Post Bariatric Surgery Diet Guide
After you made the decision to get the bariatric surgery, it is very important that you understand how your body will work now and the dietary guidelines you need to follow.
In the beginning, the new way of eating might be overwhelming, but during the process, you will find the right guidelines that your body needs to have a healthy daily routine.
To start off, you should take these following guidelines into consideration:
- Eat balanced meals with small portions and eat and drink slowly- to avoid dumping syndrome, which occurs when larger amounts of food enter your small intestine.
- Drink extra fluids - to stay hydrated. Try to drink only low-calorie or free-calorie liquids and avoid any caffeine drink.
- Limit your calorie intake - for the first two months after surgery, your daily calorie intake should not exceed the 1,000 calories.
- Have drinks between meals - after finishing your meal, wait for 30 minutes before you drink anything.
- Focus on high-protein foods - this is very important to preserve muscle tissue.
- Avoid food high in fat and sugar - also rice, bread, and raw vegetables.
- Take your supplements - to prevent nutrient deficiencies. The following supplements are highly recommended to take on a daily basis: Multivitamins, Calcium, Vitamin D, Vitamin B12, and others such as folic acid or iron supplements.
These dietary guidelines will help you recover from surgery and have a different way of eating that will benefit your health and support your weight-loss goals. Keep in mind that if you maintain these guidelines, over time you will be able to increase the variety of foods in your diet. Focus on staying hydrated and meeting your daily serving goals. In the end, your body will thank you for all the sacrifices you have done to stay healthy.