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Life After Gastric Bypass: Everything You Need To Know

Lady measuring her waistlineWhat You Need To Know About Gastric Bypass

Since the 1950’s Gastric Bypass has been one of the most popular and long term solutions available for weight loss. Gastric bypass is performed laparoscopically through five to six small incisions in your abdominal area. The upper part of your stomach is then stapled to create a little pouch, then part of your small intestine is attached to that pouch so your food can ‘bypass’ the large part of your stomach and small intestine. Food then travels a shorter distance to your stomach, making you feel full for a lot longer than you did before. Gastric bypass is designed for people who tend to overeat often. After gastric bypass, your doctor will prescribe you a personalized diet with an exercise program to get your health back on track.

What Can I Eat?

Water is extremely important after any surgical procedure. Fill up a bottle of water and be sure to take small sips. Straws should not be used because it can cause your stomach to fill up with air. Your doctor will likely put you on a post-op liquid diet for the first few weeks following your gastric bypass. While drinking 64 to 72 ounces of water a day, you’ll also enjoy delicious meal replacement shakes. There are usually four phases to your diet after the gastric bypass. This includes: clear liquid phase, pureed foods & protein shake phase, soft food phase and solid food phase. The post-op diet is specifically designed for your small stomach pouch in mind. Overeating or not following the diet can make you really ill, so be sure to follow your doctor’s orders.

Handy Tips & Tricks

After the liquid phase of your diet, your doctor may ask you to keep a food journal. One of the best ways to keep track of what you consume, especially long after your gastric bypass, is to use an app on your smartphone. Apps like MyFitnessPal help you count calories, track your weight loss, and provide detailed nutritional information about everything you consume. With daily totals of your protein, sugar, carbohydrate and cholesterol intake, an app can really help keep you on a healthy track after gastric bypass.  

Seminars And Support Groups For Gastric Bypass

Life after gastric bypass is different. You won’t consume foods the way you did before. Your taste in food may change, and sometimes drastically. You might find it difficult to cope with the portion sizes and overeat in your first few weeks. The emotional struggle people often have with food can really present itself in the weeks after gastric bypass. That’s why it is very important that you take a seminar, join a support group, and really be proactive in your road to a healthy life. Seminars and support groups help keep you motivated to tackle your obesity head on! Lead by doctors with the main goal of helping you reach your weight loss goals, they are filled with people just like you who need others to cheer them on and personally motivate one another to put an end to obesity.