Nutritional Counseling

Before and after your bariatric surgery, you will meet with our DayOne Health registered dietitian for detailed nutritional counseling and dietary guidelines. During these counseling sessions, you will discuss your pre- and post-operative diet and receive help with developing your own balanced nutritional program. Both gastric band and gastric sleeve are considered restrictive weight loss surgeries – procedures leading to a significant decrease in your stomach’s volume and therefore size of your portions. Necessary lifestyle changes and limited portion size sizes can be difficult to do on your own. That is why our bariatric dietitian is here to help you and make the transition easier on your daily routines.

Because bariatric surgery is not merely a weight-loss procedure, but a change to your whole lifestyle, keeping in contact with your dietitian is crucial for your success. DayOne Health will make sure that you have all the information you need to get the most out of your new lifestyle.


During your first consult with the weight-loss surgeon, you will also meet with your dietitian. The pre-operative nutritional counseling helps you slowly work on your eating habits and prepare you for life after weight-loss surgery. The sooner you start working on your diet, the easier it will be for you to transition into your new healthier lifestyle.

Everyone is different,and that is why we don’t believe in a “one size fits all” diet. Our dietitian works closely with each of our patients individually to get to know their likes and dislikes when it comes to food.

Knowing your preferences allows us to develop a custom diet program that will help you to reach your goals while still enjoying food.

Finally, after your surgery, your dietitian will guide you through all the nutritional information you need to reach your weight loss goal. Following surgery, approximately every three months you’ll be contacted by the dietitian and asked to fill out a nutritional questionnaire to make sure our recommendations still work for you. This system ensures not that only you lose weight in a steady healthy manner, but that the diet you started with still meets your needs.


Three elements related to your long-term eating habits that you should always keep in mind are:
  • ✔ Quantity – Your procedure will help you feel satisfied with a smaller quantity of food. Satiety (feeling full) with small meals is the main benefit offered by the LAP-BAND and gastric sleeve surgeries.
  • ✔ Quality – Since you are eating less, the foods you choose have greater importance for your nutritional health. We will help you define a well-balanced diet with an emphasis on foods that provide sound nutrition — higher in protein and fiber and lower in sugars, fat, and carbohydrates.
  • ✔ Frequency – Eating three meals a day is one of the most important elements in preventing weight gain. Each meal should consist of a protein and a fruit or vegetable serving. We recommend that these meals be eaten at a table, not on the move or in the car or at your desk. Three meals a day helps you avoid snacking and promotes faster weight loss.

If you have any questions considering your diet and lifestyle following the weight loss surgery, contact our bariatric dietitian or call our Chicago clinic at (312) 255-1900.

Important LAP-BAND® System Safety Information

Indications: The LAP-BAND® System is indicated for weight reduction for patients with obesity, with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of at least 40 kg/m2 or a BMI of at least 30 kg/m2with one or more obesity-related co-morbid conditions. It is indicated for use only in adult patients who have failed more conservative weight reduction alternatives, such as supervised diet, exercise and behavior modification programs. Patients who elect to have this surgery must make the commitment to accept significant changes in their eating habits for the rest of their lives.

Contraindications: The LAP-BAND® System is not recommended for non-adult patients, patients with conditions that may make them poor surgical candidates or increase the risk of poor results (e.g., inflammatory or cardiopulmonary diseases, GI conditions, symptoms or family history of autoimmune disease, cirrhosis), who are unwilling or unable to comply with the required dietary restrictions, who have alcohol or drug addictions, or who currently are or may be pregnant.

Warnings: The LAP-BAND® System is a long-term implant. Explant and replacement surgery may be required. Patients who become pregnant or severely ill, or who require more extensive nutrition may require deflation of their bands. Anti-inflammatory agents, such as aspirin, should be used with caution and may contribute to an increased risk of band erosion.

Adverse Events: Placement of the LAP-BAND® System is major surgery and, as with any surgery, death can occur. Possible complications include the risks associated with the medications and methods used during surgery, the risks associated with any surgical procedure, and the patient’s ability to tolerate a foreign object implanted in the body. Band slippage, erosion and deflation, reflux, obstruction of the stomach, dilation of the esophagus, infection, or nausea and vomiting may occur. Reoperation may be required. Rapid weight loss may result in complications that may require additional surgery. Deflation of the band may alleviate excessively rapid weight loss or esophageal dilation.

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