After weight loss surgery, you’re diet will require permanent changes, both in how much food you eat and in what foods you choose. NJ Bariatrics’ dietician will help you make the best food choices. Additionally, we encourage you to be vocal with your questions about food and nutrition after your surgery.
Maintaining a Healthy Diet
Specific dietary guidelines will vary according to which type of bariatric surgery you had. However, there are many aspects of a healthy diet that are appropriate for all post-op bariatric patients. Look for foods that are low in calories and high in nutrition, such as fruits, vegetables and lean meats. It’s OK to treat yourself every once in a while, but focus on eating healthily the majority of the time.
Remember, your food portions will be smaller than what you ate pre-surgery. Since food portions are reduced, it’s even more important that your food be nutritious and provide the minerals and vitamins necessary to promote good health.
Nutritional supplements will become a mainstay in your diet. Even if you eat nutritious foods most of the time, supplements are still necessary for all patients who undergo weight loss surgery.
All patients who have gastric bariatric operations should take a daily multivitamin supplement for the rest of their lives.
All women who are actively menstruating should take daily iron supplements in addition to the daily multivitamin.
All patients who have had gastric bypass surgery (particularly women) should take a citrate-based calcium supplement every day for the rest of their lives.
Patients who are having trouble eating meat, including poultry, should take liquid protein supplements daily until the consumption of meat is no longer difficult. The calorie content of these protein supplements should be discussed with the dietician.
- Other vitamins
Usually there is little (if any) harm in taking additional vitamins and mineral supplements in moderation, e.g., vitamin C, vitamin B-12, folic acid and others. However, these additional supplements should be reviewed with your doctor.
You understand the long term outlook and your nutritional needs after surgery. The last and most challenging part of Life Change involves adopting essential new habits. Healthier habits are the key to lifelong bariatric success.