Have you recently undergone gastric bypass surgery? Did you become completely helpless and make this your final choice about weight loss and staying fit? Well, your stomach might have been trimmed down to size and your craving for foods might have been minimized as well, but a number of aftermaths could be there and the root cause of these might be the surgery itself.
Quite a lot of modifications to your diet are necessary to make this resized organ suitable for your body and this can be done in three steps. Initiate with a liquid diet and then gradually replace it with a soft diet and a normal solid diet respectively in order to smooth the progress of digestion as well as absorption. Read on the three stages of a simple and effective diet for gastric bypass:
Easily absorbable liquid diet
The first few days, a gastric bypass patient is kept on a complete liquid diet in order to supply him or her nominal nutritive that are crucial to survive. The foods should be consistent enough to ensure that essential nutrients are directly absorbed into the bloodstream of the patient without troubling the stomach which has been operated upon. Then, it is transformed into a soft or semi-solid diet to provide the entire system of the patient with efficient amount of nutrients. Include water, soups, skimmed milk, broth, and sugar-free fruit juices in the diet while carbonated beverages such as coffee, tea etc. should be eliminated from the diet as they can become ‘irritants’ to the digestive system and might lead to uneasiness.
Soft or semi-solid diet for effortless digestion
Being soft in nature, these foodstuffs do not need chewing. However, avoid detrimental eating habits like gulping down and eat slowly so that your body gets proper nutrients for speedy healing. Otherwise, your stomach will get unnecessarily pressurized and will raise problems like nausea and vomiting. Foods such as comprehensively cooked and smashed vegetables, boiled egg whites, fish, mashed tender fruits, yogurt, skimmed milk, pulped foods, etc. should be introduced in the food chart. On the other hand, remove uncooked fruits or vegetables, complex carbohydrates like whole wheat flour, oats etc., grains, bakery products, carbonated and caffeinated beverages, sugared juices, and spicy foods from your diet.
Normal solid diet
This is the last stage of gastric bypass diet and the patient will be given more or less normal solid diet in this phase. At this moment, the foods need to be masticated and broken down into smallest particles thoroughly so that the vital enzymes can be released properly without putting too much stress on the stomach and both digestion as well as absorption gets facilitated. Instead of large meals, consume 4 to 6 small meals and eat at a slow pace as well. Never drink fluid while eating solid foods rather wait for at least half an hour after eating and then take small sips. Soft processed vegetables, fish, thoroughly prepared lean meat, ground meat, cottage cheese etc. can be consumed at this stage. However, you need to stay away from bread, fibrous vegetables with skin, nuts, dried fruits, and spicy foods at any cost.