Tips for Eating and Drinking after Weight Loss Surgery - dummies

Tips for Eating and Drinking after Weight Loss Surgery

By Brian K. Davidson, Sarah Krieger

Part of Weight Loss Surgery Cookbook For Dummies Cheat Sheet

The way you eat and drink changes after you have weight loss surgery. The following tips help you to be healthy, successfully lose weight, and maintain weight loss after bariatric surgery:

  • Stay hydrated. That means 48 to 64 ounces of fluids a day. To drink that much you’re going to have to sip, sip, and sip all day.

  • No straws or gum. They both bring air into the pouch, which can be really uncomfortable.

  • Don’t eat and drink at the same time. Don’t drink for 5 to 10 minutes before a meal and wait 30 minutes after eating.

  • Use smaller utensils and plates to control portions.

  • Use caution when introducing new foods. Introduce one new food at a time.

  • Vary the foods you eat. Variety is important in meeting nutritional needs and keeping it interesting.

  • Focus on nutrient-rich foods. Get the most nutritional bang for your calorie buck.

  • Take small bites. Each bite should be about the size of a pencil eraser.

  • Chew, chew, chew!

  • Eat slowly. Take 20 to 30 minutes to finish a meal.

  • Eat protein first. It will make you feel full longer.

  • Avoid high-fat and fried foods.

  • Avoid simple sugars. This includes candy, cookies, cake, and so on.

  • Listen to your body and don’t overeat. Learn to tell the difference between being full and being satisfied.

  • Use a food diary. Keeping track of what you consume makes you more aware of what you’re eating, and if you should have a problem, your surgeon and dietitian will want to know what you have been eating.

  • Take your multivitamins/mineral supplements and any other supplements as directed by your surgeon.