Bariatric Surgery (Weight Loss Surgery)
Also called weight loss surgery, bariatric surgery is an operation performed to reduce the size of the stomach and help people to lose weight if they have become severely or morbidly obese.
Bariatric surgery has proved an effective tool for helping such individuals to reduce their food intake. It also helps people lose weight and improve or cure conditions they have as a result of obesity.
The main bariatric surgeries are gastric bypass, a gastric band procedure and sleeve gastrectomy, all of which reduce the amount of food the stomach can hold and decrease the amount a person needs to eat in order to feel full.
In order to successfully lose weight after one of these procedures, it is crucial that patients adhere to the dietary recommendations made by their healthcare provider.
Diet Following Gastric Band Procedure
Immediately after this operation and for the next four weeks, patients are only able to consume liquids and small amounts of pureed foods. Soft foods can usually be consumed between four to six weeks after the procedure. After six weeks, people can gradually start to follow a healthy, long-term diet that includes small, nutritious amounts of food. People should adhere to this diet plan for the rest of their lives. Although weight loss is the aim of this diet plan, nutritional content must not be overlooked.
According to the “British Obesity Surgery Patient Association” (BOSPA), there are six main rules people should follow in order to benefit the most from their surgery. These include the following:
- Not eating any more than three meals a day.
- Avoiding eating snacks in-between meal times.
- Consuming solid foods – These make a person feel full more easily than soft foods do. Soft foods also tend to contain more fat and carbohydrate than solid foods.
- Eat slowly and stop eating once full – Food should be cut into chunks and chewed slowly for as long as possible before swallowing. People should not continue to eat once they feel full because over-eating can result in pain and sickness.
- Avoiding drinking while eating – Drinking fluids can push food through the small stomach and leave a person feeling less full.
- Not consuming calorie-rich drinks – These increase the intake of calories. It’s much better toconsume water or diet drinks.
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