Written By: Janet L. Klein, MS, RDN, CDN, CDCES

gloved thumbs up in the snowWelcome back to Garnet Health’s Bariatric Surgery Support Group blog!  Today, we’re focusing on the key to a successful bariatric journey by discussing common mistakes that patients often make.  By steering clear of these pitfalls, you can enhance your chances of achieving long-term success after undergoing bariatric surgery.

  1. Neglecting Follow-up Appointments:
    One common mistake is skipping or neglecting follow-up appointments.  Regular check-ins with your healthcare team are crucial for monitoring your progress, addressing concerns, and ensuring you’re on the right track. You will receive follow-up phone calls from your bariatric dietitian educator post-operatively at 2 weeks, 2 months, 4 months, 8 months, and 18 months following your bariatric surgery.  These telehealth visits are scheduled between the times of your follow-up visits in the bariatric office with your bariatric surgeon which are 1 week, 1 month, 3 months, 6 months, 9 months to 1 year, and once per year thereafter.  Consistency is key to a successful bariatric journey.  
  2. Poor Compliance with Dietary Guidelines:
    Success post-bariatric surgery heavily depends on adhering to dietary guidelines.  Skipping meals, indulging in high-calorie foods, or neglecting proper hydration can impede your weight loss and potentially lead to complications.  Stay committed to your nutrition plan for lasting results.  Make sure to follow the diet plan provided to you by your bariatric surgery team.  All of the information provided for your use which is printed for the bariatric surgery support group blog are prepared only by licensed healthcare professionals.  This is a trusted and reliable source to utilize all throughout your journey to a healthier you.  Be very cautious of the information you receive from the internet/Facebook and other social media conducted online support groups as the facilitators may not be  licensed healthcare professionals.
  3. Lack of Physical Activity:
    Underestimating the importance of regular exercise is another pitfall.  Incorporating physical activity into your schedule not only aids in weight loss but also contributes to your overall well-being.  Set exercise goals that are specific and measurable each week to help guide you and keep you on track.  Incorporate both cardio and light resistance training into your exercise routines. Find activities that you enjoy to make fitness a sustainable part of your lifestyle so you can lose weight to a healthy range and keep it there for the rest of  your life.  
  4. Ignoring Emotional Health:
    Bariatric surgery is not just a physical transformation; it’s an emotional one too.  Neglecting your mental and emotional well-being can hinder your success.  Seek support from friends, family, mental health professionals and be sure to attend Garnet Health’s bariatric surgery support group meetings regularly to help you to navigate the emotional aspects of your journey.
  5. Overeating or Grazing:
    Overeating, even in small amounts throughout the day (grazing), can hinder weight loss and potentially lead to complications.  Practice mindful eating, listen to your body’s signals, and focus on nutrient-dense foods to support your health goals.  Remember, of the three macronutrients (protein, carbohydrate, fat), protein is the number one “go to” before the others, followed by non-starchy vegetables.
  6. Comparing Your Journey to Others:
    Every bariatric journey is unique, and comparing yourself to others can be counterproductive.  Focus on your progress, celebrate small victories, and understand that everyone’s path is different.
  7. Neglecting Hydration:
    Maintaining proper hydration is crucial after bariatric surgery.  Dehydration can lead to various complications and hinder your progress.  Make it a habit to sip water throughout the day and avoid sugary or caffeinated beverages.

By avoiding these common mistakes, you pave the way for a successful and sustainable bariatric journey.  Remember, patience and consistency are key, and the support of our community is here for you every step of the way.

Here’s to your health and success!




Janet Klein, MS, RDN, CDN, CDE
By Janet Klein, MS, RDN, CDN, CDE
Janet Klein, MS, RDN, CDN, CDE is Garnet Health Medical Center's Bariatric Surgery Program Director. 

She received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Dietetics from the State University at Oneonta and her Master of Science in Education from Queens College University. She is a Certified Diabetes Educator, a Registered Certified Dietitian-Nutritionist, holds an Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics certificate of Training in Obesity Interventions for Adults and is a member of the Integrated Health group of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS).

She brings more than 35 years of clinical, educational and leadership experience to Garnet Health Medical Center, where she spearheaded the Bariatric Surgery Program in 2008, received Accreditation for the program through the ASMBS in 2011, re-accredited the program through the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP) in 2014, 2017, currently and continues to lead the program with passion.

Janet can be reached at 845-333-2123 or

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