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Diet after Weight Loss Surgery

After weight loss surgery, you will need to adjust your eating habits in order to heal from surgery, maintain your weight loss and make health improvements, such as lowering your cholesterol or blood pressure. Behavior changes typically include:

  • Eating three to four small, regular meals and planned snacks each day
  • Focusing on lean protein, vegetables, fruits, whole grains and a small amount of healthy fats
  • Avoiding added sugars, concentrated sweets like fruit juice (whole fruits are usually okay), and fried or greasy foods
  • Consuming sufficient protein to maintain muscle mass that promotes wound healing and immune function. Depending on your individual needs, this may average 60 to 100 grams per day.
  • Taking vitamins and supplements as directed by your physician

Risks of an Unhealthy Diet after Weight Loss Surgery

Resuming poor eating habits can result in:

  • Lack of initial weight loss
  • Nutritional deficiencies
  • Weight gain

Modifying your behavior is important, because your body will tolerate food differently after surgery. For example, after Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, high-fat foods may cause nausea, diarrhea and/or vomiting. Additionally, with any of the weight loss surgeries you may have pain or discomfort when consuming sticky, starchy foods, such as white rice or doughy bread.

Appetite after Weight Loss Surgery

Your appetite will likely change after you undergo weight loss surgery. Many gastric bypass patients have to remind themselves to eat on a regularly basis. If you have an adjustable gastric band, your appetite and the amount of food you are able to eat comfortably will be depend on how "tight" the band is.

If you would like more information, please call 864-560-7070 or complete this contact form and we will get in touch with you right away.

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