The right diet following weight loss surgery is a key component in long term, sustained weight loss results and optimal health.
Bariatric surgery modifies the gastrointestinal tract, which requires a permanent change in eating habits for successful and sustained weight loss. Post–surgery dietary guidelines given to patients must be carefully followed.
Surgically restricting caloric intake by modifying the stomach pouch and/or digestive process, may also restrict important vitamins and minerals required for good health as well as change the manner in which the body digests certain foods. Diets should include low–fat, low sugar, high–protein and nutrient–rich foods and beverages for optimal weight loss results, sustained weight loss and minimal side–effects.
Nutritional supplements should also become a part of your new diet and lifestyle change, as the restrictions created by weight loss surgery make it difficult to obtain through diet alone the vitamins and minerals required daily. The weight loss team at Houston Methodist Willowbrook Surgical Weight Loss Center will provide nutritional support and counseling to help patients achieve optimal results.
Other dietary tips for optimal weight loss surgery results include: