healthy and Safe Rate?
Dr. Steven Simper’s answer: Yes, as long as you maintain your nutrition. Most people equate weight lose malnutrition or illness since without weight loss surgery those are the only conditions under which people see weight loss. The truth is weight loss and nutrition are different. Just as you can gain a lot of weight and have poor nutrition, you can lose massive amount of weight while maintaining good nutrition.
If you follow our nutrition guidelines you should be fine. It is amazing how little food your body needs when you are eating the right foods and making healthy choices. The misconception of our diet is that it is a high protein diet. It really is not. Because you are eating such a small amount, a large proportion of your diet needs to be protein.
Some people seem to believe that if a little is good, then a lot is better, so they consume protein shakes and other products to consume too much protein. Too much protein will cause you to gain weight, not lose it. What you need is adequate protein, 70% of your meal, and that is easy to get with a small amount of the proper foods.
About the Author:
Dr. Steven Simper, MD, FACS, performed his first bariatric procedures in 1984 at Wilford Hall Medical Center, in Texas. Currently, he performs laparoscopic gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy, duodenal switch, and revisional surgery. In addition to general surgery procedures. He joined Rocky Mountain Associated Physicians in 2001, and began performing laparoscopic gastric bypass. Since 2008, he has developed his skill and expertise with the powerful biliopancreatic diversion with duodenal switch (DS). He is among a handful of surgeons who perform this procedure. He both proctors other surgeons and is a speaker at bariatric conferences in regards to the duodenal switch procedure. In following his patients, and witnessing results, he has become a strong advocate for this procedure in the select individual who needs a powerful surgery.