Bariatric Nutrition Resources, LLC

FAQ's

THE TEN COMMANDMENTS OF WEIGHT LOSS SURGERY
1. THOU SHALL NOT DRINK CALORIE CONTAINING BEVERAGES
 This is the Golden Rule of the surgery. This is the easiest way to regain the weight you've worked so hard to lose.

2. THOU SHALL NOT DRINK WITH THY MEALS
It washes the food out of your pouch and allows you to eat more. This will slow and eventually stop your weight loss. PLUS you will not be getting all the benefits of the wise choices you have filled your pouch with.

 3.  THOU SHALL EAT SLOWLY.

 This is not a rule for the first few months post op.  This is a lifelong optimal best practice. If you eat too quickly, it will be uncomfortable and likely allow you to overeat. Chew your food thoroughly.And when you think you are done, CHEW SOME MORE. 

 

4. THOU SHALL TAKE THY VITAMINS.

This surgery is a great tool for weight loss. But, as with all benefits, there are costs...and malnutrition is one of the potential prices of this surgery for those who do not take the recommended vitamins daily.Take your multivitamin and calcium supplements every day. You will also need to have your blood checked periodically for specific required vitamin and mineral levels.

 

5. THOU SHALL EAT ADEQUATE PROTEIN.- 

Think "protein first" when eating after your surgery. Since you are not going to be eating as much, making sure you get enough protein is very important to optimize health and maximize weight loss success.

 

   

6. THOU SHALL EXERCISE.

 

Just start somewhere.  Even if it means starting off simply...take the stairs instead of the escalator or elevator.  Park at the furthest spot in the parking lot.  Carry your shopping basket instead of pushing the cart (on small shopping days of course...LOL). 

 

7. THOU SHALL DRINK 

Drink at least 64 ounces of water, everyday. Some people struggle to do this. Use a water bottle and carry it with you everywhere.  Sip all day long.  Do it with 2-32oz sport water bottles. Please note however, that if you are drinking coffee or tea with caffeine, you will have to compensate for the diuretic effects of the caffeine.  Caffeine robs your body of water, therefore, you will not only be unable to count the coffee or tea, but you will have to drink an extra cups of fluid for every cup of regular coffee or caffeinated tea that you drink to compensate for the diuretic effects of the caffeine.

 

8. THOU SHALL EAT WELL BALANCED MEALS.

 

 Protein first and foremost, then vegetables or fruit, then starches. Eating in the correct order can make a difference in your overall weight loss.

 

9. THOU SHALL BEWARE OF SUGAR

 

Treat yourself with some fresh fruit!!  Avoiding or at least minimizing sugar intake is imperative for long term success.

 

10.   THOU SHALL NOT modify these commandments to suit thy needs.  It will not work.  You will only defeat yourself physically. 

 

 THOU SHALL LOVE THYSELF and be happy with the body God gave you. God did not intend for all of us to be supermodels, and this surgery will NOT make you one. Happiness comes from within. Be happy with who and what you are. Or you will defeat yourself mentally.  Then the battle will be lost before it is ever even begun.                                                                            
                                                                                 Author Unknown

 Frequently Asked Questions:
1. How do I know what to eat?
Refer to the diet advancement guidelines in your book from the class. It explains everything in detail. Remember for the first 7-10 days, you are only allowed to have milk or the approved protein shakes discussed in class at meal time. Have sugar free Jell-O, broth, and calorie free drinks in between meals. Once you are 7-10 days out, you can advance to the pureed diet. You will be seen in your surgeon's office during this time frame and you will have a chance to ask questions at that time as well.

2. What happens if I advance my diet too quickly?
Swelling or inflammation is part of the healing process. Maximal swelling occurs approximately 7-10 days out from surgery. It is not common, but advancing your diet too soon may cause problems with nausea and vomiting. You may risk developing a leak at the staple or suture line.

3. What foods are on the liquid diet?
Immediately following surgery you may have water , sugar free Jell-O, sugar free Popsicles, broth and the liquid from strained soup. Once home from the hospital, you should use milk or soy milk (unflavored) or an approved protein shake for meals. Use 8 ounces as the portion size for meals on the liquid diet. Make sure it takes one hour  to drink the 8 ounces. Also make sure to get electrolytes through Gatorade Zero, Powerade Zero or V8 as part of your fluid intake.

4. What foods are on the pureed diet?
The pureed diet starts7-10 days out from your surgery. The pureed diet is based more on texture or consistency of foods rather than specific foods. Stage One baby foods, pureed baby food meat, small curd cottage cheese, yogurt such as Yoplait Light  or Dannon Light and Fit are appropriate. Do not eat chunks of fruit in the yogurt! Blenderized macaroni and cheese, mashed potatoes, thin Cream of Wheat or oatmeal are allowed as well. Refried beans are allowed without melted cheese on top. These may be very gas producing and bother some people so take it easy.

5. What foods are on the soft diet?
The soft diet starts once you are one month out from your surgery date.

6. What is the benefit of seeing a Registered Dietitian after the surgery?
A dietitian can really help bridge the gap between the rules of bariatric surgery and your unique needs, likes, and dislikes. The registered dietitian can also be critically instrumental in maximizing your weight loss success and keeping you on track with your goals. We have the ability to individualize your percentages of protein, fats, and carbohydrates to help you achieve your estimated goal weight. The dietitian can also help with making food substitution recommendations and recipe modifications to tailor to your unique needs. 

7. What are the best vitamins to take?
Vitamins should be tailored to specifically meet the needs of the bariatric surgery patient. The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery have published guidelines for specific vitamin requirements for the bariatric surgery patient. Only a few bariatric vitamins follow these guidelines. One recommendation I have is Bariatric Advantage vitamins and calcium supplements because they follow these guidelines strictly and have a proven track record.

8. Why should I be attending a support group?
A professionally led support group brings together people who share this journey of bariatric surgery in a positive, understanding and informationally accurate setting. Topics that are relevant and current to patients and their support persons are developed and presented by those practitioners who are qualified in the areas of health and nutrition.

 

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