A post bariatric surgery diet can be as intimidating and rigorous as the preparations to get to this point were. For instance, it’s very important that you consume 60 grams of protein per day, along with at least 32 ounces of fluid. Making sure that your body gets the protein and hydration it requires will take hard work so that you don’t end up with bariatric surgery complications that some people have suffered because they were a bit lax about taking care of themselves after their surgery.
Step 1 of the bariatric surgery diet will consist of clear liquids that contain no carbonation, caffeine or sugars. Caffeine is known to work as a diuretic which will cause your body to lose water, sugars will be hard for you to digest, and carbonation would not be absorbed well, and so must be avoided. You will be encouraged to take sips of clear liquid every hour. The goal is to keep your body adequately hydrated and take in at least 32 ounces of fluid to do so. Step 1 usually lasts for one to two days.
For the next two weeks, a Step 2 diet will be followed. Again, liquids will be void of sugars, caffeine and carbonation. The goal will be to ingest 60 grams of protein to maintain muscle mass. To reach this goal, small sips have to be continued throughout the course of the day. Carnation Instant Breakfast will help with protein intake, and high protein content liquids such as Boost and Ensure are also good choices. Soft foods can be started during the second phase of the diet. You will need to introduce them slowly and learn what your body will tolerate.
Step 3 of the diet allows the patient to slowly introduce meat and vegetables back into their diets. Meats need to be cooked to retain moistness, and can be broiled, boiled or baked. If you experience any difficulty trying to get back in the habit of eating meats, just stop for a day or two and try again.
Because raw vegetables are much harder to digest than cooked ones, no raw vegetables will be allowed at this time. All of your vegetables will need to be cooked. Protein goals and goals for liquid intake need to be maintained. Fruits can be added to the meal plan at this time also, but the peels need to be removed as they are harder to digest.
Following this post-surgery diet, it will take months to return to including all foods back into your diet, but you will need to adhere to the plan of clear liquids first, advancing next to soft foods and eventually to meat, fruits and vegetables. Your intake of calories on the plan will be well below what you were once used to, but most people have had great success adjusting to it. Obviously you won’t have a need to be looking for a lot of weight loss tips at this time, as you should be losing weight quite rapidly by now, but if you know of others who have had this same surgery, it usually helps to talk to someone who has already been through what you’re going through.