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 57 posts for Orange Regional Medical Center

Holiday Eating after Weight Loss Surgery

 Traditionally, the holiday season spanning November into the New Year is especially challenging for weight control.   The winter season evokes cravings for “comfort” foods characterized by warm, soothing meals rich in fat and carbohydrates, or sweet baked goods with their enticing aromas.   If you’re in a quandary as to how to navigate through … Continue reading

Strength Training for Beginners

Calling all strength-training beginners: Get started on getting stronger with this plan. By Sarah Richards Ideally, a strength workout should include 8 to 10 exercises targeting the major muscle groups. Beginners can start out by using two sets of dumbbells (3 to 5 pounds and 8 to 12 pounds) or a set of resistance bands. … Continue reading

Meeting Your Protein Requirements After Bariatric Surgery

Gastric bypass surgery.Photo Credit Fuse/Fuse/Getty Images   Bariatric surgery helps patients lose weight by blocking calorie absorption and restricting stomach size, says University of Wisconsin Health. Maintain your health and avoid losing lean muscle mass during rapid weight loss by consuming 60 to 80 grams of protein every day for the rest of your life. … Continue reading

Craving: great or eager desire; yearning

Whether you are preparing for surgery or you are focusing on weight loss/maintenance after surgery, cravings can pose a challenge in your everyday life. Cravings can be the result of not eating the right foods or not following a proper meal schedule. They can also be the result of stress, boredom, your environment or bad … Continue reading


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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