Why is a gastric sleeve diet important?
What should you do on your gastric sleeve diet?
Before weight loss surgery your bariatric surgeon and dietician will ask put you on a medically formulated meal replacement program to help reduce surgery risks. While this diet can be a challenge it will help you on your weight loss journey.
After surgery, you will be kept on clear fluids for up to two days, depending on your symptoms or your surgeon may progress you to a thin fluid diet straight away. Over the following two weeks, your gastric sleeve diet will consist of fluids that are thin enough to be taken through a straw, including soups, drinking yoghurt and liquid protein supplements. In weeks three and four you’ll move to a puree diet and in week five you can start including soft stews, soft vegetables, scrambled eggs, and other easy-to-digest foods. From week six, you’ll progress to a normal diet. But remember some foods will always be hard for you to digest so they should be avoided – for example, hard meats, bread, rice, and pasta.
Take your time – why eating slowly matters
After bariatric surgery, your appetite will shrink, which will make it easier to stick to your gastric sleeve diet. In addition to what you eat, however, it’s important to be careful how you eat.
You will need to eat small amounts more often and take plenty of time to finish your meal – ideally 30 minutes for every meal. It’s important not to skip meals as this can leave you feeling empty and unwell, so on those days when you are really busy, make sure you plan ahead and have meal replacements with you.
Getting the right advice on your gastric sleeve diet
After bariatric surgery, there are a number of problems that can occur, such as vomiting, constipation, indigestion, and dehydration. These problems can be mitigated by following a careful gastric sleeve diet plan, which includes eating foods recommended by your dietitian, avoiding carbonated drinks, cutting out fatty foods, getting plenty of fluids, and eating slowly.
Our team here at The Surgeons Collective in Perth works with an experienced dietitian to answer all your questions both before and after your surgery. We’ll stay with you on your journey, providing regular blood tests to monitor whether you are getting the nutrients you need, including multivitamins, B12, and iron. With the right diet, regular exercise, and supplements where needed, laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy, or gastric sleeve surgery, can fundamentally improve your life.
About the author
Gemma Gilbert | Dietitian
Gemma is an Accredited Practising Dietitian and has been working in clinical dietetics for over 12 years. She has also completed a Diploma of Management.