Healthy Eating for Weight Loss Surgery Patients

December 30, 2006 · Filed Under Weight Loss Surgery 

You did it! You had weight loss surgery! Now your goal is to eat healthy so your operation was not a loss. Though 80% of all weight loss surgeries are a success, the other 20% often fail because they neglect to stick to the post-surgery diet.

It’s not easy changing your life style after weight loss surgery. Not only will you need to change what you eat, it is time to change both your eating and exercise habits.

First, focus on your reasons for having weight loss surgery. Keep that reason in front of you at all times. Write it down and tape it to the mirror and the refrigerator. Below it write “healthy eating” and “exercise”. If you love fast food, the anti-healthy eating demon, post this in your car to help you by drive by the drive through. Keeping your “why” in front of you will help keep you from slipping.

After you had your weight loss surgery, your doctor should have reviewed a new diet with you. If you tuned him out while staringMore...   how good you look, here is a review for eating healthy.

For your first three months after surgery, you get to stick to a healthy eating plan made up of liquids, pureed foods and soft foods.  Let your body lead you while you progress to resuming a regular diet. However, remember that you will need to change how you ate before your weight loss surgery so that you can keep and maintain a new healthy lifestyle while showing off your body.

As your body heals, you will want to keep a few things in mind that will affect your after weight loss surgery results.

Let’s start with HOW and HOW MUCH you eat. Of course you will be focusing on healthy eating, but you will also find that you won’t be able eat large meals like you could before the surgery. Instead, you will want to adjust your schedule to three small means and three healthy snacks. Listen to your body, if you eat too much after weight loss surgery, your body may tell you with pain, nausea and vomiting, and cramps. Stop eating when you feel full.

You will also need to eat slower and be sure to chew your food thoroughly. The 30 chews between each bite rule apply here. Be sure to take smaller bites and savor your food. In fact, focus on enjoying your meal.

Drinking liquids between meals is another important aspect to healthy eating. Be sure to drink 24 ounces of water, low fat milk and beverages or tea per day. Stop drinking 30 minutes so you can enjoy your meal before you eat because the liquids will fill you up.

Next you will need to focus on what you eat. You will not be able to consume many of the same things as you could before your weight loss surgery. When focusing on healthy eating you want to look for low fat and high protein foods. Make sure you are getting the nutrition you need with well balanced meals and stick to your four food groups. Ask your doctor to recommend a multivitamin.

If you haven’t already, some great foods to eat after weight loss surgery include yogurt, low sodium beef, soups, Carnation Instant Breakfast, cheeses, low fat lunch meat, eggs, fruit, whole wheat bread or muffins.

Look for food items that say low fat like in milk and light like in mayonnaise or butter.

Avoid fried foods and foods that are high in fat and sodium.

Congrats on your change in your lifestyle and diet! By following the proper diet, you will ensure your weight loss surgery will be a success.


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