Bariatric patients should prioritize protein, then vegetables, and fruits. Added sugars are something that should be avoided in a weight loss surgery patient’s diet (see Dr. Shillingford’s post op diet guidelines). But this can be hard. Even harder than you think. That’s because sugar can be pervasive, appearing in food items you wouldn’t think to check, like meats, sauces, and soups. And it gets even trickier because food manufacturers sometimes use different forms of sugar in their products, meaning you might not see the word “sugar” listed on the ingredient list. Instead, you could see a name you don’t recognize as sugar.
Weight loss, bariatric surgery, and well, let’s face it life, can be difficult sometimes. Having support, a friendly ear, or words of encouragement can make all the difference.
Many gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, and lap band patients report difficulty swallowing and digesting chicken and beef after their bariatric surgery. Since adequate protein intake is so important after weight loss surgery (with a goal of 60-80 grams of protein), not being able to eat proteins they usually tolerate can make eating and meeting their protein intake a challenge.
One minute can be a good goal for a non-runner to achieve. When on a walk, set a timer on your phone and begin running when you hit the ‘start’ button. Run like you’re trying to catch something or someone. It’s OK if have a hard time making it the full minute. Just keep trying every day for one minute, and you will be able to do it. Then, you could try adding a second minute later in your walk or doubling your running time for a two-minute interval. A second minute, or even third, does seem to increase the benefit to your bone health. Plus, it burns a few more calories that can contribute to weight loss.