Registered Dietitian Donna Simon shares how women can ensure weight loss after bariatric surgery. Donna Simon is Bariatric Coordinator and Nutrition Specialist at Banner Gateway Medical Center in Gilbert, Arizona.
Donna Simon, M.S., R.D.:
Attend support groups. I can’t focus on that enough. We do offer three support groups here a month.
The first Tuesday of every month is a nutrition one, the second Wednesday of every month is an exercise and the third Wednesday of every month is psychology and we get a large draw. It’s not just from our program; it’s from programs throughout the valley.
Support groups are important and especially exercise. You can’t do one with the other. Calories in have to be calories burnt so you need energy-in, energy-out to equal out so you definitely need to exercise.
Support groups are so helpful because you can’t do it on your own. You have tried diets in the past and they haven’t work. You need the support.
Even if it’s a support group of a family member or a friend or colleague or someone, the chat rooms are great support if you can’t make it to an actual support group.
So support groups are important, I mean because you just can’t do it on your own. I have seen people try and not be successful.
So I have found support groups are very important and even at my support groups that’s one of the comments they will tell the newbies, as we call them, please attend your support groups, they are helpful.
About Donna Simon, M.S., R.D.:
Donna Simon, M.S., R.D., earned her B.A. in Food and Nutrition and her M.S. at Queens College in Flushing, New York. She practiced extensively in the state of New York. She was a Dietetic Technician at St. John's Hospital in Elmhurst. She held the position of Food Service Supervisor at Hempstead General Hospital in Hempstead, and Food Service Supervisor and Dietitian at Franklin General Hospital in Valley Stream.
Ms. Simon worked as Director of Dietary Services and Dietitian at Nesconset Nursing Home in Nesconset, and as a Dietitian at Patchoque Nursing Center in Patchoque. She was a Consultant Dietitian at Long Island Development Center. She served as a Registered Dietitian at Parkview Nursing Home in Massapequa, and at North Shore University Hospital in Plainview. Ms. Simon was a Clinical Dietitian and Bariatric Nutritionist at Banner Mesa Medical Center in Mesa, and is presently Bariatric Coordinator and a Nutrition Specialist at Banner Gateway Medical Center in Gilbert, Arizona.
Condition: Obesity Morbid Obesity, Weight Loss, Morbidly Obese
Related Terms: Bariatric Surgery, Nutrition, Weight Management, BMI, Body Mass Index, Portion Control, Bariatric Surgery Support Groups, Food Journal
Health Care Provider: Banner Hospital, Banner Medical Center, Banner Bariatric, Banner Gateway, Banner Health, Banner Bariatric Center, Banner Gateway Medical Center
Location: Gilbert, Phoenix, AZ, Arizona, Scottsdale, Mesa, Tempe, Chandler, Queen Creek, Higley, Apache Junction, Sun Lakes 85234
Expert: Registered Dietitian Donna Simon, Donna Simon, R.D., Clinical Dietitian Donna Simon, Bariatric Nutritionist Donna Simon
Expertise: Bariatric Nutrition, Food, Nutrition, Eat Right, Healthy Eating, Dietetics, Meal Planning, Caloric Restriction, Diet, Weight Management