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IN THE BEGINNING
When Susan Maria Leach had gastric bypass surgery in 2001, she knew that she would have to change everything about her life. Her surgeon told her the tradeoff for losing 150 pounds was taking bariatric supplements forever. At that time there were few choices with the right nutrition for someone who had a gastric bypass. There were bodybuilder protein powders, but the bad taste and gritty texture had to be masked by mixing in extracts and flavorings. When it came to vitamins, there were thirteen different tablets scheduled six times throughout the day. She did what she was told, but believed that bariatric patients deserved a better, easier way. SML pioneered a path that many thousands of bariatric patients have followed. Her book Before & After, Living and Eating Well After Weight Loss Surgery is in its third printing with HarperCollins, her Back on Track program for regain has thousands of followers, 48 Pouch Reset has rebooted confidence for countless members and Inspire protein powders, Believe drinks and Journey vitamins are the best selling brands for bariatric post ops.
IS THIS YOU?
Have you purchased a forty five dollar jug of protein that you cannot tolerate and have since learned it’s the ‘wrong kind’? Do you own a thirty dollar box of protein bars that taste like Play Doh? Have you sipped a bottle of ready-to-drink protein to practically spit it out from the funky aftertaste? Do you have a ten bottles of supplements that have been collecting dust on your desk for six months?
The reality is that ‘old school’ bariatric supplements are not working – 98% of bariatric patients have 2 or more deficiencies, 24-months after surgery. Mostly because patients do not take supplements. Bariatric patients are not listening to the surgeons: they’re not compliant due to taste, forgetfulness and they don’t believe that anything bad will really happen.
We believe that choosing the right products is critical to compliance and long-term health. Many of those who have had weight loss surgery think they are the only one who has broken a bone in a fall, or lost teeth due to decreased bone density, or have iron anemia so severe they need IV iron or even blood transfusions. These situations are common after bariatric weight loss surgery and in many cases are preventable. This isn’t just about losing weight, post ops have a responsibility to monitor nutrient levels after organs have been removed or rearranged.
WE OFFER REAL HELP
Susan has worked with top specialists to create the right products that meet her high standards for Taste, Quality, and Nutrition:
The products we offer are top quality, meet the nutritional supplement guidelines of even the strictest surgical centers, are easy to use and also taste good. Bariatric professionals care about nutrition but we understand that taste is important to you! You’re now on a lifetime journey but you don’t have to make it alone – we’re with you every step of the way.
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