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Life After Surgery

Get in shape and maintain a healthy lifestyle; a better life awaits you after surgery.

Nutrition and lifestyle

Weight-loss surgeries are just the first step; the rest is all about following a healthy diet and exercise.

Change starts with the patient, as weight loss surgeries are a major factor for achieving the ideal weight; however, the patient should abide by the diet specified for each surgery type. The functional change in the digestive system requires simple foods at first, allowing the punctures to heal over time.

During the first year, the surgery is enough for weight loss, and the patient does not have to put much effort as long as he/she follows instructions.

Throughout the second year, the patient’s responsibility doubles. By the end of the third year, and after the stomach and intestines’ functions settle, the patient should maintain healthy habits to keep his/her weight from increasing.

Mainly, weight loss depends on the body mass index (BMI) before surgery, as well as committing to a healthy lifestyle. Most patients need to adhere to vitamin and mineral supplementation during the first months, and in some cases, it should last a lifetime.

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Undergoing weight-loss surgeries is just the first step into losing weight. It is rather the means than the way. What really matters is following a healthy diet that would help patients ease back into eating solid foods.

The diet must be rich in protein and low on calories; therefore, patients are required to adhere to life-long vitamin and mineral supplementation.

Stage 1

Clear Liquids

1st week post-op

Stage 2

Full Liquids

2nd and 3rd weeks post-op

Stage 3

Pureed Foods

4th and 5th weeks post-op

Stage 4

Soft Foods

6th and 7th weeks post-op

Stage 5

Solid Foods

8th week post-op

General Notes

In all stages, the patient must drink at least 2 liters of water and liquids regularly to avoid dehydration (symptoms: headache, dizziness, laziness, dark urine).

If the patient feels satiety, he/she should divide the meal into 2 parts, 1 each half an hour to an hour. The patient should not overeat.

The patient should eat slowly while sitting down.

The patient should follow the diet plan on time and not skip any of the meals.

The patient should get 7-8 hours of sleep every night.

The patient should not sleep right after meals.

The patient should exercise regularly.

The patient should make sure to have a balanced diet even after regaining his/her health.

The patient should have 5 portions of fruits and vegetables per day.

Preparing Meals

The patient should remove any fats off meat and chicken before cooking.

The patient should not fry foods; instead, boil, grill, or steam.

The patient is recommended to use cooking spray oil to avoid any excess oil intake.

Foods to Avoid

Fried foods, junk food, processed meats, ghee, butter, chips, sweets, desserts, soft or energy drinks, nuts, and doughnuts.

Gum and lollipops to avoid swallowing air.

Gradual Exercise

1st week: Walk for ½-2 hours a day

2nd week: Jog-fast walk

3rd week: Swim every day for 30 minutes in addition to the previous

8th week: Cardio and Swedish exercises, in addition to the previous

12th week: Body building, in addition to the previous
*Warning: The patient should drink enough unsweetened liquids while exercising.

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