More and more people are turning to weight loss surgery to help them shed those problematic pounds and improve their lives. By fighting obesity and morbid obesity, you are less likely to suffer from diabetes, strokes, heart disease, and other adverse conditions. With that in mind, there are many changes you will have to get used to following Dallas bariatric surgery. This is especially true regarding your diet. Let’s look at some basic concerns where diet and surgical weight loss are concerned.
Early Changes to Your Eating Habits
Early on after your bariatric surgery, you will be on a strict liquid diet. Your body and your digestive tract will still be adjusting to the changes you’ve undergone during surgery. Liquids will soon be joined by certain soft foods and dairy products. Gradually in the weeks after surgery you will be introducing new foods into your diet, though it will be imperative that you eat slowly and really savor your food. We’ll go over the basics of this early diet during the consultation process for gastric bypass surgery in Dallas.
About Dumping Syndrome
One thing that people will have to be wary of in their life after weight loss surgery is dumping syndrome. Dumping syndrome occurs when undigested food contents in your stomach pouch are dumped into your small intestine too quickly. This can lead to cramps, discomfort, nausea, fatigue, and diarrhea. It’s important that you eat foods slowly and drink liquids slowly to avoid dumping syndrome. Certain people may notice that food will trigger this condition, so pay attention to the way your body responds to different foods.
General Tips for Your New Diet
When you visit our weight loss surgery centers in Arlington and Dallas, we will give you a full list of dos and don’ts for your diet. For general eating habits, we recommend eating soft foods and chewing carefully. Cooked fruits and vegetables or various fruit and vegetable smoothies are great, though be careful about fibrous vegetables as these can result in problems if they are not pureed. Be sure to have a well-balanced diet and that you do not gorge or overeat. Small meals throughout the day are ideal.
Foods You Should Definitely Avoid
There are some foods you should definitely avoid or be very careful about eating after surgery. These include:
- Dried fruits
- Sodas and carbonated beverages
- Tough meats/meats with gristle
- Fibrous or string vegetables
New Recipes, New Experiences, New Ideas
After your surgery, our Dallas and Arlington bariatric surgeons will recommend some diet tips and recipes to you going forward. We’ll also point you in the direction of some bariatric surgery support groups. These will allow you to discuss your life after surgery with other people going through the same experiences. You can trade recipes and give each other the encouragement you need as you adjust to life after bariatric surgery.
Learn More About Bariatric Surgery Options
While life after bariatric surgery will take some getting used to, it will be worthwhile to you and your loved ones in the long run. Just know that we will be here to help provide guidance as you make this adjustment to a healthier lifestyle. To learn more about surgical weight loss and what it means to you and your needs, contact our bariatric surgery centers in Arlington and Dallas today.