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Will I need to change my diet after weight loss surgery? 

If you’ve recently had Gastric Bypass or Gastric Sleeve surgery, the 4-6 months following your surgery is a crucial time for important dietary changes and as well as for developing new and healthy lifestyle habits. This can be a difficult time, but it will also be an exciting beginning to your new, healthy lifestyle and your new body. The changes prescribed by Dr. Sergio del Hoyo and his team of weight loss specialists will be personalized for your specific health needs and will be important to follow exactly as prescribed. During the months after your weight loss surgery, you could see rapid weight loss as long as you follow Dr. Hoyo’s instructions for lifestyle and dietary changes after weight loss surgery. 



The Purpose of a Post Surgery Diet


The post surgery diet differs from the pre-surgery diet in that the pre-weight loss surgery diet was designed to reduce the amount of fat in your abdomen and around your liver in order to prepare your body for the laparoscopic surgery. On the other hand, the post-surgery diet will help you recover from the surgery, also to meet the needs of your smaller stomach and finally to help you begin and maintain healthier eating habits. 


After your weight loss surgery, you’ll have a new diet prescribed by Dr. Sergio del Hoyo that will consist of phases to gradually help your body adapt to your new, smaller stomach as well as help you develop healthy eating habits and lifelong changes toward better health. 



Post Weight Loss Surgery Diet Phase 1 - The Liquid Diet


The first phase will consist of strictly a liquid diet in order to help your stomach heal and to prevent post-operative complications. This phase will introduce your stomach to digesting simple fluids as it heals without being stretched by food intake. The diet begins with clear liquids and the gradually moves to more complex types of liquid like decaffeinated coffee or tea, skim milk, this soup or broth and sugar-free juices. Each patient will have a very specific plan for their diet after weight loss surgery, prescribed by Dr. Sergio del Hoyo. This is a general guideline for what to expect, but make sure to consult the team of weight loss specialists with your questions about your diet after weight loss surgery. 



Weight Loss Diet Phase 2 - Pureed Foods


Phase two begins to introduce your stomach with more complex and healthy foods. Once Dr. Hoyo determines that your body is healing properly and that it is ready for the next step, he will prescribe you with a list of foods that will need to be pureed at home with a food processor or with a blender. All of the food in phase two will have a thick consistency like pudding and it will include foods that have little taste in order to protect your healing stomach. Foods that are spicy or that are highly seasoned may irritate the stomach during this time frame. Make sure to adhere to the diet prescribed for your specific health needs. During this phase, many of the foods that are recommended include low sodium juice, some types of baby foods that don’t include solids. It’s important that you do not drink too many fluids while you eat during this stage of your diet after weight loss surgery. 



Post-Op Diet Phase 3 - Soft Foods


Once Dr. Sergio del Hoyo determines that your body and your healing are ready for stage three, you will begin to have more solid, but soft foods added into your daily diet. These types of foods may include things like boiled eggs, cooked white fish, soft canned fruits and maybe ground meat. During this stage, it is important to eat small bites and chew your food completely before swallowing to ease digestion.



Diet Phase 4 - Stabilization


Phase four is when your new lifestyle diet begins to take shape as you reintroduce solid foods into your diet. This stabilization and reintroduction of solid foods phase takes place somewhere around two to four months after weight loss surgery. Each patient is different and Dr. Hoyo will give you the time frames that suit your life and your recovery. During this time, you may still need to cut your food into smaller bites than you normally eat in order to accommodate your smaller stomach - large pieces of food may cause blockage which can sometimes cause pain and nausea. Introduce new foods into your diet gradually so that if one food upsets your stomach, you’ll be certain of what that food was. 


If you follow all of the recommendations give to you by Dr. Sergio del Hoyo, you could potentially begin eating a healthy diet of normal food as soon as four months after your weight loss surgery in Mexico. As with every bariatric surgery, every patient has a unique a different health history along with different needs. This post is a general guideline, but make sure to follow the instructions given to you by Dr. Hoyo during your follow up appoints after weight loss surgery to make sure that you are on the right track to healing and health throughout your recovery. 


We look forward to answering any of your weight loss surgery questions online as well as giving online consultations directly with Dr. Sergio del Hoyo at Bariatrics Health Mexico. 


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