It is true! There is no magic in weight loss surgery. However, if you find yourself at a “fork in the road” after bariatric surgery, here are some “rules of the road” to help you navigate to successful weight loss.
- Eat slowly…but not too slowly. It takes 15 to 20 minutes for your stomach to tell your brain you have had enough. Take small bites and chew your foods well. Aim for a “just right” feeling. Meals and snacks should not last longer than 30 minutes.
- Avoid eating and drinking at the same time. Liquids with your meals move food faster through the pouch or sleeve leaving you hungrier sooner.
- Eat protein-containing foods first. Follow with a fruit or vegetable and IF you still have room, complex carbohydrate.
- Eat three meals and one to three snacks at scheduled and consistent times each day. Meals and snacks need to have a source of protein.
- Choose nutrient dense foods. Lean meats, low fat cheese, eggs, non-fat or low fat dairy products, and fruits and vegetables for meals and snacks.
- Take your vitamins and mineral supplements as you have been directed.
- Increase your physical activity level. Do something everyday!
You are the key to your success! For additional questions regarding nutrition after weight loss surgery, contact the registered dietitians at Centegra Weight-Loss Surgery Center: 877-CENTEGRA (236-8347) or visit weighlesslivemore.org.
Sarah J. Buytendorp, RD, LDN
Centegra Weight-Loss Surgery Center