Life After Bariatric Surgery
Life after a weight-loss procedure requires many changes. Your new life after surgery will require regular exercise and careful attention to what, when and how much you eat. We will help you develop healthy habits that will maximize the success of your surgery.
Exercise is essential to achieving the body you want after weight-loss surgery. Our program includes exercise routines and guidelines that will get you started on a lifelong fitness approach to help tone your muscles, increase your energy and boost your metabolism.
Bariatric Exercise and Lifestyle Transformation
Bariatric Exercise and Lifestyle Transformation (BELT) is an acclaimed exercise program sponsored by Cone Health and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG). It is designed especially for bariatric surgery patients. The goals of the program are to teach our patients proper exercise technique and to give them confidence to maintain proper physical activity habits throughout their lives. BELT is currently open to people who have had surgery within the past six months or longer.
BELT offers two options. The preferred option is an on-site program held at UNCG. Participants meet three mornings at the UNCG campus for personalized exercise instruction and periodic educational sessions that address workouts, diet and behavior modification strategies. The second option, for those who cannot attend the on-site program, offers similar instruction through a web-based program. After an initial on-site orientation, BELT program specialists will communicate with participants through weekly email feedback and occasional telephone conversations.
The on-site BELT program lasts for 12 weeks, with classes held Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 6:30 to 7:30 a.m. at the UNCG campus.
We can’t stress enough the importance of adhering to your new recommended dietary guidelines. The surgical changes that have been made to your stomach will require permanent changes in your eating habits — habits that must be followed for successful weight loss.
We will provide all the nutritional support you’ll need:
- A nutrition assessment for insurance approval.
- Pre-operative diet therapy and behavior change counseling.
- Pre-operative nutrition class.
- Post-operative nutrition class.
- Personalized one-on-one nutrition follow-up appointments.
- Medical Nutrition Therapy services for bariatric surgery postoperative nutrition care, including:
- Personalized post-operative nutrition needs assessment.
- Meal planning.
- Food lists.
- Portion control guidelines.
- Cooking tips and guidance on appropriate texture modifications.
- Shopping tips for eating after bariatric surgery.
- Troubleshooting tips for eating weight loss.
Working With Your Registered Dietitian
Cone Health’s Nutrition and Diabetes Management Center provides a registered dietitian (RD) to offer nutritional guidelines and support related to your bariatric surgery.
Should you also have diabetes, many of our registered dietitians are also certified diabetes educators. To help provide the best outcome through this process, your RD will be available to answer questions and make suggestions during regularly scheduled appointments, through email and by phone.
You will visit your nutritionist twice before you have surgery and then several times in your first year after surgery.