After surgery, it is important to follow dietary guidelines to assure proper healing and adequate nutrition. You will follow a liquid diet and avoid any liquids containing sugar, carbonation (soda) and caffeine. You will then add pureed foods to your diet, gradually incorporating foods with texture. Generally most patients are eating small amounts of soft foods four to five weeks after surgery.
All weight loss surgical procedures restrict the amount of food you can eat at one time. You should eat about four ounces (about half a cup) of food at a meal and eat in a regular pattern of three meals a day. You should eat proteins first and then vegetables and fruits. You should drink water or non-calorie-containing liquids and avoid carbonated beverages. Do not drink liquids with your meals, which can make the pouch empty more quickly and make you feel hungry too soon. Snack in between meals on foods that are low in calories.
You will need to supplement your diet with protein, vitamins and minerals. Supplemental requirements vary and are tailored to each individual's needs. Our dietitian will determine the supplements appropriate for you and provide a list of products from which to choose. You will need to have your blood checked several times in the first year and every year thereafter to make sure you are absorbing your nutrients adequately.
You may regain some of the weight you will lose after surgery. Your own behavior including what you eat, how often you eat and how much exercise you do is important to your overall result. We emphasize that the surgical procedure is a tool which, when used properly, usually produces good results. The surgical procedure does not automatically make you thinner.
Bariatric surgery requires a lifelong commitment of following dietary guidelines, vitamin and mineral supplement regimes and lifestyle changes to maintain your weight loss. And the weight loss team at Jeanes works with you every step of the way.
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