Eating with the Gastric Sleeve
Adjusting to an entirely new dietary lifestyle can be difficult, but your specialized diet following gastric sleeve surgery is key to promoting your continued health and weight loss. Your surgical staff will help create a dietary plan that is right for you, including the diet you must follow before your surgery. After your surgery, there will be a recovery phase as your body adjusts to your smaller stomach. Finally, you will be placed on a special weight loss diet which will ensure success if you adhere to it diligently.
After the initial recovery phase, which involves a transition from a liquid-only diet to pureed foods and finally on to solid foods, your main diet will consist of 3-5 smaller meals each day. Your calorie intake will remain low, and you should always choose nutritious, high-protein foods that are low in fat and sugars.
At each meal, avoid drinking too much while eating, as this can wash food through your system and potentially cause nausea or vomiting. Also be aware of how your body feels. You should never eat past the point of fullness, as overeating can stretch out the gastric sleeve, and cause pain, vomiting, or other health complications.
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Despite avoiding liquids during meals, you should drink 6-8 cups of water each day to avoid dehydration. Losing weight over a period of time can rob your body of hydration and make you feel dizzy, light-headed, tired, or nauseous.
A major benefit of the gastric sleeve surgery is that the range of food you can eat is wider than whar you can eat following other weight loss procedures. Still, you must eat in moderation, follow your meal plan, and always follow your surgeon's advice. Protein shakes will also be an important part of your diet, and your nutritionist can help show you how to make them delicious, all while fulfilling your nutritional requirements.
You will be eating smaller portions than you have before, but keep in mind that unhealthy food is still unhealthy food, even in small amounts. Eating foods that are high in fat, sugars or calories also cause heartburn and abdominal discomfort in addition to risking you chances at successfully losing weight. Remember that your Gastric Sleeve Center medical team has your best interest in mind and will help you stay motivated and health during your weight loss journey.
To learn more about gastric sleeve diet and to discuss meal plans with one of our nutritionists, please call 1-855-690-0559, and one of our representatives will be happy to schedule an appointment for you.