• What to Expect After Bariatric Surgery

    Losing weight and getting in shape through diet and exercise alone, while possible, can be a difficult endeavor for some people. This can happen for a number of reasons, including high levels of stress, a slower metabolism, or chemical imbalances. Furthermore, the time it may take to lose weight naturally isn’t always ideal for people who are immediately at risk for heart disease and other medical conditions associated with obesity.

    If you find it challenging to lose weight, even after you’ve made positive changes to your diet and incorporating exercise, weight loss surgery may be the perfect solution for you, and, when combined with a healthy diet and regular exercise, can help you achieve your goals for health.

    woman showing how much weight she lost

    Types of Weight Loss Surgery

    There are several types of weight loss procedures, collectively known as bariatric surgery, which can facilitate weight loss for patients dealing with obesity. These weight loss surgeries contribute to weight loss in two main ways: restriction and malabsorption. Surgeries that physically limit the amount of food to your stomach are delivering restriction, while other surgeries which shorten or bypass part of the small intestine are delivering malabsorption.1

    The aim of both these types of surgeries is to significantly limit or reduce the number of calories your body absorbs, which leads to an accelerated weight loss.

    The common four types of bariatric surgery are as follows:

    ● Sleeve gastrectomy
    ● Gastric bypass.
    ● Gastric banding.
    ● Duodenal switch procedure

    Gastric Sleeve surgery is the most common bariatric surgery according to the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, it results in a significant long-term weight loss between 60% and 70%. The duodenal switch procedure boasts the highest percentage of weight loss between 60% and 70%, and it is the most effective bariatric surgery against diabetes, but has some of the highest rates of complications.

    Factors That Contribute to Weight Loss

    The average amount of weight loss you’ll achieve has many factors, including a healthy diet, regular exercise, and changing old habits. No matter which procedure you decide on, it is important to remember that these surgeries are not a quick fix for weight loss. Their purpose is to stimulate weight loss and make it easier for those willing to put in the hard work.

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    How Much Weight Loss to Expect :

    Depending on which procedure is used, average weight loss per week in the first year is about 2-4 lbs per week, with overall average weight loss of 50-90% of the original excess weight.

    This weight loss is fastest in the few first months and it slows down gradually as reaching the healthier weight, with the help of close follow up, and patients’ commitments,  high success rates are reported in many studies.

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    Disclaimer: This is only for general information. All patients should consult their doctors prior to following any of the recommendations in any articles and videos. Every patient has individual needs and limitations that only their treating physicians can be aware of.


    1. https://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/gastric-bypass-surgery/in-depth/weight-loss-surgery/art-20045334
    2. https://obesitynewstoday.com/average-weight-loss-bariatric-surgery/
    3. https://www.webmd.com/diet/obesity/features/weight-loss-surgery-what-to-expect-the-first-year#1
    4. https://asmbs.org/resources/estimate-of-bariatric-surgery-numbers

  • Food After Bariatric Surgery: What You Can and Can’t Eat

    After weight loss surgery, it is important to follow your doctor’s dietary guidelines to support a fast recovery and lasting results. The gastric sleeve or bypass diet recommendations will explain what types of food to start with, how often to eat, and how much to consume at each meal.

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    Why Are Dietary Changes So Important After Bariatric Surgery?

    One of the most effective weight loss options, gastric sleeve or bypass surgery reduces the amount of food you may consume at one time. The gastric sleeve post-op diet is designed to:

    ● Prevent complications or side effects of surgery
    ● Allow your stomach to heal completely without being stretched
    ● Prevent discomfort, gas, nausea, and vomiting
    ● Provide small amounts of food that your stomach can comfortably digest
    ● Help you lose weight in a fast but safe manner
    ● Build new eating habits to support your weight loss goals

    What Foods Should You Eat Immediately After Surgery?

    Beginning immediately, and as part of your ongoing weight loss surgery diet plan, avoid drinking anything 30 minutes prior to, and for 30 minutes following a meal. This allows your stomach to be fully emptied and able to digest a small meal.

    For the first two weeks or so following your surgery, stick to  liquid only foods:

    ● Clear broth
    ● Skim milk, soy milk.
    ● Sugar-free Jell-O or popsicles
    ● Protein shakes.
    ● low fat, low sugar pudding.
    ● Water, or water flavored with crystal lite.

    Typically, your gastric sleeve or bypass surgery meal plan will require 3-6 small meals each day. These meals consist of 4-6 tablespoons of food, which should be eaten slowly over a period of about 30 minutes. Eating slowly prevents discomfort, nausea, and  “dumping syndrome,” where food passes into the small intestine too quickly.

    What’s Up Next on the Menu?

    When you are tolerating liquids well, usually after 14 days or so, you can add strained or mashed foods to your diet. They should be pureed to the consistency of a thick liquid or smooth paste, without any lumps.

    Some gastric sleeve diet recipes ingredients include:

    ● pureed Cooked vegetables
    ● pureed tuna salad, chicken salad, or Egg salad.
    ● Creamed soups, blended smooth
    ● Cottage cheese
    ● Scrambled eggs

    To achieve the right consistency, add a little bit of:

    ● Water
    ● Skim milk
    ● Broth

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    Foods to Avoid After Gastric Surgery

    It is important to add new foods one at a time, to make sure you can tolerate them well. Some foods that commonly cause nausea, vomiting,  diarrhea, or even major complications during gastric Surgery recovery include:1

    ● Breads
    ● Raw vegetables
    ● Fibrous cooked vegetables like celery, cabbage, or corn
    ● Carbonated drinks
    ● Caffeine and alcohol
    ● Red meat or meats with fat and gristle
    ● Spicy or heavily seasoned foods
    ● Fried food
    ● Nuts, seeds, and popcorn

    Gastric Bypass Recovery and Beyond

    Choosing a team you trust for guidance on your weight loss journey is a keystone to rapid recovery and a fast track to your fitness goals. By following your doctor’s dietary recommendations and stages of eating when forming a new relationship with food, you can reach your destination and move forward with confidence.

    At Houston Sleeve Surgery , we believe in empowering our clients with a full understanding of their weight loss options and the support they need to achieve a healthy lifestyle. Contact us today to find out more about the safe and effective treatments available to get you to where you want to be!

    Disclaimer: This is only for general information. All patients should consult their doctors prior to following any of the recommendations in any articles and videos. Every patient has individual needs and limitations that only their treating physicians can be aware of.


    1. https://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/gastric-bypass-surgery/in-depth/gastric-bypass-diet/art-20048472