If you are considering a gastric sleeve in Baltimore, you would know that you will have to follow a strict diet after the surgery. Here is a detailed insight on how your diet will look like once you undergo the surgery. Following the prescribed diet routine strictly will result in best and long term results.
Diet Phase 1
The phase 1 of the diet starts the day after the surgery and includes only clear liquids. A variety of clear liquids that you can consume are:
- Thinned and sugar-less juices
- Clear broth – vegetable or juices
- Sugar-free popsicles
- Soluble whey protein powder
- Tea/ Coffee which is decaf
Staying hydrated is the key in this phase. Also, remember to not gulp down the liquids rather sip it in small proportions. Consumption of carbonated beverages or soft drinks is a strict no.
Diet Phase 2
Phase 2 of the diet is also based on only liquids. It includes stage 1 clear liquids and more. You can consume:
- Greek yogurt
- Soups – chicken or vegetable
- Whey protein shake
- Oatmeal cereal
- Sugar-free custard and gelatine
- All stage 1 liquids
Taking a protein supplement daily is advised and again carbonated drinks and soft drinks are a strict no.
Diet Phase 3
Phase 3 starts three to four weeks after the surgery and involves pureed foods and no solid foods. All foods should be low in sugar and fat content and should be pureed into a smooth paste. You can consume:
- Sugar-free juices with pulp
- Boiled and mashed food – mostly vegetables and pulses
- Oatmeal cereal
- Mashed chicken or tofu
- Mashed fruits
- Yogurt without fruit chunks
Avoid fibrous vegetables like broccoli and cauliflower, and avoid consumption of saturated fats.
Diet Phase 4
In phase 4 you should consume soft foods in small portions of four to six meals a day. In this stage you can consume:
- White rice or porridge
- Skimmed milk
- Soft cooked chicken or turkey in thin sauce or gravy
- Small pieces of carrots or potatoes in thin gravy
- Lean meats, poultry, egg, and fish
High protein drinks are suggested in phase 4. When you consume fruits and vegetables, avoid eating their skin.
One should slowly progress to their normal diet once all the phases of the diet are complete after undergoing gastric sleeve in Baltimore.