Visiting a Bariatric Clinic - What to Expect
posted on 1/29/2010
If you are considering professional weight loss therapy, you can visit a bariatric clinic to work through a supervised program to reach your weight loss goals. A bariatric clinic can help you lose weight slowly and in a healthy way without surgical intervention, and will help you work through the weight loss process and maintenance phase so that you can sustain weight loss for an appropriate period of time.
When you’ve been struggling to lose a significant amount of weight with diet and exercise but aren’t getting the results you want, there are options. You may be a good candidate for a weight loss program through a bariatric clinic. Here’s what you can expect from the experience:
Your Consultation at the Bariatric Clinic
The initial visit at the bariatric clinic or weight loss center will include a thorough review of your medical history to make sure you are not at risk for cardiovascular problems, high blood pressure or diabetes. The physician at the clinic may draw blood for analysis, and also perform an electronic body fat analysis to determine your BMI and other weight-related statistics. A urine test for glucose and protein may be conducted at this stage.
You may also be asked to list all types of medications and supplements you are taking, and discuss some of your lifestyle habits so that the physician can perform an accurate assessment of your current state of health.
Some bariatric clinics offer a preliminary dietary counseling session to patients to help them get started on their weight loss program.
Dietary Programs Recommended by the Bariatric Clinic
Every bariatric clinic has its own set of physician-supervised dietary guidelines and standards, and patients are advised to stick with a formal diet program that is customized to suit their needs. The meal plans may change over the course of the weight loss program based on how quickly the patient is losing weight, and what their energy level is like. However, the majority of diet programs center around the following key principles:
Eating high protein, low-carb foods
Spacing meals out into four to six sessions throughout the day
Consuming calorie-free beverages between meals
Logging all caloric intake to reach a certain calorie limit each day
Eliminating refined and processed foods from the diet
Eating a wide range of natural foods including leafy greens and fresh fruits
Drinking at least 64 fluid ounces of water every day
Follow Up Visits at the Bariatric Clinic
During the third or fourth week after the first B-12 injection at the bariatric clinic and the start of the die program, you may be required to meet with the physician and clinic staff members for a blood pressure check, another B-12 injection and a weigh-in. At this time, the physician may also review your lab work and answer any questions you might have about the weight loss process. The follow up visits after this visit may include additional B-12 injections, a bimonthly weigh-in and modification of your diet and exercise program as your weight loss increases.
Learn more about nutritional counseling in our information guide, or consult with a weight loss professional in your area to find out if you may be a good candidate for a non-surgical weight loss program at a bariatric clinic.