Why It’s Important to Have a Support System for Weight Loss Surgery

Having a support system for weight loss surgery can help you stay on track, keep you motivated and celebrate milestones with you along the way. At New Jersey Bariatric Center we encourage our patients to establish a circle of support early in the process because the months and weeks prior to your surgery are a very exciting and important time when you begin lifestyle changes. Having the support early on can set you up for long term success beyond surgery. Identify Your Support Circle Think about the people around you who are supportive. Maybe it’s an immediate relative or friend.
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Loose Abdominal Skin After Bariatric Surgery

After losing a significant amount of weight with bariatric surgery, some patients may have loose skin – specifically around the lower part of the belly. This is not uncommon. Loose or sagging skin around the abdomen can occur when you lose weight and the skin does not have the elasticity it needs to shrink back to your new shape.  Before gastric sleeve or bypass, I often tell patients that predicting who may or may not develop excess abdominal skin after weight loss is difficult. Factors that contribute to this condition are age, underlying medical issues, tissue disorders, and losing a
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Maintaining Weight Loss After Bariatric Surgery

  The moment you started the process for bariatric surgery was the moment you made a commitment not only to yourself but to a healthier lifestyle.  Now that you’ve reached your goal weight, the objective is to maintain that commitment.  To maintain weight loss and the goals you set for yourself means staying committed to the healthy lifestyle choices you make every day. Whether it’s healthier dietary decisions, incorporating physical activity into your schedule daily or getting adequate hours of sleep, your challenge is to keep it up. Here are some tips to keep you on track while  maintaining your
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Why You Shouldn’t Feel Embarrassed About Revision Surgery

If you’ve experienced weight regain in the years after your bariatric surgery, feelings of shame and embarrassment often come with the weight.  If you’re feeling these emotions right now, I encourage you to remember that obesity is a disease that weight loss surgery doesn’t cure. And, know that you are not alone and it’s OK to want a second chance to jumpstart your weight loss with revision surgery. Whether you regained weight due to the pandemic, like many of us did, or you’ve faced life changing experiences that contributed to weight regain, you shouldn’t feel embarrassed. Everyone deserves a second
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Should I follow a plant-based diet after bariatric surgery?

Patients often ask if plant-based diets are a safe and healthy option after bariatric surgery. This can be a challenging question as there isn’t a one size fits all answer. Plant-based diets often eliminate all or some animal products and may increase the consumption of carbohydrates and decrease protein intake. After bariatric surgery, protein is essential to maintain lean body mass and for optimal health and weight loss. So should you or can you follow a plant based diet after weight loss surgery? Our answer is yes, as long as you’re getting the required nutrients. Here are some things we
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How to Reset After Holiday Eating

  If you’ve overindulged this holiday season and are looking for a fresh start this New Year, you’re not alone. With lots of holiday gatherings, it’s hard not to veer off track a little bit. Rather than searching for a quick fix, cleanse or product, let’s look at some steps to take if you’re trying to get your health back on track or resetting after the holidays.   Resist the urge for a quick fix. Cleanses, fad diets and juice fasts are everywhere in the new year but we all know they don’t work in the long run. Set an
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Gaining Healthy Pregnancy Weight After Bariatric Surgery

.Bariatric surgery –  gastric bypass and gastric sleeve – offer numerous health benefits for women living with obesity. Achieving better fertility and delivering a healthy baby is one such outcome. Many expectant mothers who have also had a bariatric procedure may feel excited and uncertain about their experience, particularly about weight gain and how to achieve a healthy pregnancy after bariatric surgery.  While some degree of weight gain is necessary to grow a healthy baby, doing so the right way is important to also maintain the health of the mother. Just as New Jersey Bariatric Center dietitians are here to
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How Long Do I Need to Take Vitamins After Bariatric Surgery?

After bariatric surgery, vitamins fill in any nutritional gaps that might arise from the change in eating habits or from the procedure itself. As a bariatric dietitian, two of the most common questions I get asked from pre-operative patients is how long they will have to take vitamins and which ones they should take. How Long to Take Vitamins What I tell patients is that having weight loss surgery, whether it’s gastric sleeve or gastric bypass, means there will always be a need for some type of nutrient supplementation. This is because a portion of your stomach, where vitamins and
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How to Handle Questions about Weight Loss After Bariatric Surgery

When you first start seeing family and friends after weight loss surgery, they may be surprised by the new you. If you’re comfortable talking about your weight loss, a surprised reaction may be welcomed and sharing your experience with bariatric surgery comes with ease. If you’re not comfortable, the questions and attention may put you in an unwanted spotlight.  It’s important to remember that your weight loss journey is your journey, and your journey only. You made this decision for you.  If you want to share your decision with those around you, that’s great; but if you don’t want to
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Tackling Postpartum Weight Loss on a Bariatric Diet

  A baby brings so much joy, a ton of work and sometimes, sleep-deprived nights. While you’re focusing on your little one, postpartum weight loss definitely is not top of mind. Once you’re physically and emotionally ready to start losing the baby weight, here are some tips to get you through.     Caloric Intake If you’re breastfeeding, remember that you need the extra calories to keep up your breast milk supply. Therefore don’t go below 1,500-1,800cal per day. If you’re not breastfeeding, you can resume the 1,000-1,200cal post-operative diet.   Quick and Easy Meals Babies keep you super busy. Be
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