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Bariatric Surgery Recovery Diet: Week Four

A balanced and healthy lunchThe team at Tijuana Bariatric Center takes all phases of weight loss surgery seriously. This is especially true of the bariatric surgery recovery process. By healing properly, patients put themselves on the road to long-term wellness.

We've used the last few blog posts to explore the issue of one's diet after bariatric surgery. Let's complete this topic by looking at the fourth week of recovery and what happens when solid foods are reintroduced to your daily diet.

The Slow Transition Back Into Solid Foods

Let's have a recap, shall we?

In week one, bariatric surgery patients consumed an all-liquid diet, one that is carefully tailored to be delicate on their stomach and digestive tract as they are healing.

In week two, bariatric surgery patients eating very soft foods, such as yogurts, creamy soups, and protein shakes.

In week three, patients reincorporate softened solid foods into their diet preparing for the transition back into proper solids.

Welcome Back to Solid Foods

With week four, you should be ready to slowly reintroduce solid foods back into your diet. Patients should still take things slow since their surgery was rather recent and they will need to note the need of their body.

Savor your food, chew thoroughly, and be sure to stay well-hydrated by drinking water between meals. This will prevent overeating, digestive pain, and other issues as you get used to life after weight loss surgery.

Recommended Foods by Week Four

In essence, your diet from the previous weeks remains, with a focus on full solids being carefully chewed and ingested. This means patients should focus on the following:

  • Lean meats
  • Poultry
  • Fish
  • Low-fat dairy products
  • Low-fat whole grains
  • Fruits and vegetables

As you introduce solid foods, be sure to take them one food item at a time. Really chew and be attuned to how your body reacts to this new solid food. If you notice any pain or discomfort, avoid that particular solid food for some time before trying it again. This all helps you understand food at a more profound level.

Foods/Beverages to Avoid as You Continue Life After Surgery

After bariatric surgery, it's a generally good idea to avoid the following foods:

  • Candy
  • Potato chips
  • Beef jerky/tough meats
  • Dried fruit
  • Breads
  • Sugary drinks
  • Caffeinated beverages
  • Fatty foods
  • Sticky rice
  • Junk food
  • Alcohol

By avoiding these foods and eating healthy otherwise, you can prevent pain and discomfort and also feel great and lose weight healthily.

Just One of Many Brave Steps Forward

Your diet is just one of many brave steps forward after you have undergone weight loss surgery. There are also concerns about your level of physical activity and your emotional wellness after making such a major life choice. We can offer tips and helpful advice when it comes to these matters. Remember, we are here for you.

Contact Tijuana Bariatric Center

For more information about bariatric surgery and how it can be beneficial to you, be sure to contact our weight loss surgery center today. The team at Tijuana Bariatric Center will help you achieve a healthier weight and better overall appearance.

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