“How often should I meet with the registered dietitian?” “Is it necessary to continue visits after I start losing weight?” These are questions the New Jersey Bariatric Center’s registered dietitians get asked all the time. Our answer is always the same – weight loss after surgery is a marathon, not a sprint. Obesity is a disease that surgery does not cure. Surgery is a tool to jumpstart weight loss, and there are many factors that contribute to achieving sustainable results. Here at New Jersey Bariatric Center, we’ve found that support can play a significant role to help you stay on track. Particularly the support and guidance of a bariatric registered dietitian. Especially while you’re learning to navigate and find the right balance of nutrition before and after surgery.
Weight Loss is a Marathon, Not a Sprint
Whether you are beginning the process or have already had surgery, we recommend weekly or monthly visits to help you achieve long-term, sustainable weight loss. As bariatric registered dietitians, we review your eating habits, assess lifestyle changes, discuss food challenges in addition to helping you create a plan that fits your schedule.
Support After Surgery
NJBC’s post-operative program builds upon weight loss surgery and guides you toward optimal results within the first year. From personalized appointments and Tuesday Talks support group meetings to complimentary yoga classes, support after surgery is essential to staying on track. Each visit builds upon the previous. At times you will be able to select specific topics to discuss such as stress & overeating, how to avoid additional weight gain as well as weight maintenance once you achieve your goal weight.
Understanding Health Needs
For patients with a medical condition (diabetes, high blood pressure, pregnancy or heart disease) or who need nutrition recommendations tailored to their individual needs, working with a registered dietitian to develop a healthy, balanced eating plan ensures safe and effective outcomes.
For pre and post operative weight loss surgery patients in particular, working with an experienced bariatric registered dietitian is vital. We have extensive experience helping patients meet their need for protein and other nutrients. We can help you create long-term healthy habits and monitor metabolic changes. Your dietitian will also collaborate with our medical team to provide the best possible care. Plus, we really want to be there to cheer you on as you embark on a healthier chapter in your life.
Maintaining Weight Loss
Many patients achieve their desired weight and are concerned about how to maintain it. The registered dietitians here help you set personalized meal plans. We also offer general exercise tips and assess barriers to maintaining all of your hard work. This can be achieved by participating in our follow up program after weight loss surgery. No matter where you are in your weight loss journey, we are here to help to support you through the process and help you stay on track.
To schedule an appointment with one of our registered dietitians, call our office at 908-481-1270.