Banana Bariatrics | DFW

Need Help Getting Back On Track After Weight Loss Surgery?

At Banana Bariatrics, we’ll help you kickstart that “fresh bariatric mindset” again in order to feel re-motivated, confident, and successful with your tool… regardless of how far out from surgery you are.

What Is Banana Bariatrics?

Banana is an online bariatric support community focused on helping weight loss surgery patients navigate weight regain and general struggles after bariatric surgery through weekly support groups, educational courses, and family-style friendships with others on a similar health journey.

Question: Does This Sound Familiar To You?

Right after surgery, losing weight felt relatively easy. But as time went on, you may have started running into a few road bumps that made you second-guess your progress and weight loss trajectory.

 

>> Perhaps you caught yourself comparing your weight loss to others on a similar bariatric journey and thinking; “Am I losing enough? Am I doing this right?”

 

>> Maybe you went through a few weight stalls during the first year of surgery that made you feel like you were never going to get past those same pesky pounds that kept making the scale go up and down.

 

>> Or, perhaps you had to navigate through an extremely challenging time in your life: the loss of a loved one, a drawn-out divorce, a stressful career and demanding work schedule. The only emotions left in your empty tank of gas were anxiety, depression, and the overwhelming feeling of wanting to give up.

 

These are all very real and common reasons why weight regain happens in 30% of patients after surgery.

But, that doesn’t have to be the end of your story.

 

There is hope.

There is direction.

There IS a way to feel back-on-track with your health goals and to start hearing that “I can do it!” inner voice starting to speak up.

 

At Banana Bariatrics, this is what we’re here for. We’re here for YOU. And we understand the struggle that led you to us. On the good days and bad, we’ll always be here to support you with love, encouragement, and compassion.

 

Most importantly, at Banana, we are here to help you feel successful. But, what do we mean by success? (Hint: we don’t mean a number on the scale…)

 

Success to us looks like:

       Finally wearing that two-piece bikini

       Taking a selfie in the fitting room because you’re in a size that you haven’t worn since high school

       Having enough endurance to be more active with exercise

       Fitting comfortably into a restaurant booth

       Riding the roller coaster at the amusement park

       Not needing the seat belt extender on the airplane

       Wearing a belt!

 

So, what do you think? Are you ready to be successful?? (…We know you are!!)

 

Let us help you back on your feet and feeling back-on-track and re-motivated again.

 

See you on the inside,

Your Banana family

"Never have I felt closer to a group of people that are so far away from me. People on the outside do not understand our circumstances. I joined Banana to have a consistent support system post surgery. To validate our mental, emotional, and nutritional goals."
Gail P.
Bypass 06/11/18
"I enjoy being around others who can help support me when I need it and understand my situation. Not everyone can relate to us. I joined to make new friends as well as to help find a way to get myself back on track and refocus my priorities on my eating."
Dianna C.
Bypass 04/09/09
"I love having continuous support and long lasting friendships that feel more like family."
Alicia L.
Sleeve 05/05/21
"I joined Banana for education, support, and friendships."
Misti C.
Sleeve 04/13/22

Joining Banana is as easy as 1-2-3:

Click the "Join Our Family" Button

No need to join our waitlist!
Doors are now always OPEN!

Continuous Support

We're not going anywhere. Get ready for friendships that feel like family and to finally have a consistent support system after surgery.

Immediately feel a warm welcome

Instantly connect with your new bariatric buddies waiting to support you "on the inside."

About Banana's Founder: Kate Fuss, PA-C

Kate Fuss, PA-C, CSOWM is a Surgical Residency trained Physician Assistant from Yale / Norwalk hospitals in Connecticut. She obtained her Masters of Medical Science at Wake Forest School of Medicine in NC.

Kate has over 10 years of clinical and operative experience in surgery including both Bariatrics and Plastic & Reconstructive surgery fields. She is additionally Board Certified as a Specialist in Obesity and Weight Management.

Her passion lies in serving weight loss surgery patients throughout their entire operative journey. She carries a special interest in serving women struggling with post-operative weight regain through her kick-start “back on track” weight loss program as a bariatric health coach.

Career aside, Kate is mom to a little girl and enjoys traveling the world with her family to experience new cultures and cuisines.

Meet Our Guest Banana Speakers

You're In The RIGHT Place If You're Looking For:

Connection & Encouragement

Banana = family. Get ready for some genuine uplifting support and motivation from others just like you. You’ll be feeling back-on-track and re-inspired in no time.

CLINICAL SUPPORT

Have a question? Easily Tag our Guest Banana Speakers in our Private FB Group.

Serious Accountability

Join a Banana Team for weekly challenges that will have you bonding with your teammates, dialing up some competitive fun, and chasing the Leaderboard!

What your subscription includes:

NOW INSIDE:

Banana NOW OFFERS Coach Kate's EXCLUSIVE Back On Track Program!

The Banana Back On Track Program is a 12 week weight management program designed to educate and support you on your health journey in the realms of Nutrition, Movement, and Mindfulness.

Get ready to start feeling re-motivated and re-inspired again! 

 The Banana Back On Track Program will help you break through those pesky weight plateaus and/or weight regain since your bariatric surgery.

All educational content inside this Program is designed specifically for YOU as a bariatric patient and is founded in ASMBS (American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery) guidelines.

As a Banana member, you'll have access to this EXCLUSIVE Program for FREE

A $599 Savings!

We know that staying on track is important to you

So we created a nutritional "One Stop Shop" course to help you feel back in the driver's seat of your personal health and weight loss goals.

In our Nutritional Mastermind course, you'll dive deep into:

Bariatric Basics

Refresh your memory of the standardized bariatric guidelines around serving sizes, macronutrients, and the importance of drinking water after weight loss surgery (WLS).

Sugar

Sugar is everywhere! You'll begin to understand the importance of limiting sugar-sweetened beverages, how juice and smoothies can impact your weight loss after surgery, why sugar is so addicting, and the effects that aspartame has on your body.

How to "eat clean"

Understand why consuming minimally processed food is so important for your long-term health and wellness, decipher nutrition labels with a bariatric eye, practice making healthier swaps in your pantry, and restock your entire kitchen with healthy foods.

Meal Planner Template

Download our 17 page Meal Planner Template that will serve as a guide to teach you HOW to organize and plan meals for the week. Along the way, you'll work on your mindset around meal planning, add in a variety of meals to your weekly menu, stay consistent with your efforts, and address snacking with our helpful 80:20 strategy.

Cooking & Meal Planning

Explore helpful bariatric recipes and cookbooks, watch an entire cooking demonstration from one of our Bariatric Dietitians, and learn how to make modifications when cooking for one, eating low carb, repurposing meals, and adjusting recipes based on the bariatric staged diet you're in. In addition, you'll learn how to choose healthy items at fast food joints and restaurants when you're eating out with friends and family.

Accountability

Having a bariatric buddy (and family!) will not only sky rocket your success, but will help you stay consistent, accountable, and above all- HAVING FUN (imagine that!?) as you continue to navigate on your weight loss surgery journey. We'll invite you to join our membership support group called Banana Bariatrics.

Want To See What Banana Looks Like Behind The Scenes?

Hear What Others Have To Say:

We asked our Banana Teams:

What is your FAVORITE part about being inside Banana?

What would you say to someone on the fence about joining Banana?

Be a part of a different kind of support group.

One that is small, intimate, and will travel across the country to meet their fellow Banana buddies.
We're family, and "WE are better as a bunch."

Sneak Peak Inside Banana Support Groups

Ready To Join? Try a 1 week trial for only $1!

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SUPPORT GROUP MEMBERSHIP
$ 10 Per Month
  • Back On Track Support Group Call
  • Family-Style Friendships
  • One Week Trial For Only $1
  • Weekly Support Groups
  • Bariatric Dietitian Access
  • Nutritional Masterclass
  • Back On Track Program
  • Mindset Masterclass
  • Banana Teams
  • $98 All Access Savings

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ALL ACCESS PASS
$ 49 Per Month
  • Back On Track Support Group Call
  • Family-Style Friendships
  • One Week Trial For Only $1
  • Weekly Support Groups
  • Bariatric Dietitian Access
  • Nutritional Masterclass
  • Back On Track Program
  • Mindset Masterclass
  • Banana Teams
  • $98 All Access Savings
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  • Back On Track Support Group Call
  • Family-Style Friendships
  • One Week Trial For Only $1
  • Weekly Support Groups
  • Bariatric Dietitian Access
  • Nutritional Masterclass
  • Back On Track Program
  • Mindset Masterclass
  • Banana Teams
  • $98 All Access Savings
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FAQs

Banana member Kourtney felt the same way. Here’s what she has to say:

“I wasn’t sure if I needed it, because I haven’t really struggled. But I’m only a year and a half out and a lot can still happen. I’m still in the easy part. I can fall off the wagon, I can have questions or just need support and having this group to know that I can come to, to put me in my place helps tremendously.”

Our Quarterly membership comes with a $1 two week trial. Why not give it a shot and just see how it feels?

Banana member Carmelita adds:

“Being a part of Banana is an investment in yourself! The connectivity to great people and family is amazing!”

Banana member Susie had the same concern prior to starting, but says:

“I love being on the “inside.” I love the exclusiveness of banana. It is my bariatric “home.” It is my home away from home. I can be myself inside banana. I can come here and “let my hair down.”

If you enjoy being a part of Banana, we always encourage upgrading to our Annual membership. This is our best value subscription level and will save you 2 months of subscription costs each year!

If you have any extraordinary financial circumstances, please reach out to us at [email protected] to see how we can help.

Banana member Dianna had initial concerns about how well she’d fit into the group with it being online. She now says:

“BANANA is a HUGE part of my life!  I wouldn’t trade it for anything! I’m drawing closer to others each time we have a meeting. It’s AMAZING!”

Banana member Jill had similar worries prior to starting, and now adds:

“I feel like I have a home of help and understanding. The group of people are here to help and encourage us with no judgment.”

We know it can be intimidating joining a group of people, but not to fear- there are lots of introverts inside! And…*they come out of their shells* (GASP!)

If others can feel comfortable peeking their head out and participating inside Banana, we have no doubt you’ll find the courage to do so too.

And if you ever have anything personal or private to share, you can always reach us at [email protected], privately on our website, or through FB Messenger. We’re only a click away.

It is not uncommon to waffle back and forth between; “Do I have the time for this?” with “…But I know I need something going forward and I could really use the extra support.”

At Banana, ANY amount of time you spend with us is time well spent toward your health and wellness goals.

That’s why Banana focuses on 3 different ways to help you on your health journey: SUPPORT, CONNECTION, and EDUCATION.

Banana Bariatrics offers:

1) Daily accountability and connection inside our Private FB Group and with our (optional) Banana Teams participation. We have a spectrum of Banana Teams; from competitive groups to “Just For Fun” groups!

2) Flexible support with Support Group Replays. If life is crazy and you can’t make the Live support groups- no biggie! Catch all of the calls in our Replay vault whenever you want.

3) Education on your own time with a Library vault full of content. Learn at a time that works best for your schedule and at your own pace- no interaction with others required!

At Banana, we never want you to feel bad or guilty about the amount of time you spend with us. We understand that life can be hectic and busy and that’s okay! We’re here to support you in a variety of different ways and will never judge or embarrass you based on how much time you can commit to your membership.

So if you’re Hmm’ing and Haaa’ing over whether you have the time to commit to joining Banana… well… (*cough cough*) you’re spending a few minutes reading this response which is all it takes inside Banana. We’ve got your back and we can’t wait to help support you and your health goals!