LEARNING OBJECTIVE: To educate health care professionals about the hydration and fueling needs of physically active clients after bariatric surgery and examine the need for individualized sports nutrition recommendations for this emerging population of endurance exercisers.
A growing number of recreational exercisers have had bariatric (weight loss) surgery. Because of the greatly reduced size of their stomach pouch, this population can only eat and drink small portions at one time without facing gastrointestinal distress. This makes hydrating and fueling for athletic events both challenging and a source of confusion. This article provides sports nutrition suggestions for working with this emerging population of exercisers.
Allison Mulvaney, M.S., has her Master’s in Nutrition and Health Promotion from Simmons College in Boston, MA. She currently is completing her dietetic internship in the Boston area to fulfill the requirements of becoming a registered dietitian.
Allison Bader, M.S., D.T.R., has her B.S. in Nutrition and Dietetic from the University of Rhode Island and her M.S. in Nutrition and Health Promotion from Simmons College. She currently works as a nutritionist for the Chester County Hospital and Health System and writes a bimonthly nutrition article for the West Chester Dish.
Nancie Herbold, Ed.D., R.D., is a Ruby Winslow Linn professor, chair of the Department of Nutrition, Simmons College, and codirector for the Center of Hygiene and Health in Home and Community. Her research focuses on sports nutrition and supplement use by athletes and active individuals.
Nancy Clark, M.S., R.D., C.S.S.D., FACSM author of Nancy Clark’s Sports Nutrition Guidebook, has a private practice in the Boston area. She counsels all levels of athletes and has a special interest in helping bariatric exercisers/athletes reach their weight and exercise goals.
Disclosure: The authors declare no conflicts of interest and do not have any financial disclosures.