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Why Do People Need to Lose Weight Before Bariatric Surgery?

June 3, 2022
Written by
Team NutriSense

When you think of weight loss, you’re likely thinking of starting a healthy exercise regime, eating right, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. But for some people, none of these tweaks and changes will be effective—which may make them candidates for weight loss surgery.

Some weight loss surgery (like liposuction and noninvasive fat reduction treatments) can be cosmetic. But we’re focusing here on the type of surgery people with health conditions like obesity may need—bariatric surgery.

What is Obesity?

Remember, obesity is not just significant weight gain. According to research, The National Institutes of Health declared obesity a disease in 1998. The American Obesity Society announced it as one in 2008, and The American Medical Association voted to recognize it as a disease in 2013. 

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), obesity is an epidemic in the U.S. As the CDC notes, over one-third of adults in the U.S. are obese, with the number continuing to rise—more than two in five adults has obesity.

And as data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey found, in the U.S. alone, one in every 11 American adults has severe obesity. To find out more about the condition and the research surrounding it, check out our article on obesity.

Not everyone with obesity who has trouble losing weight is a candidate for bariatric surgery, but for those who are, this weight loss surgery can help with overall wellbeing. Read on to find out more.

Weight Loss Surgery isn’t a Miracle Cure for Obesity

No weight loss surgery can be a miracle cure for conditions like obesity. Instead, it’s a tool that can help people at risk of more severe complications if they don’t lose weight achieve and maintain long-term weight loss.

But for the surgery to be successful, patients need to be committed to making lifestyle changes and taking an active role in their own care. 

Interestingly, one of the most important things patients can do is lose weight before the surgery. But before we get into that, let’s learn a little more about the surgery itself.

What is Bariatric Surgery?

A surgeon in the operating room

Bariatric surgery is a weight-loss surgery performed on people with conditions like obesity. The surgery works by restricting the amount of food that the stomach can hold or causing malabsorption of nutrients in the intestines.

Bariatric surgery is typically only performed on people who have a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or higher or who have a BMI of 35 or higher and other obesity-related health problems.

The surgery is usually only performed after other weight-loss methods, such as diet and exercise, have failed.

The Types of Bariatric Surgery

Depending on what you need and what health conditions you have, your doctor may recommend different types of bariatric surgery.

There are two main types of weight-loss surgery: restrictive and malabsorptive.

  • The most common type of bariatric surgery is a malabsorptive procedure called gastric bypass surgery, which involves creating a small pouch at the top of the stomach and reconnecting the small intestine to this pouch. It allows food to bypass a large portion of the stomach and small intestine, reducing the number of calories and nutrients absorbed.
  • Another type of bariatric surgery is a restrictive type called gastric banding, which involves placing a band around the stomach to create a smaller pouch.
  • A gastric sleeve or vertical sleeve gastrectomy also involves removing a large portion of the stomach.

Although bariatric surgery can be an effective way to lose weight and improve health for people who are obese, it’s a major decision.

Even if you’re a candidate for bariatric surgery, it’s essential to meet with a qualified bariatric surgeon to discuss your options before opting for the procedure. Each type of surgery has its risks and benefits, so it is important to talk to your surgeon about which procedure is right for you.

In addition to meeting with your surgeon, you will also need to meet with a nutritionist to develop a healthy eating plan post-surgery. It is also important to commit to making lifestyle changes such as regular exercise.

Who is a Good Candidate for Bariatric Surgery?

Another thing to note is that while bariatric surgery can be an effective way to lose weight, it's not right for everyone.

Bariatric surgery is usually only recommended for people who suffer from morbid obesity and have been unable to lose weight through diet and exercise. These patients are typically at a higher risk of or already experiencing various health problems, including but not limited to:

  • High Blood Pressure
  • Non-alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease
  • Heart Disease
  • Type 2 Diabetes
  • Certain Cancers

While there are exceptions, most people need to lose at least 10 percent of their body weight before undergoing bariatric surgery.

There are several reasons for this requirement:

  • First of all, patients who are overweight are more likely to experience complications during surgery.
  • Second, excess weight makes it more difficult for surgeons to access the stomach and intestines.
  • Finally, people who are overweight often have more significant amounts of visceral fat, increasing the risk of surgical complications.

So people must meet the weight requirements before undergoing bariatric surgery.

Is Weight-loss Surgery A Good Option For You?

When it comes to weight-loss surgery, there is no one-size-fits-all solution. The best way to determine if weight-loss surgery is right for you is to work with a qualified healthcare provider to assess your individual needs.

They will consider several factors, including your current weight, health history, and body mass index (BMI).

If you are considering weight-loss surgery, it is essential to understand the risks and potential complications involved. These procedures are not without risks, and there is no guarantee of success. 

However, weight-loss surgery can be an effective tool for achieving long-term weight loss and improving overall health for many people. If you are considering weight-loss surgery, be sure to work with a healthcare provider who can help you decide whether or not this procedure is right for you.

Why Is Preoperative Weight Loss so Important for Bariatric Surgery?

A person measuring their waistline

Losing weight before bariatric surgery can have several benefits:

  • It can help reduce the size of your abdomen, making the surgery easier to perform.
  • It also reduces the risk of complications during and after surgery.
  • Losing weight can help patients recover more quickly from the procedure and improve the long-term success of the surgery.
  • And finally, patients who lose weight before surgery are more likely to keep the weight off in the long term.

So most surgeons will ask some patients to lose a certain amount of weight before they are considered for bariatric surgery. It may be as little as 10 percent of body weight and as much as 50 percent. In rare cases, it may be more than 50 percent. 

But regardless of the amount necessary, losing weight before bariatric surgery can make the procedure safer and more effective. So it’s essential to work with your doctor to develop a plan for pre-operative weight loss.

A Note on Insurance and Bariatric Surgery

Since it’s not a cosmetic weight loss surgery, does insurance cover bariatric surgery? Many insurance companies provide coverage for bariatric surgery, though each company has different requirements that you must meet before getting approval for this type of surgery.

Meeting these requirements can be difficult for many people, but it is important to remember that bariatric surgery is a serious procedure with potentially serious complications.

If you think you meet your insurance company's requirements for bariatric surgery, speak to your doctor to see if you are a good candidate for the procedure.

Changing Your Diet For Bariatric Surgery

Preparing vegetables in the kitchen

Since bariatric surgery for people who have not had a successful weight loss surgery through other means, how do you lose weight before the procedure?

Can a low-calorie diet help now if it hasn’t during previous weight loss journeys? The best way to find the answers to these questions is to consult with a healthcare professional before you decide to get the procedure.

In the meantime, here are some dietary tweaks that may help.

Before the Surgery

In preparation for your surgery, you'll need to change your diet to lose weight and get your body ready for surgery. Here are just a few:

  • Eat fewer calories. Cut back on high-calorie foods and drinks and eat smaller portions.
  • Avoid foods that are hard to digest, such as fried and sugary foods and high-fat or processed meats.
  • Protein helps heal wounds and supports the growth of new tissue. Try to aim for at least 1.2 grams of protein per kilogram of ideal body weight, or consider aiming for at least 20 to 30 grams of protein per meal. 
  • Drink plenty of fluids. Surgery can cause dehydration, so it's essential to stay well-hydrated before and after your procedure.
  • Since you have to limit caffeinated beverages such as coffee, tea, and soda for a short period after surgery, it’s helpful to cut back gradually to prepare yourself beforehand.

After the Surgery

When you undergo bariatric surgery, your stomach capacity reduces, and your intestine is re-routed to absorb fewer calories and nutrients from food.

So you may have to change your diet and lifestyle after surgery to make sure you are getting the right amount of nutrition while consuming fewer calories.

Changing your diet can be difficult, but it is crucial to make these changes for a successful outcome after bariatric surgery. Working with a dietitian can also help here.

Good Exercise Habits For Bariatric Surgery

One of the most important aspects of post-operative care is exercise. Regular exercise helps to speed up your metabolism, promote weight loss, and improve overall health.

Patients who have undergone bariatric surgery need to take special care when starting an exercise program. It is essential to consult with a doctor or physical therapist before beginning any new activity.

They can help create a safe and effective workout plan that meets each patient's individual needs. Additionally, it is important to start slowly and gradually increase the intensity of workouts as tolerated.

By following these guidelines, patients can safely and effectively improve overall health and wellbeing after bariatric surgery.

11 Tips To Help You Lose Weight Before Your Gastric Surgery

A person holding an exercise ball

Losing weight before your gastric surgery can help to improve your surgical outcome and decrease your risk of complications.

Here are 11 tips to help you lose weight safely and effectively before surgery:

  1. Talk to your surgeon about your weight loss goals.
  2. Get started on a healthy diet and exercise plan at least six weeks before surgery.
  3. Avoid crash dieting or rapid weight loss strategies.
  4. Drink plenty of water and avoid sugary drinks.
  5. Fill up on high-fiber foods like whole fruits and vegetables.
  6. Avoid processed and fried foods and refined carbohydrates.
  7. Get ample protein from lean sources like chicken, fish, and tofu.
  8. Incorporate regular exercise into your routine, including aerobic and strength-training activities.
  9. Avoid smoking, as it can interfere with wound healing after surgery.
  10. Attend pre-operative education classes offered by your surgeon or hospital.
  11. Follow up with your surgeon frequently to monitor your progress and address any concerns you may have.

Understand Your Body and Maintain Your Weight with NutriSense

There is no magic pill when it comes to losing weight and keeping it off. The only way to truly achieve long-term weight loss is by understanding more about your body’s specific needs. That’s where continuous glucose monitors (CGMs) come in.

CGMs provide real-time data about your blood sugar levels. You can use this information to tailor your diet and exercise regimen to fit your needs better.

When you sign up for the NutriSense CGM Program, you can use your sensor with an innovative app that tracks your blood glucose levels in real-time. There’s also a team of credentialed dietitians and nutritionists to help you make sustainable lifestyle changes.

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The world loves rice. It’s a staple food in many cultures and can have various health benefits for some. But does it cause your glucose to spike?

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Improving Fat Loss, Muscle Gain and Fitness With Continual Glucose Monitors
Improving Fat Loss, Muscle Gain and Fitness With Continual Glucose Monitors

Kara Collier and Dan Zavorotny talk continuous glucose monitors on the Mind Pump podcast.

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Dry Needling: Can it Really Help with Muscle Pain?
Dry Needling: Can it Really Help with Muscle Pain?

Dry needling is a therapeutic technique used by physical therapists and healthcare practitioners in an effort to alleviate pain and help restore movement in the body. Read on to find out more.

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NutriSense Dietitians Recommend: Healthiest Fast Food Choices
NutriSense Dietitians Recommend: Healthiest Fast Food Choices

Wondering what the healthiest fast food options are?  Here are some of the healthiest choices at fast food restaurants, according to dietitians.

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Here’s What a Realistic Weight Loss Timeline Looks Like
Here’s What a Realistic Weight Loss Timeline Looks Like

Many people try crash diets to lose weight fast, which may provide some short term results but don't work for the long haul. Here is a realistic timeline for healthy weight loss.

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9 Great Apps to Track Nutrition
9 Great Apps to Track Nutrition

Tracking nutrition has never been easier due to instant access to nutrition tracking apps. Here are the best ones.

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6 Popular IBS-Friendly Diets
6 Popular IBS-Friendly Diets

Learn more about irritable bowel syndrome, and see what popular IBS-friendly diets people follow to ease their symptoms.

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What You Need to Know About Neuropathy
What You Need to Know About Neuropathy

Neuropathy, or nerve damage, can cause pain, discomfort, and interfere with daily tasks. Explore effective ways to prevent and manage it.

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The Health Benefits of Adding Fermented Foods to Your Diet
The Health Benefits of Adding Fermented Foods to Your Diet

Fermented foods have a range of health benefits. Read on to learn more about what they are and why you should be adding them to your diet.

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13 Healthy Ways to Relieve Stress
13 Healthy Ways to Relieve Stress

Stress can negatively affect your entire body. Here are thirteen different ways to reduce stress in your life.

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Best Physical and Mental Health Apps Available in 2022
Best Physical and Mental Health Apps Available in 2022

Here are the eleven best physical and mental health apps available in the app store.

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Improving Metabolic Health with Carlee Hayes
Improving Metabolic Health with Carlee Hayes

On this episode of Passionate Pioneers with Mike Biselli, Carlee Hayes, Nutrition Manager at NutriSense, discusses the company’s digital platform that aims to help others discover and reach their health potential.

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Carlee Hayes talks Metabolic Health with Rejuvenaging
Carlee Hayes talks Metabolic Health with Rejuvenaging

In this episode of Rejuvenaging with Dr. Ron Kaiser, Carlee explains how to cut through the online nutrition industry's noise, why we shouldn't look for a one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to nutrition, and how CGMs work.

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Fruit Juice or Whole Fruit? What You Should Pick and Why
Fruit Juice or Whole Fruit? What You Should Pick and Why

Should you be drinking your fruits? Read on to find out more about juicing, whole fruits, and why one may be better for you than the other.

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Meet the Blood-Glucose Friendly Rambutan: What It Is and How to Eat It
Meet the Blood-Glucose Friendly Rambutan: What It Is and How to Eat It

Do you know what a rambutan is? Learn more about this blood-glucose-friendly tropical fruit and why you should add it to your diet.

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Organ Meats: Should You Be Adding Them to Your Diet?
Organ Meats: Should You Be Adding Them to Your Diet?

Learn about the health benefits and risk factors of adding organ meats to your meals, and try our favorite recipes using these nutritional treasure troves. 

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Five Cancer Research Developments of the Last Five Years
Five Cancer Research Developments of the Last Five Years

Read on to learn more about five of the most promising developments in cancer research.

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A Quick Look at Meditation and Blood Glucose 
A Quick Look at Meditation and Blood Glucose 

Learn more about meditation, how it positively impacts blood sugar, and how you can start incorporating it into your routine.

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NutriSense Dietitians Recommend: Tasty, Nutritious Salads You'll Love
NutriSense Dietitians Recommend: Tasty, Nutritious Salads You'll Love

Salads don't have to be boring! Our Nutrition Team recommends nine delicious, nutritious salads to help you find your favorite.

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Do You Need More Vitamin D?
Do You Need More Vitamin D?

Most people get the vitamin D they need from exposure to sunlight, but if you don't spend enough time outdoors, you may not be getting enough of this vital nutrient. Read our article to learn more.

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Your Mother's Day Gift Guide
Your Mother's Day Gift Guide

Can't decide on the perfect gift for Mother's Day? Pick from a list of ideas to find a healthy, but still exciting gift this year.

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Can Soy Really Prevent Diabetes?
Can Soy Really Prevent Diabetes?

Some research suggests that eating soy may reduce your risk of developing diabetes. Read on to learn whether that's true and find out more about the other health benefits of soy.

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Living with Autoimmune Conditions: Celiac Disease
Living with Autoimmune Conditions: Celiac Disease

Did you know that 23.5 million Americans live with autoimmune conditions? Learn more about the symptoms and causes of celiac disease and what you can do about it.

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Positive Thinking May Affect More Than Your Mental Health 
Positive Thinking May Affect More Than Your Mental Health 

It's no secret that positive thinking can improve your mood and help you cope with difficult situations. Review our article to see how a positive outlook may also benefit your physical health.

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The Best Diet for Menstruation
The Best Diet for Menstruation

When it comes to your menstrual cycle, what you eat can significantly impact how you feel. Read on to learn more about the best foods to add to your diet to help during that time of the month.

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9 Unusual Health Conditions You May Not Know About
9 Unusual Health Conditions You May Not Know About

Though most of us may never encounter these, these health conditions are still fascinating to learn more about. Read our article to find out more about nine of the most fascinating, unusual health conditions.

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The Positive Impact Weight Lifting Has on Blood Sugar 
The Positive Impact Weight Lifting Has on Blood Sugar 

Here is everything you need to know about the relationship between weight lifting and blood sugar.

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Two to 80 Employees in Just Two Years
Two to 80 Employees in Just Two Years

In this 20-minute conversation, Dan shares how he’s putting a Rockstar in every seat. And mistakes to avoid along the way.

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Understanding how Glucose Effects our Metabolic Health with Kara Collier
Understanding how Glucose Effects our Metabolic Health with Kara Collier

Kara, registered dietitian, and co-founder of NutriSense, discusses how blood glucose levels are a core marker of metabolic health. She dives into the health consequences of fluctuating blood glucose levels, and what levels to look fasted compared to post-meal.

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Using Real-Time Data to Improve Metabolic Health with Kara Collier
Using Real-Time Data to Improve Metabolic Health with Kara Collier

Today on the podcast, Kara Collier, RDN, LDN, CNSC, discusses revolutionizing preventative healthcare. It’s her mission to empower people with the knowledge to effectively monitor, optimize, and sustain their own metabolic health.

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11 Simple and Effective Weight Loss Tips for Men
11 Simple and Effective Weight Loss Tips for Men

Losing weight is typically easier for men than women, biologically speaking, but it's still challenging! Here are 11 simple yet effective tips for losing weight for men.

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What are the Best Times to Eat for Losing Weight?
What are the Best Times to Eat for Losing Weight?

Review our helpful article where we discuss the best times to eat if you are trying to lose weight.

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NutriSense Dietitians Recommend: Best Books on Metabolic Health
NutriSense Dietitians Recommend: Best Books on Metabolic Health

Whether you're looking for weight loss tips or to learn more about metabolism, a little reading material can go a long way. To help you get started, here’s some books on metabolic health, recommended by our Nutrition Team.

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Non-Exercise Activity Thermogenesis (NEAT): Can It Replace Your Workout?
Non-Exercise Activity Thermogenesis (NEAT): Can It Replace Your Workout?

NEAT can’t replace the benefits of intense cardio or strength-training workouts but like any physical activity, it has many overall health and fitness benefits. Read on to find out everything you need to know about NEAT.

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NutriSense CGM Program Review
NutriSense CGM Program Review

On this week's episode, Shannon describes the comfort, cost, usability, and education she experienced using the continuous glucose monitor program from NutriSense.

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Track Your Health in Real-Time with Dan Zavorotny
Track Your Health in Real-Time with Dan Zavorotny

On this episode of the Making Bank podcast, Dan Zavorotny discusses how he started the company “NutriSense” and how it reached a 150 million dollar valuation in 26 months.

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Can a Continuous Glucose Monitor (CGM) Help You Lose Weight?
Can a Continuous Glucose Monitor (CGM) Help You Lose Weight?

Carlee Hayes talks to This Podcast Burns Fat! about the important role blood sugar plays in weight management.