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Good nutrition is a key component to successful weight loss following bariatric surgery. Eating the correct foods, in the correct amounts will not only help a patient lose weight, it will also contribute to overall good health and well-being. The Lutheran Bariatric Center's registered dietitians are part of the team that cares for you every step of the way.

Protein is the only macronutrient that the body cannot manufacture and produce from "scratch." Therefore, protein must be obtained from an outside source. To be more specific, the nine essential amino acids that are the building blocks to protein need to be obtained from food.

With only a small amount of space in the new stomach, patients are advised to put in only what is most nutritious and will contribute to overall good health and well-being. Patients will work with a registered dietitian who calculates and provides each patient with a personalized protein goal.

It is important to remember that muscle equals metabolism. A substantial loss of muscle results in a significant decrease in metabolism, and subsequently, may prevent a patient from reaching his or her ideal weight.

Our nutrition classes will dramatically improve your ability to achieve overall success. We provide a tremendous amount of information regarding what and how you are supposed to eat before surgery and for the rest of your life. Our registered dietitians will be your conscience while you adjust to your new life. The nutrition classes also allow patients to share with each other and gather advice from the dietitians.