Diet After Gastric Sleeve Surgery
Many patients opt to get gastric sleeve surgery in order to lose a large amount of weight very quickly. Gastric sleeve surgery is an alternative to the more involved gastric bypass surgery. It costs less to perform and is just as effective on average when it comes to weight loss. However, to have the best chance of losing weight & keeping it off, patients need to pay careful attention to their diet. What should your diet be after gastric sleeve surgery? What foods can you not eat after gastric sleeve?
Post Gastric Sleeve Diet (Post Op Diet)
Phase 1: Clear liquidsThis phase requires that patients eat no solid foods and consume very few calories. Clear broth, decaf coffee, water, and electrolyte beverages are acceptable.
Phase 2: Pureed foodsThis phase requires that patients consume blended foods that can be consumed by drinking. Protein shakes, pureed fruit (with no seeds), apple sauce, Greek yogurt, and sugar-free puddings are okay to consume. Patients are advised to make sure they meet their protein goals for speedy recovery.
Phase 3: Soft foodsSoft foods are foods that do not require much chewing and can be easily digested. Foods like scrambled eggs, ground meat, soft fish, cooked vegetables, and cottage cheese are acceptable.
Phase 4: ReintroductionPatients can now start eating solid foods again, however they are still advised to avoid certain foods which will be explained further in this article.
Recommended Diet After Gastric Sleeve SurgeryWe recommend that patients eat a diet made up primarily of whole foods. These are foods that are recognizable as food and have been adulterated as little as possible. These kinds of foods are what we recommend:
- Fresh & frozen vegetables
- Tubers such as potatoes and sweet potatoes
- Legumes (beans, chickpeas)
- Lean, low fat meats
- Whole grains
- Fermented dairy products