How our Dietitians & Trainers can Help you Maximise your Results

The Role of Nutrition in Weight Loss and Bariatric Surgery

Nutrition is the key tool used in making changes to your body shape and composition. After making the commitment to take charge of your overall health and well-being and finally win the battle against obesity, you require a plan to ensure this outcome is achieved and maintained. Weight loss is challenging and for most people it is a repetitive process with unsuccessful long-term weight loss outcomes.

To lose those kilos successfully and keep them off requires the dedication of our supportive team working in conjunction with you own personal efforts to lose the excess weight once and for all and maintain a healthy weight thereafter.


Phase One - Be prepared for the operation

With the support of your family, friends or loved ones in conjunction with our team at Melbourne Bariatrics we can help you to make the first step to permanent weight loss.

Once you have made your decision on what type of weight loss procedure you would like to undertake, we can guide you through the necessary steps to prepare you both mentally and physically for this. Nutritionally, your first step will be to start a medically proven VLCD (Very Low Calorie Diet) with the guidance of an Accredited Practising Dietitian. This is a 2-6 week process and often results in the first 5-25kg of weight loss, which is motivating and assists to inspire you to continue your weight loss journey.


Phase Two - Post operative recovery

The dietitian will take you through the post operative diet, which involves transitioning from liquids initially and then up to a full menu over 6 weeks.


Phase Three - The rest of your life

To keep you motivated along the way, our Dietitians will perform various health assessments including body fat analysis, girth measurements, pathology tests, and even physical fitness tests upon request. It is up to you how often you access this valuable resource and expertise.


What is the Dietitian’s role for people achieving weight reduction without surgery?

Healthy and Active Lifestyle

An Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) can help to guide and support your decision to lose weight, whether it is those first timers, those that have tried before and been unsuccessful, and for those who have decided to embark on Weight Loss Surgery.

A Dietitian can develop an individualised and nutritionally balanced (portion or calorie) controlled eating plan as well promote mindful eating behaviours. Some individuals find that with the correct balance between lifestyle (exercise) and safe calorie reduction, is enough to achieve their desired weight without needing further surgical intervention.

Finally, in some cases a Very-Low-Calorie-Diet (VLCD), under the supervision of your dietitian and medical team can have fast, effective results, avoiding the need for surgery or enhancing the overall weight loss results with surgery.


What is the Dietitian’s role for people achieving weight reduction via Weight loss surgery?

A common “quick fix” misconception surrounding weight loss surgery is that, “you can continue to make poor food and fluid choices as the surgery takes care of the rest..." Incorrect...! The bottom line is that it is up to you.

Your Dietitian can help guide you to make dietary and physical changes through the transition from pre-surgery, to after your surgery. This can be a challenging time for some, as suddenly your eating habits are more restricted (your stomach has reduced in size). The Dietitian can support you, and give you the knowledge and confidence to take control over your nutrition and health, for the rest of your life.

Make sure ‘every mouthful counts’ to achieving your weight loss goals.


Is Exercise important for Weight Loss?

Exercise alone is insufficient for achieving substantial weight loss due to the fact that it requires 33,000kj to be burnt off per week to lose just one kilogram, which is equivalent to running 60 minutes everyday of the week. Therefore, exercise must be used in conjunction with a reduced caloric intake to be effective. Exercise has the power to enhance weight loss outcomes and to ensure weight loss is maintained in the long term by assisting with the following;

  • Increasing Metabolic Rate – therefore preventing weight re-gain
  • Maintaining Lean Body mass – by maintaining muscle mass during weight loss you will have less ‘saggy’ bits
  • Toning up all areas of the body - by including a regular weight training program you will firm up more specific target areas
  • Improving overall Health – Cardio-Vascular Disease and Diabetes risk decreases, Blood Pressure is reduced and HDL (good) Cholesterol levels are improved


What Type of Exercise is best for Weight loss?

Cardio-exercise is not the only option when it comes to fitness programs for weight loss, therefore if you are someone who hates running, cycling or swimming then getting a personalized exercise program is the solution for you. At PPN (Peninsula Physical Health and Nutrition), we have qualified Exercise Professionals who specialize in exercise programming for weight loss and they are available to design you an Individualized Exercise program that you can do from home or your local gym.

To get your own Individualized Exercise Program for weight loss, tailored to your likes/dislikes, please call PPN on (03) 59 741011 to make a booking.


The dietitian at Melbourne Bariatrics are provided by PPN

Contact Details:

Peninsula Physical health and Nutrition
Suite 5, Level 1, 34-38 Lochiel Ave
Mt Martha VIC 3934


Ph: 03 59 741 011 Fax: 03 59 741 022


Journal References:

1. Kushner et al. Bariatric Surgery: A Key Role for Registered Dietitians. Journal of the American Dietetic Association, 2010; 110 (4): 524 DOI: 10.1016/j.jada.2009.12.030


Please Contact Melbourne Bariatrics on  03  9770  7189  for more information or to make an appointment
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