Be Slim Bariatrics’ Nutrition Program
Meet Karen Reyes
Be Slim Bariatrics'
Karen Reyes of Karen Reyes Nutriologa is Be Slim Bariatrics Nutritionist. Karen Reyes has a Bachelor’s Degree in Clinical and Bariatric Nutrition, graduating from Xochicalco University Tijuana.
Reyes chose nutrition as her course of study because she has a love for food and enjoys providing the tools patients need to improve their health and nutritional status, and helping them to adopt better nutritional practices to prompt good health.
Start with These Eating Practices
It is best to start making changes before surgery to help you prepare for your new diet plan after bariatric surgery.
Here are some bariatric preoperative nutrition tips:
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Sugary foods and beverages high in sugar will reduce your success in weight loss and can cause weight regain. For gastric bypass surgery patients, these foods may cause symptoms such as flushing, dizziness, weakness, headache, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and pain. These symptoms are often referred to as Dumping Syndrome.
Fatty foods and beverages high in fat happen to be very high in calories as well. Sugars will slow down the rate of weight loss and can cause weight regain. Foods high in fat intake may also cause symptoms of intolerance or Dumping Syndrome.
Protein is important for weight loss surgery patients. Proteins are a good source of nutrition and aid in wound healing, immune function and maintaining muscle mass. Protein needs are individual but ranges of 60-80 grams or 80-100 grams per day are often suggested. Be Slim Bariatrics’ dietitian will help determine the amount of protein that is best for you. Protein should be consumed first at each meal, then vegetables and fruits, then whole grains.
Vitamin and Mineral Supplements
Vitamin and mineral supplements are important for good health and maximize weight loss success.
It is a good idea to begin taking a multivitamin now. Look for a multivitamin that contains 100% Daily Value for Iron (18mg).
Weight loss surgery is a tool for weight loss, as is diet and exercise. Exercise is a life-long habit and will improve your health overall. Not only is exercise the healthy thing to do, but someone who is more toned due to exercising regularly before surgery can help reduce excess skin after surgery. The following is recommended before bariatric surgery:
30-60 minutes of moderate activity at least 5 days a week is ideal. One session or a multiple of smaller sessions will help you achieve this goal.
Strength training 2-3 days a week is a great idea. Using a variety of exercises and equipment will work every major muscle group for you.