The First 3 Months After Obesity Surgery

The First 3 Months After Obesity Surgery

As a part of follow-up, in order to prevent complications and help your stomach to recover, your team will give you nutrition tips for you to follow during the first 4-6 weeks of post-surgery.

After 4-6 weeks, when you are able to eat solid food, to recover your body from inside to outside, to prevent nutrition deficiency and to keep losing weight you will be following a bariatric nutrition plan!

During the first 4-6 weeks after the surgery, when you switch to solid foods from liquid diet, you do not need to plan your eating schedule, to count calories or to try to find a diet plan because you will be able to feel full even with too little food as your stomach is small now. During this time, since eating and drinking is limited, your main goal is to answer your protein and liquid needs and plan for supplementary foods.

How should I eat after recovery?

After the first 3 months, new stomach can hold food as much as a baby can consume. For this reason, to prevent hunger and to meet nutrition needs, you will asked to eat often. Eating which food for how much depends on the patients and this will decide how often you eat.

Early period after the surgery (0-3 months) patients should not focus on the food, instead they should focus on food quality and protein intake.

Stop Counting Your Calories!

Having a muscle mass more than the weight you lose will provide you to lose weight in a healthy way and preserve your weight by removing the risk of gaining weight. In your new life style you need to drink water, gain a mobile life and eat fibrous and proteinaceous foods.

Not only what you eat but also the quality of what you eat will be important after the surgery. You need to stay away from packaged foods. Preservatives inside the packaged foods ruin your appetite sense and intestinal microbiota. There are additives inside packaged foods to increase your appetite. Ruined intestinal microbiota may change your nutrition choices. In order to keep our intestinal microbiota we need to eat fresh fruits and vegetables, homemade yogurt and kefir. A healthy intestinal microbiota means a healthy body, a healthy digestion system and easy weight control.

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