In today’s blog, Ciara Csanadi House, MS, RD, LDN – a Registered Dietitian at New Life Bariatric Surgery – offers her thoughts on life after weight loss surgery, the importance of bariatric vitamins and supplements, and the ways in which patients can successfully make necessary lifestyle changes to maintain weight loss.
What would you say is typically the most difficult new lifestyle habit a bariatric surgery patient must adopt after surgery? Not eating too fast and not drinking with meals are the two most common eating behaviors that patients have a hard time changing after surgery.
How important are meal replacement options and vitamin/mineral supplementation for most patients after surgery? Meal replacement options are not necessarily that important, but protein supplements between meals are almost always necessary to help patients meet their protein needs after surgery.
Depending on the surgery and individual person, most patients will need protein supplements for the rest of their lives to meet their protein needs. Vitamin/mineral supplementation is crucial for long-term health and wellness.