Bariatric eating is a certain way of eating that allows your stomach to heal after bariatric surgery without being stretched by the food you eat. It also helps your body adjust to eating smaller amounts of food that your smaller stomach can digest comfortably and safely.
What is bariatric eating?
A bariatric diet is a high-protein, low-carbohydrate, low-sugar nutritional plan. You focus on eating healthy foods and proteins first and minimizing snacking between meals. Here is a six-week guideline to help you get started:
- Week 1: Clear liquid diet
- Week 2: Full liquid diet
- Week 3: Pureed diet
- Weeks 4 and 5: Adaptive/Soft diet
- Weeks 6 and beyond: Stabilization diet
Bariatric eating isn’t just beneficial for those who have recently undergone bariatric surgery—it’s a good nutritional plan for everyone.
Never begin a diet or exercise program without checking with your primary care physician.
Can bariatric eating help me lose weight?
Whether you’ve just had bariatric surgery or are looking for a safe, healthy way to lose excess weight, bariatric eating can help. Bariatric helps you avoid foods that are high in trans fats, processed foods and between-meal snacks. This lifelong diet focuses on eating lean meats for protein, low-fat dairy foods, low-fat whole grains, and plenty for fruits and vegetables. Maintaining the stabilization phase of the diet can help you stay healthy and slim for a lifetime.
How can bariatric eating improve my health?
There are many health benefits associated with bariatric eating. In fact, along with regular physical activity, bariatric eating can help reduce your risk of the following conditions and illnesses:
- Heart disease
- Type 2 diabetes
- Bone loss
- Some cancers
If you’d like to learn more about bariatric surgical procedures or bariatric eating, call Beltre Bariatrics at 407-634-4375. Dr. Wiljon Beltre has over 20 years of experience helping men and women in Orlando lose weight and regain their confidence.