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Healthy Habits – Bariatric Edition

The Power of Simple Healthy Habits: A Guide for Bariatric Clients


Embarking on a journey towards weight loss and overall well-being can feel daunting, but the key to success lies in the power of simple healthy habits. For bariatric clients, adopting and maintaining these habits becomes even more critical. By focusing on small, sustainable changes, individuals can transform their lives, not only benefiting themselves but also inspiring their loved ones to embrace healthier habits.


Let’s explore the importance of creating simple healthy habits, from nutrition and exercise to sleep and hydration, and how these habits can positively impact both individuals and their support systems


Nutrition: Fueling the Body for Success

When it comes to weight loss and maintaining a healthy lifestyle, nutrition takes center stage. Bariatric clients must pay close attention to their food choices, focusing on nutrient-dense options while being mindful of portion sizes. By gradually incorporating whole foods, lean proteins, fruits, vegetables, and whole grains into their diets, individuals can nourish their bodies, improve energy levels, and support weight loss. Encouraging family and friends to join in on nutritious meals fosters a supportive environment and reinforces positive eating habits for everyone involved.


Exercise: Move Towards a Healthier You

Regular physical activity is essential for bariatric clients looking to enhance their weight loss efforts and overall well-being. Engaging in exercises that they enjoy, such as walking, swimming, or cycling, can make the journey more enjoyable and sustainable. Incorporating family and friends into these activities not only provides companionship but also creates a sense of accountability and motivation. By focusing on consistency rather than intensity, individuals can gradually increase their fitness levels and improve cardiovascular health, leading to long-term success.


Sleep: The Often Overlooked Key to Health

Adequate sleep is a crucial but often neglected aspect of a healthy lifestyle. Bariatric clients should prioritize getting the recommended seven to nine hours of quality sleep each night. Sufficient rest promotes hormonal balance, reduces stress, and supports weight management. Establishing a consistent bedtime routine, creating a relaxing sleep environment, and engaging in relaxation techniques can help improve sleep quality. By emphasizing the importance of restful sleep within their support systems, individuals can encourage better sleep habits for both themselves and their loved ones.


Hydration: Nourishing from the Inside Out

Staying adequately hydrated is vital for bariatric clients and plays a significant role in overall health. Sipping on water throughout the day helps curb appetite, improve digestion, and maintain optimal bodily functions. Encouraging the consumption of water within their social circles can create a ripple effect of positive change. To make hydration more enjoyable, individuals can infuse water with fruits or herbs, carry a reusable water bottle, and set reminders to drink regularly. Prioritizing hydration fosters a healthier lifestyle and sets an example for others to follow.


In the pursuit of weight loss and improved well-being, bariatric clients can find success through the power of simple healthy habits. By focusing on nutrition, exercise, sleep, hydration, and involving their support systems, individuals can create positive changes that have far-reaching effects. These small, sustainable adjustments not only benefit the individual but also inspire their loved ones to adopt healthier habits. Remember, every step, every healthy meal, and every good night’s sleep contribute to a journey of transformation and empowerment. Together, let’s embrace simple healthy habits and pave the way to a healthier, happier life.

Healthy Hugs,



Sheri Burke

About the Author: Sheri Burke is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and Bariatric Surgery Coordinator at International Patient Facilitators in Tijuana and Cancun, Mexico. She has worked with bariatric surgery clients for over 10 years and especially enjoys providing nutritional guidance to pre and post bariatric clients.  In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two teens and cooking up a nutritional storm in the kitchen.

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