Be Slim Bariatrics’ Nutrition Program

Be Slim Bariatrics' Nutrition Program

Be Slim Bariatrics provides a bariatric nutrition program to each of our patients for preoperative and postoperative bariatric surgery. The preoperative guide will be provided upon scheduling and the postoperative guide will be provided upon your one-on-one meeting with Be Slim Bariatrics nutritionist just after surgery.

Be Slim Bariatric’s nutrition program is included at no extra charge in each weight loss surgery package we offer. The nutrition guideline for each patient is tailored specifically to patients who are traveling to Tijuana to undergo weight loss surgery and to the patient’s needs. This is not a one-size-fits-all bariatric nutrition program. This bariatric nutrition guideline is based on the patients prescribed surgery type, health history, diet needs, and the patients BMI. 

Meet Karen Reyes
Be Slim Bariatrics'

Karen Reyes of Karen Reyes Nutriologa is Be Slim Bariatrics Nutritionist. Karen Reyes has a Bachelor’s Degree in Clinical and Bariatric Nutrition, graduating from Xochicalco University Tijuana.

Reyes chose nutrition as her course of study because she has a love for food and enjoys providing the tools patients need to improve their health and nutritional status, and helping them to adopt better nutritional practices to prompt good health.

Karen's Corner

Thanks to each of my patients who trust me and I have had the opportunity to be part of their new beginning by providing them with the necessary tools to improve their nutritional status, guiding them and helping them adopt better nutritional practices that promote health, wellness and a better quality of life.

Be Slim Bariatrics Nutritionist Karen

Start with These Eating Practices

It is best to start making changes before surgery to help you prepare for your new diet plan after bariatric surgery.

Here are some bariatric preoperative nutrition tips:

Read Food Labels

Sugary foods and beverages high in sugar will reduce your success in weight loss and can cause weight regain. For gastric bypass surgery patients, these foods may cause symptoms such as flushing, dizziness, weakness, headache, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and pain. These symptoms are often referred to as Dumping Syndrome.

Fatty foods and beverages high in fat happen to be very high in calories as well. Sugars will slow down the rate of weight loss and can cause weight regain. Foods high in fat intake may also cause symptoms of intolerance or Dumping Syndrome.

Protein is important for weight loss surgery patients. Proteins are a good source of nutrition and aid in wound healing, immune function and maintaining muscle mass. Protein needs are individual but ranges of 60-80 grams or 80-100 grams per day are often suggested. Be Slim Bariatrics’ dietitian will help determine the amount of protein that is best for you. Protein should be consumed first at each meal, then vegetables and fruits, then whole grains.

Vitamin and Mineral Supplements

Vitamin and mineral supplements are important for good health and maximize weight loss success.

It is a good idea to begin taking a multivitamin now. Look for a multivitamin that contains 100% Daily Value for Iron (18mg).

Protein Supplements

Physical Activity

Weight loss surgery is a tool for weight loss, as is diet and exercise. Exercise is a life-long habit and will improve your health overall. Not only is exercise the healthy thing to do, but someone who is more toned due to exercising regularly before surgery can help reduce excess skin after surgery. The following is recommended before bariatric surgery:

Woman jogging after bariatric surgery

30-60 minutes of moderate activity at least 5 days a week is ideal. One session or a multiple of smaller sessions will help you achieve this goal.

Strength Training for Be Slim Bariatrics

Strength training 2-3 days a week is a great idea. Using a variety of exercises and equipment will work every major muscle group for you.

Doctor Consult with Be Slim Bariatrics
Do not forget, before starting any exercise routine you must consult with your doctor to make sure your workout plan is best and safe for you.
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