Obesity Surgery and Diet

1-What is the importance of diet after obesity surgery?

After obesity surgery, your stomach size is significantly reduced, which means you cannot consume the same quantity of food as before. Therefore, your diet is crucial to ensure you get the necessary nutrients and avoid complications.

2-What kind of food can I eat immediately after surgery?

Initially, you’ll be on a liquid diet for a few weeks, gradually transitioning to pureed food, then soft food, and eventually, regular food. This gradual approach is crucial to allow your body to heal and adapt.

3-How can I meet my protein needs after obesity surgery?

you need about 60-30 gr protein daily. So High protein foods such as lean meats, poultry, fish, eggs, low-fat dairy, beans, and legumes are important. In some cases, your dietician may recommend protein supplements.

4-Are there any foods I should avoid post-surgery?

Yes, you should avoid high sugar and high-fat foods, alcohol, caffeine, and carbonated drinks. Also, tough or fibrous vegetables and fruits, as well as nuts and seeds, can be difficult to digest so you avoid it for certain period.

5-How will my portion sizes change after surgery?

Your portion sizes will be significantly smaller after surgery. It’s important to eat small, balanced meals with necessary nutrients throughout the day.

6-Can I eat out at restaurants after my surgery?

Yes, but you’ll need to make careful choices. Opt for protein-rich dishes and avoid those with added sugars and fats.

7-Will I need to take vitamins and supplements after surgery?

Yes, most patients will need to take a multivitamin, also based on your blood test result you may need calcium, iron, and vitamin B12 supplements.

8-How does hydration affect my diet post-surgery?

Hydration is important, but drinking too much at meal times can fill your stomach quickly. It’s best to sip fluids throughout the day, outside of meals. And wait at least 30 minutes between eating and drinking. 

9-Can I drink alcohol after obesity surgery?

It’s recommended to avoid alcohol after surgery. Because Alcohol is  empty calories with no nutritional value and can increase the risk of an ulcer and also can lead to weight gain over time.

10-What if I’m feeling hungry all the time after surgery?

If you’re feeling physically hungry, it could be because you’re not getting enough water , protein or overall calories. If it’s more of a mental or emotional hunger, counseling or support groups can help.

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