The Gastric Bypass Diet – Food Phases after Bariatric Surgery

A gastric bypass diet is for people who are recovering from gastric bypass surgery to help them heal and change their eating habits.

The gastric bypass diet has several purposes:

  • To allow your stomach to heal without being stretched by the food you eat
  • To get you used to eating the smaller amounts of food that your smaller stomach can comfortably and safely digest
  • To help you lose weight and avoid gaining weight
  • To avoid side effects and complications from the surgery

A typical gastric bypass diet follows a staged approach to help you ease back into eating solid foods as you recover. How quickly you move from one step to the next depends on how fast your body heals and adjusts to the change in eating patterns. You can usually start eating regular foods about three months after surgery.

After gastric bypass surgery, you must be careful to drink enough fluids to avoid dehydration. Once you’re handling clear liquids, you can start having other liquids, such as skim or low-fat milk.

Once you’re able to tolerate liquids for a few days, you can begin to eat strained and pureed foods. It’s important that you don’t eat and drink at the same time. Wait about 30 minutes after a meal to drink anything. Also keep in mind that your digestive system might still be sensitive to spicy foods or dairy products.

After a few weeks of pureed foods, and with your doctor’s OK, you can add soft foods — in the form of small, tender, easily chewed pieces — to your diet.

After about eight weeks on the gastric bypass diet, you can gradually return to eating firmer foods, but foods must still be chopped or diced. Start slowly with regular foods to see what foods you can tolerate. You may find that you still have difficulty eating spicier foods or foods with crunchy textures.

Three to four months after weight-loss surgery, you may be able to start eating a normal healthy diet, depending on your situation and any foods you may not be able to tolerate.

If you are considering bariatric surgery in the Las Vegas, Nevada area, schedule an appointment with Dr. Shawn Tsuda. He and his team of experts will help and guide you through every step of the weight-loss surgery process.

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