Patient Spotlight: Tania Bello

April 2nd, 2018 - Posted to Weight Loss

It took Tania Bello years of dieting and unceasing back and joint pain to decide she needs to change her life. In the winter of 2016, Tania contacted the Marina Weight Loss Center and after her sleeve gastrectomy procedure performed by Dr. Korman, she lost 60 pounds. Today, Tania weighs only 115 pounds and is happy to share her life-improving journey with other people who consider having weight loss surgery.

What has been your biggest success thus far?

My biggest success is actually a consequence of the surgery and that is regaining my self-confidence. Losing weight so fast after the procedure performed by Dr. Korman made me feel good in my own skin again. Not to mention that now I am able to walk without back and joint pain making every step seem impossible.

What has been your biggest challenge?

My biggest challenge was staying focused and in control of what I eat during the two weeks before my weight loss surgery. It has been a stressing period because of my mother's illness and death and posting pictures of my everyday meals on Facebook has helped me make it to the day of the surgery.

What is your motivation for continued change?

My biggest motivation is remembering my son hugging me after losing weight and saying "Now I can wrap my arms around you!". Being able to look at myself in the mirror with pride, to wear the clothes I've kept in the back of my closet so many years and knowing that my children are proud of me also keeps me motivated to continue the process of improving the quality of my life.

What is your favorite quick, go-to healthy meal?

When it comes to quick meals, I like to try new things every once in a while. However, if I would have to choose, cauliflower rice with black beans and turkey, chicken or fish meat will always be my no. 1 option since I come from a Latin family where eating rice is a tradition.

What advice would you give to those considering weight loss surgery?

Having weight loss surgery is a decision that you have to make with all your heart and which requires a lot of involvement. It will test your willpower but in order to achieve the desired results, you need to strictly follow the instructions of your physician and nutritionist. 

What was the craziest diet you tried before your surgery?

I'm not sure if I have tried any crazy diets, just the ones which didn't seem impossible. For example, the last one I tried consisted of Nutri Bullet shakes and meals. All the diets I've tried have worked to some extent but I would always end up gaining back all the weight.

What was the best/worst advice you ever received about dieting?

The best advice about dieting I have received came from my nutritionist, who advised me to keep a diary of what I eat, how much I eat and how many pounds I lose. Putting these facts on paper and analyzing them has helped me realize how to adjust my meals in order to have better results. The worst advice, however, came from a friend who told me to try starving myself to lose weight.

What would you tell your former self now if you could?

I would ask myself why it took so long to make the decision of having weight loss surgery because honestly, I don't know why I didn't do this earlier in my life.