Diet Plans following a gastric band operation.
Your diet plans after gastric band surgery will progress over three principal phases:
In the first four weeks subsequent to your surgery,
you will only be able to drink liquids and eat small portions of puréed food, such as mashed potato. First four weeks
It’s crucial that whatever food you eat during this time period is puréed. Attempting to consume solid foods at this stage could put pressure on the band and potentially damage it or cause it to move from the correct location around your stomach.
Puréed food has the equivalent texture and consistence as baby food. You are able to purée food using a food processor, hand-held blender or potato masher.
Additional fluids, such as thin sauces or water, may be required to slightly soften some types of food.
the objective is to eat smaller portions four to five times a day. A portion is approximately 100g, or five to six tablespoons of food. Eat all your meals slowly, taking small mouthfuls.
Stop eating as soon as you feel full. Because of the position of the band, you will probably go through a feeling of fullness or tightness in your chest rather than in your stomach.
Plan on drinking around 1.5 litres (2.5 pints) of water a day. Drink small glasses, around 100-200ml, between meals, but never with your meals.
Whenever you experience recurrent episodes of vomiting after eating, it may be a sign you are eating a bit too much or that your band needs to be adjusted. Contact your GP, Surgeon or aftercare consultant for further advice.
Your Diet Plan in weeks four to six
you will be able to have soft food, such as chicken provided that the meat is cut in to small pieces. After six weeks, you should be able to gradually resume a healthy diet based on eating small amounts of nutritional food.
Continue eating a similar diet as you did for the first four weeks, but your food no longer has to be puréed, although it should preferably be soft without any lumps or fat.
For example, you could eat:
- whole-wheat breakfast cereals mixed with milk
- mashed potatoes and melted cheese
Your Diet Plan after six weeks
After six weeks, you will be able to adopt a long-term diet plan hat you will need to adhere for the remainder of your life. Your gastric band should by now have been adjusted correctly, so you should need to consume much less to satisfy your appetite.
Although weight loss is a significant goal of your dieting plan, don’t ignore the nutritional content.
Your Diet Plan after a gastric bypass
The progression of your Diet Plans is in stages following a gastric bypass and is generally similar to those after a gastric band:
In the first week after surgery,
- only drink liquids (this doesn’t include puréed food).
- In weeks two to four, you can eat puréed food in the same quantities (100g) and frequencies (four to five times a day) as described above.
- In weeks four to six, you can eat soft food.
- After six weeks, gradually resume eating a healthy diet.However, you need to be aware of several additional issues.
- You will need to avoid eating food high in sugar, such as chocolate, cakes, sweets and biscuits. This is because your bypass affects how you digest sugar, and any sugar you eat will trigger your body to produce high levels of insulin.The excessive amount of insulin can cause a number of unpleasant symptoms that are collectively known as dumping syndrome. Symptoms of dumping syndrome include:
- abdominal (tummy) pain
- You will also need to take daily vitamin and mineral supplements, as your small intestine will no longer be able to digest all the vitamins and minerals your body needs from your diet.The dosage and type of supplements can vary from case to case, but most people are required to take:
- a multivitamin supplement, which contains a combination of different vitamins
- a calcium supplement (the body requires calcium to maintain healthy bones)
- an iron supplement
Diet Plans for gastric Sleeve Surgery
Diet after gastric sleeve and other types of weight loss surgery are broadly similar to the above diet plans.
However it is ESSENTIAL that you follow the recommendations provided by your own Surgeon as each Patients circumstances are individual to them and may vary from the above general plans which are given as a guideline only for information and educational reasons.
Your Ongoing Diet Plans
Once you have become familiar with these diets and are happy that you have learned to control your eating habits you may wish to become just a little more adventurous. We recommend a book which has been published to give you a wider choice of meals whilst maintaining a low-fat low carb regime. Just remember, you have paid a great deal of money for your weight loss surgery and over eating in any way is strictly forbidden, so don’t be tempted to over eat any of the more sophisticated tasty dishes you may discover.
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