Nutrition After Bariatric Surgery

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Nutrition After Bariatric Surgery

It is vital to follow the recommended dietary guidelines after undergoing bariatric surgery. These guidelines were carefully designed, with the goal of limiting the amount of calories you consume, while providing balanced meals that help prevent nutrient deficiencies and preserve muscle tissue.

This new way of eating may seem overwhelming at first, but over time, most patients find the guidelines become an unconscious part of their daily routine.

At our registered dietitians will provide with dietary rules following your surgery. Here are some guidelines that can be helpful:

Nutrition Guidelines

1. Protein is your new number one food.

Always eat your lean protein food first to meet your minimum 60g of lean protein intake a day. Lean protein can be: 1 oz. of meat (chicken, turkey, fish, beef, or pork), 1 oz. of low-fat cheese, 2 Tbsp. peanut butter, 1 egg, ¼ cup of low-fat cottage cheese.

2. You should not skip meals.

Eat at least three meals a day. Having 1-2 small high-protein snacks may be beneficial if you are going more than 4 hours in between your meals. Small, frequent meals will help to prevent you from filling your pouch up too fast and will keep your metabolism burning.

3. You should eat at your table.

Use a plate or dish and sit down. Take 30 minutes to eat your meals. Avoid eating at the counter or cupboards, in front of the refrigerator, in other areas of the home, or in front of the TV or computer.

4. Make portion control a priority.

Serve smaller portions. Cut up chicken in smaller pieces. Use a salad plate as your dinner plate or baby spoons to prevent overeating. Slow down with eating, chew foods thoroughly, and stop when you feel full. Keep serving dishes off the table.

5. Liquids need to continually consumed throughout the day.

Drinking 6-8 cups of caffeine-free, calorie-free, and non-carbonated beverages a day is a must. You don’t want to drink with your meals; stop drinking 30 minutes before your meal, eat, and then wait 30 minutes after your meal to drink again. This will prevent nausea and vomiting. Sip on fluids in between your meals.

6. Take your vitamin/mineral supplements daily.

When your doctor gives you permission, take your multivitamin and calcium citrate supplements daily. Additional vitamin B12, vitamin D, and iron may be required.

7. Remember, this is a new way of life.

Not just a diet. Try not to think of this weight loss surgery as a diet, but as a new way of life not only for you but also for your family and friends. These healthy habits are a lifestyle change for now and forever.

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