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Long Term Tips
Initially, you may find that you are only able to consume 2-3 teaspoons of food at a time. It is important to listen to your body signals of fullness. You should follow the eating guidelines, including eating slowly, chewing well, and taking small bites of food. It is important to avoid drinking liquids thirty minutes prior to any meals and stop eating as soon as you feel full. These behaviors will hopefully avoid complications including nausea, vomiting, pain, and food becoming obstructed.
In order to maintain a healthy weight and to prevent weight gain after surgery, work towards developing healthy eating habits. Over the long term, good, well-balanced nutrition is important. Protein should be consumed at the beginning of the meal and you should aim to consume 60-80 grams on a daily basis.
Avoid frequent snacking or grazing between meals. This will result in the inability to lose an adequate amount of weight. Patients who succeed in keeping their weight off tend to pay attention to their food choices and portion sizes, as well as increasing their physical activity. Long-term follow up at the Bariatric and Metabolic Institute is important to maintain weight and help prevent complications. Keeping a food diary, or using an app such as MyFitnessPal, is a simple method to keep track of your diet.
Certain habits that patients think are good may actually be hurting them. Snack foods such as pretzels, popcorn, and bananas sound healthy, but have a lot of carbohydrate calories. The carbohydrate calories will “turn into” fat if the calories are not burned off with exercise or activity. Nuts, vegetables, and protein snacks are better selections.