A weight loss surgery brings about many changes in an individual’s life physically and more importantly, psychologically. To think that only the portion size has gone down for a post-surgery patient would be absolutely wrong.
The entire perception towards food changes. In the initial days, one might have to deal with some aches/pains and common digestive disturbances as well. At such a time, it becomes imperative for an individual to understand small nuances of post-surgery dietary care inorder to help him/her make a smooth uneventful progression:
- BE PATIENT: The most important virtue to adapt post-surgery is patience. One has to go very slow when starting with fluids and also whilst making the transition to other stages of diet. Liquids have to be carefully sipped slowly and foods have to be chewed properly so as to avoid vomiting/over-feeding.
- ACCEPT YOUR NEW STOMACH: Accept your new stomach size and its limitations. Mentally accepting something plays a key role in smooth transitioning ahead as one becomes prepared for the upcoming challenges.
- JUDGE YOUR TOLERANCE. An individual is the best judge to decide how much quantity he/she can tolerate. This judgment might not be easy initially but gradually, you will be able to decide how much quantity is perfect for you without over-feeding yourself.
- DO NOT COMPARE: Do not compare your eating habits with that of your friends/relatives who have undergone a similar procedure. Every person’s body type and tolerance is different. If you are eating little less/more than others doesn’t mean you are abnormal.
- AVOID LONG GAPS: Post a weight loss surgery, the stomach size becomes very small. One cannot eat large meals like before. Keeping long gaps might make you very hungry while consuming food that can lead to either fast-eating or over-eating. Having something every 2-3 hours keeps your metabolism going too!
- MOVE TO NEXT STAGE: Sometimes, one becomes comfortable with the liquids/soft foods that are easily tolerated compared to solids that might go little difficult initially. Do not hasten the process if you aren’t comfortable but gradually try and introduce new foods to your diet to ensure you make the transition at the right time.
- SUPPLEMENTS ARE A MUST: Do not skip the supplements in the initial stages (3-6 months) of your surgery as these are the ones holding up your nutritional profile. Food would be of very little help in keeping your energy levels going; so follow your nutritionists’ advice strictly.
- STAY IN TOUCH: Last but not the least, stay in touch with your concerned doctors and dietitians to make sure you are on the right path of weight loss journey!!