Welcome our new Dietician!

We are so excited to welcome our newest team member. Jessica Wiklund, MS, RD, LD is a Registered and Licensed Dietitian based in Dallas-Fort Worth Texas. Jessica joined the Trinity Bariatric Institute team as a Bariatric Dietitian in July 2020. She always had a passion for helping others achieve optimal health through proper nutrition.
Jessica graduated from Texas Tech University in 2017 with a B.S. in Nutritional Sciences and Dietetics. Shortly after completing her undergraduate degree, she returned to the DFW metroplex to continue her education and training. In 2019, she completed a Dietetic Internship and graduated with an M.S. in Nutrition from Texas Woman’s University.
In addition to working with bariatric patients at Trinity Bariatric Institute, Jessica also works with a variety of patients at Baylor All Saints Medical Center as a Clinical Dietitian. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, baking, staying active, and spending time with friends, family, and three pets.

Protein Packed Foods

Protein is a macromolecule that has several key functions in the body, one of which includes maintaining lean mass during a period of weight loss. Therefore, adequate protein intake is essential before and after having bariatric surgery. Your physician and/or dietitian can help you determine what your daily protein intake should be.

Consume protein from lean, whole food sources. Food choices that are high in protein are also rich in a variety of vitamins and minerals, such as several B Vitamins, Vitamin A, Vitamin D, calcium, potassium, phosphorus, iron, selenium, and zinc.

Recommended foods that are higher in protein include:

  • Poultry without skin
  • Fish and seafood
  • Deli meat slices
  • Lean cuts of beef and pork
  • Tuna packed in water
  • Eggs and egg whites
  • Low fat and skim milk
  • Low fat cottage cheese
  • Low fat, low sugar yogurt
  • Cheese
  • Soy milk
  • Tofu
  • Beans and legumes
  • Nuts

Choose at least one source of protein to eat with all meals and snacks throughout the day. Serving sizes and total protein content range depending on the type of protein, but three ounces of meat, poultry, or fish can generally provide around 21 grams of protein total. Consistent protein intake throughout the day can help you feel full longer and enhance the body’s absorption of protein.

If you are unable to consume adequate protein from whole food sources alone, a protein supplement may be recommended once or twice daily to meet your minimum daily protein needs. When choosing a protein supplement, be sure to look for 20-30 grams of protein and <5 grams of added sugar per serving.

Recommended protein supplements include:

  • Bariatric Advantage® High Protein Meal Replacement
  • Ensure® Max Protein
  • UNJURY™ Protein
  • Premier Protein®

Call 817-832-7227 to schedule your appointment and discuss your nutrition in detail.

Article provided by: Jessica Wiklund, MS, RD, LDRegistered/Licensed Dietitian for Trinity Bariatric Institute, PLLC

What is BMI?

What does BMI stand for? Why is this so important?

BMI or Body Mass Index will tell you if you are considered overweight or obese.  To figure your Body Mass Index, you take your weight in kilograms and divide it by the square of your height in meters.  The number that you get tells you whether you are at a healthy weight.

Are you overweight? Use our BMI Calculator on our home page to find out:











BMI Break Down: It is important to understand where your BMI lands because when wanting to undergo bariatric surgery, your insurance will look at this to qualify you for bariatric coverage.

Under 18.5 – Underweight

18.5-24.9 – Normal Weight

25-29.9 – Overweight

30-39.9- Obese

40 and Over- Morbidly Obese

Every time your weight changes, your Body Mass Index changes so calculate this often during your weight loss journey.  This will help keep you motivated when you are working towards your weight goals.  Setting goals for your BMI is a great place to start.  If you are in the category of 35 or over, make it your goal to get to 29.9.  Though 29.9 is still considered overweight, this is a huge accomplishment to go from obese to overweight.  You and your body will feel healthier and you should have more energy to continue your journey.

To start your weight loss journey today, book an appointment online: