What to do Following Bariatric Surgery

What you do immediately following your Bariatric Surgery is critical to your recovery, as well as to the long-term effectiveness of the surgery. For this reason, we provide a very specific list of guidelines you need to follow in order to help you recover and take the first steps toward achieving your weight loss goals.

Dr. Morton explains how important it is to maintain your diet and offers other post-op advice

Dr. Morton’s Advice to Post-Operative Patients Video (1:40 min.)

Dr. Morton explains how important it is to maintain your diet and offers other post-op advice.

 

Once you have advanced your diet from liquid to purees to soft you should…

  • Drink at least 64 ounces of water daily. Drink at least 30 minutes before eating. This "water loading" will make you feel fuller before you eat.
  • Eat Protein first. You need at least 60-80 grams of protein daily.
  • Have 4-6 small meals a day. You can not eat large amounts of food and your meals will not last as long as they did before so you should eat mBariatric Post Op Instructions
  • Once you have advanced your diet from liquid to purees to soft you should…
  • Drink at least 64 ounces of water daily. Drink at least 30 minutes before eating. This "water loading" will make you feel fuller before you eat.
  • Eat Protein first. You need at least 60-80 grams of protein daily.
  • Have 4-6 small meals a day. You can not eat large amounts of food and your meals will not last as long as they did before so you should eat more frequently.
  • Avoid foods high in sugar (more than 20 grams per serving) or high in fat (more 30%).
  • Avoid carbohydrates- we were not meant to have them every day. Remember bread does not grow on trees. If you have carbohydrates, try to make your body work for its calories. In other words, avoid processed food like white bread.
  • Have fiber in your diet. You can add psyillum powder (Metamucil) daily or eat more fruits and vegetables. Remember to be careful with raw foods because they need to be chewed more.
  • Chew your food very well- 20 times before swallowing. It slows down your eating and also breaks down the food to allow the food to go down easier.
  • Keep a food diary and plan your meals. If you fail to plan, you plan to fail. Don't rely on what is nearby for food. Fast food will slow you down.
  • Never skip breakfast. Eat like a queen for breakfast, princess for lunch and pauper for dinner.
  • Be careful with liquids like juices, smoothies, or lattes. These have calories and you will not have the feedback or solids telling you that you are full.
  • Avoid snacking. Grazing on food will add weight. Stick to your set meal times.
  • Be a label reader. Know what goes into your body.
  • Exercise every day- do something to make you sweat. Exercise does not require fancy clothes or a gym membership. Use your body by exercising 30 minutes every day- walk, bike, Pilates, aerobics, etc…
  • Get 7-8 hours of sleep every day. If you are tired the next day you will try to get energy by eating more.
  • Find time for yourself. If you are stressed at work or home your body will know it and not like it. Take care of yourself or you can't take care of others.
  • Don't give up. Weight loss and weight maintenance is a life long process. If you over indulge one day, make up for it the next day. Keep working to make yourself better each in every day in each and every way.
  • Avoid foods high in sugar (more than 20 grams per serving) or high in fat (more 30%).
  • Avoid carbohydrates- we were not meant to have them every day. Remember bread does not grow on trees. If you have carbohydrates, try to make your body work for its calories. In other words, avoid processed food like white bread.
  • Have fiber in your diet. You can add psyillum powder (Metamucil) daily or eat more fruits and vegetables. Remember to be careful with raw foods because they need to be chewed more.
  • Chew your food very well- 20 times before swallowing. It slows down your eating and also breaks down the food to allow the food to go down easier.
  • Keep a food diary and plan your meals. If you fail to plan, you plan to fail. Don't rely on what is nearby for food. Fast food will slow you down.
  • Never skip breakfast. Eat like a queen for breakfast, princess for lunch and pauper for dinner.
  • Be careful with liquids like juices, smoothies, or lattes. These have calories and you will not have the feedback or solids telling you that you are full.
  • Avoid snacking. Grazing on food will add weight. Stick to your set meal times.
  • Be a label reader. Know what goes into your body.
  • Exercise every day- do something to make you sweat. Exercise does not require fancy clothes or a gym membership. Use your body by exercising 30 minutes every day- walk, bike, Pilates, aerobics, etc…
  • Get 7-8 hours of sleep every day. If you are tired the next day you will try to get energy by eating more.
  • Find time for yourself. If you are stressed at work or home your body will know it and not like it. Take care of yourself or you can't take care of others.

Don't give up. Weight loss and weight maintenance is a life long process. If you over indulge one day, make up for it the next day. Keep working to make yourself better each in every day in each and every way.

 

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