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5 Lifetime Benefits of Communicating with Your Coaches

How is your weight loss coming along?

This is just one of the many questions that a member of your SmartShape™ weight loss support team might ask you. Talking with your team of coaches following a weight loss procedure is essential to your long-term success. They can help you adapt to a new, healthy lifestyle with education, motivation, resources, and more.

Read on to learn about the top five benefits of regular communication with your weight loss coaches!

Lost just over 100 pounds

I am doing very well indeed! In two years, I have lost just over 100 pounds so far! I really appreciate the staff who did my fills in Calgary – no long wait times, great personalities. I’m shooting to lose another 12-15 pounds!


How obesity disrupts you mentally

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October 10th is the World Health Organization’s “World Mental Health Day”. Mental Health can be affected in many ways, and can have many different results on everyday living. For instance, have you ever thought about how some packaged foods can stay fresh until their ‘best before’ date? The reason they can is through the use of chemicals.

Through Stem-cell testing, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center recently studied three specific and common food and household chemicals that are known as “endocrine disruptors’, or chemicals that directly affect the signals sent to the brain from the digestive system by interrupting those signals.

The three chemicals studied were specifically chosen due to their abundant presence in our everyday lives:

  • BHT (Butylhydroxytoluene) is used to preserve nutrients and fats in food;
  • PFOA (Perfluorooctanoic acid) is found in carpets and cookware;
  • TBT (Tributyltin) is found in paint and can infect seafood when it ends up in the water supply.

Stem-cells were used to produce hormone-producing tissues, and then these tissues were exposed to these three chemicals, to see if the signals from these tissues to the brain would be interrupted.  This type of signal disruption could contribute to obesity in humans.

Another element of the study used stem-cells to grow tissue similar to the tissue in the lining of the human gut and to the cells in the brain’s hypothalamus, which controls appetite and metabolism. In this test, the three chemicals were exposed to the tissues both individually and together. It was found that these chemicals neutralized the signalling hormones and also damaged mitochondria. Mitochondria are responsible for the conversion of sugars, fats and proteins eaten into forms of chemical energy that the body can use. Thus these chemicals can directly affect metabolism.

The leader of this study, Dhruv Sareen, assistant professor of Biomedical Science at the University of California, Los Angeles, and the Director of the Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell Core at the Cedars-Sinai Board of Governors Regenerative Medicine Institute, said of the overall study, “We discovered that each of these chemicals damaged hormones that communicate between the gut and the brain. When we tested the three together, the combined stress was more robust.”

This study is more evidence that you should be vigilant about decreasing the amount of preservative-laden processed food you eat, and always choose fresh foods whenever possible. Your mental health is at stake and your brain will thank you for it!


If you’d like to learn more about how bariatric surgery may also be able to help you to be successful on your weight loss journey, calls us today at (888) 278-7952, or contact us through our website at

“Sick & tired of feeling sick & tired” – Brenda’s Story

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Although it sounds trite, I was literally “sick and tired of feeling sick and tired”

I have been overweight my whole life really, but a car accident 5 years ago changed my life.  I was diagnosed with PTSD, depression and anxiety. Every assessment or treatment that the insurance companies sent me to made my mood sink further.  I put on over 100 pounds and felt totally helpless.  I finally felt “‘well” enough to try some light exercise to help with both the physical and emotional aspects I was experiencing.  That’s the “Before” picture…the day I started at the gym.  I hate having my picture taken, and thought I had seen some bad photos of myself, but when the gym manager showed this to me a few weeks ago, I knew that was my lowest point…and my highest weight.

At one of the assessments I attended, the professional made a recommendation to see a bariatric physician.  I did a local search and discovered a few avenues that I could pursue.  My family doctor was supportive of weight loss surgery, and she just asked that I do some research before making a decision.  That research led me to SmartShape, and I read all the testimonials and checked out all the options available.  One email was all it took to get a follow up phone call within a day, and a consultation with a surgeon just a week later.  I went in to the consult determined to move forward with the Gastric Sleeve, and the surgeon agreed that, based on my BMI, it would be my best choice.  All of my questions were answered, and he talked about some things I hadn’t even thought of.

From the first phone call, through the consultation and all the prep work necessary for the surgery, I felt like I mattered to these people…that somebody was in my corner willing to help me out.  Even after the surgery, when I had a really rough time, I got a phone call from my surgeon every day for a week…I mean…who does that?

I signed up for all of my required webinars after the surgery.  I have called and/or emailed to ask questions along the way, and I have shared my weight loss milestones with the staff.  I just discovered before the summer break that there is a support group based out of the clinic, and I hope to go back when it resumes in September.  I have recommended SmartShape to friends based on my experience, and they have both had sleeve surgery this year.  The surgery itself is a tool to aid in weight loss.  It hasn’t fixed my other problems, but now I feel like I’m in a better place physically to try to deal with them emotionally.  I have lost 135 pounds from that highest weight/lowest point photo and I am thankful for all the staff at SmartShape who were a part of the journey.   Cheers to the next milestone!


If you are ’sick and tired of feeling sick and tired’ too, call us today. We would like to help you feel better and enjoy life more! Call (888) 278-7952 and speak with one of our Program Advisors about how SmartShape can help you reach your milestones!


The information provided in this Newsletter is for informational purpose only and is not professional medical advice, diagnosis, treatment or care, nor is it intended to be a substitute. Therefore always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health provider properly licensed to practice medicine or general health care in your jurisdiction concerning any questions you may have regarding any information obtained from this Newsletter and any medical condition you believe may be relevant to you or to someone else.

SmartShape Webinars


After your procedure with SmartShape, we recommend you take advantage of our Webinars to learn about the essentials of weight loss success after a procedure. Our registered Dietitian and our Bariatric Education Coach provide education through webinars, with topics such as:


  • Nutrition Principals
  • How to live Successfully After Your Procedure
  • Skin, Nail & Hair Health
  • Nutrition Myths & Facts
  • Dining Out & Ordering In
  • Getting Back on Track
  • Digestive Health, and many other topics.

These Webinars are provided so that you can learn in the comfort and privacy of your own home, and can interact immediately with our team of professionals to answer any questions or concerns you may have.

Numerous studies show that the support of professionals of various disciplines following a bariatric procedure can often mean the difference between being successful or not on your weight loss journey.

Let the Team of pros at SmartShape help you after your procedure – your success is our success!

For more information on the extended Aftercare provided at SmartShape, speak with one of our Program Advisors at (888) 278-7952 today!