NUTRITION AFTER BARIATRIC SURGERY
After you have received your weight loss surgery, the most important step begins. It’s time to change your dietary habits in order to lose the weight and help keep the weight off. In the days to weeks directly following the procedure, Doctor Prokurat will give patients strict dietary guidelines. The following tips are to be followed after you have fully recovered from your surgery.
Due to the nature of the surgery, you will not be able to eat as much as you used to. Being able to control your portions will be vital to making your weight loss surgery a success. As a general rule, a bariatric portion as about half of a regular portion. Listed below are some popular food choices, and the amount that you should be eating.
|FOOD||AMOUNT||EASY WAYS TO MEASURE|
|Meat||Three ounces||Three ounces of meat is about the size and thickness of a deck of playing cards.|
|Apples or Peaches||Medium sized||A medium apple or peach is about the size of a tennis ball.|
|Cheese||One ounce||One ounce of cheese is about the size of four stacked dice.|
|Vegetables||One cup||One cup of vegetables is about the size of your fist.|
|Butter / Peanut Butter||One teaspoon||A teaspoon of butter or peanut butter is about the size of the tip of your thumb.|
|Ice Cream||Half of a cu||A half cup of ice cream is about the size of a racquetball or tennis ball.|
AVOIDING HIDDEN SUGAR
In the American diet, hidden sugar is everywhere. Too much sugar is unhealthy and can quickly lead to weight gain. Before eating a processed product, always read the food label. If sugar or any other name for sugar is listed as one of the first three ingredients, do not eat that food.
Other Names for Sugar:
- Corn Syrup
Foods High in Sugar:
- BBQ Sauce
- Frozen Yogurt
- Hot Chocolate
- Ice Cream
- Jam / Jelly
- Flavored Yogurt
- Fruit Punch
- Pop Tarts
- Regular Soda
- Sweet Tea
- Juice Bars
You can eat sugar-free versions of these products, but be aware that eating too much sugar-free substitute can interrupt normal digestive processes.