Weight Control after Bariatric Surgery
After you have had weight-loss surgery, your diet will change dramatically. What can you expect? Diet recommendations after weight loss surgery vary depending on the type of surgery, where the surgery is performed and your individual situation.
There are five phases to help you ease back into eating solid foods. How quickly you move from one step to the next depends on how fast your body heals and adjusts to the change in eating patterns. You can usually start eating regular foods with a firmer texture about three months after surgery.
After surgery, you must pay extra attention to signs that you feel hungry or full. You may develop some food intolerances or aversions. An open dialog with your surgeon and the office staff and dietician can help you navigate any concerns or issues that occur. Regular participation in support group, where you can share your experiences with experienced patients, is also very helpful.
What is the Purpose of the Bariatric Diet?
- This diet specifies what type and how much food you can eat at each meal. Closely following your bariatric diet can help you lose weight safely.
- To allow the staple line in your stomach (if you have one) to heal without being stretched by the food you eat
- To get you accustomed to eating the smaller amounts of food that can be digested comfortably and safely in your smaller stomach
- To help you lose weight and avoid gaining excess weight
- To avoid side effects and complications
This link to a typical Nutrition Class will give you a sneak peak to show you what your diet will look like and how it will progress after surgery.