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.
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.
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.
"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.
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.
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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