Gastric bypass diet: What to eat after the surgery
Definition: A gastric bypass diet is for people who are recovering from gastric bypass surgery to help them heal and change their eating habits.
Gastric bypass surgery is one of several weight-loss surgeries currently performed. The operation itself has undergone several modifications over the years. The procedure in use today is called the Roux-en-Y gastric bypass. It shouldn’t be confused with other weight-loss surgeries, such as the biliopancreatic diversion with duodenal switch, which is a more aggressive surgery.
Your doctor or a registered dietitian will talk with you about the diet you’ll need to follow after surgery, explaining what types of food and how much you can eat at each meal. Closely following your gastric bypass diet can help you lose weight safely.
The gastric bypass diet has several purposes:
To allow your stomach to heal without being stretched by the food you eat
To get you used to eating the smaller amounts of food that your smaller stomach can comfortably and safely digest
To help you lose weight and avoid gaining weight
To avoid side effects and complications from the surgery
Diet recommendations after gastric bypass surgery vary depending on where the surgery is performed and your individual situation.
A gastric bypass diet typically follows a staged approach to help you ease back into eating solid foods as you recover. How quickly you move from one step to the next depends on how fast your body heals and adjusts to the change in eating patterns. You can usually start eating regular foods about three months after surgery.
After gastric bypass surgery, you must be careful to drink enough fluids to avoid dehydration, and to pay extra attention to signs that you feel hungry or full.
For the first day or so after surgery, you’ll only be allowed to drink clear liquids. Sip slowly and drink only 2 to 3 ounces (59 to 89 milliliters) at a time. Once you’re handling clear liquids, you can start having other liquids, such as skim or low-fat milk.
Liquids you can have during stage 1:
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