These dietary guidelines are designed for gastric bypass patients who are preparing before and after surgery. Following these guidelines can help you decide what to eat on each diet stage, lose weight, and keep weight off in the long-term.
Before the surgery, your surgeon may request you to lose about ten percent of your body weight. Lose weight before surgery may help you reduce the risks involved during the laparoscopic gastric bypass procedure. Be physically active, plan before you eat, and monitor daily food intake can help you keep track with your weight loss goals.
For about two weeks before surgery, your daily intake may involve fluids only. Follow your doctor’s instructions to maximize your pre-surgical weight loss results.
Follow your surgeon’s instructions to reduce risks related to post-operative complications. Consult with your doctor and ask approval before progressing to the next diet stage. Make sure to follow up with your doctor regularly.
Weeks 1-2 or until the initial post-operative doctor’s visit
After the surgery, your stomach needs to rest and heal. Consume only sugar-free clear fluids for first couple weeks.
On this stage, you have a little more flexibility on what you can consume, but your intake should be liquid to smooth puree consistency. Choose sugar-free, low-fat, low-carbs, low-calorie, high-protein foods and beverages.
On this stage, soft foods are introduced. While adjusting to soft food, you can blenderize lean meats, seafood, cook vegetables, and any other good protein sources.
Serve food in a mini bite size, chew thoroughly and swallow your food slowly. Do not drink at least 30 minutes before and after you eat. Now you can introduce new low-fat, low-carb, low-sugar, and high-protein foods, one at a time.
Below are few tips to healthier eating habits. Consult with your doctor about the appropriate exercise plan that can boost your weight loss results and stay fit in the long run.