Eating After Gastric Bypass
Eating after gastric bypass surgery is going to be a totally new experience from what it was before the surgery. There is a very strict diet that must be followed and it must be followed religiously.
Having a gastric bypass is a life changing experience. For this reason anyone considering this operation should be certain they are willing and able to make the changes in their lifestyle that must be made in order for their long term goals to be met.
One of the major changes after a gastric bypass is diet. Since the stomach is much smaller only a very limited amount of food can be eaten at a time. If more is eaten than your new system is able to handle there can be some very unpleasant results such as nausea, pain and vomiting.
Although every case is different according to the individual and type of operation, below is some of the basic guidelines concerning diet and eating after gastric bypass surgery.
Since the stomach is only around the size of an egg after a gastric bypass sitting down to eat three large meals a day is no longer possible. In order to get the nourishment the body needs a number of small light meals throughout the day must be eaten.
Not only must small meals be eaten, they must be foods that are very low in sugar and fat. Your body is not going to be able to handle these foods and in order to achieve your long term surgical results you need to drastically cut back on their consumption anyway.
Eating after gastric bypass is a very slow process. In fact immediately after your surgery you are unable to eat solid foods. For the first one or two days you must stay on a light liquid diet of mainly broths and juices.
After the first few days you are able to start trying pureed foods that have the consistency of a paste or thick liquid. You will need to stay on this diet for three to four weeks.
After around a month your body should be able to handle soft foods such as cooked vegetables and finely diced and well cooked meat. Begin with a little at a time to be sure your body is ready for the more solid foods.
Don't forget when you begin eating after gastric bypass surgery that it must be done in a very slow manner and usually no more than a cup full at a time. You should also remember to chew your food slowly and thoroughly. The opening to your stomach is smaller now and if you eat to much at a time you could block it which could results in considerable pain and vomiting.
You should also not drink liquids with your meals. Since your stomach can only hold a very small amount this will only cause it to fill very quickly. It is better to drink liquids between meals. However, liquids are very important to the human body to prevent dehydration so around 8 cups of liquids a day must be included in your diet.
When eating after gastric bypass surgery you should never try a lot of new foods at once. You never know how your body is going to react so you need to consume only a small portion until your body can adjust.
Since you are not going to be able to consume as many nutrients as your body needs to function properly you will be put on a regime of vitamins and supplements. This is something that must be done for the rest of your life and you need to get in the habit of taking them without fail.
Although eating after gastric bypass surgery is something that takes a while to get used to it is a part of the new lifestyle of every bypass patient. Those who follow their diet and their doctor's suggestions will reap the benefits of a much happier and healthier lifestyle.
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