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high in protein and low in calories, carbs, and fat.
After the initial recovery period, when you’ll start your “regular” diet, you’ll be advised to have small meals (not more than three times a day), to chew your food well, and to eat slowly. It is very important for LAP-BAND patients not to drink during the meals and to wait until half an hour after eating to take in any liquids.
The same rule applies for gastric sleeve patients. Patients undergoing any weight loss surgery should refrain from drinking with the meals. In other words, if you’ve had gastric adjustable band or gastric sleeve, you should drink no later than 30 minutes before the meal, and wait at least 30 minutes after your meal before you drink again.
An ideal LAP-BAND or gastric sleeve diet includes everything that is shown on a traditional food pyramid. Namely, the majority of your diet should consist of fresh fruits and vegetables, selected proteins, and whole grains, while avoiding products rich in fat and sugar. As a LAP-BAND or gastric sleeve patient,
Once gastric bypass surgery is complete, a strict post-op diet plan needs to be followed. There is now a staple line in your stomach that must be allowed to heal. Certain foods can disrupt the healing process, put undue stress on the staple line, and lead to a leak.
The diet for a post-op gastric bypass patient consists of four stages:
Table showing 4 stages of gastric bypass diet
Week 1 – Clear Liquids
For 1 to 7 days after gastric bypass surgery, only clear liquids are to be consumed at the rate of one to two ounces per hour. The patient’s dietician will decide how long this phase will last and suggest dietary guidelines.
Clear liquids recommended by the dietitian will probably include the following items:
water fat-free milk fat-free broth sugar-free jello
A stage one clear liquid consumption schedule might look like this: