A Sleeve Gastrectomy diet revolves around good choices, perhaps even more so than the regular diet. This is because of the relatively lower quantity of food that a smaller stomach can hold at any given time.
A stapled stomach holds an average 3 oz of food
This being said, it is imperative that the right foods are the ones making the cut! When preparing meals, incorporating nutrient dense foods is the best way to start. Dr. Shillingford also recommends that when consuming meals you eat protein first. Protein is essential for healthy muscle mass and keeps you fuller longer, both key factors in maintaining a healthy weight. Good sources of protein include turkey, chicken, lean red meats, and legumes (garbanzo beans, adzuki beans, black beans, and soybeans especially). Carbohydrates should also be high on your list as they are the main source of fuel utilized by the neurological system. Not all carbohydrates are created equal however. Most people think about carbohydrates as breads, pasta, and sugary sweets, none of which are very nutritious. Instead, when looking for vitamin rich carbohydrates look no further than the produce aisle! It is hard to go wrong when you are filling a plate with vegetables but as a rule of thumb, the more colorful the items on your plate, the better!
Dr. Shillingford is a board certified surgeon who specializes in bariatric or weight loss surgery including the Sleeve Gastrectomy (Gastric Sleeve), Gastric Bypass, and Lap-Band procedures. His patients come from across the state of Florida including Tampa, Orlando, Miami, Jacksonville, and Tallahassee. To learn more about Dr. Shillingford’s integrative weight loss surgeries and all-inclusive fees please call his office in Boca Raton, Florida at (561) 483-8840.