Doctors and nutritionists may vary in terms of what kind of diet plan to follow AFTER your weight loss surgery procedure, but most have the same basic idea.
Follow your particular instructions of course, but here are some plans from other Bariatric Surgeons and nutritionists when you find yourself needing a reminder or re-start.
From UCSF – Gastric Bypass Plan
In the Hospital
You’ll receive clear liquids such as diluted juices and broth as well as Jello for your first meal after surgery. These foods are high in sugar but your portions will be very small. Gradually increase the amount you drink at each meal as tolerated.
First 2 Weeks
Begin adding thicker liquids that are low in fat and sugar. The goal is to eat small portions that empty easily from your pouch. Begin with portion sizes of only 1 tablespoon and increase to 2 tablespoons as tolerated.
Begin drinking 1/4 cup of liquids at a time and increase to a 1/2 cup as tolerated. Daily calorie intake should not be more than 400 calories a day. Focus on getting plenty of liquids — 1 to 1.5 liters per day — to stay well hydrated.2
Thicker liquids include:
- Blended broth or low-fat soups
- High protein supplement diet drinks — less than 200 calories and 5 grams of carbohyrdrate and more than 20 grams of protein — per 8 to 11 ounce serving
- Lactose free or soy based low-calorie drinks
- Nonfat or 1 percent fat milk, if you can tolerate milk
For additional protein, add 2 tablespoons nonfat dry milk powder or egg substitute to each half cup of nonfat or low fat milk.
Other foods that can be consumed include:
- Diet pudding
- Hot cereals — refined cereals low in fiber such as cream of rice or cream of wheat do not use oatmeal — made with increased liquid to a soup-like consistency
- Low-fat cottage cheese
- Sugar-free and nonfat yogurt
Remember to drink a cup of water or other non-caloric fluids between meals. Take a multivitamin supplement everyday.