The Importance of Meeting your Nutritionist before Surgery
When you start to think about weight loss surgery, so many people immediately jump to thinking about what happens after the operation. This is the exciting period of the weight loss program. This is when the weight is coming off fast and you can anticipate the countless changes in your body, health, and lifestyle.
But those changes don’t happen magically. Weight loss surgery works because of the gradual process of change that you agree to put your mind and body through. This process begins long before the first pounds come off, and certainly before the day of the operation.
While it is exciting to think about the progress you’ll make after having weight loss surgery, when you make the decision to embark on a weight loss program like this you have to keep yourself grounded in the here and now. This is why seeing a nutritionist early on is a good idea. In fact, many weight loss surgeons go so far as to require that you visit with a nutritionist before you ever get weight loss surgery.
Why a Nutritionist?
A nutritionist is an expert in health and nutrition. The job of a nutritionist is to know what makes up a healthy diet, of course, but beyond that, the nutritionist is skilled in developing diet plans and identifying potential shortcomings, deficiencies and sensitivities. Meeting with a nutritionist gives you the chance to develop a customized dietary plan that meets your lifestyle and personal nutrition needs.
A nutritionist will talk to you about issues like:
- Weight gain and obesity
- Nutrient and vitamin intake
- Nutritional deficiencies and potential side effects
- Dietary changes associated with weight loss surgery
By the time you get your bariatric procedure, this is information that you already need to know. Meeting with a nutritionist early on gives you a chance to focus on adjusting to healthy habits before your body goes through any intense physical changes, which makes the transition to a healthier lifestyle much easier to adjust to. Research shows that those who make dietary changes prior to having weight loss surgery and who are able to start losing weight prior to their bariatric procedure are more likely to lose more weight and maintain their weight loss longer than those who didn’t.
When you are thinking about weight loss surgery, the dietary choices you make become incredibly important. Don’t make any changes to your diet without consulting with a professional. Taking advantage of the resources around you, like meeting with a nutritionist, will help you with your long-term weight loss goals.