031 Dr Thomas Clark: Weight Loss is a Process, not a Project

by reeger on July 7, 2014


Dr Clark


Dr Thomas Clark has been a bariatric surgeon for 21 years. His practice is the Center for Weight Loss Success in Newport News, Virginia. In addition to being a board certified bariatric surgeon, he is also a board certified bariatrician (a medical doctor specializing in medical weight management).

In this episode Dr Clark shares:

    • What is Weight Loss Surgery.

  • How does WLS work.
  • Who is and who is not a candidate for surgery.
  • When might a person consider WLS.
  • How does a person choose which surgery to have.
  • How much weight might a person expect to lose with RYGB, Gastric Sleeve, and Gastric Band.
  • How to optimize the effects of each surgery.
  • Food choices: What matters most.
  • Concept of eating: 3 meals per day +/- a snack. The goal is how little can I eat and be satisfied. Not how much can I eat.
  • Three Principles of Dr Clark’s Core Eating Plan: 1) Hydration, 2) Good Protein, and 3) Colorful Vegetable Salad Stuff.
  • The 3 food categories you should avoid: 1) Starches: potato, rice, pasta, bread; 2) Crumbly carbs or Dr Clark’s 6 C’s: Chips, cookies, crackers, cereal, cakes, candy; 3) Watch the fruit because eating healthy does not mean losing weight.
  • Carbohydrate sensitivity: What it is and who has it.
  • How to break free of carbohydrates addiction.
  • The role of appetite suppressants.
  • Why some people regain weight after WLS.
  • What is one of the biggest problems with WLS.
  • Why follow-up after WLS is SO IMPORTANT.
  • How to avoid Slippery Slopes and Mind Traps after WLS.

My Favorite Quote from this interview: Weight loss is not a project. It is a process.

Ways to Connect with Dr Clark:
Website: Center For Weight Loss Success
Phone number: 757-873-1880
CFWLS Youtube
CFWLS Podcast
CFWLS Pinterest

Ways to Connect with me:
Sign up for my WLS Podcast newsletter! Details are above
Email: reeger@weightlosssurgerypodcast.com
Twitter: @preegerc
Pinterest: Weight Loss Surgery Podcast
Facebook: Southern Oregon Bariatric Center

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Leslie July 17, 2014 at 10:06 pm

Reeger, I recently came across your podcasts and I’m enjoying them very much. I’m in the final stages of the bariatric surgery pre-reqs. Still can’t make up my mind on the surgery type. I really only want lap band but I’m diabetic and I’ve heard folks say the other surgeries are better for that. I hope some day you have someone on your podcast who had/have diabetes (not pre) that is able to tell us how surgery has helped with the diabetes. That is my hope for my surgery, but would love to hear from others diabetics that have had success! I’ve been diabetic for around 15 years, I hear the earlier you have the surgery after learning of the diabetes the better it works, but I don’t know if that’s really true or not. Thanks so much, Les


reeger July 24, 2014 at 4:32 pm

Dear Leslie,
Thank you for reaching out to me. I am very glad you are enjoying the podcasts. That’s my goal, so it is always great to hear that I am achieving my goal!

Regarding your request for a podcast with someone who had obesity and type 2 diabetes, you are in luck! I posted my conversation with Denise London, the Bariatric Beauty Queen just yesterday, 7/23/14. Denise had insulin dependent T2DM then underwent RYGB. Her diabetes has been in remission ever since. I think you will find her thoughts regarding how she came to her decision for RYGB vs gastric banding very insightful, as well as her 7 Principles of Success which are applicable no matter which surgery a person chooses.

The decision to have bariatric surgery is a very personal one, and also which surgery to have. My best advice is to do your research, including talking to the providers at your program, talking to people who have had bariatric surgery, and of course, listening to my podcast : )

Please stay in touch, I always like to hear how people are doing.



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