Healthy changes aren’t made overnight. Any big adjustment you make to your daily routine takes time to get used to. As your weight loss surgery approaches, you should start preparing for the diet and lifestyle changes ahead. This will make the transition easier and allow you to get the best results from your weight loss surgery. Proper planning during your pre weight loss surgery diet will give you the tools and know-how to reach your goal weight once you’ve had your surgery.
Foods to eat
Any healthy eating plan aimed at creating sustainable weight loss has one main focus: nutrition. There’s no fad diet or superfood that will make you lose all of your excess weight--only a healthy diet change can do that. Protein, whole grains, water, fruits and vegetables should contribute to your new, wholesome diet.
After bariatric surgery, protein and hydration are two of the most important considerations when it comes to proper nutrition. A simple change you can start during your pre weight loss surgery diet is drinking more water. After you complete the “post bariatric diet” following surgery, youl should be drinking 6- 8 cups a day. This will mean that you will need to keep water with you through the day. That way you can sip on water without having to drink it quickly which can be uncomfortable. In addition, you should target your protein intake to be about 60 grams a day.This can come in the form of cheese, eggs, fish and other tender meats such as the darker meat on chicken. While protein shakes are not required after you complete your post operative diet, many patients continue them and incorporate them into their daily dietary routines. After finding on you like it is an easy way to get enough protein.
You should also start trying new foods that will meet your nutrition needs so that you’ll have a long list of foods that you like and that fit into your diet once you’ve recovered from weight loss surgery. Some foods, like stringy vegetables and tough meat can cause discomfort after weight loss surgery. This may improve with time, but keep that in mind as you experiment with a variety of healthy foods.
Foods to eliminate
Foods that are high in sugar or high in fat should be eliminated from your post and pre weight loss surgery diet. These foods can make it harder for you to lose weight and can prolong bad eating habits. By eliminating these foods from your diet now, you’ll miss them less by the time you have your bariatric surgery.
Along with avoiding foods high in sugar and fat, you should avoid carbonated high calorie beverages. Carbonation may not agree with your new surgery and those drinks contain lots of sugar as well with no added nutrition.
Changing your meal schedule
Before bariatric surgery, it’s a good idea to create the meal plan and schedule you can use after you’ve healed. This will prepare you to start losing weight right away. Once you’ve created them, you should start using them in your pre weight loss surgery diet. Doing this will give you enough time to get used to the changes so that they become second nature and you won’t revert to any unhealthy habits.
As you’re making your meal plan and schedule, remember that after bariatric surgery you won’t be able to eat as much. Sometimes your eye can be bigger than your stomach. During your pre weight loss surgery diet you can practice the eating habits you’ll soon be using.
As you make a meal plan and schedule, keep a few things in mind:
- Decrease your portion size.
- Eat slowly and chew thoroughly.
- Stop eating when you feel full.
- It is ok to eat 4-6 small meals during the day, however others may stick with the standard 3.
- If you have a mid afternoon snack think if it as a small meal and make sure you make it a good choice. That also means you eat less at your next meal.
Once you have your weight loss surgery, you’ll start to lose weight at a much faster pace. Having a diet plan and schedule in place will help you reach your weight loss goals faster, and do it healthier. You’ll need to have a well balanced, well planned diet in order to see the best weight loss results after bariatric surgery. Making a pre weight loss surgery diet will prepare you for the changes ahead, and that preparation will pay off.
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