While good nutrition is important for everyone, it’s especially vital for bariatric patients because the post-op stomach holds less food. Therefore, if nutrition isn’t prioritized, the result can be health-compromising malabsorption and deficiencies. There are some things patients can do, however, to get the nutrition they need, starting with the following six strategies.
Post-op weight loss patients have many changes to get used to. One important new habit: Taking daily supplements for the rest of their lives in order to meet their vitamin needs. Here’s a closer look at supplements for bariatric patients, along with one innovative new meal replacement product aimed at bridging the nutrition gap for weight loss patients.
According to research published in Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases, post-op bariatric patients reported “significant reductions in overall cravings for, and consumption of, craved foods.” While this is good news, it comes with a caveat: “Despite these decreases, patients’ cravings do not fully reduce to ‘normative’ levels and are not associated with postoperative weight loss.”
While weight loss surgery is considered to be the best intervention for obesity by most experts, it’s still a major procedure requiring ongoing effort by patients in the days, weeks, months and years after surgery. A big part of facilitating success — both in terms of weight loss and overall health — is adhering to the four-stage, post-op dietary guidelines. Here’s a closer look at the plan, along with tips for transitioning between the stages, as set forth by Obesity Coverage’s “The Big Gastric Bypass Diet Guide.”
We often think about the relationship between food and taste in the most basic sense: Does a particular food taste good or bad? However, the reality is that this way of looking at it is a massive oversimplification. In reality, taste is much more complex and multi-factored. For weight loss patients and the dietitians who work with them, the topic of taste is particularly germane. Here are six things to know about how taste impacts diet, nutrition, and overall wellness.
While bariatric patients hear over and over again about the importance of protein following weight loss surgery, many are unaware of why it matters so much. This lack of awareness can be a barrier to comply with recommended protein intake requirements, which can interfere with both weight loss and wellness. Here’s a closer look at the protein imperative for weight loss patients.
While malnutrition is rare following bariatric surgery, it can be a severe and even life-threatening complication. Registered dietitians can help their bariatric clients avoid malnutrition and stay healthy by educating them about why meeting their supplement requirements matters. Here’s a closer look at the issue, along with an overview of the vitamins and minerals that help prevent malnutrition and promote optimal nutritional outcomes.
Protein is one of the most critical components of the bariatric diet, with intake recommendations ranging between 60 and 100 grams daily, according to the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) When people fail to get enough protein, they risk losing muscle mass and strength while ultimately compromising their healthy metabolisms. Unfortunately, this is exactly what happens to many bariatric patients The good news is, it doesn’t have to be that way. These five high-protein foods for bariatric patients can help them incorporate adequate amounts of this essential macronutrient into their balanced post-op diets.
We can provide bariatric patients with all of the information in the world about nutrition, weight loss, and wellness, but at the end of the day, whether they follow it largely depends on something else: Whether or not it’s convenient for them. Here’s a closer look at the convenience imperative, along with one bariatric weight loss product that offers a winning combination of nutrition, taste, and convenience.
It’s hardly a surprise that the obesity epidemic has risen as more and more processed food products have flooded the market. In fact, four out of five studies have linked higher purchases or consumption of “ultra-processed” food with people who are overweight or obese, according to research published in Current Obesity Reports. Conversely, we also know that “real foods,” a.k.a. those made with unprocessed, additive-free and vitamin- and mineral-rich ingredients, are associated with many health and wellness benefits, including supporting weight loss and weight management. Here’s a closer look at three ways in which real foods can help bariatric patients succeed.
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