Bariatric Surgery Diet Guide
Biggest concern most patients have post their bariatric surgery is what to eat. Bariatric surgery helps with weight loss by curbing appetite which helps more than dieting and exercising ever could. To help you lead a planned and well balanced diet here is a complete diet plan that you can follow post your surgeries so you can reap maximum benefit.
You will need to follow pre- Op liquid diet to reduce the amount of fat around the liver and spleen. This diet must be followed for 2 weeks before the surgery. It mainly consists of liquid that primarily consist of protein shakes and liquid shakes. There will be plenty of water and juices involved as well. Soup and vegetable broth are acceptable, as are thin cream of wheat or rice. No caffeinated or carbonated beverages allowed.
Post-op and Week 1
Post the surgery, you have a lot of healing to do. This basically means that you need to have a carefully planned nutritious diet.During the first week of the surgery, only liquid is allowed. Your surgeon will set the limit of how much is to be consumed per hour. Clear liquids will include water, fat-free milk and fat-free broth. It’s important to stay hydrated throughout.
Week 2 and 3
After a week of drinking clear liquids, you can now finally consume liquefied protein. Bariatric surgery reduces your stomach’s capacity for containing food and therefore you will have to consume several small meals through the day. Since you aren’t allowed solid or semi solid food, you will be consuming liquid food several times a day. This basically includes protein shakes, egg whites etc. They should be consumed slowly and without straws as they might bring unwanted air into the stomach. You will also need to consume multivitamins every day in order to prevent nutrient deficiencies.
Week 4 and 5
At this stage you can consume semi solid food. This basically means food that can be mashed to semi solid stage. At this stage it would be advisable to consume lost of vegetable that can be easy eaten and digested. Food that is hard to chew should be avoided. You must continue with your vitamins supplement at this stage.
At this stage you can start with solid food. You will not be able to consume the same amount as before since bariatric surgery will reduce your ability to contain food and curb your appetite in the process. While you might be tempted to gorge on everything, you should start with, vegetables, grains, and lean meat.
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