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Nutrition & Fitness
Whatever phase of the weight-loss journey you are in, nutrition and fitness are crucial. If you’re just starting to think about losing weight or if you’ve already reached your goal, eating right and exercising are the keys to getting and staying healthy.
What is Obesity?
Calculate Your BMI
Obesity and Health Problems
Before considering weight-loss surgery, it is crucial to understand the risks associated with obesity. From chronic disease to immobility, obesity can cause many health issues. To choose a safe weight-loss program, you need to know the causes and effects of obesity.
Why Bariatric Surgery?
Advantages of Bariatric Surgery
Am I Candidate for Bariatric Surgery?
Bariatric Surgery Options
Frequently Asked Questions
At Meridian Health, a physician will meet with you to determine if bariatric surgery is right for you and if so, what the best option for surgery may be. We also offer local free seminars to discuss all of the questions you may have about weight-loss surgery.
Calculators & Quizzes
We offer many free resources to support you on your journey to overall health and wellness. Read articles about important weight-loss topics from expert physicians, find a support group and find healthy recipes to share with your family.
You don’t have to go through this alone. Whether you're looking to socialize, develop confidence and motivation, share advice or learn more about others’ weight-loss journeys, this is the spot to be.
Meet Our Physicians
Our weight-loss surgeons are experienced, compassionate and focused on providing the best care. Get to know the physicians by watching their introduction videos.
Hospitals & Services
What to Expect
Recovery & Support
Meridian Weightless and Meridian Health are committed to your health and wellness through quality, patient-centered care and the advancement of modern medicine through clinical education and research.
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Nutrition & Fitness
Do you eat for good nutrition? It means more than simply eating an apple a day. Think in terms of your food choices throughout the day, from breakfast to bedtime. All foods, including your favorites, can fit into a healthy eating plan.
Fats and Cholesterol
You need to consume some fat to maintain good nutrition. The American Heart Association (AHA) states no more than 30% of total calories should come from fat; while the USDA 2005 Dietary Guidelines recommend a range of 20 to 35 percent. Fat powers many of the body's processes. It also adds satiety to meals--making us feel full longer after eating. Improve your diet by putting a little knowledge of fats and oils into practice.
Vitamins and Minerals
You need vitamins to live. You also need certain minerals. Together, these substances, which are naturally found in food, help the body to grow and function. Adding vitamins and minerals to your diet can give your body a boost.
Going meatless may take a little more work than a regular diet, but the trade-off can be better health.
Nutrition Tools: Labels, Portions and Pyramids
You don't have to figure out good nutrition on your own. Use these tools to smooth the path to healthy eating.