Fit Forever: Getting Nutrition Before and After Your Gastric Sleeve Surgery | Irving, TX

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Fit Forever: Getting Nutrition Before and After Your Gastric Sleeve Surgery | Irving, TX

Bariatric surgery is by far the most successful way to shed your extra pounds and keep them off forever. Yet this first step in your weight loss journey requires a commitment from you to adhere to a nutritional meal plan before and after your gastric sleeve surgery. Having gastric sleeve surgery means you have a BMI (body mass index) of 40% or you have a BMI of 35% with an obesity-related life-threatening disease. Knowing gastric sleeve (sleeve gastrectomy) is the most in-demand weight loss surgery in the United States should give you greater confidence about having the procedure. Follow our suggested meal plan and work with our in-house dietitians for increased energy, greater self-confidence, and a healthier you!

Some of the vitamins your surgeon may recommend you take daily from now on is:

  • A multi-vitamin
  • Vitamin B12
  • Vitamin D
  • Calcium
  • Folic Acid

Your Gastric Sleeve Pre-Op Nutritional Meal Plan

Prior to your surgery, it’s a good idea to keep our tips in mind. Avoid high-caloric sugary foods and instead make protein your main staple. Do your best to adhere to portion-control. This simply means if you don’t burn the majority of calories you eat then by default you will gain weight instead of losing weight. Try to get some exercise like walking, cycling or hiking to help you lose some weight prior to your surgery.

So What Can You Do About It?

There is a strong connection between obesity and diabetes. Carrying excess weight is a major risk factor for type 2 diabetes. Most people who have type 2 diabetes — more than 90% — are overweight. The link between obesity and diabetes occurs by a progressive defect in insulin secretion coupled with an accelerating increase in insulin resistance. Both insulin resistance and defective insulin secretion occur prematurely in obese individuals, and both worsen as diabetes takes hold.

Bariatric surgery is a weight loss procedure that healthcare professionals recommend for many individuals with obesity and associated life-threatening illnesses like diabetes. Many bariatric surgeons are also increasingly recommending it to treat type 2 diabetes in people with obesity.

Bariatric surgery can improve type 2 diabetes by lowering blood sugar and reducing the need for medications. This surgery has even resulted in long-term or permanent remission from diabetes. Yet, bariatric surgery is considered a major surgery, and it does carry some short- and long-term risks and side effects.

First here are some tips that when followed will go a long way to feeling like an improved you:

  • Select nutrient-dense foods
  • Protein should be the majority of every meal
  • Plan your meals in advance so you avoid the temptation of high-calorie, sugary foods
  • Avoid drinking high-calorie beverages like soda
  • Take your time and chew your foods until they are a puree texture
  • Find time for exercise whether it’s walking, hiking, cycling or frequenting a gym

Since approximately 80 percent of your stomach is removed with a gastric sleeve procedure, your stomach will be significantly smaller, making it difficult for you to hold much food. Your new stomach will be about the size and shape of a banana, and as a result you will feel full much quicker. Another benefit of having a gastric sleeve procedure is that your surgeon will remove cells that produce a hormone called ghrelin. Grehlin is important to remove as its primary role is to send a signal to your brain indicating that your stomach is empty. Removing grehlin means it will be easier for you to stick to your nutritional meal plan.

Post-Op: Week 1 Meal Plan

Keep in mind that your meal plan will change drastically immediately after surgery. Your initial week following your gastric sleeve surgery results in a clear liquid diet for the entire week. The good news is you likely won’t be hungry after gastric sleeve surgery. Think of this week as the start of retraining your body to consume significantly less. Consuming less will go a long way to shedding even more pounds going forward.

Some of liquids you can have at the hospital and beyond include

  • Decaf tea or coffee
  • Sugar-free gelatin or Jello
  • Sugar-free popsicles
  • Chicken, beef or vegetable broth

Tempting foods to avoid your first week post-op include:

  • Sugar
  • Alcohol
  • Caffeine
  • Solid foods
Week two is still mostly fluids with the addition of some soft foods. Your surgical team will impress upon you that protein is still king, and you need to consume between 60 and 80 grams of protein a day.

Post-Op: Week 2 Meal Plan

Your meal plan in week two consists of:
  • Pureed chicken or tuna
  • Protein shakes
  • Soups that are not cream-based
  • Soups with soft noodles
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Greek Yogurt
  • Applesauce
  • Oatmeal that isn’t too thick
  • Fat free, sugar free yogurt or ice cream Baby food (as a last resort)

Post-Op: Week 3 Meal Plan

Your meal plan in week two consists of:
  • Pureed chicken or tuna
  • Protein shakes
  • Soups that are not cream-based
  • Soups with soft noodles
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Greek Yogurt
  • Applesauce
  • Oatmeal that isn’t too thick
  • Fat free, sugar free yogurt or ice cream Baby food (as a last resort)

Post-Op: Week 4 Meal Plan

Typically, four to six weeks after gastric sleeve surgery most patients are ready to resume their previously-held eating habits. It’s safe to eat solid foods yet to achieve success you must limit your food intake to tiny meals. Some patients start off with 6 tiny meals a day and eliminate some of those meals over-time until they’re comfortable with 3 tiny meals a day. All foods are game at this point in your recovery though we’ll list some foods that you should avoid:

  • Soda
  • Fried foods
  • White bread
  • Sweets
  • Processed foods
  • Any foods or drinks that are high caloric, high-fat or high-sugar

Remaining on the high-protein meal plan post-op will assure that you successfully reach your ideal weight loss goal. Remember, excessive weight and obesity puts a stress on your body that can lead to serious conditions including diabetes, hypertension, reflux disease, stroke, and even cancer.

Losing an excessive amount of weight takes courage, discipline, and commitment but you’re not alone. NOVA Bariatrics and Minimally Invasive Surgery understands your goals in treating weight loss and obesity, and is with you throughout your entire weight loss journey. Dr. Alibhai and the team at NOVA Bariatrics and Minimally Invasive Surgery have the experience, expertise and state-of-the-art equipment to help you find the best, robotic and non-invasive solution to reduce your weight and restore your health.

Dr.Alibhai

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