The Importance of Nutritionists and Dieticians

August 22, 2012

As you probably know though your research on bariatric surgery, the lifestyle changes you will experience – dietary and exercise – continue for months and years after bariatric surgery and frankly, the rest of your life. The changes you will undergo or are experiencing now are difficult, but necessary to achieve better health, which is the ultimate goal of bariatric surgery. While it may seem daunting to undertake such a transformative commitment, it is important to remember that you are not alone in the process.  Indeed, you will have a dedicated team of specialists to assist you along the way.

Even before surgery, you will undoubtedly have benefited from the nutritionist or dietician at your bariatric surgeon’s office. They are not only an integral part of the post-bariatric surgery lifestyle, but also an important consultant before the surgery is ever performed. Remember that to achieve the greatest benefit from bariatric surgery, you should start your transformation before the surgery even occurs.

Nutritionists and dieticians are important because they are the front line in the delicate balance between health and weight loss. After all, they are trained to ensure that the changes you make offer exceptional weight loss potential while avoiding problems such as malnutrition or overexertion. They will be your contact for any changes and adjustments that need to be made in your diet and they can be a lifesaver when it comes to advice for bad days or uncertainty.

Not everyone will have continuous access to their dietician, so it is important to  attend support groups regularly where your dietician may be present  to offer advice and even answer a few of your own personal questions. You should also bear in mind that regular visits with your dietician are only as useful as your willingness to implement difficult but important changes in your diet. You will ultimately be the one to transform your life for the better.

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