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Customized Nutrition Planning: Your Post-Bariatric Diet

Mar 2, 2018 @ 01:35 PM – by Frank Veninga

A well-balanced dietAfter undergoing bariatric surgery, your body will undergo many changes. It’s no surprise that your diet will change as well. These are all part of the weight loss surgery process, and it’s important that patents have a god understanding of what to expect. Rest assured, these changes will be for the better.

The team at our Dallas, TX bariatric surgery center would like to go over some of the basics with regard to diet and nutrition planning for weight loss patients. This should give you an idea of what to expect on your journey. A more detailed rundown of your dietary needs will be provided during an in-person consultation.

Pre-Op Bariatric Surgery Diet

In the weeks before your bariatric surgery date, be sure to eat lean foods that are low in fiber. This will help prepare your body for the change to the digestive tract. You’ll switch to liquid diet as the surgery date draws closer. This will promote natural weight loss and further prep your body for the surgical procedure.

Post-Op Bariatric Recovery Diet

After the surgery is performed, patients will have to transition back into solid foods over the course of a month. Generally, the early diet as patients are healing looks something like this:

  • Week One - All-liquid diet, most consisting of clear liquids and broths
  • Week Two - Liquids and the additional of creamy soups and well-cooked noodles
  • Week Three - Very soft foods can be reintroduced into the diet
  • Week Four - Solid foods can be slowly reintroduced into the diet

Small Meals Several Times a Day

Bariatric surgery patients will switch from eating three large meals a day to eating several small meals a day. This is because patients will feel fuller faster. This can also help develop certain eating routines to keep your diet balanced.

Typical Dietary and Nutrition Needs

While each person is different, some common dietary needs for bariatric surgery patients are as follows:

  • Bariatric surgery patients should aim to eat 60 grams of protein each day
  • Roughly 1 cup of vegetables can be ingested daily
  • About 1/2 cup of fruits can be ingested daily
  • About 1.5 cups of dairy can be ingested daily
  • Limit breads and starches to 1 serving per day

We will work closely with your on custom diet needs as part of the pre-op surgical consultation and the post-op care.

Hydration Between Meals

Hydration is always important, so be sure to drink water throughout the day. However, because your appetite and stomach capacity is reduced after bariatric surgery, it’s important that you drink water between meals rather than during meals. This helps you get the most out of your food during meals.

Vitamins and Dietary Supplements

A number of bariatric surgery patients will want to consider taking a multivitamin as well as other dietary supplements to meet their daily nutritional needs. Iron, B12, and calcium supplements can be very helpful in ensure good health going forward.

As with the custom diet needs we noted above, we can go over the ideal vitamins and supplements for your needs during in-person consultations.

Learn More About Your Diet After Weight Loss Surgery

For more information about your dietary needs after weight loss surgery, be sure to contact our team of bariatric surgery specialists today. We look forward to your visit and discussing these matters in much greater detail.

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