Bariatric Nutrition

Losing a significant amount of weight is much more than eating fewer calories. Our goal with bariatric nutrition is to improve health and maintain lean muscle, as well as remain nutritionally balanced with regard to our vitamin and mineral intake. Bariatric nutrition is very important when considering a bariatric diet as part of our weight loss program. We work with each medical weight loss patient individually, regardless of his or her weight loss goals or method of weight loss chosen.

Medical Weight Loss - What to Expect

Patients enrolling in our Medical Weight Loss Program (Non-Surgical) at Saint Joseph Center for Weight Loss Surgery in Lexington, Kentucky can expect:

  1. To work one-on-one with a registered dietitian at each visit to learn about bariatric nutrition and bariatric diets
  2. Meal plans and bariatric diets will be developed and tailored to meet each patients' needs for weight loss
  3. Bariatric nutrition patients will be provided with tools to improve overall food selection, meal planning, tips for eating out, fluid intake, behavioral modification, and much more to facilitate long-term weight loss success while following a bariatric diet

Nutrition After Bariatric Surgery

After surgery, due to the restriction in the amount of food a patient can eat at one sitting, foods are added back in stages. Patients will learn which food groups help preserve lean muscle and promote fat metabolism and therefore are encouraged after surgery. We also provide education on foods that may lead to possible intolerances.

Vitamin supplementation after surgery on a bariatric diet may include:

  • Multivitamins
  • Calcium citrate
  • Vitamin B12
  • Iron
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin D

Patients will also learn the importance of protein supplementation and how it will improve overall recovery and weight loss. Fluid intake will remain important and patients are encouraged to consume at least 64oz of non-caloric, noncarbonated, non-caffeinated beverages daily.

Lifestyle Changes Following Weight Loss Surgery

Lifestyle changes and behavioral modifications, in addition to bariatric nutrition, play a major role in long-term weight loss success after surgery. Recommendations to a healthier lifestyle include:

  • Eat three meals a day and avoid skipping meals
  • Avoid nibbling and grazing between meals
  • Focus on eating lean protein and vegetables
  • Slow down and take at least 20 minutes to eat each meal
  • Chew, chew, chew! Small bites!
  • No fluid while eating or one hour after eating
  • Set a meal schedule
  • Plan snacks and meals
  • Eat out less
  • Practice mindful eating
  • Begin some form of exercise, preferably three to five times a week for 30 minutes each time

Our pre-operative classes and patient handbook will contain detailed information about the bariatric nutrition program. Our bariatric registered dietitian is always available for ongoing nutritional support while you are on your bariatric diet.

For more information about Saint Joseph Center for Weight Loss Surgery, call 859.967.5520