bariatric surgery, many patients have similar experiences. The initial recovery period is
easy in terms of managing your diet, because you don’t feel hungry,
and weight loss happens quickly. However, as time goes on, cravings and
hunger return to some degree, and it can be harder to stay motivated and
on track. At this point, making the right food choices is more important
than ever as you move towards your weight loss goals.
Choose Solid Foods
After weight loss surgery, you may become accustomed to eating things like
protein shakes and other liquid foods. In fact, after gastric bypass surgery,
you will need to follow a liquid diet for several weeks. However, once
you are out of your initial recovery phase, it is important to add solid
foods back into your meal plan so you feel satiated. For instance, if
you usually have a protein shake for breakfast, consider eating eggs with
veggies and cheese instead. You are likely to enjoy the variety, and you’ll
feel fuller from the solid foods.
Eat Protein-Rich Foods
Although adding carbohydrates to your plate is encouraged as you recover,
protein should still be the focus of your meals. Many people find that
eating carbohydrates can trigger cravings, so talk to your doctor about
a healthy level for you and aim to get most of your calories from
protein-based meals. Most people need three to four ounces of solid protein—not shakes—per
meal to meet their nutritional requirements and to feel satisfied. Choose
protein, like low-fat cheese or yogurt, if you plan to snack between meals.
Avoid Beverages with Calories
It’s easy for calories to sneak into your day if you drink them.
You should get around 64 ounces of fluids per day in the form of non-caffeinated,
non-carbonated, no-calorie beverages. Water is the best choice.
The multidisciplinary team at The JFK Bariatric Wellness and Surgical Institute
supports patients through all stages of their weight loss journeys, from
choosing surgery to reaching their goals. To learn more about
weight loss surgery in Atlantis, call (561) 965-7300.