Dietary intake and exercise are a vital part of your success after weight loss surgery. Our Registered Dietitian will help to guide you through the progression of your diet before and after surgery. You will be asked to go on a full-liquid diet to prepare your body for surgery. You will be on a clear liquid diet in the hospital after surgery then gradually progress from full liquids to pureed foods, soft foods, and finally your new regular diet after several weeks. Our Registered Dietitian will meet with you again in the hospital after surgery to discuss your diet progression. She will also be available by phone to answer any questions that you may have related to dietary intake and exercise once you have returned home.
Follow these tips to aid in your weight loss journey:
Fluid intake is very important after surgery—aim to get around 64 ounces of sugar-free, non-caffeinated/non-carbonated fluid each day. Fluids should be sipped slowly all day without a straw and should not be consumed for 30 minutes before or after a meal.
Protein intake is also very important after surgery—aim to get around 60-80 grams of protein each day.
Chewing each bite of food very well and taking 30 minutes to finish a meal help to promote good digestion.
Pay attention to hunger cues. Eat only until you are satisfied and not hungry! Do not eat until you are full.
Remember to take your vitamins! You will most likely at least be recommended to take a multivitamin and calcium supplement, but some patients will also need to take B12 or iron supplements.
Slowly progress to exercising at least 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week.
Our Registered Dietician will be available to answer questions.