How to be Successful after Bariatric Surgery
The importance of one’s lifestyle after bariatric surgery can determine if the patient has long-term success and weight loss. There is certain protocol that must be followed in order to be successful after bariatric surgery. One of the most crucial and permanent changes are your eating habits.
Dietary guidelines vary by bariatric surgeon, but most follow the same rules. Below is a list of helpful tips that will assist you in being successful on your journey or weight loss after bariatric surgery.
- Take time to chew
Chewing your food slowly and methodically is important for your digestive tract and stomach. Since your stomach will not be able to digest larger chunks of food, all bites must be chewed properly. This becomes very important when eating meats, such as steak or chicken. The meat must be ground or chewed thoroughly in order to be digested properly. It is also important to wait two or three minutes in between bites before taking bite. Eating slowly is a process and takes some getting used to but with perseverance you will be able to rise at the challenge knowing that you are only helping matters.
- Avoid sugary desserts
Items with large amounts of sugar should be avoided, in particular desserts or food with more than three to five grams of sugar per serving. It is important to eat healthy and consume only those foods screened by your doctor. Food guidelines should be given to you for home following the surgery.
- Think portion control
Your stomach may do the thinking for you on this one. Portion control is necessary and welcomed after bariatric surgery. Small portions of food may consist of two to three bites of a dish before feeling full. Overeating can cause the stomach to rupture and corrective device to rupture. It is necessary to limit the food intake and keep portions small.
- Avoid drinking fluids while eating
In the past you may have ordered a beverage with your meal, but after bariatric surgery it is important not to consume fluids while eating. The water or beverage will make you feel full much quicker and take away from the nutritional value of the food needing to be consumed. Drinking fluids with the meal can result in vomiting or dumping syndrome. The fluid intake during a meal can also make you feel hungry immediately following the meal when it is not time to eat.
- Avoid soda pop
After bariatric surgery it is important to avoid the intake of carbonated beverages, including soda or other sugary drinks. Nutritional beverages and food should only be consumed and milk shakes, sugary juices, punch, or high calorie food and drink should be avoided.
- Avoid snacking between meals
Life is much different after bariatric surgery. Snacks are limited and portions are small. There is not a lot of freedom when it comes to snacking or grazing all day. After all, you are on the road to significant weight loss.