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Why Do Weight Loss Patients Need Protein For Satiety?

on Aug 8, 2018 9:57:00 AM By | Valerie Brookbank, RDN, LD | 0 Comments | protein for weight loss protein for satiety
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.  
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Vitamins and Minerals for Bariatric Patients: Are They Getting What They Need?

on Jul 26, 2018 7:11:00 AM By | Valerie Brookbank, RDN, LD | 0 Comments | high-protein foods for bariatric 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.
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Five High-Protein Foods Your Bariatric Patients Aren’t Eating But Should Be

on Jul 24, 2018 7:03:00 AM By | Sean Daly | 0 Comments | high-protein foods for bariatric patients
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.
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Understanding the Value of Convenience Foods for Bariatric Patients

on Jul 19, 2018 7:17:00 AM By | Jon Thompson | 0 Comments | convenience foods for bariatric patients
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.
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Three Reasons Why Real Food Matters for Weight Loss Patients

on Jul 17, 2018 7:05:00 AM By | Valerie Brookbank, RDN, LD | 0 Comments | real food for weight loss
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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Eight Must-Read Resources for Registered Dietitians

on Jul 12, 2018 7:10:00 AM By | Valerie Brookbank, RDN, LD | 0 Comments | bariatric research studies
There’s a lot of conflicting information floating around out there on the internet. How do you know what’s true and what’s “fake news”? Finding reliable sources is more important than ever — especially when it comes to weight loss, nutrition and overall health and wellness. Read on for a roundup of eight trustworthy resources used by the Rational Foods team.
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Five Myths About Organic Food All Bariatric Patients Should Know

on Jul 10, 2018 10:39:39 AM By | Valerie Brookbank, RDN, LD | 0 Comments | organic foods for bariatric patients
While we often talk about the importance of “eating right,” this can be easier said than done for bariatric patients who may have a limited understanding of nutrition. Organic foods are one common area of confusion. Read on for a closer look at five myths and misconceptions about organics.
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Tips for Setting SMART Goals With Your Weight Loss Patients

on Jun 28, 2018 7:17:00 AM By | Sean Daly | 0 Comments | smart goals for weight loss patients
"Well-planned goals can help you convert your thoughts into action," says the Mayo Clinic. And when it comes to goals, SMART ones are widely viewed as the gold standard. Short for goals that are specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound, this acronym can be an invaluable one when applied to goal-setting for bariatric patients. Of course, advising your weight loss clients to “be SMART” is unlikely to be enough. Here’s a roundup of tips aimed at helping weight loss patients turn SMART goals into results.
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Five Tips for Helping Weight Loss Patients Get Back on Track After a Slip-Up

on Jun 26, 2018 7:09:00 AM By | Sean Daly | 0 Comments | weight loss patient adherence
As the popular adage goes, “It is not our mistakes that define who we are; it is how we recover from those mistakes.” While this sentiment applies to many aspects of life, it’s extremely relevant to the weight loss journey. Why? Because the reality is that people can and do mess up when it comes to weight loss patient adherence. However, the occasional mistake doesn’t have to derail a post-op patient’s journey to health — especially with the support of a dietitian.
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Three Tips for Respectful Communication with Obesity Patients

on Jun 20, 2018 7:07:00 AM By | Sean Daly | 0 Comments | communication with obesity patients
People with obesity face bias and discrimination every day. Unfortunately, this has numerous negative complications. Says the Obesity Action Coalition, “Research has demonstrated substantial impact on personal relationships, education attainment, professional achievement, and healthcare delivery.” While the dietitian's office should be a “safe space” for weight loss patients, it doesn’t happen automatically. Rather, dietitians must be proactive when it comes to facilitating respectful communication with their weight loss patients. Start with these three tips.
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