The first six months after gastric bypass surgery is something of a grace period. The weight comes off easily and rapidly. Weight loss in the first six months is accelerated, and the appetite is minimal. There is very little hunger during those first months.
If you have had gastric bypass surgery, you can expect to lose thirty to forty percent of your excess body weight. If you have had gastric banding surgery, you will lose one to two pounds per week or about thirty to fifty pounds in the first six months.
Factors That Influence Weight Loss after Bariatric Surgery
All of us are similar, but none of us are the same. Given that, weight loss and the rate at which it is lost will vary from person to person. Independent factors also will influence weight loss and how quickly the pounds are shed.
Starting weight prior to surgery, metabolism, activity levels, health conditions, medications, and adherence to dietary guidelines are all factors that should be considered when assessing how much weight you wish to lose.
In addition, the size the surgeon makes the pouch and the amount of small intestine that is bypassed will be help determine how much weight is lost.
Diet After Weight Loss Surgery
As stated, adherence to a bariatric diet is important not only for losing weight but for maintaining health and navigating a safe recovery. Your bariatricdiet will unfold in phases, each a building block until the digestive track is healed.
The first phase begins with a clear liquid diet consisting of sugar free gelatin, popsicles, and broth. In a few days you will be allowed to eat anything that is liquid at room temperature such as strained soup, pudding, and protein shakes. This phase of the diet provides nutrition while you are healing.
The second phase of the bariatric diet begins at about two weeks. You may begin eating pureed foods that are blended to the consistency of baby food. You may have limited amounts of meat, vegetables, and fruit. Low fat yogurt, cottage cheese, mashed potatoes, and milk are also on the menu.
Phase three occurs from weeks six to fourteen. At this point you are able to tolerate soft foods such as rice, pasta, oatmeal, eggs, and diced meats.
Once the third phase is completed, you can transition to a regular healthy diet although you must take care to incorporate a good deal of fresh vegetables, fruits, and quality protein sources into your menu. Candy, desserts, grains, fast foods, processed foods, and fried foods should be avoided. I've collected lots of wonderful bariatric-friendly recipes and I easily make meals that are delicious and nutritious. You can view my Grains Make Me Fat! recipe cards on Pinterest.
Total Weight Loss after Bariatric Surgery
Once again, a reminder that we are all different. You are very much in control regarding the final outcome of your weight loss. While I am sure you will be receiving much useful and sturdy advice, the value of such advice is small unless you implement it.
If you are compliant and motivated, it is possible to lose half of your excess weight and perhaps more in a two year period. Recalling my gastric bypass surgery in 2003, I believe that I lost 100 lbs in a 9-mos period and virtually have remained at that weight ever since (with some ups and downs).
Good luck to you. Now go begin being all that you have imagined.
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You can read about my decision to have weight loss surgery back in 2003 and my journey to maintain a lifetime of obesity disease management since that time. My wish is to help you on your own journey of lifetime obesity disease management with shareposts along the way to help you navigate that journey successfully.
Published On: May 30, 2012