Pre gastric bypass dietGastric bypass surgery, or bariatric surgery, is an option for obese individuals who have been unable to lose weight through other means. Those who are suffering from health complications because of their obesity are likely to benefit from this procedure. Gastric bypass surgery reduces the size of your stomach and bypasses part of your intestines. You eat less, and your body absorbs less. In order to stay healthy and maintain your weight loss, you’ll need to follow a proper diet and exercise regimen. In fact, there are certain nutritional guidelines you must follow both before and after a gastric bypass.
First, you’ll need to follow a special pre-gastric bypass diet for a month or so prior to the surgery. This helps to prepare you — both physiologically and mentally — for the dietary modifications you’ll have to make after the surgery. Also, gastric bypass interferes with way food is absorbed. You’ll need to learn to get your key nutrients with less calories. The diet before gastric bypass will also reduce the size of the liver. This makes it possible for the surgeon to make smaller incisions in order to reach the stomach. In the pre-surgery diet, you’ll want to consume four to five protein servings daily, which can include fish, beans, lean meat, eggs, and nuts. The diet should also include two servings of vegetables (cooked or uncooked), two servings of fruit (such as bananas, oranges, apples and grapes) and two servings of starch (like potatoes, beans, cereal, and rice) and three servings of fat (such as olive oil or safflower oil)
Portion control is extremely important. Packaged foods have food labels on them: look closely at them, and stick to the serving size suggested on the label. If there are no portion size suggestions, it is important to measure the foods before eating. Many doctors recommend a full liquid diet before gastric bypass, which mainly consists of protein. Your doctor may suggest that you follow this diet for a couple of weeks prior to the surgery.