Birth of the Back On Track Program

Hello and welcome to my very first blog post on my sparkly new website!  My name is Amanda Nighbert and I am a registered dietitian specializing in Bariatric and non surgical weight loss nutrition.  I have spent the last 15 years working with the most amazing Bariatric team helping thousands of patients reach their wellness goals.  There is nothing more rewarding than watching a person work hard to regain their health back!

Every year thousands of people have surgical weight loss procedures and their results are a testament to their effort and hard work!  The misconception about weight loss surgery is that it is the easy way out and unless you have had surgery or worked with surgical patients you will never truly understand just how hard these patients work to be successful!

It’s a lot of work and over time it is very normal for some patients to struggle.  The further one gets from surgery the easier it is for some of those old habits to return. I have seen first hand how frustrated and disappointed a patient can feel when they find themselves not losing or gaining the weight back. It is almost a feeling of hopelessness, like they have been down this road before and this will turn out just like all the other diets they tried in the past, with failure.  Which is why the back on track program was born.  I know that bariatric patients have the most successful weight loss tool in their arsenal, I just saw that they forgot how to use it, how it worked, and how to get the most out it.  I have been using a back on track program for years in my current practice and over and over again patients attend the sessions and leave with relief and hope that they can turn this around.  They can get back to losing again and more importantly finally keep the weight off for good.

So recently I made the decision to branch out and develop a more comprehensive back on track program that is accessible to any surgical weight loss patient in need.  I did some research and found that there really wasn’t such a program out there to help patients like this.  I know that even in my own practice patients are hesitant to come back when they are struggling because they are embarrassed and hate the feeling of failing.  My hope is that by providing this comprehensive program online it will help those wanting it but reluctant to seek it out in their own program.

As of February 2017 I launched my first online group with 17 eager clients and it has been amazing.  They are clients of all ages, all physical capabilities and of all surgical procedures.  Some had surgery a year ago and have hit a plateau and some had surgery 10 years ago and are slowly gaining it back.  They are enthusiastic, motivated and ready to get on track. They are soaking up all the education and putting it to work in their own lives.  We are interacting on a daily basis, setting daily goals, and support each other in the process.  I am truly honored to work with them and even more excited to see their progress and results as the 6 week program progresses!  

Here is what my clients are saying:


Becky C. Gastric Bypass 2011

“I had lost 165 pounds from my gastric bypass 6 years ago but over the last few years had steadily gained weight back until I found that I had gained back 74 pounds. I had to do something but had not been successful with diets. Just when I was beginning to give up, I received an email about the Back on Track Program. It has only been two weeks and I have already lost 12 pounds! I went back to waiting an hour after a meal to drink, which helped a lot. I also think the morning coffee with the MCT oil and the 16 hour fasting has really helped me to lose quickly. This is something I can stick with. The alternating low and regular carb days also makes it easier for me to follow. I’m excited that my clothes are fitting me looser and I have hope now that I can stick with this and get this extra weight back off! Thanks Amanda!”

Angie F. Gastric Sleeve 2014

“I have found the program very beneficial to getting me back on track. The carb cycling & intermittent fasting has been easy to follow. I can already see a difference in just week 2. My clothes are looser & I feel better overall. Also, find the helpful hints for food prep & recipes and the information shared has been very beneficial to my getting back on track as far as my weight loss & overall health. Would highly recommend it anyone wanting to improve their health & wellness.”

Pam S. Gastric Bypass 2003

“I have lost 6.2 pounds and 2-4 inches in just the 1st 2 weeks. I am thrilled to death with this program. I am so happy that this is being offered to all of past patients. Thanks to Amanda for being so helpful!”


The next session begins with prep week on April 3rd and the 6 week program on April 10th.  See below for more info about getting registered!  So stay tuned!  You are going to be seeing a lot more of me in the future! So much more to come!  My goal will be to provide relevant nutritional and wellness information and not just for Bariatric patients, but for friends and family too!  We can all benefit from living a healthier life.

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