These dietary guidelines are designed for gastric sleeve patients to prepare before and after surgery. Following these guidelines can help you choose bariatric friendly foods, jumpstart your weight loss, and adapt to a healthier lifestyle.
To lower the risks involved during the laparoscopic gastric sleeve procedure, your surgeon may instruct you to lose additional weight before surgery. You can accomplish your target weight by following a pre-surgery diet plan as instructed by your physician and exercising.
Follow your surgeon’s pre-surgery diet instructions. The instructions may include:
** Your surgeon may request you to start adopting a clear liquid diet about a week before the gastric sleeve surgery.
The first few weeks after surgery, you may experience mood changes and frequent irritability. However, it is crucial to follow your surgeon’s instructions to reduce the post-operative complications such as nausea, diarrhea, dehydration, constipation, and gastric leakage. Consult with your doctor and ask approval before progressing to the next diet stage. Make sure to follow up regularly.
Weeks 1-2 or until the initial post-operative doctor’s visit
After surgery, you are limited to clear sugar-free fluids only because your stomach needs to heal. Take small sips and do not force yourself when you feel full.
You are allowed to consume more variety of liquids. Do not use a straw as it may cause bloating.
You are allowed to eat cooked meat and vegetables under the caveat that all the foods have to be soft, high in protein, low in sugar, and low in fat.
Your diet consists of low-fat, low-carb, low-sugar, and high protein foods. Chew thoroughly and swallow your food slowly. Now you can introduce new healthy foods, one at a time. Do not drink 30-45 minutes before and after a meal.
Adapt to a new lifestyle with healthy choices is necessary for successful long-term weight loss. Always prioritized food that is high in protein, low in carbohydrates and low in fat.