Postoperative Nutrition Guide
After surgery, your weight-loss journey is just beginning.
You’ll need to commit yourself to a healthier lifestyle to see the most dramatic improvements. You can use the following information as a guide to help you achieve your weight-loss goals.
Write down everything you eat.
Remember to include what you ate, how much you ate and when you ate. Keeping a food journal will help you become more aware of your eating habits and unhealthy trends.
Learn the nutritional facts of your food.
Reading food labels and learning what they mean can help you make informed choices for a healthier diet.
Take your vitamin and mineral supplements every day.
Take chewable or liquid vitamins and supplements to ensure you’re getting the nutrients you need daily.
Eat six small meals a day.
This will help you fend off hunger and maintain a high metabolism. Aim for high-protein meals.
Eliminate carbonated beverages, alcohol and caffeine from your diet gradually.
These drinks can cause inflammation, stretching of the stomach, increased appetite and other negative effects.
Drink liquids between meals, not during.
If you eat and drink at the same time, you’ll flush the food from your system, which can make you feel like you can eat more than you should. To avoid this, drink liquids a half hour before and after your meals.
Don’t lie down right after eating.
Your body needs time to properly digest the food. Sitting up will help the process. Wait an hour or more after eating to lie down.