Our Nutrition Counseling Services
Many obesity-related disorders are a direct result of poor nutrition over the years. Nutrition is also an important consideration after undergoing any type of bariatric surgery. Board certified general surgeon Dr. Matthew St. Laurent’s goal is to educate all his Houston-area patients concerning nutrition so they can enjoy a better quality of life.
Connection Between Obesity and Poor Nutrition
Poor nutrition has long been associated with obesity, as well as a variety of other health conditions. Excess weight gain can occur if you consume foods that are high in fats or sugars and do not burn off extra calories through exercise. The average man requires around 2,500 calories per day, while the average woman needs around 2,000 calories. It can be easy to consume considerably more calories than that if your diet primarily consists of fried food or sweets.
Eating these foods occasionally is not normally a cause for concern; however, when they become a regular part of your diet, you can easily consume more calories than needed on a routine basis. Excess weight gain doesn’t happen overnight but instead appears over a period of time, thereby causing you to become significantly overweight without realizing it.
Importance after Bariatric Surgery
The right nutrition is especially important after undergoing bariatric surgery since changes in eating habits are required to experience positive results. Some patients also experience “dumping” syndrome, a condition in which food enters the small intestine too quickly and may prevent nutrients from being absorbed properly.
Nutrition will be discussed in great detail during your consultation to ensure you are able to make healthy choices that will help you achieve the results you desire. Your diet may also be modified from time to time as your body composition changes. It’s important to heed the advice of your nutritionist in order to continue losing weight and reduce your odds of experiencing complications.
The right nutrition is important for everyone, especially those who plan to have bariatric surgery. A comprehensive nutritional plan is included for every one of Dr. Matthew St. Laurent’s Houston patients. For more information, contact us at 281-301-1404.