Post Gastric Bypass Diet

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The first step in your commitment to redesigning your way of life after gastric bypass surgery is to consistently follow a post gastric bypass diet.

After years of not being able to achieve weight loss objectives through diet and exercise, faithfully adhering to your post gastric bypass diet is critical to triumphing over obesity.

While gastric bypass surgery can be a very successful way to lose weight, you should be aware of not only the benefits but also the risks, as well as everyday life changes that are necessary for success. Achieving and maintaining weight loss aspirations with gastric bypass surgery requires making significant changes to your diet and routine habits. The greatest risks of the post gastric bypass diet come from failing to follow the diet properly. If you eat too much or consume foods that you shouldn't eat, you could experience complications.

A registered dietitian can help you design a meal plan and also explain the types and quantities of food to eat at each meal. The required consistency and texture of the food you consume is very important as well and will also be explained in detail by your dietician. Closely following your post gastric bypass diet can help you safely and consistently reach your weight loss goals.

After your surgery, there are typically four phases in the post gastric bypass eating plan. You can look forward to eating regular foods with firmer textures approximately three months after surgery.

Phase one of the post gastric bypass diet is a liquid diet which usually starts a couple of days after surgery. During phase one, you will be given small quantities of fluids to sip slowly, two-to-three ounces at a time. Appropriate liquids during this phase are vegetable broths, strained cream soup, unsweetened juice, and sugar-free gelatin.

When you’re able to tolerate liquids for a few days, you may progress to phase two, a two-to-four week period of eating pureed foods. You should choose soft foods that are high in nutrition and that will blend well when mixed with liquids. Dairy products and spicy foods could result in stomach upset at this phase and should be added gradually and cautiously.

Phase three is introduced after a few weeks of successfully eating pureed food accompanied by your physician’s recommendation. In this phase you will add soft, solid foods to your diet. The rule of thumb is that if you can mash the food with a fork, it’s probably okay to eat it. At this point, your diet may include ground or finely diced meats; canned or soft, fresh fruit; and cooked vegetables. This phase usually lasts for about eight weeks.

In phase four, you can gradually return to eating firmer foods without pureeing. Be sure to add regular foods very slowly to determine which ones your system accepts the best.

Although gastric bypass surgery can definitely help you lose excess weight, your long term weight loss goals depend on the level of commitment you’re willing to make to your post gastric bypass diet.