Janet Kovler

Janet Kovler, M.S., R.D., C.D.N., C.D.E. is Orange Regional's Bariatric Program Director. She is a Certified Diabetes Educator, a Registered Certified Dietitian and an American Heart Association Certified Cardiovascular Counselor. She brings over 27 years of clinical, educational and leadership experience to Orange Regional Medical Center.
Janet Kovler has written 53 posts for Orange Regional Medical Center


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Relationship Challenges before and after Weight-loss Surgery

The weight-loss surgery journey is one of the most profound changes in our lives. Following nutrition, an exercise and follow-up program may be hard work, but the most challenging daily adjustment is, “the way people treat me differently.” She burst into tears. Why? I had just walked into the hospital room, saying “your nurse tells … Continue reading

Plastic Surgery After Weight Loss

Body Contouring (Body Lift) Tummy Tuck Breast Lift Should You Have Plastic Surgery After Weight Loss? Many people who have lost 100 pounds or more are overjoyed at their success. After losing a lot of weight, though, you still may have loose, heavy folds of skin left as a reminder of your former self. Plastic … Continue reading


Whether you’re ordering in Chinese, going out to a big chain restaurant or grabbing a quick bite at gas station convenience store, ordering after weight loss surgery doesn’t have to be challenging if you know what to look for. How many take-out or restaurant meals do you eat per week? If you are anything like … Continue reading

Enjoying Exercise and Staying Motivated for Bariatric Surgery Patients

The successful bariatric surgery patient regularly takes part in three main activities in their life after surgery: Follows an appropriate bariatric diet plan Actively participates in weight loss surgery support groups Follows a consistent and progressive exercise routine Two of these are easier to adhere to… If you don’t follow your diet plan, you will … Continue reading

Emotional Eating and Common Food Challenges

People tend to bury their feelings in food. Food is often used as a comfort source for many emotions. It’s like our best friend. Bariatric surgery provides a tool to control your portion sizes and combined with our program, can teach you to choose your foods wisely. Bariatric surgery does not change your life in … Continue reading

Holiday Eating Tips after Bariatric Surgery

Be realistic with your weight loss goals  Do not always try to lose weight over the holidays – focus more on maintaining your weight and making small healthy changes Be active to maintain weight  Keep up with your bariatric exercise regimen. Walk around the mall while carrying your shopping bags for extra calorie burning. Make … Continue reading

Exercise: Staying Motivated and Enjoying Exercise

Goal Setting GOAL SETTING The best way to stay motivated to exercise is to set realistic and measurable goals for yourself.  Here are a few tips to help you build your goal setting skills. Goals should be your own. If you are trying to achieve someone else’s goal (e.g. “I’m participating in this program because … Continue reading


Bariatric surgery requires making significant changes to your diet and lifestyle. Because you will be eating less food after your surgery, it’s important to choose foods that will provide the nutrients you need for healing and overall health. Protein is particularly important for bariatric surgery patients. After surgery, you may find you have difficulty digesting … Continue reading