Bariatric Diet Benefits Beyond Weight Loss

Are you considering undergoing a weight loss procedure such as the sleeve gastrectomy or years post-surgery? No matter where you are on the journey, the goal is the same: major weight loss. This goal is achieved by undergoing a weight loss surgery and adhering to a bariatric friendly diet.

You also know as you lose significant weight that weight related diseases such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure will improve or go into remission completely. However, there are several other benefits of following a bariatric friendly diet.


While eating that piece of chocolate might give you a quick rush of giddy happiness and past the 3pm slump, it results in a quick crash- and a crash of your mood. However, there are foods you can eat that actually relieve depression. Salmon is rich is Omega-3 fatty acids which has been shown to relieve depression. Since eggs are a great source of protein, they help maintain energy levels which keeps your mood even-keel. Greek yogurt, a calcium-rich and low sugar food, also helps to reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression.


Your skin will thank you. Eliminating sugar helps reduce the aging process by allowing collagen and elastin, which give your skin a youthful glow, to last and work more efficiently. You can also say good-bye to pimples. Sugar raises insulin levels, which leads to inflammation, the leading cause of acne. Inflammation also causes increased blood supply to the skin which affects chemicals in the skin that cause swelling, which results in psoriasis. Limiting your sugar intake can reduce the occurrence and severity of psoriasis flare-ups. Sugar also causes the skin to be more sensitive to the sun and more prone to UV-ray effects. We all know that leads to skin cancer, which although curable in early phases, can be deadly.


In a study by Stony Brook University with 1,000 participants ages 18-88, researchers concluded neurobiological aging can be seen as young as participants in their 40s due to a diet high in carbohydrates. In other words, the chance for developing brain related diseases such as dementia is greater for people who have a diet high in simple carbs. A professor involved in the study concluded, “The bad news is that we see the first signs of brain aging much earlier than was previously thought. However, the good news is that we may be able to prevent or reverse these effects with diet…” When the professor, Mujicai-Parodi refers to “diet,” she recommends exchanging sugar for ketogenic friendly food. This is in alignment as to what Dr. Nguyen tells his patients.

Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Processed foods are filled with a chemical called emulsifiers that have been linked to Cron’s disease and inflammatory bowel disease. The connection is due to the bacteria affect your digestive system by affecting the mucus protective layer of your intestinal wall. This also causes inflammation and increases the chance for the disease.

Autoimmune Diseases

There are over 100 autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and multiple sclerosis. Autoimmune diseases occur when the immune system actually attacks the body’s cells. Approximately 70% of your immune system is actually located in your gut. This makes sense as to why foods we eat affect our immune system. Processed foods contain additives, such as sugars, salt, and gluten, to expose the body to toxins which weaken the immune system.

While weight loss and weight related disease remission are the ultimate goal of undergoing bariatric surgery, the additional benefits may make you rethink that piece of chocolate.

If you are struggling to lose weight, Lifetime Surgical provides both surgical and nonsurgical weight loss procedures. To schedule a consultation, call our office for your initial consultation: 408-358-1855