Bariatric Nutrition Education
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Debbe Meyers-Bourgoin, R.D., Director of Living Fit Center, is a registered dietitian with over 20 years experience in nutrition therapy, risk reduction services, and business management. She also has been specializing in the field of obesity treatment for over 15 years. As a registered dietitian, Debbe provides pre and post bariatric surgery nutrition counseling to the clients of eleven bariatric surgeons in the South Jersey area. The bariatric surgery patient is taught the specific “how to’s” of weight loss, including easy ways to lower dietary fat and calories, plus strategies to build physical activity into the daily routine. Individualized coaching is given to support the development of healthier weight management skills.

Most insurances accepted

Individual Nutrition Counseling

  • Bariatric Nutrition Initial Appointment One-hour individual appointment consisting of:

- Nutrition Assessment

- Body Composition Analysis

- Education Materials

  • Pre-Surgery Nutrition Consultation Follow-Up Visit One-hour individual appointment covering:

- The diet requirements pre and post operatively

- Vitamin and mineral protocol post operatively

  • Post-Surgery Follow-Up Individual Appointment Thirty-minute consultations designed to develop a personal nutrition plan specific to post-surgery needs


  • HRA (Health Risk Appraisal)* Pre & Post Surgery The HRA is an assessment of the individual’s health risks looking at medical and lifestyle risk factors. It identifies the simplest changes a person can make in their lifestyle to have the greatest overall impact on health and longevity. The HRA is repeated at one year post-surgery to compare to the initial assessment.

*A personal risk factor profile and individual report prepared from "Your Next Step, A Workbook for Building a Healthier You®," ©1996,2005 Health Management Resources, Boston, MA

HMR® Weight Loss and Bariatric Surgery – A Perfect Blend

There are multiple benefits of combining HMR Weight Loss and Bariatric Surgery:


  • Prepares patients for surgery by achieving healthier pre-surgical weights
  • Improves blood sugar control
  • Improves fatty liver disease
  • Increases physical activity in order to speed post-op recovery


  • Continue to utilize lifestyle skills learned and practiced during the weight loss program
  • Emphasis on using appropriate HMR meal replacements after surgery to ensure portion control and maintain nutritional stability
  • Highly effective strategy in supporting long-term maintenance of surgical weight loss

For testimonials by patients who have successfully combined HMR structured weight loss programs and bariatric surgery click on the "HMR Structured Weight Loss & Bariatric Surgery" heading under Latest News and Articles on the Home Page.


* Decision-Free® Diet Disclaimer Notice: HMR® published data from selected programs offering the
Decision-Free® Diet Program show a 50-60 pound average weight loss for participants in this type of program. 
Healthy Solutions® Diet Disclaimer Notice: HMR® published data from selected programs offering the
Healthy Solutions® Program show a 35-40 pound average weight loss for participants in this type of program. 
HMR at Home® Diet Disclaimer Notice: HMR® published data show average weight loss of 15-30 pounds for HMR at Home®.

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