An Ideal Bariatric Diet 5-Years Post Op
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The Post-Op Bariatric Diet
Articles abound and healthcare providers virtually all concur on the post op bariatric diet in the weeks and months following gastric bypass. If you need to familiarize yourself with their recommendations, please read any of the following articles:
Struggles for the Weight-Loss Surgery Graduate (1-year post-op and beyond)
However, much less attention is given to the bariatric diet for the long term. This is an area of great need: You will be required, like I was, to make permanent lifestyle changes if you wish to have success. Yet when our appetites return, usually 6-mos to 1-year post op, we are often left on our own to manage through a lifetime of poor food choices and bad eating habits.
The surgery does not magically implant the knowledge of how to eat healthy. Nor does it fix that part of our brains that control food cravings. As for me, I taught myself the best that I could to understand what it meant to eat healthy, trying to change nearly four decades of learned behavior. I stumbled along the way and at 5-years post op I faced a weight regain of about 30-lbs.
An Ideal Bariatric Diet by a Nutritionist
A plan is needed in order to get the proper amount of nutrients, and incorporating a dietician into your bariatric support network will prove worthwhile. By the time of my weight regain, my bariatric surgeon’s practice offered a nutritionist who specialized in weight-loss surgery patients. It was very eye-opening to work with her.
She recommend the following for me:
100-130 g protein
60-80 g carb (net carbs- after subtract fiber)
20-30 g fat
The bariatric nutritionist strongly advised that I balance my protein to carb ratio 2:1 at every meal. By not doing so, she said I would be like a hamster on a wheel spinning and getting nowhere. I virtually could starve myself and exercise and not lose weight.
Following her nutritional recommendations, which also included supplements and exercise, allowed me to lose the weight regain and keep it off. That was 5-years ago.
Here is an example of my bariatric diet:
Breakfast: 1/2c low-fat organic cottage cheese with 5 walnut halves and 1/4c fresh organic raspberries
Metabolic snack: 1 decaf cappuccino with low-fat organic milk and stevia, plus a 16oz protein drink
Lunch: 3oz organic chicken breast over 2c shredded romaine topped with 1/4tbs sesame seeds, 2tbs Italian dressing, 1oz white onion, 1/4 c edamame, and 1 hard-boiled egg
Dinner: 4oz organic chicken breast topped with 1tbs salsa and lemon wedge, 1 fresh broccoli spear and 1/2c fresh carrots with 1 pat butter and 1/4tbs sesame seeds
Metabolic snack: 1/2c fresh organic raspberries topped with 1/4c organic low-fat cottage cheese and 1/6th scoop whey protein, plus 1 decaf espresso with 1/6th scoop whey protein and stevia
This provides 1,064 calories 36.5g fat 61.2g carbs 127.5g protein
This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace the advice of your doctor or health care provider.
Living life well-fed,
My Bariatric Life
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Published On: July 03, 2013