Here are answers to the most common questions I get about the diet after gastric sleeve surgery.
Immediately after weight loss surgery, malnutrition is a concern...
...so “protein first” is critical because you won’t be able to eat very much. You must prioritize.
While there is no universal guideline that all surgery practices follow…
… 60-90 grams of protein per day is generally the suggested range on the gastric sleeve post op diet. This is considered a “high protein diet.”
Be sure to follow your surgery center’s exact recommendation.
Why So Much Protein?
How to Get 60-90 grams of Protein Daily
These are the best sources of protein at each diet stage:
See more on Best Protein Sources
There is not an exact answer here and I know that’s frustrating ☹
Here’s what typical, but don’t hold these numbers in stone!
In the beginning, your carb intake is low simply because you must prioritize eating protein first. Less than 50g carbs per day is common in the first few months.
As you’re able to eat a little more, it’s better to focus on eating the right carbs vs focusing on numbers.
Thinking of a food only in terms of it’s carb count doesn’t necessarily lead you to a good choice.
Fried pork rinds are low carb but does this really make them a healthy food to eat?! I hardly think so.
Choose foods for what they HAVE (fiber, water, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants), not for what they don’t have (carbs, calories).
It’s ok to eat “Smart Skinny Carbs" on Your Diet After Gastric Sleeve Surgery:
These are “self-limiting.” This means you’ll feel full before you ever overeat them.
This is not the case with “junky carbs” like chips, crackers, pretzels, popcorn, cereal, white bread, candy, ice cream. These kind of foods are addicting and much too easy to overeat.
Take a few minutes to watch my short videos on Clearing up Carb Confusion
Think about it...
...you didn't decide to have weight loss surgery after years of eating too much fruit, beans or oatmeal, right?!
Now with all that being said…
…If you MUST MUST MUST have a number to guide you...
Once you’re 1+ years out of surgery:
…Limit carbs to 75-100g/d. But please make sure they’re smart carbs!
Wondering about Calories? ---> Read more Here
Answers to More Common Questions About the Diet After Gastric Sleeve Surgery (COMING SOON):