A new diet helps patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) lose weight and feel better.
The FODMAPS Diet is a carbohydrate- restricted diet for patients diagnosed with IBS and other digestive conditions, like Crohn’s Disease or ulcerative colitis, for which traditional therapies have not been successful.
The FODMAPS diet is carefully structured to identify food substances that may be causing digestive problems. First, patients are given a Symptom Rating Checklist and asked to rate their symptoms for one week. Then, the patient starts the diet, beginning with the “elimination” of foods with lactose, fructose, fructans, polyols and galactans for two weeks..
Within those two weeks, patients will be able to tell if they are FODMAPS sensitive and if their symptoms will improve with this change in diet. We provide guidelines for therapy to our patients and review their progress and symptoms.
If the patient’s symptoms do improve, we then go into a “challenge” phase, adding each FODMAPS group back into the diet one at a time. Along the way, our team of nutritionists follows the patient’s progress on a regular basis. This phase lasts six weeks, and allows us to determine which carbohydrate group is a trigger for the digestive symptoms.
In general, our gastroenterologists work closely with our nutritionists to improve symptoms related to patients’ digestive disorders. One of the most common topics involves losing weight. In fact, about 99% of patients want a nutritionist to provide weight loss instruction. Weight loss is also a vital aspect of a treatment plan for other conditions like fatty liver, high cholesterol, hypertension and diabetes.
When patients are ready, we provide education and recommendations to make a “healthy lifestyle change,” rather than “how to diet.” Of course, the ultimate success of this approach depends on the patient’s commitment to make the change – but we are here to help them succeed in that goal.