Carbohydrates after Bariatric Surgery

October 2, 2012

Carbohydrates are a touchy subject after bariatric surgery. Carbs have been given a bad name because we associate them with high sugar foods that cause us to gain weight and become obese. Simple carbs, including sugars, do cause weight gain (and should be avoided after bariatric surgery), complex carbs, such as whole grains have a very different effect on our bodies.

One of the reasons why we want to eliminate simple carbs from our diets is because sugary foods tend to cause significant spikes then troughs in our blood sugar levels. Immediately after a simple carb filled dinner, you may feel fantastic, however shortly thereafter the feeling of lethargy can knock you out for the rest of the day. During this time, the body will be secreting insulin erratically, which can throw off insulin regulation and eventually cause type II diabetes.

Complex carbs are much more stable. Yes, they can make us gain weight in quantity as well; however they are digested more slowly and can make the patient feel fuller for a longer time. Swapping simple carbs for complex carbs can, in and of itself, allow a patient to lose a significant amount of weight, depending on their former diet.

Ultimately, the goal of every bariatric patient should be to consume a varied and balanced diet based on the postsurgical instructions that they receive from our office. Following a strict diet does not necessarily mean depriving ourselves of everything we enjoy. Cutting out simple carbs, rather than all carbs is one way to limit the number of calories and the amount of sugar that we consume every day.

If you have any questions at all regarding what carbs to consume and which ones to avoid, please feel free to contact our office or bring up the topic at our next support group.

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