Gastric bypass surgery - your diet
You had gastric bypass surgery. This surgery made your stomach smaller and changed the way your body handles the food you eat. You will eat less food, and your body will not absorb all the calories from the food you eat.
You will lose weight quickly over the first 3 to 6 months. During this time, you may have body aches, feel tired and cold, have dry skin, mood changes, and hair loss or hair thinning. These problems should go away as your body gets used to your weight loss. Because of this quick weight loss, you will need to make sure you are getting enough protein, vitamins, and minerals.
Your weight loss will slow down after 12 to 18 months. Sticking with your diet and exercise plan will help as it gets harder to lose weight.
Bypass surgery alone is not a solution to losing weight. It can train you to eat less, but you still have to do much of the work. You will need to follow the exercise and eating guidelines that your doctor and dietitian gave you.
You will eat only liquid or puréed food for 2 or 3 weeks after the surgery. You will slowly add in soft foods, and then regular food.
Once you are eating solid food, remember to eat slowly and chew each bite very slowly and completely. Do not swallow food until it is smooth. The opening between your new stomach pouch and your intestines is very small. Food that is not chewed well can block this opening.
Drink up to 8 glasses of water or other liquids that do not have calories every day. Follow these guidelines for drinking:
Avoid foods that are high in calories. It is important to get all of the nutrition you need without eating too many calories. See also: How to read food labels
These foods may cause some pain or discomfort when you eat them:
If you gain weight after gastric bypass surgery, ask yourself:
Call your doctor or nurse if:
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