Gastric Surgery – 7 Strategies for Successful Weight Loss
After Gastric Surgery, it is important to follow our new eating guidelines. Using the following strategies have been very helpful. I have been losing weight consistently and have had fewer nausea issues.
- Eat something the first 30 to 45 minutes after getting up in the morning. No exceptions. We have all heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Well, I pretty much never listened to that. However, now I know following this step and getting my metabolism started in the morning is extremely important to losing weight.
- Have your recommended amount of protein every day. Two months after my gastric surgery, the nutritionist told me to have between 80 – 100 grams of protein per day. Check with your nutritionist to see if this is something you could do as well. An interesting thing I found was; the more protein I had in a given week, the more weight I lost. It actually helped to move past the first plateau I hit. When choosing your meals always make sure you eat the protein portion first.
- Read Food Labels:
- Protein: Should be a double digit or close. Example if a soup has 9 grams of protein per servicing that would be ok. If it is has 4 grams per servicing, keep looking for another option. If something has 20 grams of protein that is even better.
- Sugar: Should be 5 grams or less.
- Fat: Should be 5 grams or less.
- Calories: If the previous amounts were in line, the Calories should be too.
- Servicing Size: Lastly look to see how they determined what one serving equals. Is it a full cup or ¾ of a cup? How many servings are in the package?
- Do not drink carbonated beverages. That means no soda or beer. Carbonation stretches the stomach. Why have gastric surgery and mess the results by something so simple. I really loved my Diet Cokes from McDonalds, especially on a hot summer day. But, no more for me and that’s OK because I feel great without it.
- Do not drink anything a ½ hour before, during or a ½ hour after your meal. If you drink before or during your meal, your stomach will feel too full. You may not be able to get all the protein that is needed. If you eat too soon after a meal you could feel nauseated. No matter what stage you are in, drinking too soon pushes food through the stomach faster. You may end up eating more than you should or getting hungry sooner.
- Make sure you drink 64 ounces of water per day. You just have to sip your water all day long. That means you will be visiting the bathroom all day long too. However, it is important to stay hydrated. Being dehydrated is one of the top two reasons people end up back in the hospital after gastric surgery.
- Keep a Food Journal. This is another thing we have all heard before. The nice part, this time is instead of watching your calories so closely, it is to make sure you have had enough protein for the day. It is also helpful to log the times you are eating. You should be eating every four to six hours. Believe it or not, I often refer to my log to see the last time I ate, because, I’m not hungry in-between meals. If you find that you are eating sooner than four hours apart, track your calories closer. You do not want to go over the recommended amount, for your post-op stage.
These are the new behaviors that will allow you to find weight loss success after gastric surgery. I personally have followed these faithfully and have been very happy with the results. I think you will too.