The first six months after gastric bypass surgery is the grace period when weight comes off quick and easy. You can expect to lose thirty to forty percent of your excess body weight. Gastric bypass weight loss in the first six months is accelerated because your appetite will be minimal.
Factors that Influence Gastric Bypass Weight Loss
Amount of weight loss from gastric bypass surgery and the rate at which it is lost varies from person to person. Independent factors also influence how much and how quickly weight is lost.
Starting weight prior to surgery, metabolism, activity levels, health conditions, medications, and adherence to dietary guidelines such as following the puck rules, are all factors that should be considered when assessing how much weight you want to lose.
The size of the pouch and the amount of small intestine bypassed will also help determine how much weight is lost from gastric bypass surgery.
Bariatric Diet after Weight Loss Surgery
Adherence to a bariatric diet is important not only for losing weight but for maintaining health and having a safe recovery. Your bariatric diet will unfold in stages, each one a building block, until the digestive track is healed.
The first phase of the bariatric diet begins with a clear liquid diet of sugar free gelatin, popsicles, and broth. In a few days you can eat anything that is a liquid and at room temperature. Strained soup, pudding, and protein shakes are a few of the options. This phase of the diet provides nutrition while you heal.
The second phase of the bariatric diet begins at about two weeks. You can begin eating pureed foods blended to the consistency of baby food. You may have limited amounts of meat, vegetables, and fruit. Low fat yogurt, cottage cheese, mashed potatoes, and milk are also on the menu.
Phase three is from weeks six to fourteen. At this point you are able to tolerate soft foods such as rice, pasta, oatmeal, eggs, and diced meats.
Once the third phase is completed, you can transition to a regular healthy diet following the gastric bypass pouch rules. You must take care to include a good deal of fresh vegetables, fruits, and quality protein sources in your menu. Candy, desserts, grains, fast foods, processed foods, and fried foods should be avoided. I’ve collected lots of wonderful bariatric-friendly recipes and I easily make meals that are delicious and nutritious. You can view my Borne Appétit recipe cards on Pinterest.
Total Gastric Bypass Weight Loss
According to the Mayo Clinic, if you are compliant and motivated it is possible to lose half of your excess weight or more in a two-year period after gastric bypass weight loss surgery.
Recalling my weight loss from gastric bypass surgery in 2003, I believe that I lost 100 pounds in the first 9 months from a starting weight of 285 pounds. My weight remained relatively stable until 2013 when I lost 25 pounds from a tummy tuck.
Living larger than ever,
My Bariatric Life