Why Nutrition Matters After Weight Loss Surgery

Weight loss surgeries, such as the gastric bypass or sleeve gastrectomy, can help people shed many pounds rather quickly. While these surgical procedures have proven themselves time and again to be especially helpful for those who cannot lose weight through other measures, not all patients live up to their end of the bargain. The work for successful results don’t end when the surgical incisions are closed. On the contrary, it is just beginning.

Problems may arise after surgery because patients fail to eat with nutrition in mind. During the first few post-operative days, it’s easy to stick to a healthy, balanced diet because the hospital will likely make sure this happens. Even during the first few weeks at home, recovery time may make eating healthier easier. It’s when people start to see results and resume their normal routines that a failure to follow the rules might arise.

Making sure a well-balanced diet is part of the long-term, post-operative routine is not only important for maintaining weight loss, doctors say. It’s also critical for ensuring patients maintain their overall good health. The reality is surgeries like the gastric bypass dramatically shrink the stomach’s holding capacity. That, in turn, means every bite consumed does really matter.

Patients who want to give themselves an edge on weight loss and good nutrition will want to consider these things once they are well on the road to recovery:

• Make sure meals are nutritionally dense – The stomach cannot hold as much, so every bite really should pack a nutritional punch.
• Make meals smaller and more frequent – It’s going to be difficult to wolf down large portions, so plan smaller, more frequent meals that are well-balanced.
• Consider supplements – Even when meals are well-balanced it can be hard to pack all the required nutrition in. Be sure to use supplements as directed.

Weight loss surgery can produce excellent results. Make sure they’re healthy and lasting by eating right in the days, weeks, months and years following surgery.

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