When you undergo bariatric surgery, your life will undergo a number of major changes. Beyond the weight loss, one of the most significant changes will be the way you eat food. Bariatric surgery patients will eat smaller portions given their reduce stomach capacity. Patients feel fuller faster, which promotes weight loss.
To get ready for these changes, patients at our Tijuana, MX center are asked to lose as much weight as they can through natural means in the weeks and months prior to surgery. This preparation before bariatric surgery is a good opportunity to get used to the way your eating habits will change.
Rather than sitting down for large meals three times a day, try to eat several small meals throughout the day. Small portions will keep you satiated but prevent overeating. These small meals should be healthy foods, such as fruits, vegetables, and lean protein. Avoid trans fats and saturated fats, opting instead for healthy fatty acids found in fish and nuts.
As part of life after bariatric surgery, patients will be asked to chew their food thoroughly and to savor each meal. Eating slowly helps prevent overeating, which will be crucial after surgery as a means of avoiding dumping syndrome and other types of discomfort.
As you’re eating these smaller portioned meals and having them slowly, you’ll wind up losing weight in the process. Small portions and eating slowly help cut down on calorie consumption throughout the day. This is a great way to help yourself lose weight before the procedure is performed.
To help lose weight and to get used to life after surgery, it’s a good idea to drink lots of water. Hydrate between meals. Drinking water before you eat can help you feel fuller and aid in digestion. Try not to drink during your meal, though. Save hydration for after you’re done. Also, be sure to drink water rather than beer, wine, fruit juices, or sodas.
About three weeks to a month before you undergo bariatric surgery, your surgeon will ask that you switch to an all liquid diet. This diet aids in weight loss and prepares your digestive tract for the procedure. Follow this diet to the letter.
After undergoing surgery, you’ll continue to eat an all-liquid diet. Each week, you’ll make a move toward incorporating soft foods and eventually solid foods back into your diet. During this time of recovery, remember to have small portions and to take things slow.
When you’re finally back on solid foods, you’ll continue to eat small portions and to savor every meal. By getting used to this before surgery, the transition into a healthier future will be much easier on you.
For more information about changes to your diet and your lifestyle after undergoing bariatric surgery, be sure to contact our team of experienced weight loss surgery specialists. The team at Tijuana Bariatric Center is here to help you achieve your weight loss and wellness goals.