Bariatric surgeries do bring about a considerable difference after the procedure is performed, however, patients need be careful about their diet immediately after the surgery. Post recovery a high nutrition diet needs to consumed regularly to maintaining their body weight and energy levels.
So what should the patient’s diet be after the surgery? Please read on to know more.
- Patients should transition gradually from liquids to pureed food, soft food and then solid foods as per the diet chart.
- They must consume food that’s high on protein, has appropriate levels of fiber, vitamins & minerals and is low on carbohydrates.
- They need to lower their sugar and fat intake.
- Avoid eating snacks.
- Avoid fizzy drinks and use of straw.
- Consume small portions of food during meal times.
- Avoid foods that trigger hunger and make the patients overeat.
- Eat slowly and chew food thoroughly to ensure easy digestion and prevent dumping syndrome. Dumping syndrome occurs when patients consume food too quickly causing the food to enter the small intestine way too rapidly. This in turn causes nausea or vomiting, giddiness and diarrhea.
- Drink adequate amounts of liquids (at least 2 – 3 litres) during the day to avoid dehydration.
- Adequate sleep and regular physical activity is a must.