Your Diet after Bariatric Surgery
The modifications made to your gastrointestinal tract will require permanent changes in your dietary habits. These changes must be adhered to for successful weight loss. Post-surgery dietary guidelines will vary by surgeon. You may hear of other patients who are given different guidelines to follow. It is important to remember that every bariatric surgical procedure is different and the dietary guidelines will differ based on the individual, the surgeon and procedure. What is most important is that you adhere strictly to your surgeon’s recommended guidelines. Here are some of the generally accepted dietary guidelines a weight loss surgery patient may encounter:
- When you start eating solid food, it is essential that you chew thoroughly. You will not be able to eat steaks or other chunks of meat if they are not ground or chewed thoroughly.
- Don’t drink fluids while eating. They will make you feel full before you have consumed enough food.
- Omit desserts and other items with sugar listed as one of the first three ingredients in preparation.
- Omit carbonated drinks, high-calorie nutritional supplements, milk shakes, high-fat foods and foods with high fiber content.
- Avoid alcohol.
- Limit snacking between meals.
- Avoid tobacco products since they have been known to severely injure the gastric pouch.
- Avoid NSAID’s (aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen, etc.) since this may severely injure the gastric pouch.