All you need to know about the gastric bypass surgery

Losing weight naturally is not something everybody can be able to achieve. For some, it’s an impossible mission hence they seek surgery.

Some people cannot lose weight despite going on restrictive diets or hitting the gym.

This is due to hormonal imbalance, medication or treatment they are under, and disabilities among other reasons.

Days ago Kenyan socialite Risper Faith shocked many after revealing she might be planning to go through a gastric bypass surgery.

The big question is what is gastric bypass surgery?

This refers to a technique in which the stomach is divided into a small upper pouch and a much larger lower “remnant” pouch and then the small intestine is rearranged to connect to both.

According to Wikipedia, a small gastric pouch is created and the small bowel is re-routed.

Here is what happens before one undergoes the surgery

  • Consultation with the Surgeon and Anaesthesiologist.
  • Bariatric surgery
  • Anesthesia.
  • Hospital stay (2 days) with 24 hours of medical care.
  • Pre & Post Bariatric Diet
  • FREE dietetic follow-up for several years (different hospitals offer different plans.

Below are the different costs of gastric bypass across different constituencies.

Gastric bypass costs in Kenya

Gastric Bypass Insurance coverage depends on the type of insurance product you have purchased and policy terms and conditions.

The service is now being offered in public hospitals among them Kenyatta National Hospital.

Kenya’s biggest referral hospital offers the service for around 500K.

Gastric bypass surgery should not be confused with a gastric sleeve or a gastric balloon.

A gastric balloon, also known as an intragastric balloon or belly balloon, is a soft balloon that is inserted into your stomach through your mouth using an endoscope, non-surgically.

It is an endoscopic treatment for obesity that together with a balanced diet and physical activity helps lose weight.

Gastric sleeve-This is the removal of a portion of the stomach.

These methods are only effective if one adheres to a good diet, works out, and rests enough.

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Snacks to avoid for better weight loss results

In order to have better results in weight loss there are some snacks you should avoid taking. They include;

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Candy bars

These cannot only affect your body weight but can also cause dental problems. They are not nutritious as they contain large quantities of sugars and refined flour. Cravings of such foods can be replaced by natural foods and fruits.

French fries and potato chips

Fries normally contain many calories and fats especially because they are deep fried. These should be avoided at any point and in case of potato cravings one should feed on whole potatoes without frying them.

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Ice creams
Again this contains calories that are not beneficial. For better health and weight loss results there should be low intake of such foods into the body, to avoid massive weight gain.
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Fruit juices

Most fruit juices especially the preserved ones contain a lot of sugars and preservatives. They also do not contain fiber since they are extracted from the fruits hence has no much healthy benefits to ones body. It is more important to take fresh fruits than the manufactured juices.

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These include snacks such as biscuits, cookies, cakes and pastries. These foods mostly contain refined wheat and sugars which contain low nutrients and packed with high portions of calories. Excessive consumption of the same is unhealthy and can lead to fast weight gain.

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Soft drinks

They include sweetened drinks such as soda. They are unhealthy to the body because  they contain sugar. However they can be substituted by healthy drinks such as fresh blends and smoothies in case of any craving or better yet water.

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Tips: Here are the best ways to lose fat in the thighs

We all have fats in our bodies. There are many ways of reducing this fats including healthy eating and exercises. The following are the best ways in which you can reduce thigh fats first;

Squats and lunges exercises. There are times when you don’t want to do the same exercises over and over so you opt to switching them from one to another. This challenges the muscle as said by Ben Launder Dykes who is a strength and conditioning coach and fitness trainer. Front squats work your glutes and hamstringes while lunges work on the stability of the muscles.

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Protein and fibre meals. The meals you take should be rich in proteins and fibre that will supply the body with less calories and weight loss. Protein have a great role in building the lean muscles in the body. This will make your legs to look good and reduce thigh fat.

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Water. This is one basic need to a body. A lot of water in the body helps in reducing appetite since dehydration causes hunger. It also helps in reducing excessive salts and fluids that are not essential to the body. Water also plays a role in preventing bloating.

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Reduce carbs intake. Plenty intake of carbs always leads to weight gain. When the carbs are transferred into glycogen they are stored in the liver and muscles. High intake of carbs means more glycogen will be stored in your muscles hence weight gain. This will help you reduce thigh fats easily.

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Salt intake. When observing weight in general you should reduce your salt intake. Salt makes the body to retain excess water which leads to bloating that affects the whole body thighs included.  “Water follows salt, so the more you eat, the more water gets stored instead of being filtered out by your kidneys,” says Moskovitz. “By cutting back, you’ll notice almost an immediate change in how you feel and how your clothes fit.”

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From weight loss to better sleep and more money: Dry January helps people change their lifestyle habits

Going sober for January could lead to weight loss, better sleep, improved skin and more money, according to a study.

Those who took part in Dry January earlier this year reported that they had thought about their relationship with drink while doing the challenge.

Seven months later, in August, the participants were still drinking less, suggesting it helps people change habits in the long-term.

The findings show that assessing your relationship with drink for the 31 day period can ‘change lives’, according to campaigners.

One in ten people who drink alcohol are planning to take part in Dry January in 2019, a survey by YouGov suggests.

‘The brilliant thing about Dry January is that it’s not really about January,’ Dr Richard de Visser, who led the research, said.

‘Being alcohol-free for 31 days shows us that we don’t need alcohol to have fun, to relax, to socialise.

‘That means that for the rest of the year we are better able to make decisions about our drinking, and to avoid slipping into drinking more than we really want to.’

The study, conducted at University of Sussex, used three different surveys that participants of Dry January completed online.


The University of Sussex study found that:

• 93% of participants had a sense of achievement;

• 88% saved money;

• 82% think more deeply about their relationship with drink;

• 80% feel more in control of their drinking;

• 76% learned more about when and why they drink;

• 71% realised they don’t need a drink to enjoy themselves;

• 70% had generally improved health;

• 71% slept better;

• 67% had more energy;

• 58% lost weight;

• 57% had better concentration;

• 54% had better skin.

A total of 2,821 took part upon registering for Dry January, 1,715 in the first week of February, and 816 participants in August.

Participants reported their drinking days fell on average from 4.3 to 3.3 per week, and the units consumed per drinking day dropped on average from 8.6 to 7.1.

The amount of times they got drunk also dropped from 3.4 times per month to 2.1 times, on average, according to the findings, which were not published in a scientific journal.

There were also considerable immediate benefits. Nine in ten people said they had saved money, seven in ten said they sleep better, half had better skin and three in five reported to have lost weight.

Dr Visser said: ‘Interestingly, these changes in alcohol consumption have also been seen in the participants who didn’t manage to stay alcohol-free for the whole month – although they are a bit smaller.

‘This shows that there are real benefits to just trying to complete Dry January.’


Ladies, this is the easiest way to lose weight

Counting calories and reading the back of food packets in the supermarket can be a chore for dieters who feel they have to restrict what they eat.

However, eating more food, not less, might help people shed the pounds quicker, a new scientific study claims – as long as they eat low-energy dense foods.

These include pasta, rice, fruit and vegetables and because they have fewer calories per gram than high-energy dense foods such as cheese and biscuits, it means people can have bigger meals and still end up with smaller waistlines.

Those who eat healthy low-dense food can have bigger helpings before they reach the same number of calories that would be in a smaller portion of high-calorie and high-dense food.

Feeling full is the key to losing weight, say experts, and bigger meals mean people do not get as hungry throughout the day and eat unhealthy snacks.

The researchers from the University of Leeds said: ‘Hunger is a main barrier to weight loss attempts.’

Overweight or obese women following a Slimming World weight loss program were studied for 14 weeks alongside others using an official NHS Live Well scheme.

The Slimming World women, whose plan is based on low energy-dense foods lose more weight than those on the NHS plan focusing on counting calories, the scientists found.

Researchers said the Slimming World members lost an average of 5.8kg – 6.2 per cent of their body weight – and felt more motivated to continue the diet.

The group following the NHS program, which limits them to 1,400 calories per day, lost an average 3.3kg – 3.8 per cent of their weight.

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Struggling to lose weight? Nutritionists reveal 10 food swaps that will help save you money

Eating healthy doesn’t have to be difficult, as there are easy to follow swaps you can make that will save you time, money and calories.

Luckily you don’t always have to drastically change your diet to overhaul your health. Small adjustments can make a huge difference.

An easy way to notice an improvement with your health is by eating less processed foods as not all packaged foods are made the same.

One Australian dietitian and one nutritionist has weighed in on what swaps you can make.


Although flavoured yoghurt can be delicious, it is also packed with sugar and an average serve will set you back 810 kilojoules (194 calories).

In comparison, greek yoghurt has no added sugar or artificial sweeteners and contains 418 kilojules, or 100 calories.


Although nuts are considered a healthy snack alternative, peanuts can often be coated in layers of salt that you don’t need.

To avoid this, Kate suggested eating steamed edamame beans instead.

‘They’re lower in calories, higher in protein and equally as satisfying!’ she said.


Another recommended swap that Kate shared was canned baked beans to legumes, such as chickpeas.

This is because baked beans are often packed with sugar and salt and the additives don’t usually outweigh the health benefits.


Rice contains a certain level of anti-nutrients, like phytates, which can make it hard for people to absorb the minerals it contains.

Because of this, Kate has recommended swapping it out for quinoa in your diet.

A cup of white rice contains 632 kilojoules (151 calories) whereas 100 grams of quinoa has 1540 kilojoules (368 calories).


When you’re on the run a muesli bar is often a quick and easy go-to snack, but they’re not always as healthy as they may seem.

Instead of reaching for a sugary bar, Kate has recommended making your own protein ball at home using dates, nuts and coconut as they often sit under 400 kilojoules, or 100 calories.


Could APPLES Hold The Key To Losing Weight? Find Out Why People Who Eat One a Day Weigh Less

It seems the old ‘apple a day’ adage still rings true, according to new research.

And in addition to known health benefits, a new report by the CSIRO found that eating apples regularly can actually help with preventing weight gain.

In fact, leading health and lifestyle expert, Dr Joanna McMillan, said eating whole apples can help ‘control your appetite and assist with weight loss’ by helping you fill fuller for longer.

‘Studies have shown that both adults and children who eat apples regularly are more likely to have a lower BMI,’ Dr McMillan said, adding that apple eaters ‘weigh less’.


‘Initially researchers believed it was the low energy density of apples that helped manage weight.

‘More recent animal research suggests the dietary fibre (pectin) and polyphenols in apples may also play a role in appetite and weight control.’

The research also found that regularly eating apples can lead to healthier gut bacteria.

‘It is believed eating apples results in positive changes to gut bacteria (or microbiota),’ Dr McMillan said.

‘While the exact health effects of this are not yet known, the gut microbiome (the genes of the microbiota) are now understood to play an important role in maintaining good health and preventing disease.’

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Eating apples can also reduce your risk of cancer and keep your heart healthy.

‘Regularly eating apples is associated with a reduced risk of some of the most common forms of cancer. This has been shown for breast cancer, prostate cancer, colorectal cancer, and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma,’ Dr McMillan said.

She added: ‘There is a strengthening body of scientific evidence that a regular apple habit is good for your heart.

Apples and their nutritional components help lower total and LDL cholesterol. While observational studies link eating more apples with a reduced risk of stroke, hypertension and a range of heart disease risk factors.

‘Emerging research from the University of Western Australia also suggests that eating apples may improve blood pressure and elasticity of blood vessels.’


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WCW: Kathy Kiuna’s Weight Loss Journey- Photos

Rev. Kathy Kiuna is one of the most influential women especially in the gospel fraternity. Together with husband Bishop Allan Kiuna, they run one of the most popular churches in Nairobi Jubilee Christian Church in Parklands.

Kathy has over the years struggled with her weight and seems to have now made better lifestyle choices as there is a drastic change in her weight and that of her husband. The couple who have never shy away from the camera have often said that they hit the gym and have also changed their diet in their journey to making healthier life choices.

Kathy Kiuna joins celebrities such as Nazizi and Sheila Mwanyigha who have made remarkable changes to their lifestyle and thus made amazing transformations in their weight.

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Diabetes drug helps people lose weight: study

Liraglutide, an injectable diabetes drug that US regulators approved last year for weight loss, helped obese people lose an average of 18 pounds (eight kilograms), a yearlong study said Wednesday.

Most patients were able to keep the weight off for the duration of the 56-week study on the drug marketed as Saxenda by Novo Nordisk, according to the findings published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

The randomized, controlled trial was conducted at 191 sites in 27 countries in Europe, North America, South America, Asia, Africa and Australia.

Patients in the study were 18 and older and each had a body mass index of 30 or higher.

BMI is calculated by weight in kilograms divided by the square of the height in meters. The healthy range for most people is 19-25 BMI.

Of the 3,731 people in the study, about two thirds were given the drug plus training to improve their lifestyle habits, and the rest followed the same lifestyle intervention but were given a placebo.

The trial was double-blind, meaning that neither patients or doctors knew if they were dealing with the real drug or the placebo.

Those who received the drug were given a higher dose (three milligrams) than is prescribed for diabetes patients (1.8 milligrams), and were injected with the drug under the skin daily.

People in the placebo group lost an average of six pounds. Those who were given the drug averaged about three times more weight loss.

A total of 63 percent of those in the liraglutide group lost at least five percent of their body weight, compared to 27 percent in the placebo group.

Kevin Williams, chief of endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism at Temple University Health, described the weight loss in the liraglutide group as “significant.”

Williams was not involved in the study.

Side effects included gastrointestinal distress, gallstones and a slight increase in breast cancer risk.

Researchers said more study is needed on the breast cancer findings, and said it was possible that weight loss enabled more tumors to be found.

“This is another approach in tackling the obesity epidemic in our country,” said Elias Siraj, director of the Diabetes Program at Temple University Hospital, who along with Williams penned an accompanying editorial in the journal.

“Fortunately, even modest weight loss of five percent to 10 percent makes nearly all medical issues more manageable.”

Liraglutide has been used at a lower dose for treating diabetes in recent years, and some patients noticed it appeared to help them lose weight.

About 35 percent of adult Americans, or about 100 million people, live with obesity.

Two other anti-obesity drugs were launched in the United States in 2012, but the treatments carry side effects and are not widely used.

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How Cabbage Can Help You Lose Weight

Cabbage is low in calories and high in superfood power! Whether you enjoy it raw, cooked, or fermented, you always need a head of this inexpensive cruciferous veg in your crisper — especially if you’re trying to lose weight on a budget!

1. It has detoxifying diuretic properties: If you’re retaining water, start slicing up some cabbage, and get ready to chow down. Eating water- and mineral-rich cabbage on a regular basis helps your body release excess fluid and water weight; you’ll start seeing all your results from the gym sooner!

2. It helps you debloat: Due to its rich levels of vitamin C and vitamin A, cabbage boasts major anti-inflammatory properties. If you’re eating cabbage for its debloating power, choose red cabbage over the green variety, since it boasts higher levels of these vitamins.

3. It supports digestion: Cabbage is packed with high levels of fiber, which keeps your bathroom schedule regular. Beyond constipation, cabbage juice has also been able to help those who suffer from regular heartburn, peptic ulcers, and other serious digestive tract issues.

This Woman Lost 68kg… And Her Fiancé

Eve Parker shed 150 pounds, but in order to sustain her healthy lifestyle, she also had to shed her fiancé.

At 350 pounds, the 5’3 Parker was engaged to a man who was, according to her, “obsessed with obese women.” When she made the steps to lose weight, she had to accept her relationship’s uncertain fate.

“When I met him, of course I was very large, and that’s what he loved about me,” she recalled in a HuffPost Live interview Monday.

“So there was always this inner conflict of the very thing that was killing me — giving me the sleep apnea, my blood pressure was 200 over 100 — the very thing that was keeping me so unhealthy was the very thing giving me the one thing I wanted, which was love and acceptance from a man.”

It was when Parker’s doctor informed her that she “may not live to be 40” that she knew she had to make a change, even if it meant breaking up with the man she loved.

“I knew he wouldn’t support it, and it was one of the hardest decisions I’ve had to make,” she admitted. “[But] I knew that in order to truly shed the weight and create a healthy lifestyle, that I had to end the relationship once and for all.”

At 86 kilos today — the lowest she’s weighed since the third grade — Parker acknowledges that ending the relationship fostered her own personal growth.

“[I] wasn’t truly loving myself, because I was always trying to get it from external forces,” she said.


Might there be a cure for love handles

Sit ups help tone your stomach, while squats strengthen your legs and bottom – but love handles are particularly difficult to shift.

Now scientists believe they have discovered a way to ‘melt’ the excess white fat in muffin tops by turning it ‘brown’. While white cells are responsible for muffin tops and flab in general, brown fat cells convert excess energy in food into heat.

To make white cells behave like brown ones, researchers at the University of Bonn discovered a new signalling pathway. ‘Not all fat is equal,’ said Professor Alexander Pfeifer from the Institute of Pharmacology and Toxicology of the University Hospital Bonn.

‘If we are able to activate brown fat cells or to convert white fat cells into brown ones, it might be possible to simply melt excess fat away.’ By experimenting on mice, Professor Pfeifer discovered a new signalling pathway for a molecule called adenosine.

Adenosine is known to activate brown fat cells, and is typically released during stress. The adenosine signal is transmitted adenosine receptor A2A. ‘If adenosine binds to this receptor in brown fat cells, fat burning is significantly stimulated,’ claimed Dr. Thorsten Gnad from Professor Pfeifer’s team.

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A cool way to lose weight

Ice-packs have long been used to prevent swelling in sports injuries but now scientists have shown that they can also help people lose weight.

Simply strapping an ice-pack to a fatty area for just 30 minutes can burn away calories.

The cold compress works by triggering the body into turning flabby white fat into calorie- burning “beige” fat.

Humans have two types of fat tissue. White fat, associated with chubby stomachs and hips, circulates in the blood to fuel muscle activity, whereas brown fat generates heat. The colder you become, the more brown fat disappears.

Scientists have found that when white fat gets very cold it can turn into a brown fat, which researchers have dubbed “beige”. And beige fat can burn away to generate heat.



Losing Weight Could Make You Depressed, Study Says

Yet another reason not to listen to diet product hype

Going on that diet may help you shed a few pounds, but it could also worsen your mood.

A new study at University College London examined 1,979 overweight or obese individuals in the U.K. to investigate the effects of weight loss on both physical and mental health.

Unsurprisingly, losing weight led to significant physical benefits: those in the study who lost 5% or more of their original body weight over four years exhibited a drop in blood pressure and reduced serum triglycerides, both of which lower the risk of heart disease.

However, controlling for health issues and major life events that could cause depression, those participants were 52% more likely to report a depressed mood than those who stayed within 5% of their original weight.

Though the study doesn’t prove that dieting causes depression, it does show that weight loss doesn’t necessarily improve mental health, as many people assume.


Bride heckled on wedding day loses 70kg

A woman lost 70kg after passers-by teased her for being fat as she posed for her wedding photos.

Chloe Dodds, of Seaham, Durham, walked down the aisle in a size 30 gown after ballooning to 21st 8lb on a diet of Sugar Puffs, pizza and chips.

She was reduced to tears as by-standers heckled her with comments such as ‘you look so fat in that dress!’ as she posed for pictures beside her wedding car.


Woman loses 31kg after son makes fun of her

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A mother was so mortified when her eldest son called her a ‘jelly belly’ that she dropped five dress sizes in five months.

Rebecca Nelson, of Baldock, Hertfordshire, weighed 16st and wore size 18 clothes when her son Kurt, now 7, made the innocent remark, which prompted her to join a gym and slim down to the 10st 10lb she is today.

Miss Nelson, 28, said: ‘Kurt didn’t mean any harm. He was only joking around, in the way that children do. If I’d burst into tears he would have felt bad, but I laughed it off.

Weight loss: Not just about fruits and vegetables

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It’s common knowledge that fruits and vegetables are good for you, but it may surprise you to know that they alone do not shrink your waistline.

According to new research published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, eating more fresh produce does not necessarily lead to weight loss, especially if the fruits and vegetables aren’t replacing high-calorie foods in a person’s diet.

Researchers found that an increased intake in fruits and vegetables must be accompanied by other lifestyle changes – like more physical activity – in order to have an effect on weight.