Post-Op Bariatric Surgery Diet Plan: Months 2 & 3 – Part 2 of Mini Series
Once you’ve made it through that challenging first month, you’ll be getting used to your modified digestive system or your gastric band, depending on which procedure you had. In months 2 and 3, the soft, pureed foods and liquids will give way to more solids, as you continue on the path to a normal diet. As with your week 1 to 4 diet, the diet for months 2 and 3 was also created by Sharon George, MS, RD, CDN and will yield impressive results if it is followed correctly.
Sample Foods in Months 2 & 3
For months 2 and 3, you get to move onto more solid proteins and introduce vegetables, meaning you can enjoy the texture of your food again. Breakfast ideas for months 2 and 3 include a 3 oz. egg white omelet with one slice of low fat cheese, or 4 oz. of Greek yogurt. If necessary, an 8 oz. mid-morning protein supplement or shake is included in the plan.
Lunch may be a roll-up made of two slices of turkey breast with one slice of low fat cheese, or one chicken leg with no skin and ¼ cup of cooked broccoli. Another 8 oz. protein supplement is added in the afternoon, if necessary. Dinner consists of 3 oz. of salmon with one cup of wilted spinach or 3 oz. of baked pork chop with ¼ cup of cooked green beans. As with the first month of eating, this phase contains no sugar and very little fat.
Don’t Count Your Macronutrients
Macronutrients are nutrients that provide energy and calories, and they consist of protein, fat and carbohydrates. In the NYBG post-op diet program, Sharon advises patients not to count the grams of macronutrients in foods, instead focusing on the percentage of fat and carbs per serving. The goal is to keep the total at 5 percent or less per serving. One way many patients make it work is to remove any confusion about counting and use the NYBG After Six-Week Package once they get halfway through the second month.
These two months are very important in terms of building momentum and learning about your new stomach pouch. There is a check-in scheduled at three months, to check your weight loss progress and see how the diet is going. You’ll have the opportunity to discuss any thoughts and concerns you may have, and tweaks or modifications may be made to help expedite your results. You can also communicate by email with your RD anytime during the process. Don’t forget to check back for Part Three of the bariatric post-op diet series: Months 4 to 6.
If you have questions about any of the New York Bariatric Group’s weight loss procedures or post-op bariatric diet plan please give us a call at 800-633-8446 or contact us today. You can also register for a free informational seminar.