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Bariatric Diet

Survival Rates After Weight Loss Surgery

Bariatric surgery helps many of our patients lose a significant amount of weight, but that is just one of the many benefits of weight loss surgery. Patients also enjoy increased clothing options, more energy, improved or even resolved diabetes, lower cholesterol, lower heart disease risks, reduced pain from arthritis, resolved sleep apnea, and more benefits of a healthier lifestyle after bariatric surgery. In addition to all of this, recent research is also highlighting yet another benefit of bariatric surgery: an increase in life expectancy. Live Longer After Bariatric Surgery In a recent study published in The Lancet, researchers gathered data
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Do Diets Work?

Before considering this question, let’s start by acknowledging that “Diet” is a 4-letter word! The answer is “it depends.” They do and they don’t. One thing I can say with certainty… a ‘diet’ that does NOT work is SAD….the Standard American Diet. So, anything that moves you away from SAD will be beneficial. Here are some past blogs where I’ve discussed SAD: Taste Buds Rehab The Micro…What? There are no shortage of diets out there: Paleo, Vegan, Vegetarian, Keto, Mediterranean, Pescatarian, South Beach, Atkins... you get the idea. These fit the definition of "the kinds of food that a person,
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The Best Diet

Did I get your attention with my little teaser about the “Best” diet? Spoiler alert there really is no “best” diet for everyone. On the other hand, there is likely a best diet for you. What are the clues that what you are doing is really optimum for you? First off, we must acknowledge that diet is a loaded term, mostly because virtually everyone who has struggled with their weight has been on one and for most people the experience is frustrating. Instead of the word ‘diet’ let’s use the term ‘nutritional strategy’ or perhaps ‘eating plan’. There are only
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Nutritional Needs After Bariatric Surgery

One’s diet changes after bariatric surgery. Getting enough nutrients to retain muscle and meet the needs of overall health is challenging for many patients. Post-surgical nutrition counseling steers individuals in the right direction. Wynnie Hoodis, registered dietician, breaks down the importance of protein and vitamins after surgery. Protein for Optimal Function Protein is important for muscle and tissue repair, hormone production, body chemicals and immune function. It helps bariatric patients maintain lean muscle mass as they lose weight. Without enough protein, healing takes longer and hair loss can occur. The trick is to not overdo protein consumption. After surgery, protein
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Bariatric Nutrition: Charting a Healthy Course

Critical to the success of a bariatric procedure is how patients manage their nutrition going forward. Registered dietitians at Garden State Bariatrics and Wellness Center help patients who have undergone bariatric surgery plan their diets for optimal results. “I focus on the diet plan. We have general guidelines, but I do try to personalize it,” she explains. Just as procedures differ, and patients have particular needs, a bariatric nutrition plan that’s individualized garners great outcomes. General Guidelines Some aspects of bariatric nutrition are a given. Depending on the type of bariatric surgery, meal portions will be much smaller. Since patients
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Simple Suppers for Your Healthy Bariatric Diet

When you undergo bariatric surgery, you’ll have to ease yourself back into eating. At first, you’ll only be able to consume clear liquids, and then you’ll progress to a pureed diet supplemented by protein shakes. The next phase will be a soft diet, incorporating high protein foods and up to 64 ounces of fluids each day. Finally, though, you’ll transition into the stabilization phase, which is a great option in terms of a lifelong diet not just for bariatric patients, but for anyone who wants to stay healthy and fit. With some planning and the right resources, you can have
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