Nutritional Guidance


Post-surgical Diet Modification
If you have not been able to control your weight through diet and exercise, and have elected to undergo weight loss surgery after careful consideration and evaluation by Dr. Nowzaradan, you will still find that your post-surgery diet will need to be modified.

Weight loss surgery may address the mechanics of how much food you will need in order to feel full, or how much of the nutrients and calories are absorbed into your system, but the surgery doesn’t control your own post-surgical behavior.

Those procedures that are strictly restrictive (Lap Band System®, Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy) may not have much effect on how you feel when eating certain foods, but they will effect how much food you need in order to feel full. Because you will be eating less, you must make the best use of your caloric intake as possible.

Procedures that utilize a malabsorptive function, the Roux-en Y Gastric Bypass for instance, alters the anatomy of your digestive system thereby changing the way your body manages food and how your digestive system reacts to the types of food you eat. With the Roux-en Y Gastric Bypass, important parts of your digestive system are bypassed, which disrupts the normal functioning of the digestive system. The post surgical diet for an individual who has undergone a Roux-en Y Gastric Bypass should generally be low in simple sugars and carbohydrates and high in protein. You may need to avoid dairy products and acidic foods. Vitamin and mineral supplements are typically required.

We Are Here to Help
Dr. Nowzaradan and his staff will supply you with detailed information regarding your specific post-surgical dietary needs. In additional, you may find our regular Support Group meetings are an opportunity to discuss your issues with others who share your concerns. This is often the arena where many unique and inventive solutions are discovered.

Whatever your goal is, nutrition is instrumental in achieving or maintaining it. You need a healthy diet to help you lose weight and keep your body in top shape to perform all the things you do in a day.