After gastric sleeve Weight Loss Surgery, attaining and conserving a healthy, balanced diet is decisive in losing weight. It is therefore important to know the right foods to eat, the correct quantity and the timings of eating. Since your stomach is no longer its usual size, (since 85 percent has been removed) the food quantity must be adjusted too and must be lessened.Eating variety of foods is very important to attain a nutritional diet after Gastric Sleeve Weight Loss Surgery . Since foods are lesser, it doesn’t mean that the person will also get fewer nutrients. The key here is to keep small, frequent meals that are packed with nutrients.
By following the instructions given by your doctors, you’re not too far in reaching your ideal weight goal. Here are some Nutrition guidelines that you need to remember while you head on to your recovery after gastric sleeve Weight Loss Surgery:
VITAMINS AND MINERALS:For a couple of weeks, you will not be able to meet the recommended vitamins and minerals your body needs.
Since your diet is restrictive for some time, you may experience some vitamin and mineral deficiency. To fight these deficiencies, it is recommended that you take vitamins and mineral supplements every day.
VITAMIN B12:Vitamin B12 and calcium are needed to avoid osteoporosis and anemia. They are also required to have enough vitamin and mineral stores in the body. Vitamin B12 or Cobalamin is one of the common deficiencies present to people undergoing gastric sleeve surgery. Since absorption of the vitamin pass through mouth, it needs intrinsic factor secreted by the stomach to be able to be absorbed quickly. However, due to the Gastric Sleeve Weight Loss Surgery, the intrinsic factor is decreased thus, making it hard for the body to absorb the vitamin.
PROTEIN:Eating foods high in protein is very important after the Gastric Sleeve Weight Loss Surgery to avoid hair loss, prevent tiredness, to promote faster healing of the new stomach pouch and incision, and to maintain muscle mass during the process of weight reduction. Protein needs depend on your body built, health and nutritional status. Ideally, you will need 60 to 80 grams of protein every day.
FATS AND SUGAR:Remember that consuming high amounts of fats and sugar after the Gastric Sleeve Surgery can put you close to developing dumping syndrome. It is the condition where foods move too fast from your stomach to the small bowel. Dumping Syndrome is very common during stomach surgery or bypass in order to lose weight.
People who develop the condition usually experience abdominal cramps and diarrhea, either before or after eating, light-headedness, rapid heart rate, intense sleepiness, sweating, abdominal pain, and nausea.INSTRUCTIONS ON EATING AND DRINKING
- Always eat or drink very slowly
- Chew food thoroughly
- Do not drink liquids with meals. Drink only 30 to 60 minutes before or after meals. Never during.
- Avoid food that contain large amounts of sugar
- Drink plenty of fluids – Slowly
- Always take the vitamin and minerals supplements prescribed
- Do not exceed 35 grams of fat per day
- Daily protein intake should be 60-80 grams per day
Gastric Sleeve Weight Loss Surgery DIET CHECKLIST:Things to always remember to avoid unnecessary trips to the doctor.
- Eat only at set meal times. Have 5-6 small meals a day.
- If you feel hunger between meals try water since thirst is often confused with hunger.
- If you must snack, try some protein, a rice cake or other no calorie foods.
- NO GRAZING
- Go slow and chew well
- When you feel full: STOP
- If it is late during the day and you are far from completing your daily goal of protein intake (70g) replace with some protein shake
- Junk foods and sweets do not relieve hunger. Only solid foods, which fill the stomach and empty slowly, will relieve hunger
- Pre-portion your meal. Use a small plate. It is okay to leave food on the plate.
- Take 30 minutes to finish your meal.
- Only eat more if you finished the portion and you are truly hungry.
- DO NO experiment to see how much you can really eat.