Diet and Nutrition
The Importance of Diet and Nutrition After Weight Loss Surgery
A critical component to weight loss after bariatric surgery is proper nutrition. At Bon Secours Surgical Weight Loss Center, we have a team of Registered Dietitians who work with patients before and after surgery so they lose weight safely while maintaining a healthy diet.
Our experienced surgeons and dietitians provide patients all the materials and information they need to clearly outline their expectations regarding diet. After surgery, a patient’s health and weight loss depend on how well they comply with the diet guidelines. Patients must do their part by restricting high-calorie foods and avoiding sugar, snacks, and fats.
The following frequently asked questions help many patients understand the nutritional aspect of weight loss following bariatric surgery:
Most surgeons recommend a daily multivitamin for the rest of your life.
Will I need supplemental vitamins after surgery?
Vitamin B12 injections are sometimes suggested once a month for the first year and every six months thereafter. Vitamin B12 may also be taken orally or sublingually (under the tongue) by many patients. Your blood levels of vitamin B12 will be monitored periodically to determine if you need a supplement.
Will I be allowed to drink alcohol?
You will find that even small amounts of alcohol will affect you quickly. It is suggested that you drink no alcohol for the first year. Thereafter, with your physician’s approval, you may have a glass of wine or a small cocktail.
Will I be able to eat “spicy” foods or seasoned foods?
Most patients are able to enjoy spices after the initial 6 months following surgery.
After surgery, do I need to restrict my salt intake?
No, your salt intake will be unchanged unless otherwise instructed by your primary care physician.
How can I be sure I am eating enough protein?
About 50 to 70 grams a day are generally sufficient. Check with your dietitian to determine the right amount for your type of surgery.
Why can’t I snack between meals?
Snacking, nibbling or grazing on foods, usually high-calorie and high-fat foods, can add hundreds of calories a day to your intake, defeating the restrictive effect of your operation. Snacking will slow down your weight loss and may cause you to regain your weight.