Bariatric surgery, also known as weight loss surgery, involves making changes to the digestive system in order to lose weight. A post-bariatric diet typically involves five phases for you to follow after surgery to ensure optimal healing and long-term weight loss. Each phase of the diet has its own guidelines and goals.
In this guide, we have discussed several recipe options you can try in these phases for bariatric surgery success.
There are five phases of the bariatric diet; clear liquids, full liquids, pureed foods, soft foods, and regular foods. Returning to regular foods might take you eight to twelve weeks, depending on how you recover. It is important to note that there are several trendy unhealthy post-bariatric diets that you must stay away from.
Here are the bariatric diet phases with their relevant recipe options:
Within the first one to two weeks following surgery, the body requires proper hydration to reduce the risk of complications such as bleeding and infection. The only liquids that patients can consume are clear liquids like water, broth, and sugar-free Jell-O.
During this phase, chicken broth can be a great source of nutrition and hydration. It is low in calories and fat but contains a lot of protein, minerals, and electrolytes. Here's a recipe for making chicken broth that's suitable for the post-surgery diet:
You can store the broth in the refrigerator for 5 days. Note that you can adjust the seasoning, vegetables, and broth quantity to suit your taste and dietary needs.
In this phase, liquids-rich in nutrients, such as protein shakes and low-fat milk, is introduced slowly into the system. You can make smoothies and shakes using different fruit as we have described below.
In your blender, mix your banana, ice, water, protein powder, and peanut butter powder (in this order). On high, blend the mixture until it is smooth.
After surgery, this phase lasts four to six weeks and consists of introducing soft, pureed foods that are easy to digest. A few examples include pureed vegetables and fruits, yogurt, and pureed meats.
Curried sweet potato soup is a tasty, nutritious, low-calorie option for post-bariatric surgery diets. It's rich in vitamins and minerals, too. Here's a recipe that you can try:
You can serve the soup with cilantro or parsley sprinkled on top if desired.
The goal of this phase is to introduce more solid foods that are easy to chew, such as cooked fish, eggs, and soft fruits and vegetables. This phase typically lasts six to eight weeks after surgery.
A delicious option to try in this phase is the Frittata. Here is a quick recipe to try:
The patient may return to a normal diet after eight to twelve weeks but should be mindful of portion sizes and avoid high-fat and high-sugar foods.
Since each patient's recovery process is unique, each phase's duration may differ. It is also highly recommended to stay in touch with your healthcare provider and follow the custom plan they will provide you with. Cheating on your diet after a bariatric surgery should be a big no!
For more information on the diet after bariatric surgery, contact the BASS Bariatric Surgery Center today at 925-281-3711 for a consultation. In case you are struggling with your weight, we can assist you with finding a weight-loss method that works best for you.