Here's Why Dietary Counseling Is Crucial for a Successful Weight Loss Surgery

If you’re tired of the physical, social, and emotional burdens that come with being overweight or obese, bariatric surgery is a great first step in the right direction. The push that these types of surgeries provide in breaking down your weight-loss hurdles is invaluable, but you still need to play an active role in your weight loss by adhering to our dietary counseling — before and after your surgery.

At the Weight Loss Institute of Arizona, we have a comprehensive team of weight-loss specialists, including top-notch surgeons, dieticians, and nutritional experts. Our goal is to provide the support you need, before, during, and after your bariatric surgery so that you can declare victory in your battle against extra weight.

While your bariatric surgery goes a long way toward achieving your goals, dietary counseling before and after your surgery plays a critical role in your success and your health.

Before bariatric surgery

Our dietary counseling starts before you undergo bariatric surgery for several reasons. To start, we want you to form new eating habits before we perform the surgery so you’re not overwhelmed afterward with sudden changes in your eating habits. By easing in through our dietary counseling, we can prepare you well before the surgery so that you have a better idea of what life will be like after your surgery.

We also use preoperative dietary counseling to assess your level of commitment to your successful weight loss before we perform your surgery. It wouldn’t be overstepping to say that this is a type of a screening process to ensure that you’re physically and mentally ready to dedicate yourself to losing weight.

After bariatric surgery

Once you’re cleared to move forward, your dietary counseling after the surgery serves to help you acclimate to your new digestive system. With most bariatric surgeries, we’re shrinking the size of your stomach, which means you need to exercise diligent portion control.

Through dietary counseling, we not only guide you through downsizing your meals, but we show you which foods pack the best nutritional punch. Since your stomach volume is limited, we want to ensure that your body gets what it needs for optimal function. Filling your smaller stomach with sugars and fats robs your body of valuable resources and can cause discomfort in your newly configured gastrointestinal system.

Beyond dietary counseling

Now that you understand the important medical reasons for comprehensive dietary counseling, let’s talk about the other side of this type of counseling. The team here at the Weight Loss Institute of Arizona invests themselves in your journey, and we’re with you every step of the way. Through dietary counseling, we can push you where needed and cheer you on when you’re making progress.

This counseling is a great time to ask questions and to familiarize yourself with new eating habits that will serve you well for a lifetime. And that’s our goal — we want to help you lose the weight and keep it off. And this type of long-term success relies on the surgery and your commitment to a dietary plan that we tailor to your unique needs.

If you’d like to learn more about the role dietary counseling plays in weight loss, please give us a call or use the online scheduling tool to request an appointment.

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