Your body changes after a gastric bypass surgery, that goes without saying. You’re going to need to make a lot of changes to your lifestyle to facilitate these changes. Perhaps the most major change will be your diet.Before going on the gastric bypass diet suggestions we list below, we can’t stress this enough: Talk it over with an experienced, qualified dietician, and your doctor. Ask them about the suggestions below, but don’t commit to a meal plan after a gastric bypass until you’re 100% sure it’s safe for you. We can tell you what form to take your foods in, but talk to experts about the specific vitamins, minerals, proteins and other nutrients you’re going to be needing the most, and which ones you’ll want to limit your intake of.
The First Three Months
For the first three months or so, you may feel like a toothless old geezer for awhile, because you’re going to have to temporarily limit your intake of solid foods.
Broths, juices, milk, soups, for the first few days after your gastric bypass, you’re going to want to take everything in liquid form, as your body just isn’t ready for full digestion just yet.
If you don’t have a food processor, now may be the time to invest in one. After the first few days, or as your doctor recommends, you may be ready to switch over to pureed foods. Pureed, by the way, doesn’t just mean “mostly pureed”. Make sure there are no chunks in your pureed foods. Pureed foods should be in a completely smooth paste or thick liquid form. The puree diet should last about a month, or as long as your doctor recommends.
After pureed foods, you can move on to soft foods. Soft foods would include either ground or finely diced meets, canned fruit, or soft fresh fruit, such as plums, and thoroughly cooked or steamed vegetables. The soft food diet is usually recommended for a couple of months.
After the first few months, you’re going to need to make some changes and stick with them as permanent lifestyle choices. Your doctor will recommend more specifically what you should do, but we’ll list what is generally recommended below.
Chew food more thoroughly
Your stomach’s opening to the intestine is smaller now, so you need to chew your food very carefully, to the consistency of a puree. If the food is too chewy or thick and can’t be chewed to this consistency, do not swallow it.
Drink liquids between meals, not during
You can’t drink too much liquid during meals anymore. Since your stomach is smaller, too much liquid at mealtime can leave you feeling full and unable to finish your meals, thus, you won’t get the nutrients you need. Make sure to drink about 6 to 8 cups of water per day between meals.
Eat smaller portions
Right after surgery, your stomach will only be able to contain one ounce of food. Your stomach will stretch, but by the end of three months, you will only be able to eat about one and a half cups of food per meal. Eat only the recommended portions, and stop eating as soon as you feel nourished, do not allow yourself to eat to fullness.
Take more vitamins and supplements
Since your stomach is smaller now, you’ll need to take supplemental nutrition to stay healthy and nourished. Talk with your doctor and dietician about which supplements you should be supplementing your gastric bypass diet with.
Further changes: The first two years
You may experience a gastric bypass weight loss of anywhere from fifty to sixty percent of your excess weight within the first two years after your bypass surgery, although, it’s possible to actually regain that weight once your stomach stretches a bit.
If you’re serious about staying healthy, avoid high sugar and high fat foods, minimize unplanned snacking, and exercise regularly. Even with gastric bypass surgery, there is no magic fix-it for struggles with weight. Staying healthy requires commitment.