Bariatric surgery is a boon to patients who suffer from severe and very severe form of obesity. They not only provide relief from co-morbid diseases but also help in weight loss. That is why it is aptly called weight loss surgery too. Undergoing bariatric surgery does not give a passport to eat anything and everything. So what should a person who has undergone bariatric surgery eat as a continuing practice and how should they eat?
Positive Outcomes of Bariatric Surgery
After bariatric sugery, the stomach capacity and its churning action is greatly reduced. In Gastric By-pass bariatric surgery, the digestion happens in the small intestine and not in the stomach which is a radical alteration in the digestive process. The surgeries that involve malabsorption, the requirement of micro nutrients is markedly increased. These are the general reasons why diet plays a vital role after your bariatric surgery.
Diet Immediately after Bariatric Surgery
Your bariatric surgeon along with the nutritionist would typically take you through the diet that you may have to strictly adhere to immediately after your bariatric surgery. The diet would be comprised of lighter soup, fruit juices, protein shake, mashed vegetables, milk. Along comes calcium and vitamin tablets which you have to take for life.
Diet to be followed regularly over the course – What to eat?
Your diet after your recovery from bariatric surgery or long-term bariatric diet would typically consist of a simple goal. The diet goal would be to eat healthy, more protein intake, drink more water and fluids like fruit juices, and snack healthy if you want to. So anything like milk, soup, vegetables, fruits, lean meat, all in smaller proportions can be consumed along with the very essential bariatric vitamins.
How to eat after Bariatric Surgery?
This is the most important aspect as people who have undergone bariatric surgery might also put on weight. Small amount of weight gain is fine but it is imperative that the weight gain is not substantial to reap the full the benefit of the weight loss surgery you have undergone.
Where you eat really matters. Avoid eating outside because you will not have a clue on the ingredients used. It is also better to consume home cooked food.
Portion sizes really matters. If the bariatric surgery you have undergone has reduced the volume of the stomach you can anyways not eat more. But even then keep your portion size small. Develop the habit of eating less in many intervals.
When you eat concentrate on food. This means do not read newspaper or handle your smartphone while you eat. Not concentrating on food while you eat can make you eat more and eventually lead to some form of binge-eating. It also has the danger of leading you to eat unhealthier, sugary foods.
Eat slowly. Chew or masticate your food thoroughly before you push them inside your digestive system. Effective chewing of food is very good for its overall digestion.
Eat with family. As a family plan your meal together and eat healthy. This has two visible benefits. The first is the person who has undergone bariatric surgery does not feel alone and second the other family members too can begin eating healthy.
Dr Maran is an experienced Surgeon in the field of Gastro-enterology. He specializes in Advanced laparoscopic Surgery procedures of the gastro-intestinal (GI) tracts. Dr. Maran is also a leading Bariatric Surgeon in Chennai and has a penchant for addressing problems concerning Obesity.