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Frequently Asked Questions

Effects of Obesity

What conditions improve with weight loss?

Conditions improved with weight loss

Non-Surgical Weight Loss FAQ

What is the difference between the VLCP and LCP meal plans?

VLCP (Very Low Calorie Plan)

The VLCP is a very low calorie meal plan averaging about 800 calories per day. A typical VLCP meal plan may include 3-5 meal replacements and no regular meals. It has an average weight loss of 3-5 pounds per week.

LCP (Low Calorie Plan)

The LCP is a low calorie plan ranging from 900-1200 calories per day. A typical LCP meal plan includes 3 meal replacements with one meal of regular foods daily. It has an average weight loss of 2-3 pounds per week.

What do I do if I want to change my meal plan?

If you want to change or modify your meal plan, it's important to meet with your dietitian. Please notify your Weight Management nurse or provider so they can set up the proper appointments to modify your meal plan.

I'm on the VLCP meal plan. Can I eat food or add vegetables to my soups?

The VLCP meal plan consists of only meal replacements. It is designed to minimize carbohydrate intake, ensure adequate protein, vitamins and minerals and provide needed fats. The diet formulation maximizes effectiveness with appetite, nutrition, and weight loss. Additional foods or vegetables can impair the effectiveness of this therapeutic meal plan.

I like the action of eating. How am I going to follow a primarily liquid diet if I don't like the meal replacements?

We have a variety of products including shakes, bars, puddings and soups to provide patients with numerous choices. There are recipes using the meal replacement products. A selection of recipes is listed in your binder and online.

You can also play with the flavor of the meal replacements by adding Crystal Light© packets to the beverages or spices to the soups. Review your binder for a list of acceptable beverages and spices you can use.

Surgical Weight Loss FAQ

How do I qualify for weight loss surgery?

Individuals need a body mass index (BMI) or 40 or greater, or a BMI of 35 or greater with severe obesity-related co-morbidities (such as type 2 diabetes). 

Will I need to eat a specific diet after surgery?

You will be on a clear liquid diet for one day after surgery. For the next two weeks you will follow a full liquid diet. Your diet texture will gradually progress from pureed to soft over the next month and finally to regular foods at about six weeks after surgery. Once you progress to the regular diet, we recommend protein and fiber foods at every meal. Other nutrition recommendations will be discussed during your dietitian visits.

How soon after my first appointment will I have surgery?

The process usually takes four to eight months from your first visit. During this time, you will complete a psychological assessment, meet numerous times with a bariatric dietitian, and complete other insurance requirements.

After surgery, when do I follow-up with the Weight Management provider(s)?

You will have office visits at 2 weeks, 4 weeks, 3 months, 6 months, 12 months and yearly.

Will I have pain after surgery?

Mild discomfort at the incision sites is common. Pain medications will be prescribed to help with discomfort.

Can I regain weight after surgery?

It is possible to regain weight after all weight loss surgeries. The chance of weight regain is greatly reduced if a complete lifestyle change is embraced, including a healthy diet and regular exercise.

Will I have to change my medications?

Many conditions improve or resolve after weight loss surgery. These conditions include hypertension, type 2 diabetes, etc. It is possible for your medications to be decreased or discontinued.

Can I get pregnant after weight loss surgery?

It is recommended to delay pregnancy for at least 18-24 months after surgery. Your weight and nutrition status will likely be stable at this point. Fertility may increase with weight loss. Please talk with your primary care provider about birth control.

Will I be able to drink alcohol after surgery?

After undergoing weight loss surgery, you will find that even small amounts of alcohol will affect you quickly. Alcohol is a high-calorie beverage that should be regarded as a dessert and consumed infrequently or not at all.

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