Category Archives: WLS Info

While an essential part of long-term success after bariatric weight loss surgery is following specific eating guidelines, the time leading up to surgery is no time to allow health and diet to worsen.

Learn about types of bariatric surgery and how to get started on a healthy, higher-protein diet that with adequate nutrition wherever you are in your journey.

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Keeping Your Holidays Healthy Following Weight Loss Surgery

This post was written for Bariatric Choice by Sharon Howard, a registered dietitian and nutrition counselor. Sharon currently works with patients before and after weight loss surgery on education, nutrition, and lifestyle planning in her role at a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence. In this article, she stresses the importance of properly preparing for holiday eating for… Read More »

This is How to Navigate Thanksgiving After Bariatric Surgery, Says One Nutritionist

Sitting down to a huge table filled with appetizing casserole dishes overflowing with delicious (and once favorite) foods can be an overwhelming situation for the bariatric person. Large amounts of food, especially carbohydrate and fat-laden casseroles, will fill you up quickly and make you uncomfortable for hours. Sharon Howard is a registered dietitian and nutrition counselor… Read More »

Vitamin & Mineral Supplement Tips: A Vital Part of Post-Bariatric Surgery Health

Written for Bariatric Choice by Lisa Diewald RD and Sharon Howard RD Now that your bariatric surgery is behind you, the opportunity for a new beginning is at your doorstep! As you embrace this fresh start, it’s important to remember that bariatric surgery introduces changes to the gastrointestinal system that can impact dietary intake and quality.… Read More »

Protein Benefits and Quick Reference Guide for Bariatric Surgery Patients

Weight loss surgery causes severe trauma to the body. After bariatric surgery, you must take in sufficient protein every day to speed wound healing, preserve your lean body mass, enhance your fat-burning metabolism and minimize hair loss. Foods that are high in protein should always be eaten first during meals. The recommended long term post-surgery… Read More »

Why a Dietitian Stresses Bone Health Post-WLS

This post was written for Bariatric Choice by Lisa Diewald R.D. and Sharon Howard R.D. of Nutrition for Living When you decided to pursue bariatric surgery, you knew that a dramatic change in your eating style would be necessary, and no doubt this caused some trepidation. As you navigated through and practiced, you may have found some… Read More »

A Post-Bariatric Surgery Diet for Success

Weight loss surgery is an excellent tool to help you lose weight. To help ensure success, though, you must also follow the post-bariatric surgery diet given to you by your surgeon and/or dietician. This diet will go through stages, from clear liquids shortly after your surgery to full liquids, and then from soft foods to more… Read More »

Ten Bariatric Rules to Live By

This article was written for Bariatric Choice by Sharon Howard, R.D. These are habits that should be well established during your first six months after surgery. If you want to maintain the weight loss you have achieved, you must continue following these basic rules of bariatric surgery. Have 3-4 small balanced meals a day. If you… Read More »

A Balanced, Portion-Controlled Eating Plan for Bariatrics

This article was written for Bariatric Choice by Sharon Howard, R.D. Long after your bariatric surgery, and when you have lost most of your weight, you will also need to think about the quality of your diet. Although you still can only eat small portions, selecting food from all  the food groups prevents nutritional deficiencies. The… Read More »