Dietary Counseling

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Weight Loss Institute of Arizona

Weight Loss Surgery & Bariatric Center located in Tempe, Glendale, Mesa, Tucson, & Phoenix, AZ

Dietary counseling makes a significant contribution to the success of weight loss surgeries, both in pre- and postoperative care. If you’re struggling to lose weight and it’s affecting your health, contact the specialists at Weight Loss Institute of Arizona to see how weight loss surgery and dietary counseling can help. There are two clinics in Tempe, and further branches in Glendale, Mesa, Tucson, and Phoenix, Arizona. Call the friendly staff today or book an appointment online.

Dietary Counseling Q & A

What is dietary counseling?

Dietary counseling plays a central role in helping you lose weight after your weight loss surgery. Each form of bariatric surgery requires careful monitoring of food and nutrients You take in both before and after the procedure, and dietary counselors are there to help you learn what kinds of foods you should eat and why. They’ll assist you in choosing smaller portion sizes and help you manage any dietary problems you encounter.

Why would I need counseling before surgery?

For your operation to be effective, it’s essential to demonstrate a commitment to changing your eating habits and adopting a healthier approach to food and portion sizes. It also helps avoid potential complications if you lose some weight before the surgery, and a dietary counselor helps you with these challenges.

Dietary counselors can check whether you have an eating disorder that could affect the success of your operation, and see if there are any other contributing factors that are making it hard for you to lose weight.

What counseling would I get after the surgery?

Eating well-balanced and appropriately sized meals is essential to the process of losing weight, and dietary counselors have the knowledge and skills to customize eating plans for you based on your specific requirements.

If you continue to overeat following surgery, you won’t achieve the results you’re looking for, and you may make yourself sick if you overload your new, smaller stomach. Dietary counselors are there to help you reach your target weight — and stay there.

What foods should I avoid after weight loss surgery?

Your precise post-op dietary requirements depend on the type of procedure you have and your full medical history. Weight loss surgeries help you lose weight by reducing the size of your stomach so there is less room for food or by reducing the body’s ability to absorb nutrients, or a combination of the two.

A procedure such as a gastric bypass works by combining the two approaches. A dietary counselor helps by ensuring you have the right nutrients in your diet and calculates whether you’ll need supplements as well.

Dietary counselors also create meal plans that include as many essential nutrients as possible in your diet, while excluding foods that are high in fat and sugar. Not only will eating too much sugar and fat make it harder to lose weight, but overconsumption of these foods following a bariatric operation can cause dumping, which means food passes into the intestine too soon, causing stomach upsets.

Weight Loss Institute of Arizona has a dedicated team of dietary counselors who are there to guide you through your operation and for the years following. Call the clinic now or book an appointment online.