Each bariatric surgery patient is different. Similarly, each bariatric surgeon has slightly different recommendations for a post op bariatric diet. Each surgeon has different guidelines for when to start purees, soft foods, and solid foods, as well as which foods fall into which categories. Eating a food too early can result in nausea, gagging, vomiting, diarrhea, or quesiness. It’s best to follow your bariatric surgeon’s advice for when and how to progress through the stages.
Before gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, and lap band surgery, bariatric surgeons often recommend patients limit their sugar intake as part of their presurgical preparations. Dr. Shillingford, MD recommends his patients begin reducing their sugar intake more than two weeks prior to their surgery date. This reduction in sugar can help with the transition to their preop diet, encourage presurgical weight loss, and help reduce the size of the liver.
A study published recently in the Journal of the American Medical Association looked at obese patients with type 2 diabetes who underwent bariatric surgery (gastric bypass, gastric sleeve, gastric banding, or duodenal switch).
Not everyone has health insurance, and even those who have health insurance may not have coverage for bariatric procedures. Each insurance policy is different. To learn if you have coverage for gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, or lap band surgery, it’s best to read your plan documents or call your insurance provider to find out.
Some people use chewing gum as a weight loss aid. The idea is that if their mouth is occupied by calorie free gum then they aren’t eating calorie laden foods, which helps reduce their overall caloric intake and promotes weight loss. Yet, bariatric patients are told not to chew gum. Why?
Obesity is a worldwide problem. The World Health Organization estimates that 13% of the word’s adults are obese. In America, that number is closer to 40%. 93 million Americans over 18 are obese. The problem is not just obesity, but the risk of other health conditions that often accompany obesity, like type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome, heart disease, stroke, and cancer.
Summer can be a great time to try new outdoor weight loss activities in Florida. With so many miles of coastline plus all the other bodies of water, there is no shortage of ways to cool off while exercising outdoors. For gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, and lap band patients learning to incorporate fun, healthy activities that serve as both recreation and exercise at the same time is a great way to embrace your new healthier lifestyle after weight loss surgery.
Technically it doesn’t have to be a ‘breakfast burrito.’ You can eat it any time of the day and it’s still delicious. We call it a breakfast burrito because it’s filled with eggs, but you could add fillings or toppings to make it seem more like lunch or dinner. These kinds of recipes are great because you can make them different each time and keep coming up with flavor combinations that add variety to your weight loss diet.
One in six Americans gets sick from eating contaminated food each year, according to the CDC. There are more than 250 food-borne illnesses that can be caused by bacteria, viruses, and parasites (including E. Coli, Salmonella, Norovirus, Campylobacter, and Staphylococcus aureus). Common symptoms include nausea, vomiting, stomach cramps, and diarrhea.