Bariatric Dietitian: Customizing a Successful Nutrition Road Map

This year’s National Nutrition Month theme is Personalize Your Plate. No one-size-fits-all approach exists to bariatric nutrition and maintaining a healthy body, regardless of age or health status. 

By Ayotunde Adeyeri, MD FASMBS, Medical Director, Institute for Weight Loss

When you alter your eating habits to support a smaller stomach, a registered dietitian nutritionist is uniquely skilled to tailor a customized nutrition plan that includes specific foods you enjoy eating, from pre-op to post-op to weight maintenance. In addition, your RD will also help you to use food as fuel, manage portion control, separate liquids and solid foods and take medication without discomfort. You will also discover various fitness endeavors to speed up and sustain weight loss. I have outlined four specific tips to get the most mileage out of your bariatric dietitian visits:

  1. Chart your food and water consumption

Multiple clinical studies have proven that people who track their food intake lose twice as much weight as those who do not. So clearly, this effort is worth it! Don’t just track what you eat—note how you feel (bored, nervous, stressed, excited) and write down the daily victories and challenges you face.

  1. Stay up to date on your lab tests

Ensure you are properly prepared for your appointment by having updated blood work done and any other lab tests relevant to your health at least a week before your appointment. We rely on these critically important health measurements to ensure your nutrition plan meets your body’s changing needs.

  1. Keep your appointments

Your post-op appointments are as crucial as your pre-weight loss surgery visits. When you reach your goal weight, visit your bariatric surgeon annually to ward off weight regain and ensure the weight you fought so hard to lose remains a distant memory. If any issues have come up, you can discuss them with your dietitian and create an action plan to conquer any challenges before they become more difficult to overcome.

  1. Embrace a new way of looking at food

Your surgery was a treatment; managing your nutrition is a lifestyle change essential to your short and long-term weight management success. At each nutrition appointment, you will look back (before surgery) and forward (to your healthier future.) Your dietary needs will continue changing over time, and you’ll need advice for every stage of your journey, including occasional weight loss stalls and bumps in the road. Finally, remember that your weight loss undertaking is a group effort—you are never alone. Contact your Sterling Surgicare bariatric team whenever you have a question or need support. Your success is our success, too!

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Bariatric dietitian services are only one aspect of the additional weight loss support services you’ll receive from my team and me. If you are ready to take charge of your weight, improve your health, reduce weight-related health problems and look fantastic, please call our bariatric navigators to get started at 732-217-3897. There is plenty of time left in 2024 to dramatically change your health this year. We look forward to partnering with you on this life-changing journey.