Fat Shaming at the Super Bowl

“I heard my body is a topic of conversation so I wanted to say, I’m proud of my body and you should be proud of yours too, no matter who you are or what you do.” –Lady Gaga, 2017.

I have to ask, what has become of us? Do mature adults routinely ridicule individuals for “pot bellies,” and make fun of tummy “rolls?” Have we regressed to the fifth grade playground?

Lady Gaga gave the world a truly impressive half-time show at Super Bowl LI, then was criticized for her body in the comments thereafter. I wonder how many of her critics could even approach her level of fitness, endurance and athleticism; yet many outspoken individuals on social media and elsewhere resorted to schoolyard bully tactics in order to cast a shadow on her great performance.

While I’m thankful to have such a high profile example to illustrate “fat shaming,” I’m pained by the continued pressure of media (social and otherwise) to conform to a certain ideal weight and appearance. The past president of the IFSO (International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity and Metabolic Disorders) once said, “We’re trying to make a patient a certain weight, where G-d and the genes say otherwise.”

People come in many shapes and sizes. We have the opportunity to influence those shapes and sizes, to some degree, as individuals and as physicians. Shaming someone for not conforming to a physique that represents an extremely small portion of the human species is not appropriate – especially when that someone totally rocked the Super Bowl half-time show.
Let’s get healthy together, and let’s grow up a bit.

Matt Metz, M.D., F.A.C.S.

The Ultimate High-Protein Vegetarian Option

tempehSeveral of my patients have asked for more vegetarian options for meeting their protein goals after surgery. As promised, I have concocted the ultimate high-protein, vegetarian, bariatric-friendly meal!*


Olive oil
Brussels sprouts
Tempeh/extra firm tofu
Soy sauce and Sriracha


Coat pan with light oil or cooking spray and heat up that thing!
Add in shredded Brussels sprouts and mushrooms
Sprinkle in fresh garlic (or garlic powder, not garlic salt)

When Brussels sprouts are golden, add in the following:
Tempeh and extra firm tofu, marinated in light soy sauce and Sriracha
One handful of raw cashews.
Sautee until tofu and tempeh are slightly browned.

Serve and enjoy!

That’s low salt, low-fat, high protein, delicious eating! Also, the total time to prepare the aforementioned meal, including all prep and marinating, was about 6 minutes. Remember, if I can make it, anyone can!

Let’s get healthy together!
Dr. Matt Metz

*Opinions may vary.

No one gets rewarded from a cheat day

granola barsI need help!  Under the auspices of having some shelf stable snacks for hiking, I bought a box of chocolate hazelnut-filled energy bars. Each one has 230 calories and, though touted as being organic and having a low glycemic index, each bar has 27 grams of carbohydrate. They looked so innocent sitting on the shelf in the supermarket. I rationalized that I would only be using them for serious hikes, and not as daily snacks.

I ate the first one while I was still shopping—because I went to the grocery store hungry.

I ate the second one in the car on the way home—wow, these are really good!

I ate a third one after dinner that night—I had not yet gone hiking, and I was already up 690 calories for the day.

I woke up in the morning and had two for breakfast, instead of my usual protein shake, then got in my truck to drive to the trailhead.

I ate another one on the hike, then two more in the truck on the way out of the woods.

Get this, I stopped at the supermarket and bought two more boxes on my way home!

I continued to eat two a day through the first part of the week (an extra 460 calories and 54 grams of carbohydrate every day), and I did not exercise to my target heart rate for two days because I felt sluggish—no surprise given the huge sugar spikes.

I got to my office yesterday and weighed myself as I always do, and I had gained 5 pounds in 6 days. In case you have forgotten, I am a bariatric surgeon. I specialize in weight loss surgery, and in counseling patients who are struggling with weight. I did not heed my own rules!

Many of those close to me are aware that I have struggled with my weight since the 5th grade, but that I have kept it under control (for the most part) with strict adherence to the same guidelines I recommend to my patients. I eat a high protein, low carbohydrate, moderate fat diet. I exercise to my target heart rate, at least 40 minutes per day, at least four times per week. I avoid caloric beverages, and I stay away from bread, rice, pasta, and potatoes. Yet, here I am, a bariatric surgeon, up 5 pounds in less than a week, just from veering off the plan that I preach every day at work.

For those of us that struggle with our weight, there’s no such thing as a cheat day. Stepping off the path can start in the most innocent of ways, and then end up with a complete blow-out. No one gets rewarded from a cheat day. And, based on what happened to me this past week, you can see how easy those of us with a tendency to put on weight can get sidetracked.

Last night I donated the two boxes of energy bars, grudgingly. I felt like an addict throwing away his last fix. Obesity is a disease, much more complicated than calories in/calories out. Just like managing any addiction or compulsion, we must not deviate from our path to success.

Health is both a goal and a journey. Let’s all help each other, and let’s get healthy together!

Dr. Matt Metz was named the first surgeon in the State of Colorado to use the Reshape Dual Balloon!

reshape dual balloon

Dr. Matt Metz was named the first surgeon in the State of Colorado to use the Reshape Dual Balloon!  A non-surgical weight loss procedure, Dr. Metz has already begun implanting the balloons.  The intra-gastric balloon is a same-day procedure, and is inserted via an endoscope, under sedation, without any incisions.

All patients receive personalized screening and evaluation, then a full year of personal support and coaching, following the procedure.

The Reshape balloon is designed for patients with a BMI between 30-40, with no previous weight loss surgery, and with a willingness to make changes to support a healthy lifestyle.  Balloon technology is not covered by insurance.

Dr. Metz is very excited to have been recognized for his superior skills and expertise in balloon placement, and is honored to have been named the first in Colorado to implement this exciting weight loss procedure!

Let’s get healthy together!

Super Fast, Super Tasty!

I made this delicious and super healthy meal in 5 minutes. An amazing bariatric recipe, or high-protein, post-workout meal!

1 chicken breast (light soy sauce) on Foreman grill
Baby broccoli (2 minutes in microwave–covered)
Serve on bed of arugula and cherry tomatoes
Lemon juice and hot sauce to taste

If I can make it, YOU can make it!