The Gastric Bypas Diet is specifically designed for people who have undergone gastric bypass surgery which can help them easily recover and as well as modify their eating habits. The doctor or licensed dietician will provide the patient with a step by step guide on meal planning which is essential in their recovery. The diet or meal plan includes the type and quantity of food that the patient can consume at each meal. Patients must follow the guidelines closely so they will be able to heal from their procedure quickly and also lose weight safely.
What is the purpose of the Gastric Bypass Diet?
Just like any other diet or meal plan, the gastric diet has several important purposes which are:
To avoid any complications or side effects
To help in the healing of the staple line in the stomach
To aid in weight loss and also to avoid any excess weight from piling up
To help accustom the patient to consuming smaller amounts of food
What are the phases of the diet?
A typical Gastric Bypass Diet has 4 phases which can help the patient gradually go back into eating solid foods. The patient may move to the next phase depending on how fast their body would heal and also adjust to their new eating pattern. The average time for patients to start eating solid foods again is usually after 3 months.
The patient still needs to be confined at the hospital within 3-5 days after the surgery to ensure faster recovery. The patient is not allowed to eat any types of food 1 or 2 days after the surgery so that the stomach can heal a lot faster. The Phase 1 diet starts with liquids and semisolid foods to check if the patient can tolerate the food after the surgery. The patient may be able to consume broth, milk, sugar free gelatin, unsweetened juice or stained cream soup. The patient is not allowed to consume caffeinated or carbonated drinks and the amount of liquid intake will also be closely monitored.
During this phase, the patient may now take pureed or mashed up foods. This phase usually lasts up to 4 weeks wherein the patient can take foods that have a consistency of a smooth paste or thick liquid.
This is the phase wherein the patient could add soft and solid foods in their diet. The meal can include cooked vegetables, ground meat or canned or fresh fruits. If you can mash up your food with a fork then that is the right consistency for this phase.
After 8 weeks or so with the diet, the patient can then slowly eat to firmer types of food. However, patients are advised not to eat spicy or crunchy types of food since it may cause certain complications or problems. Patients must avoid eating breads, dried fruits, granola, tough meats, canned beverages or sodas, popcorn, nuts, seeds or fibrous vegetables such as cabbage, corn, broccoli and celery.