The Importance of Changing Your Diet After Bariatric Surgery

The Importance of Changing Your Diet After Bariatric Surgery
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It is essential to adhere to the recommended dietary guidelines when you’ve had bariatric surgery. Your doctor carefully formulates the guidelines to limit your calorie intake and provide balanced meals to preserve muscle tissue and prevent nutrient deficiencies.

Food Intolerance

After bariatric surgery, you might have problems eating certain foods, known as food intolerance. This can make it difficult to follow your new diet and avoid regaining weight. The opening to the stomach may be too small, which may cause some nutritious foods to get stuck at the entrance. You may experience an uncomfortable feeling of being full in the lower chest area, which can take some time to disappear.

After bariatric surgery, you are advised to avoid fiber-rich foods. They include sweet potatoes, asparagus, pineapples, oranges, corn, and celery, sticking to the gastric band. Eating popcorn or bread may also cause blockage. You may also not eat the skins of vegetables and fruits, protein-rich nuts, pork chops, and steak.

To compensate for the lack of nutrients, you can take supplements such as an ADEK multivitamin. You can also blend the skins of vegetables and fruits since these are nutritious.

Problems Associated with Food Intolerance

Food intolerance leads to difficulties in getting sufficient amounts of vitamins and protein. Due to this, people who have undergone bariatric surgery are prone to nutritional complications and problems. These complications include malnutrition, lack of protein, and anemia.

Therefore, you should adhere to your new diet and seek help if you have a food intolerance. Contact your doctor if you experience signs of food intolerance, including heartburn, stomach discomfort and pain, and repeated vomiting.

If you experience fever, confusion, severe exhaustion, and unexplained bruising, you should also seek immediate medical attention. These are symptoms of nutrient deficiency.

Follow your New Diet

When preparing for bariatric surgery, a nutritionist or dietitian and your healthcare provider will explain the diet changes you will adopt for life after the procedure. You will consume fewer calories than before and take daily mineral and vitamin supplements. To lose weight and prevent complications, you have to change your diet.

Before the surgery, you might have been a fan of high-calorie foods like ice cream and pastries. But after surgery, you’ll change to a diet lower in calories and higher in protein. After the surgery, your stomach will only accommodate small food amounts, so you will have to eat smaller food amounts.

If you have more food than your stomach can hold, you will experience abdominal pain until you vomit or until the pain passes. It would help if you also avoided carbonated drinks, beer, and soda because they cause bloating.

Avoid Problems

When you have a food intolerance, you may have difficulty sticking to your diet, which may reverse or slow your weight loss. If you avoid eating particular food groups, you will have nutrient deficiency.

So, it is essential to talk with your nutritionist and bariatric surgeon to optimize weight loss and prevent problems. If the opening is too small, it can be opened up a bit by taking some fluid.


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Anna Daniels

Anna is an avid blogger with an educational background in medicine and mental health. She is a generalist with many other interests including nutrition, women's health, astronomy and photography. In her free time from work and writing, Anna enjoys nature walks, reading, and listening to jazz and classical music.

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