Food Phase 4
This phase is not the last, but it is the regular food phase after bariatric surgery while still losing weight. Many can start this phase about 6 weeks after surgery. Most solid foods can be eaten in small portions as long as they are reduced in fat and sugar. This phase is the tool you will need for weight loss success.
The portion size for each meal should be no less than 1/2 cup and no more than 1 cup in size. Meat portions should not exceed 2 ounces per meal. You will be eating the same foods as on the pureed diet for the most part, but they won’t all be soft at this point.
Typical guidelines for this stage include:
- Consume three balanced meals each day containing nutrient-rich foods, such as:
- lean meat, poultry, pork, and fish
- low fat dairy products
- low fat starches and whole grains
- vegetables and fruits
- These foods contain the energy, protein, vitamins, and minerals that your body needs.
- If you can’t tolerate the amount of food at one meal, you may have to consume six smaller meals each day.
- Stop eating whenever you feel full.
- Protein — You should be able to meet your protein needs through foods. If not, you may need to supplement with protein shakes between meals.
- Women: 50–60 grams of protein
- Men: 60–70 grams of protein
Gastric Bypass Patients: To meet protein needs, you may have to consume a low calorie protein food between meals.
- Liquids between meals
- Wait at least 30 minutes after each meal. Then consume an 8 ounce protein supplement or shake, followed by 16 ounces of sugar free, clear liquids.
- Try to spread fluids out over a three-hour period.
- Stop drinking at least 30 minutes before mealtime.
Read more online at: http://www.hallmarkhealth.org/dmdocuments/BariatricDietStagesGastric.pdf
The first year after surgery is a critical time that must be dedicated to changing old behavior and forming new, lifelong habits that will control your weight. Next week we will conclude our series by exploring what living and eating can look like after your successful weight-loss surgery.
If you are considering bariatric surgery in the Las Vegas area, schedule an appointment with Dr. Heidi Ryan. Bariatric surgery is not a quick fix to obesity and related health problems, but if you are willing to make a change that could save your life, it could be right for you.