It was the day that started a long, but often rewarding, journey to success. In addition to the importance of the surgery day, there is substantial importance in the days and years that follow. DIt was the day that started a long, but often rewarding, journey to success. In addition to the importance of the surgery day, there is substantial importance in the days and years that follow depending on what procedure you have, and what your life was like before, there will be different changes you can expect. We will talk to you about these potential changes during our informational seminar and consultation. Here are some lifestyle changes most patients can expect:

Food Planning Becomes Critical

Before your bariatric procedure, we will make sure you feel comfortable with the eating plan you’re going to follow after surgery. Your new way of eating means that planning for food will be more important than it has ever been. Since you’ll be eating smaller meals, and avoiding certain foods, this new plan is not conducive to a quick stop for fast food like so many of us are used to. We’ll teach you easy recipes and help you create grocery shopping lists so you can plan your meals in advance, to make sure you stay on track.

Your Family’s Meals May Change

Some of our patients tell us that their spouses and/or children lose weight after their bariatric surgery. This makes sense because often the meals become healthier for the entire family. With a new focus on lean proteins, fresh produce, and smaller portion sizes, this can benefit everyone in the household. It will be important to set expectations of the family, and get them on board to support you through your journey. Healthy changes are easier to make when your whole family is active in supporting the new ways of eating.

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After Bariatric Surgery Diet Guidelines

Post bariatric surgery diet guidelines are fully discussed with patients during their comprehensive nutritional evaluation prior to surgery. These guidelines are reinforced frequently during the patient's post-operative visits as well. Patients follow a soft/pureed diet for the first 4-6 weeks after surgery. Examples of pureed foods are anything blended and smooth such as baby foods, fruitless yogurt, cottage cheese, and hummus. Soft/mushy foods include chopped up ground meats such as turkey, veal, chicken, or pork; soft, white, flaky fish that is baked, broiled, or grilled, scrambled eggs and egg whites. Solid foods of all kinds should be completely avoided until weeks 4-6 or when the surgeon allows it.

We stress the importance of hydration, using non carbonated, decaffeinated, sugar free beverages. We always promote good quality proteins to be consumed from day one after your NYC bariatric surgery. High sugar and high fat foods are limited and very specific guidelines are provided to help equip patients with a clear-cut way to determine which foods are healthy for them to eat. Fruits, vegetables, and high fiber foods are reintroduced after the first few months. All patients get full details on dietary progression from our dietician at their follow up visits. The New York Bariatric Group is fully dedicated to promoting high standards for nutritional health.

That doesn’t mean that patients should not enjoy eating. The New York Bariatric Group weight loss program has been designed to help patients lose weight rapidly, but provides you with resources to help enjoy your new lifestyle by keeping the flavor and fun in eating. Each patient is given the option to enroll in our Store. We have great tasting meals and supplements for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and even snacks which can be ordered on our website. On our website you will find recipes you can prepare at home, and exchange suggestions with other New York Bariatric Patients in our member forums.

Tips to Avoid Feeling Deprived While Dieting (even before entering our program)

  • Learn and adhere to a sensible diet plan
  • Think lifestyle change rather than sticking with the diet mentality
  • Find new and exciting ways to stay motivated
  • Indulge in your bariatric treats once in a while
  • Connect with friends and ask for support
  • Don’t skip meals
  • Find enjoyment in activities other than eating
  • Reward yourself for reaching weight loss goals, but not with food
  • Be accountable for your eating, even on your down days
  • Eat small meals at specific schedules to avoid feeling hungry
  • Create lighter versions of your favorite meals that you can enjoy eating

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There Will Be Ups and Downs

For many people, bariatric surgery and the weight loss that goes with it are overwhelmingly positive parts of their life. But it is important to understand that the journey will inevitably have some challenges. There are major adjustments to make, and your life will change in a variety of ways. This is why we offer a comprehensive support program to make sure you get the guidance and expert advice you need to thrive, manage plateaus, get your questions answered, and find the success you want.

People May Ask About Your Weight Loss

With weight loss surgery, many patients start to lose weight quickly. Your friends, coworkers, or neighbors will likely start commenting on these changes. While the attention can be flattering and a great motivator to stay on track, you’ll also get questions about “how are you doing it?” It is completely up to you if you want to tell people you’ve had a bariatric procedure. Some of our patients tell everyone, and some just tell their close friends and family. If you don’t want to talk about your surgery, you can advise those asking that you’re losing weight with a focus on small meals with protein and plenty of vegetables, and by adding daily exercise to your routine. And that will be true! Just because you’ve also had surgery, this in no way diminishes the credit you should get for your hard work. Surgery is a tool that helps you make these changes, but your weight loss is ultimately a credit to your lifestyle changes and commitment.

Our commitment is not to just a successful surgery, but a positive and supportive after-surgery program as well. Contact us today or call us at 800-633-THIN to learn more about how we provide you with direct and ongoing support after bariatric surgery.