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Bariatric surgery modifies your gastrointestinal tract and requires permanent changes in your eating habits that must be adhered to for successful weight loss. Your surgeon will provide to you post-surgery dietary guidelines. It is most important that you adhere strictly to your surgeon's recommended guidelines.
General Dietary GuidelinesThe following are some of the generally accepted dietary guidelines a weight-loss surgery patient may encounter:
Support from a Dietician or NutritionistCompliance with post-operative dietary guidelines is very important. For this reason, you may be referred to a dietitian, nutritionist and/or a bariatric surgery psychologist.
The nutritionist can help you learn how and what foods and fluids to eat and drink following the surgery. A bariatric surgery psychologist can help educate and prepare both you and your family for the changes that accompany weight loss, and assist you in following the post-operative guidelines.
Protein SourcesAfter surgery you will be eating very small amounts of food. In order to prevent malnutrition, your body needs an adequate amount of protein to remain strong and healthy. Protein is the building block that the body uses to build new tissue, preserve muscle tissue and repair wounds. It also helps the immune system fight infections.
Good protein choices are lean meats like skinless chicken, trimmed round steak, lean pork chops and fish. Low-fat or fat-free cheeses, cottage cheese, skim milk, fat-free plain yogurt, whole eggs or egg whites, and beans are also good protein food choices.
The Holy Cross Outpatient Nutrition Counseling Center prepared the following information to help bariatric patients consume adequate amounts of protein after surgery.
Protein Counting Food ListUse this chart to select high protein foods and calculate how many grams of protein you are eating a day. Aim for 60 grams of protein a day and gradually increase to 80 to 100 grams a day.
Note: 1 oz = 2 Tbsp or 1/8 cup
Protein Supplement ListEat your protein foods first. Drink your protein supplements between meals.
It is important to use your protein supplement drinks to get enough protein in a day. Meat is not always tolerated right away. Keep track of this and reintroduce at another time.
Nutrition CounselingHoly Cross Health's registered dietician offer outpatient nutrition counseling at Holy Cross Hospital.
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