Your New Lifestyle and Diet
One of the first lifestyle changes you will encounter in the weeks and months after surgery is the need to follow a special diet appropriate for your smaller stomach and altered digestive tract. Your bariatric diet will gradually ease you into normal eating and avoid side effects such as constipation or dumping syndrome.
Immediately after surgery, the process starts with only liquids, then progresses to pureed and strained foods and soft foods, and ends with firmer foods. Adequate daily protein is necessary to maintain muscle mass and keep your metabolism up. Some bariatric patients will find that they must indefinitely avoid certain foods, such as overly starchy and sweetened items.
As a weight loss surgery patient, it is extremely important for you to drink enough fluids, at least 64 ounces per day. Most patients will also need daily vitamin and mineral supplements, including multivitamins, vitamin D, calcium, iron, and vitamin B-12, to avoid nutritional deficiencies.