Post-Op Bariatric Surgery Diet Plan: Months 6 and Beyond – Final Part of Mini Series
You’ve made it beyond the six-month stage. Congratulations! You’ve probably lost a significant amount of weight by now, and you know what types and amounts of food your body can handle at any given time. Now, it’s time to continue on your weight loss journey and feed your body the foods it needs to stay strong, healthy and vibrant.
Sample Foods for Month 6 and Beyond
Through each stage of the plan, Sharon George, MS, RD, CDN has been introducing new elements at specifically timed intervals, and this time you will re-introduce fiber and certain carbohydrates to your diet. A breakfast may consist of 4 oz. of Greek yogurt and 1 oz. of fresh fruit or a 3 oz. spinach and feta egg white omelet with 2 oz. of peaches. For lunch, you might have one slice of whole grain bread with two slices of deli meat, tomato, lettuce and 1 tsp. of lite mayo. Another lunch option could be celery stuffed with tuna and half a banana.
For dinner, you might have 2 oz. of chicken with 1 oz, of couscous and 1 oz. of green beans, or 3 oz. of pork chop with 1 oz. of spinach and half a sweet potato. Each day, you’ll be allowed one 50-calorie snack, which may vary according to the recommendations of your RD and surgeon. Many patients enjoy the flavored soy snacks available in the NYBG store.
Maintaining Your Forward Momentum
As the time rolls along and weight melts away, it is important to maintain the momentum you’ve built up to get to this point. Trust the science that got you here, and allow it to carry you past the six-month mark and into the future. Perfection is never the goal with a transformation of this magnitude.
You’re still human, and you’ll experience the odd hiccup along the way, but it’s how you respond that makes all the difference. Guilt, shame and getting down on yourself are no longer part of the equation. You’ve created a new lifestyle, full of new routines and actions, so if you stray for a moment, you’ll be able to get back on track quickly. If you don’t feel like measuring and counting at any point, some of our instant meals may be the answer to keep you headed in the right direction.
Checking In at 9 Months
A full nine months after your bariatric procedure, you’ll have an update with your surgeon and the creator of your eating plan, Sharon George, MS, RD, CDN. You’ll get some more training and education on what to expect moving forward, tips on maintaining your weight loss and possible updates to your eating plan.
The hardest part is over. You’ve completed the surgery, learned how your new body works and followed through with your diet and exercise commitments. Now, you just have to keep up your healthy lifestyle and obesity will be a permanent part of your past.
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