This is the place for you if you like to delve into the actual studies that we use to build our foundation of knowledge. These studies enrich our understanding of how we can support you on your journey to living a full, inspired life. These studies don’t always get media attention but are worth knowing about because they deeply affect our health. We will add studies as they are published.
I want to call out the very first study. When I read this study over 3 years ago I knew I had to do something. The findings of the study showed that bariatric patients with access to ongoing nutritional education post weight loss surgery had the highest rates of success and the lowest rates of weight regain. I have personally been researching how many bariatric centers across the united states have ongoing, regular nutritional and cooking education specifically for their bariatric patients. I have not asked all 740 centers but my guess as of right now, based on my initial research, is that less than 5% offer these services. That feels insane to me!
Importance of Nutrition Visits After Gastric Bypass Surgery
Nutrition counseling is important for veterans undergoing gastric bypass surgery. The aim of this study was to explore the relationship between the number of nutrition visits a patient attended and change in body mass index (BMI) after gastric bypass surgery for the veteran population.
The relationship between high-fat dairy consumption and obesity, cardiovascular, and metabolic disease
“Conclusions: The observational evidence does not support the hypothesis that dairy fat or high-fat dairy foods contribute to obesity or cardiometabolic risk, and suggests that high-fat dairy consumption within typical dietary patterns is inversely associated with obesity risk.”
Analysis of Post-operative Nutritional Barriers
BACKGROUND: Outcomes studies show many bariatric patients fail to lose optimal weight or regain significant weight post-surgery. One reason for weight regain may be difficulty adhering to the postoperative diet.
CONCLUSION: The physiological nature of post-surgical changes and the mental stamina required of positive eating habits contribute to postoperative adherence difficulties. Many patients likely exhibit poor habits pre-surgery, and without added help to change these behaviors may regain weight. Participants in this study indicated that convenient access to an RDN was helpful. Bariatric facilities should include staff well-trained in the specific nutritional barriers patients face and provide availability of staff beyond the initial postoperative phase.
Dairy and Cardiovascular Disease
This is a study showing that full-fat dairy does not appear to be harmful to people with cardiovascular disease and in fact, may be beneficial. What!!??
“Based on available data, it appears that milk, cheese, and yogurt are inversely associated with cardiovascular disease risk. Data pertaining to dairy fat were inconclusive but point to a potential protective effect of full-fat milk, cheese, and yogurt on the risk of cardiovascular disease”.
Comprehensive nutrition and lifestyle education improves weight loss
A comprehensive nutrition and lifestyle education improve weight loss and physical activity in Hispanic Americans following gastric bypass surgery: a randomized controlled trial.
BACKGROUND: As morbid obesity increasingly affects Hispanic Americans, the incidence of bariatric procedures among this population is rising. Despite this, prospective research on the effects of comprehensive postoperative education-centered interventions on weight loss and physical activity focused on Hispanic Americans is lacking.
CONCLUSIONS: Findings support the importance of comprehensive nutrition education for achieving more effective weight reduction in Hispanic Americans following RYGB.
Food quality, physical activity, and nutritional follow-up as determinant of weight regain
OBJECTIVE: Assess the lifestyle habits, including food patterns, of patients who underwent Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB) and to identify predictive factors in weight loss and regain.
Despite satisfactory results of EWL, the patients did not properly maintain the lost weight, mainly after 5 y postsurgery. Major factors that influenced this weight gain were poor diet quality, sedentary lifestyle, and lack of nutritional counseling follow-up
High dairy fat intake related to less central obesity
In this study, 1589 men participated in the study over 12 years measuring central obesity. This is the weight around the middle.
The results: A high intake of dairy fat was associated with a lower risk of central obesity and a low dairy fat intake was associated with a higher risk of central obesity.