Best Foods for Bariatric Patients
When it comes to embracing a healthier lifestyle post-bariatric surgery, understanding what foods to enjoy and what to avoid is paramount. Your body undergoes significant changes after the surgery, and so should your diet. The team at New Life Center for Bariatric Surgery in Knoxville, TN list these foods that can make your post-surgical diet both nutritious and enjoyable.
Foods to Enjoy Post-Bariatric Surgery
1. Lean Proteins
Protein plays a vital role in the healing process after surgery, and it helps maintain muscle mass while you lose weight. Opt for lean protein sources like skinless chicken, turkey, fish, eggs, tofu, low-fat dairy products, and lean cuts of meat. If you find it challenging to meet your protein needs with food alone, consider adding a protein shake to your diet.
2. Fruits and Vegetables
Fresh fruits and vegetables are low in calories and high in vitamins, minerals, and fiber. They should become a significant part of your diet post-surgery. Choose a wide variety to benefit from different nutrients. Just remember to eat your proteins first, as they are crucial for your recovery and ongoing health.
3. Whole Grains
Whole grains such as oats, brown rice, quinoa, and whole grain bread or pasta are packed with fiber and can help you feel full longer. These should be added back to your diet slowly and in small quantities, as tolerated.
4. Hydration Heroes
Staying hydrated is key after bariatric surgery. Water should be your go-to, but you can also consider other hydrating fluids like low-sugar or sugar-free drinks, and decaffeinated teas. Be sure to sip slowly and aim for 64 ounces of fluid per day.
Foods to Avoid After Bariatric Surgery
Just as there are foods that should be part of your daily diet, there are also those you should avoid to maintain your weight loss and avoid discomfort.
1. Sugary Foods and Drinks
2. High-Fat Foods
4. Tough Meats and Raw Vegetables
Remember, everyone’s body responds differently after bariatric surgery, and what works for one person may not work for another. Listen to your body, and consult with your dietitian or medical professional about your diet. Chandler Rogers, RD, our registered dietitian at New Life Center for Bariatric Surgery in Knoxville, TN, is here to help you navigate these changes, ensuring your new eating habits support your weight loss goals and overall well-being.
Ready to begin your New Life? Take the first step in our program by registering for free online information seminar at https://www.newlifebariatricsurgery.com/info-sessions/.