What to eat after Bariatric Surgery

Bariatric surgery can be an excellent way to assist individuals to lose weight by reducing the the amount of food eaten. According to an article published on The National Center for Biotechnology Information website, “the IGB [isolated gastric bypass] succeeded in 93% of the obese or morbidly obese patients and in 57% of the super-obese patients” observed in a 5 year study.
Their success however. was contingent on closely following a diet outlined by a doctor. There are some common guidelines individuals should follow in the months after a Bariatric surgery. For the first 1-6 months a heavily restricted diet is suggested to ensure the stomach heals. After six months DukeHealth and the Mayo Clinic have the following suggestions:
  • Adequate nutrition is a must to remain hydrated, have skin elasticity, hydration, maintain lean body mass, and minimize hair loss. This can be achieved through vitamin and mineral supplementation
  • Have a high protein diet to assist in healing in the stomach and minimize the loss of lean body mass
  • Drink enough fluid between meals to stay hydrated. Do not drink fluids 30 minutes before meals or while eating
  • Chew food carefully and thoroughly
  • Severely limit consumption of sugars as they can cause individuals who have undergone gastric bypass surgery to feel sweaty, light-headed, or faint. Sugar can also cause "dumping syndrome." 
  • Avoid high fat foods as they can cause nausea and hamper weight loss.

These restrictions, as well as additional requests from the doctor, can make eating properly after gastric bypass surgery exceedingly difficult. Kay’s Naturals has proven effective for individuals on a gastric bypass diet. Our snacks and cereals are low in fat and sugar, while being high in protein and fiber. For example our White Cheddar Kruncheeze comes in individualized 1.2 oz bags. Each serving has 12 grams of protein, 1 gram of sugar, and 2 grams of fiber. Shop online to decided which Kay’s Naturals snack or cereal is best for you!


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