Weight loss surgery is your first step towards a healthier lifestyle. Post weight loss surgery, your top priority should be making the right choices that will help in maintaining the sustained weight loss.
What are the right choices that you need to make after a weight loss surgery like bariatric surgery? The most important ones are- adequate sleep, regular exercise, and yes, a properly balanced diet.
There are various types of weight-loss surgeries. Some of them, like the gastric balloon, are temporary, and some, like the gastric band surgery, do not cause any changes to your body’s anatomy. But some weight loss procedures are quite complex and require you to follow strict dietary regulations, at least for the next few weeks post-surgery. Your physician or your surgeon can help you choose the best dietary changes and guidelines that you should follow after your weight loss procedure. We have put together some recommended do’s and dont’s of the diet you should follow after a weight loss surgery.
The Do’s And Dont’s After A Weight Loss Surgery
- Eat Small Meals
Irrespective of the type of your weight loss procedure, the fact is that you probably cannot eat as much amount of food as before without experiencing little discomfort. To prevent upsetting your stomach, it is best to eat small portions.
- Ensure Slow Eating And Slow Drinking
Take time to chew your meal. Spend at least 20-30 minutes for every meal. This will aid in easy digestion. Avoid drinking liquids while having a meal. Also, try sipping on liquids rather than gulping them down in one go.
- Add Fruits And Vegetables To Every Meal
Some weight loss procedures involve a rerouting from your tummy to a lower portion of your small intestine. What is the result of this rerouting? The food that you eat will not pass through some of the intestines that help in the absorption of nutrients. As a result, vitamins and minerals from the food aren’t always absorbed. Hence, it’s very important to ensure that all your meals are high in nutrients. The best way to make sure of that is to include a variety of fruits and veggies in every meal.
- Load your food with protein
After a weight loss surgery, you begin to eat small portions at a time which are usually deficient in proteins. As a result, your body will start looking for new sources of energy. This might lead your body to burn muscle. To avoid that, you should take plenty of protein in your diet because protein helps you in maintaining muscle mass.
- Have Adequate Fluids Between Meals
Make sure that you consume at least eight glasses of water or other fluids that are free from calories and caffeine every day between meals. A sufficient fluid intake will help in the free movement of food in your gut, and will also ensure proper excretion.
- Do not immediately start eating your regular and normal food
Your physician will recommend a diet that will suit your body that will aid in maintaining the results of your procedure. Yet, as some doctors suggest, you should avoid a quick jump into your regular food immediately after your weight loss surgery. Start with clear liquids, then shift to thicker liquids, then to purees, and then to easily chewable foods. Hard foods should be the last to go on your list.
- Do not drink carbonated beverages
The gases in carbonated drinks can stretch your stomach and create more space. They do exactly the opposite of your weight loss goals. Also, carbonated beverages will make you feel more hungry which will lead you to overeat.
- Do not eat foods high in fat, sugars, and carbs
They are broken down quickly by the body and hence leave you feeling hungrier than before. They can also cause vomiting and diarrhea. So, try to avoid such foods.
- Do not skip meals
Even during instances when you are not hungry, do not skip meals. Skipping meals deprives your body of essential nutrients and can also slow down your body’s metabolism.
- Do not have alcohol
Alcohol is high in calories and low in nutrients- the kind of food and beverage that you need to avoid after getting a weight loss surgery.
There will be a few challenges after getting a weight loss surgery. But, a properly balanced diet can help you to meet them successfully and also help maintain the longevity of the results of your weight loss procedure.