Using Meal Plans After Bariatric Surgery

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Bariatric surgery is designed to help lose a significant amount of weight. The surgery limits the amount of food you can eat by restricting the amount of food your body can ingest. This surgery is best for people that failed several different weight loss attempts and with Body Mass Index exceeding 40.

Following the proper meal plans after baratric surgery is important. After the surgery, a patient will start to loose weight rapidly. If one is not getting the proper nutrition, several medical problems can occur.

After the surgery, a patient must follow a diet that progresses from liquids to solid foods. It is important to following this diet to successfully lose weight and maintain your weight loss goal.

Weeks 1 and 2

After surgery, protein is essential for healing and infection prevention. During week 1 and 2, it is important to remain on a liquid diet to avoid stress on the staple line. The liquids should be high in protein and low in calories. A dietitian will prescribe supplements that are high in protein but other liquids and foods are allowed.

Coffee, tea, Gatorade, diet soft drinks (gone flat), sugar-free drinks, and water are the drinks you can have. Soupy cooked cereals, strained creams soups, low-fat yogurt, sugar-free Jell-O, and popsicles can be consumed. Remember to consume plenty of liquid to prevent dehydration.

Weeks 3 and 4

During this time period, most of your foods will be pureed. You can do this by putting your food into a blender or you can eat baby food. You can eat pretty much anything at this point as long as it is high in protein, low in calories and fat. There a few tips that you should follow while eating during this stage:

  • Eat six times a day, three meals and three snacks. Limit the size of each to about three tablespoons of food.
  • Do not drink during your meal, but between meals. Liquid can cause your pouch to reject the food.
  • Eat slowly and take small bites. Chew each bite 20 times before swallowing.

Week 6

This stage of the meal plans will allow you to eat foods that are soft-semi-solid. In addition to these foods, you can eat foods that you were eating in the previous weeks. The same tips and rules apply to this week as well. Foods that should be included in your meal plan:

  • Baked chicken, turkey, and fish
  • Lean ground beef and veal
  • Dried beans, lentils, and peas
  • Boiled or steamed vegetables
  • Creamy peanut butter
  • Cooked or dry cereal
  • Toasted breads, baked potatoes without the skin, Melba toast, and crackers

Week 7

This week is considered the “regular stage.” Continue to advance the consistency of your food by including raw fruits and vegetables. Remember that the foods still need to be high in protein and low in calories and fat.

Foods to Avoid

There are many foods that you may find that you have an intolerance to. This is normal and you should refrain from eating them. Foods that should not be eaten during this meal plan include:

  • Nuts and seeds
  • Skins of fruits ad vegetables
  • Stringy portion of celery and the membrane of oranges and grapefruits
  • Asparagus, string beans
  • Breads that are not toasted

References

Health Related Info: Gastric Bypass Meal Plans Post the Bariatric Surgery - www.healthrelatedinfo.com/gastric-bypass-meal-plans-post-the-bariatric-surgery/

University of Maryland Medical Center: Bariatric Weight Loss - www.umm.edu/weightloss/bariatric_qa.htm