Gastric bypass surgery is helpful if you’re looking to lose weight while shrinking the size of your stomach. However, once surgery is over, you may be wondering what exactly you should be eating to ensure that your body recovers properly and that you don’t end up suffering from any added complications. To help your body with the recovery process, doctors often recommend bariatric diet.
The Purpose of this Diet
This type of diet is recommended for recovering from gastric bypass surgery because it helps you to drop additional weight, allows your stomach’s staple line to heal since you will not be consuming too much food, and it helps both you and your stomach adjust to eating smaller portions of food.
Post-Surgery Dietary Details
Following surgery, you will have to follow a strict bariatric diet that consists of four different stages. During the first two to three weeks, you will only be able to consume liquids. After this, softer foods may be introduced into the diet with an eventual transition into your regular dietary foods.
- Stage 1 – Consuming Liquids OnlyFor the first two days after your surgery, you will be unable to eat, to allow your stomach to heal. After this, a liquid diet will be introduced in order to see how your stomach handles things. You will eat items such as broth, soup, milk, or Jell-O. During this time, it is recommended to avoid anything with caffeine and to drink around a half hour after you eat.
- Stage 2 – Consuming Liquid/Pureed MealsOnce your body handles the liquid food well you will be able to consume some other types of pureed food. No solid food can be consumed during this time yet! This stage may last between two and four weeks, depending on how your stomach is healing. Foods you may be able to eat include yogurt, egg whites, fish, meats, vegetables, and even some fruits.
- Stage 3 – Transition to Soft FoodsAfter your doctor has agreed and seen that your body is able to handle pureed foods quite well, they will switch you to soft foods. Soft foods include those that you are able to mash up with ease. Foods you may be able to introduce into your diet include fresh fruit, veggies, or ground meats.
Stage 4 – Transition to Solid Foods
Around two months after your surgery, you may be able to return to a normal diet with certain foods being avoided. Snacks such as popcorn, nuts, sodas, and breads should be avoided because your stomach may not tolerate them too well. However, between three and four months following surgery, these foods may be reintroduced to your diet following the approval from your doctor.
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