WHAT YOU CAN EAT BEFORE AND AFTER WEIGHT LOSS SURGERY:

ALL PATIENTS UNDERGOING WEIGHT LOSS SURGERY REQUIRE A SPECIAL DIET BEFORE AND AFTER THEIR SURGERY

BEFORE SURGERY:
  • Prior to your weight loss procedure you will be asked to go on a Very Low Calorie Diet (VLCD).
  • This involves substituting your current diet with Meal Replacements such as OPTIFAST or OPTISLIM.
  • This Meal Replacement diet will provide you with 800kCal per day.
  • You will have OPTIFAST or OPTISLIM instead of any other foods.
  • The aim of this pre-operative diet is to reduce the size of your liver substantially, so that Dr Hatzifotis is able to perform your procedure safely for you.
  • A common problem associated with obesity is fatty liver disease or steatosis. This is the collection of excessive amounts of triglycerides and other fats inside liver cells. This results in the liver becoming much heavier and larger than normal.
  • When performing SLEEVE GASTRECTOMY, or GASTRIC BANDING, or GASTRIC BYPASS, the liver, which normally lays on the front of the stomach, has to be lifted up off the stomach in order for the surgeon to see the stomach and then perform your surgery on the stomach.
  • If the liver is too heavy or too large as a result of steatosis, then it may be impossible to see the stomach clearly and therefore perform the procedure safely.
  • You will be asked to go on a VLCD for 2 weeks prior to your procedure. Depending on your BMI and your body shape, you may be asked to continue on a VLCD for up to 6 weeks in some cases. This will be decided by Dr Hatzifotis during your first consultation.

WHILE ON OPTIFAST OR OPTISLIM YOU ARE PERMITTED 2 CUPS OF VEGETABLES PER DAY
  • While on OPTIFAST or OPTISLIM you may have up to 2 cups of low-starch, low-carbohydrate vegetables per day.
  • You are NOT allowed starchy vegetables (potato, sweet potato and pumpkin), legumes (baked beans and lentils), bread, fruit and yoghurt.
  • Listed below are a few vegetables dishes you may have while on OPTIFAST or OPTISLIM;

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DIET AFTER YOUR SURGERY

Weeks 1 - 2       -     LIQUID FOOD DIET
Weeks 2 - 4       -     PUREE FOOD DIET
Weeks 4 onwards  -     SOLID FOOD

  • Immediately following your weight loss procedure, Dr Hatzifotis and your dietitian will instruct you to modify your diet for the first 4 weeks.
  • Your dietitian will provide you with written instructions about every phase of your post operative diet.

AFTER SURGERY 

LIQUID FOOD DIET (WEEKS 1 TO 2 AFTER SURGERY):
  • You will be asked to adhere to a LIQUID FOOD DIET for the first 2 weeks folllowing your procedure.
  • Listed below are examples of foods you may have while on a LIQUID DIET;


 

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PUREE FOOD DIET (WEEKS 2 TO 4 AFTER YOUR SURGERY)

  • Following the 2 week liquid diet phase, your diet will be upgraded to puree food for the next two weeks.
  • Once again your dietitian will guide you through this phase and provide you with written instructions about this phase of your diet.
  • Listed below are a few dishes you may have while on a PUREE FOOD DIET;

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SOLID FOOD DIET (4 WEEKS AFTER YOUR SURGERY)

  • Usually 4 weeks after your weight loss procedure you will be instructed to upgrade onto solid foods.
  • By this stage you are becoming familiar with your new eating patterns and behaviours and the new feeling and signals from your stomach.
  • You will notice you can only eat 1/4 or 1/3 of what you used to eat, and you feel full after eating less food.
  • You will have less hunger between meals, and you will be satisfied for longer after a meal.
  • Your dietitian will guide you through this final phase of your diet and provide you with useful information regarding eating slowly, chewing your food well, controlling your food portions, and maintaining a well balanced healthy, low fat, low sugar diet.
  • By this phase of your diet, we aim to have you eating solid, nutritious food, but less of it.
  • Listed below are a few dishes you may have while on a SOLID FOOD DIET;

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All of the recipes pictured on this page are from the book "YOUR COMPLETE GUIDE TO NUTRITION FOR WEIGHTLOSS SURGERY" written by Sally Johnston, an accredited & practising Dietitian and Nutritionist. This book includes more than 100 recipes covering all stages of your weight loss surgery journey - pre surgery, post surgery and beyond.

If you wish to find out more about Sally Johnston, please visit her website www.nutritionforweightlosssurgery.com 

"YOUR COMPLETE GUIDE TO NUTRITION FOR WEIGHTLOSS SURGERY" is available to buy when you visit Dr Michael Hatzifotis or by calling his rooms on (07) 3847 7002. Alternatively, you can order the book online from www.nutritionforweightlosssurgery.com

Dr Hatzifotis also stocks a number of other valuable resources, including books, vitamins and portion plates to help support you on your weight loss journey. You may view these resources on our "Products" page. 



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