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What Makes a Good Bariatric Program?

December 29, 2015

With average body masses in the US still increasing, there are more bariatric programs than ever. But how do you tell the good from the bad, the safe from the harmful? We have a handy guide to walk you through what to look out for and questions to ask when looking for the right place to get your bariatric treatment.

First, talk to your current health care provider about what a healthy weight is for your height and age. It is important to be realistic about goals from the start. Your health care provider is there to help you with all aspects of your health, so don’t worry about feeling uneasy discussing these issues.

Second, a good bariatric program encourages you to make consistent healthy choices over time and isn’t a quick fix for your health concerns. Finding the right lifestyle for you will help make these choices easier, but don’t trust any program that claims rapid weight loss because crash diets are proven to only work temporarily. The best programs have clear plans to help you develop healthy exercise habits that you feel comfortable doing and an eating plan you can stick to so that you can keep weight off permanently.

Third, a good bariatric program will include regular weekly meetings between you and a health care provider. The best programs will also include support groups, so that you have a safe space to discuss your journey and encourage each other to reach your goals together.

Good questions to ask are about how much weight the average person loses and how they keep it off. Remember that you can always talk with the staff at Deptford Center to discuss any concerns you may have.

Deptford Center is part of the Centers Healthcare family; New York, New Jersey and Rhode Island’s premier group of skilled nursing, rehabilitation and senior care services. To speak to a healthcare specialist and find out more about Deptford Center, contact us by phone 24/7 at 856.845.9400, or visit us at 1511 Clements Bridge Rd, Deptford, NJ 08096.

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