5 Reasons Why Dietary Counseling Is Important to Your Weight Loss Journey

5 Reasons Why Dietary Counseling Is Important to Your Weight Loss Journey

You need to lose weight and you’ve decided that bariatric surgery is the best path forward for meeting your goals. While it may be tempting to think of weight loss surgery as some sort of magic bullet, there’s much that you need to change, before and after the surgery, for your best chances of success. 

At the heart of these changes is your diet.

To help you navigate the dietary and nutritional changes you need to make, our team here at the Weight Loss Institute of Arizona cannot emphasize enough the importance of dietary counseling.

To give you an idea of the invaluable role that dietary counseling can play in your weight loss journey, here are five reasons why you should avail yourself of this critical service.

Creating commitment

If you’re opting for bariatric surgery, you’ve likely tried, and failed, to lose weight through dieting alone. So if you’re undergoing surgery, why do you need to embark on a diet beforehand? 

The answer is this: We want to see that you’re committed to the process and the dietary changes that lie ahead after your surgery. Bariatric surgery isn’t a one-and-done process in which you’re magically cured of your weight loss issues. 

With most weight loss surgeries, you’re challenged to overhaul your dietary and eating habits afterward, and you don’t want to head in without first preparing mentally and physically.

Getting healthy for your surgery

Another reason pre-surgery dietary counseling is extremely useful is that the more you can reduce your body mass index before the surgery, the more safely you’ll weather the procedure.

In fact, studies suggest that, “A modest weight loss of 5-10% in the immediate preoperative period could facilitate surgery and reduce the risk of complications.”

Through dietary counseling, we can help you commit to the process and lose a little weight before your surgery, setting you up for a smoother road ahead.

Changing your diet

After your bariatric surgery, you need to make extreme changes in your diet. For example, if you were routinely consuming 3,500 calories on a daily basis before your surgery, you’ll need to adjust to 1,000 daily calories or less afterward.

Cutting out two-thirds or more of your normal caloric intake isn’t easy and should be done correctly so your body still gets the nutrients it needs for good health. Through counseling, we help you devise new meal plans that support your weight loss and your health at the same time.

Boosting your health through supplements

Since what you're able to eat is cut quite drastically, our dietary counselors look at gaps in your nutritional needs and fill them with the right supplements.

Providing support

One of the most crucial roles that our dietary counselors play is providing you with the support you need before and after your surgery. This type of support comes in the form of encouragement, education, and accountability as we guide you toward a healthier way of living.

If you’d like to schedule an appointment with one of our dietary counselors to learn more, please contact one of our offices in Tempe, Glendale, Mesa, Tucson, or Phoenix, Arizona.

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