Nutrition, Food & Eating After Surgery

Right after surgery, you will only be consuming liquids. We will instruct and educate you on the dietary phases, including when to progress to pureed and soft foods, and then when to progress to solid foods. There will be some foods you will not be able to tolerate after weight loss surgery. Our dietitian will review these with you so that you minimize and/or avoid difficulties with your diet. Of course, in order to be successful, you must make changes in what you eat, so that every bite is a nutritious, healthy bite. We will guide you along the way as you progress, and our nutrition classes will teach you how to read labels, cook healthy, make better choices, and achieve optimum nutrition.

Every individual is different. Some people experience a return in appetite shortly after surgery, while for others, it takes longer. Usually, hunger returns three to six months after surgery.

Initially, you should consume 32 to 48 oz. per day. At two months after surgery, you should increase your intake to 64 oz. of sugar-free, non-carbonated, caffeine-free fluids per day. Drink it slowly, in small sips.

You need to eat 80 grams of protein daily to maintain good health and proper muscle mass. We want you to continue your appointments with our registered dietitian for the first year after surgery. We need to follow how you’re doing to ensure the healthiest outcome for you.

Sprouts, Soya, Tofu, Low-fat cheese, Cottage Cheese, Chicken and Grilled Fishes are just some of the protein-rich foods you should enjoy.

Yes, but keep in mind that every individual is different, and you’ll need to see how your new system reacts to dairy. There are many lactose-free milk products available now at your local supermarket.

Not unless your doctor tells you to watch your intake.

We recommend waiting one year after surgery before consuming alcohol. Then, with your surgeon’s approval, you can enjoy a glass of wine or a small cocktail. Remember to be careful because even the smallest amounts of alcohol will affect you differently after obesity surgery.

Yes. The following will be taken daily after weight loss surgery: multi-vitamin (twice daily), Vitamin D, calcium, B vitamins, iron, and possibly others based on your routine lab results. Vitamins and mineral supplementation is non-negotiable after weight loss surgery. You may purchase your supplements in our office or by contacting our dietician.

It is a condition that occurs in gastric bypass patients when sugar (also known as simple carbohydrates) are "dumped" too quickly into the small intestine. You may experience cramping, diarrhea, rapid heartbeat, sweating, nausea, fainting, weakness, and/or headache. Dumping syndrome may last up to an hour; often, the only way to ease the discomfort is to lie down and let it pass. Dumping syndrome may also reduce blood pressure because of the rapid increase in blood sugar that causes your body to release too much insulin.

Avoid sugar and other simple carbohydrates.

'B-lite Clinic' is stocked with nutritional supplements specifically designed to meet the micro-nutritional needs of bariatric patients.