The success of your gastric bypass surgery depends entirely on you. A common misconception after gastric bypass surgery is that you can just eat whatever you like. This is simply not the case. It is likely you had gastric bypass surgery for health reasons. A healthy diet is essential in maintaining a healthy body. Health comes from a healthy lifestyle which comes from making healthy choices. Proper diet and adequate exercise are the tools you will use to create a healthy body and a long healthy life.
Diet after Gastric Bypass Surgery
After gastric bypass surgery you will eat a diet of clear liquids (protein drinks, broth, and sugar free jello) for a day or two when you first come home from the hospital. Next you will eat full liquids which are cream of wheat or rice, fat free cream soup, sugar free pudding, lite yogurt, and skim milk. Pureed foods are the next level of eating. Most gastric bypass surgery patients use baby food at this time to avoid all the food processing. After pureed foods you will begin to eat mechanical soft food which is ground meat, chicken, and turkey. Soft vegetables are added. The final level of eating before returning to regular food is soft food which is diced meat, chicken, eggs, low fat cottage cheese, skinless potatoes and most vegetables. Finally you graduate to regular food. At every level of eating you will have three protein drinks, a chewable multi-vitamin, and eight 8 ounce glasses of water every day.
Goals after Gastric Bypass Surgery
A healthy dietary goal is to eat 60 to 100 grams of protein each day. This can be a challenge with a stomach the size of an egg. You will need a protein powder supplement to mix a shake with seedless fruit and sweeteners. Do not add sugar to your diet because more that 5 grams of sugar at one meal (1 graham cracker) can bring on very unpleasant dumping syndrome. Always eat your protein first at every meal. You will stay at each level of eating until your stomach feels comfortable then move on to the next level until you are finally eating normal food again. The amount of time you spend at each level of eating depends on how well your stomach accepts the food. You will feel when it is time to move to the next level.
Exercise after Gastric Bypass Surgery
Your weight loss will be rapid and without exercise you will lose muscle mass. Walk thirty minutes each and every day without fail. As you get stronger add strength or resistance training, yoga, or a sport you can do daily. Choose an exercise you enjoy and remember exercise is an important part of a healthy lifestyle.