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Gastric Sleeve Diet: A Comprehensive Guide

The Health Store Turkey provides a variety of services, such as Gastric Sleeve surgery which is a form of bariatric surgery. It is one of the most effective surgical methods for losing significant amounts of weight in a safe, sustainable way. Gastric Sleeve surgery requires dramatic dietary and lifestyle changes- both before and after the procedure. In order to maintain the benefits of sleeve gastrectomy, a patient must permanently maintain a healthy diet and lifestyle. This is one of the services that we provide here at The Health Store Turkey.

Deciding to Undergo Gastric Sleeve Surgery

Gastric sleeve surgery has become one of the most common surgical weight loss methods. It is a safe and reliable procedure. If you are considering gastric sleeve surgery, it’s important to understand exactly what the procedure entails. It’s also important to understand both the potential benefits and the limitations of the surgery.

Not everyone is eligible for gastric sleeve surgery. If you are overweight and have tried various weight loss methods without sufficient success, you should discuss gastric sleeve surgery with your doctor. The Health Store Turkey offers free consultations to help people make the most informed decision possible on any potential treatment.

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Permanent Changes

Gastric sleeve surgery will cause permanent changes to the appetite. Clients who undergo the procedure are likely to feel fuller faster after the surgery as it creates a much smaller stomach. This is one of the ways in which gastric sleeve surgery will help you to lose weight. The surgery will also cause changes in the rate of the metabolism. These are usually permanent surgical results and you should consider them fully before making any decisions. The Health Store Turkey will help with providing the right information throughout every step.

Gastric Sleeve Diet

While these changes are permanent, patients must still maintain a healthy diet, lifestyle and exercise routine in order to benefit from the procedure in the long term. Certain foods may become off limits after gastric sleeve surgery. Fatty foods may also become problematic (e.g. ice cream, cottage cheese). You may have to stop eating certain foods altogether.

You can discuss a sustainable, low calorie diet with The Health Store Turkey’s expert nutritionist. They will likely recommend that you increase your intake of foods such as lean meat, cooked vegetables, fibrous vegetables, fish, fruit and greek yoghurt. Our nutritionist may also recommend building small meals into your diet plan.

You will also discuss liquids. You will probably be advised to drink less alcohol. Sugar free foods and drinks may also be recommended as part of your new diet.

While it may initially seem that following such strict dietary habits will be extremely difficult, you can form these habits quite quickly if you maintain your focus. If you eat slowly and chew food thoroughly, this will also be very helpful. It will benefit your digestive system and will give your appetite more time to adjust and feel satisfied.

With a low fat diet and a generally healthy lifestyle, it’s absolutely possible to maintain weight loss from gastric sleeve surgery in the long term.

Eligibility for Gastric Sleeve Surgery

There are certain limitations on eligibility for gastric sleeve surgery. Each patient must be assessed individually. However, there are some general guidelines. Candidates for gastric sleeve surgery generally have a BMI of over 30. They will usually have attempted other weight loss methods with limited or no success.

Clients must also be willing to start a new, strict diet before surgery and to maintain it afterwards. They must be deeply committed to fundamental, permanent lifestyle changes.

Why Should I Undergo Weight Loss Surgery?

Weight loss surgery is one of the most effective methods for permanent, significant weight loss. It can have crucial benefits across many aspects of your life. If other weight loss methods have been unsuccessful, it may be the right option for you. If you prepare properly and work to maintain its benefits, gastric sleeve surgery can have a dramatic impact on many areas of your life.

Gastric sleeve surgery is not simply a cosmetic procedure. The cosmetic aspect can be extremely important for a patient’s self-esteem and mental health. However, the procedure can also have other dramatic health benefits, which we’ll discuss below. Many different activities, from exercising to driving, can become much easier with weight loss surgery.

As with any surgery, there is some minor risk of complications with gastric sleeve surgery. It’s also a serious commitment in terms of time, effort and lifestyle. However, if you are committed to making significant, permanent changes to your lifestyle, bariatric surgery could be a great option for you.

Type 2 Diabetes

Multiple studies have confirmed that gastric sleeve surgery can support long-term remission or improvement of type 2 diabetes. It can help to keep blood sugar levels under control and can reduce macrovascular and microvascular complications. Following a low sugar or sugar free diet before and after your surgery can have a significant, positive impact in preventing or managing type 2 diabetes.

Mental Health

Obesity can have a debilitating impact on mental health. It can cause low self-esteem. It can also prevent individuals from taking part in activities such as exercise or certain forms of recreation which can support mental health. Diet can also effect mental health: high intake of sugar or alcohol, for example, can sometimes exacerbate mental health issues. Studies have shown that many patients who have undergone bariatric surgery have experienced significant improvements in their mental health.

Cardiovascular Health

Weight loss surgery can significantly improve cardiovascular health. An individual’s risk of coronary heart disease, heart attack and stroke can reduce significantly. Maintaining good dietary and lifestyle habits will ensure that these benefits are maintained.

Studies have also shown that weight loss surgery can reduce problems related to hypertension and myocardial infarction. When the body weight is reduced, blood pressure, cholesterol, and cardiac health all improve. These factors together can dramatically improve life expectancy. Excess weight can also impact the bones and joints. Bariatric surgery can also help to prevent or manage joint pain and arthritis.

Weight loss surgery will not only help you to lose weight. It will have a range of positive health impacts.

Pre-Op Diet & Lifestyle

The success of your bariatric surgery is highly dependent on your BMI, your weight, and your general health before surgery. You should discuss a pre-op diet with The Health Store Turkey’s nutritionist in order to prepare for surgery. They will provide you with a detailed, sustainable plan and will be specific in their advice about what you should and should not eat.

Establishing positive eating habits before surgery will also help you to maintain a healthy diet after your operation. If you can avoid foods and drinks that are high in calories and fat and exercise for at least 30 minutes a day, you will already be on your way towards a healthy, sustainable lifestyle. If you are committed to making a change, you can form positive habits relatively quickly.

Losing weight around the stomach may also open up the possibility of laparoscopic surgery. This is a less invasive form of surgery that uses small incisions as opposed to the large incision required for open surgery. Laparoscopic surgery has an even lower risk of complications and requires a shorter recovery period than open surgery.

Your pre-op diet can be very influential in terms of the success of your surgery and your transition to a new lifestyle after surgery.

Post-Operative Diet

After your surgery, you will gradually reintroduce certain foods. Your post-op diet will be carefully managed. You will begin with a liquid diet immediately after surgery, before moving on to pureed foods. You will then gradually add soft foods. Solid foods will be reintroduced gradually as you recover and your stomach adjusts to its new form.

While the dietary phases will vary from patient to patient, there are four general stages of a post-op diet. The gradual process will take place over several weeks.

Week One

Your immediate post-op diet will be focused on helping your body to recover from surgery and adjust to its new form. In the week immediately after surgery, you will follow a clear liquid diet. This will help you to adjust while providing you with the nutrition you need to recover. A clear liquid diet will also help you to avoid any post-op complications. It also takes into account the possible side effects of anaesthesia and potential abdominal discomfort.

This phase of your recovery will usually last around one week. You will consume clear liquids such as:

  • Broth
  • Sugar-free gelatine
  • Sugar-free ice cream
  • Vegetable stock
Week Two

You will probably not have much of an appetite immediately after surgery. As you recover and your appetite returns, you will move on to the second phase of your post-op diet. This phase will also last around one week. This phase will still feature clear liquids, but will also reintroduce pureed and soft foods.

Protein is an essential part of any diet. This is particularly true in the aftermath of surgery. This stage of your post-op diet will ensure that you get the necessary grams of protein each day to help your body recover and adjust. There are plenty of high-protein foods you can consume in liquid form. Liquids including milk and protein shakes will also help you to get the necessary grams of protein. You will eat foods such as greek yogurt, thin soups, applesauce, and possibly pureed foods such as chicken and tuna. Soft foods such as mashed potato and scrambled eggs may also be gradually reintroduced.

During this phase, you must also avoid drinking water with your meals. Water will flush food through your system too quickly for it to be processed properly. You will be advised to wait 30 to 60 minutes after meals before drinking any water.

Week Three

During the third week after surgery, solids will gradually replace the liquid, soft and semi-solid foods consumed up to this point. You may still consume clear liquid and pureed foods, but they will be used to supplement other foods as your body adjusts. A normal meal during this week might consist of both soft food and pureed or liquid nutrients.

You might also continue to use protein shakes alongside high-protein foods such as scrambled eggs, greek yogurt and soft meat and fish. You will also start to eat fruit and vegetables, which will form an important part of your new diet.

During the third week, you will also begin to exercise portion control and to adjust to the new size of your stomach. You must eat slowly and take small bites. It’s important to form these habits early. This will help you to adapt to your new physical condition. It will also help you to form sustainable, healthy habits.

Week Four

Around four to six weeks after sleeve gastrectomy, most patients are ready to begin a more permanent diet. However, it will be significantly different from your pre-op diet. You will have clear instruction from your doctor and nutritionist. You will work with them to form a plan for a sustainable, healthy diet.

Remember that your stomach will be significantly smaller after surgery. This means that you will have to adjust to a new appetite and new eating habits. As well as eating smaller amounts, you must also cut your food into smaller pieces, chew thoroughly, and eat more slowly. If you don’t do this, you may experience digestive issues, including discomfort, vomiting, constipation, and potentially more serious problems.

By this point, solid food won’t be an issue. However, you must still eat healthy, low fat foods that give you the nutrients you need without excessive sugar, carbohydrates and fats. You should also reintroduce types of food gradually in case you react badly to any of them. Your stomach may be less able to tolerate certain types of food or beverage. If you do react badly to something, you should immediately eliminate it.

You should increase your consumption of fruit and vegetables. You should eat lean meats and fish if you are not vegetarian. Avoid sugary drinks, fried foods, high-sugar sweet food, white bread, heavily processed food, and anything with very high levels of sugar or fat.

Long-Term Diet

Once you have completed the phases of your gastric sleeve diet, you will be ready to begin your new, sustainable lifestyle. Good dietary and exercise habits will allow you to maintain the health benefits and weight loss achieved through the gastric sleeve procedure. You will have a detailed plan provided by your medical team. While the demands of your new lifestyle may initially seem challenging, once you rigidly follow the plan for a few weeks you will already be well on your way to building sustainable habits. You will already have begun this process with your pre-op gastric sleeve diet.

It is important to maintain a low calorie diet while still ensuring that you get all of the nutrients you need. You can still get everything you need for a healthy lifestyle while significantly reducing the number of calories you consume. You should monitor how many calories you are taking in each day so that you can provide your nutritionist with detailed information and make sure that your habits are not slipping.

  • Avoid food with high levels of fat, simple carbohydrates, and sugar. Try to find low-fat alternatives to any of these  foods that you particularly enjoy.
  • Avoid alcohol completely if possible. Alcohol is high in calories but does not provide any kind of nutrition. If you do  drink  alcohol, drink small quantities and only on occasion.
  • Avoid sugary and carbonated drinks. They are very high in calories. You can find sugar-free alternatives if necessary.
  • Avoid sweetened liquids such as corn syrup, maple syrup, and fructose beverages.

Portion sizes are also an important aspect of the gastric sleeve diet. You can work with The Health Store Turkey’s nutritionist on identifying appropriate portion sizes. You will also start building the habit with your dietary practices before your surgery and during the third week of your post-op diet. Even eating healthy, low-calorie foods, it is possible to regain significant weight after bariatric surgery if you do not exercise portion control.

Remember that it is important to ensure that you are still getting enough of the key nutrients, particularly protein. Eating high-protein food like lean meats and fish, lentils, and beans, and drinking high-protein beverages like milk will help with this. Eat more fibrous vegetables and replace sugary snacks with fruit.

Finally, make sure to exercise for at least half an hour each day. This will help you to maintain the benefits of your surgery. It will also benefit your cardiovascular health, digestive system, and mental health.

The Bottom Line

The success of your bariatric surgery is highly dependent on your gastric sleeve diet before and after surgery. The Health Store Turkey will provide you with all the information and advice you need. While major lifestyle changes can seem challenging, they are absolutely achievable if you are motivated. We will ensure that you have the support you need. If you maintain a healthy lifestyle after surgery, you can maintain the benefits of your surgery for many years. Speak to The Health Store Turkey Team today.

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