A look at the post-procedure menu
Life (and eating) after the dramatic transformation of a bariatric procedure is undoubtedly different. But good news: you can still enjoy great food!
In a nutshell, it’s true that the amount and types of food you will consume will change after gastric sleeve procedure.
But one of the wonderful parts of weight loss surgery is that while your diet must change, your cravings will also change. The reduction of stomach tissue means your body will produce fewer hunger hormones. You may even find you need to remind yourself to eat!
As your hunger hormones decrease you’ll feel a great wave of relief — not only do you not feel the need to overindulge, you probably won’t feel much pull toward unhealthy food at all.
The menu immediately after weight loss surgery
After a bariatric procedure your doctor will set you up on a very specific staged diet to allow your stomach to heal and adapt to the new normal. You won’t technically eat right after weight loss surgery, as you’ll start on a gentle liquid diet, but week by week you’ll introduce more texture and complexity.
You may feel limited at first, with broth and protein shakes making up the bulk of your diet, but this first stage is brief. And you won’t feel hungry as you have on diets in the past.
As you add in more familiar “real” food, you’ll notice a strong emphasis on protein and nutrition-packed vegetables, along with supplements.
You’ll also feel like you’re drinking water all the time (except with meals, when your limited stomach space is devoted to dense nutrition).The goal is to get your body the hydration and nourishment it needs to work in prime condition, while considering your decreased stomach space.
The menu in the months following weight loss surgery
Some people worry they’ll miss out on social opportunities as they adjust to eating after weight loss surgery, but there’s no need to fear. Food is still a great connector, and flavors are still just as intoxicating, but the power they used to hold over you will vanish, and your self control will feel like second nature.
As bariatric procedures become more common, restaurants are increasingly sensitive to patrons who request a small or child-sized portion.
You’ll enjoy your restaurant experience most if you plan ahead to focus on your two trusted friends: protein and vegetables. Fried foods and creamy dishes, as well as sugary desserts, may cause you discomfort. They also displace the nutrition-dense food you might otherwise fill your shrunken stomach with, so pass on these or enjoy a shared bite.
Alcohol is tricky after a weight loss surgery for a few reasons, so be sure to talk with your doctor if you’re curious about imbibing.
You can still enjoy eating after weight loss surgery
We hope you now have a better understanding of what it looks like to eat after a gastric sleeve. Food will be just as wonderful as before, but you won’t feel compelled to overdo it, and that is a wonderful place to be.
If you’ve tried it all — diets, exercise, etc. — and you still feel stuck, don’t give up hope! For some people, life-changing weight loss and health start with bariatric surgery in El Paso.
Weight loss surgery isn’t right for everyone, but if you’re struggling through a cycle of doing all the right things with no results and have a BMI over 35, it’s time to explore whether a gastric sleeve is a good option for you.
To find out if you’re a good candidate for weight loss surgery, give us a call today.
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