Gastric sleeve dietAfter gastric sleeve surgery, you’ll need to follow a specific gastric sleeve diet to stay healthy and maintain your weight loss. You will be able to resume a normal diet after about a year or so, but the process has to be gradual. You should work with a professional health care provider, such as a registered dietician, to design your post gastric sleeve diet. Be prepared to make changes before the surgery, too: many doctors put patients on a pre gastric sleeve diet. Your pre-surgery diet is like a preparation phase, to wean you off sugar, sugar substitutes, fried food, and fatty food. Patients who start following the diet before the surgery usually find it easier to adjust to a post-op gastric sleeve diet.
The post gastric sleeve diet is divided into four different phases; in total, the phases last for about three months. The first phase of the gastric sleeve diet is a liquid diet, where you only drink liquids. This phase starts immediately after the surgery and lasts for about two days. The liquid-only diet allows your stomach to recover from the surgery at a faster pace. Liquids you can drink include water, broth, tea (without milk or sugar), unsweetened juice, sugar free gelatin, and skim milk.
The second phase of the gastric sleeve diet lasts for around three to four weeks and it includes pureed food. You can eat foods like beans, ground meat, soft fruits and vegetables that have been blended with water, broth, skim milk or fat-free gravy. You’ll want to make sure that there are no solid pieces of food in the puree.
In the third phase of the diet, you can start eating solid foods that are not blended, but have been mashed with a fork. That means that you can eat fresh fruit, soft vegetables, and tender bits of meat. You should avoid adding oil, sugar, and salt to the food. This phase lasts until eight or 12 weeks. Finally, in the fourth phase of the gastric sleeve diet, you can resume your normal diet, as long as you avoid spices, crunchy food, and fatty food.