Do's and Don't after Weight Loss Surgery
The obvious going into weight loss surgery is that your diet and lifestyle will have to completely change in order to maintain the weight loss you have after your operation. It is helpful to start a food journal during your pre-op stage. It will get you in the habit of paying attention to your diet and help in the aftermath of surgery. This will also enable you to learn and keep track of your new eating habits. It will also help keep you accountable and away from the foods you are no longer able to eat.
After weight loss surgery, you will be limited to the amount of food you can eat, and therefore your body will be readjusting to how it needs to digest food. Directly after surgery, you will be on a liquid diet. This will be a hard adjustment but is imperative for your body and your weight loss journey. It will be 2-3 months before you will be able to move onto solid foods. You will start with sugar-free clear liquids. From there you will eat small frequent meals that are either pureed or mushy. You can eat meat and proteins, but they must be in a liquid soft form. Once it is time to introduce solid foods, it will still remain the theme that they should be soft and easy to digest foods.
-Eat and drink slowly. Take your time with your meals and drinks in order to allow you to chew your food enough and allow your body to digest what you are eating. This will also help you with knowing when you are full instead of eating too quickly and then overeating.
-Make sure you are eating Protein. You will be told how much Protein you should be consuming because it is imperative you are getting enough Protein daily. Journaling will help keep track of how much you are consuming. It will also help you in your healing process.
-Drink protein supplements and protein food sources.
-Chew thoroughly before swallowing.
-Drink liquids between meals, and drink plenty. You should be drinking at minimum, 8 8 ounce glasses of water. If you drink during your meal, it can flush your foods out too quickly and will make you eat more and lead to overeating. You also need to keep in mind it is easy to get dehydrated, especially directly after surgery. Drink slowly but plentifully.
-Eat big portions. Don't even tempt yourself and put large portions on your plate.
-Disregard any medical advice to take vitamin supplements. If you need them, take them. With the smaller meals, you may not be getting enough nutrients.
-Don't eat foods high in fat and sugar. This will lead to regaining the weight.
-Don't drink when you eat. This can lead to dumping syndrome. You don't want your body to get rid of food too quickly. Wait at least 30 minutes to drink anything.
-Don't disregard advice to exercise. Exercise is a big part of your health and progress.