Hiccoughs

Hiccoughs are very common and almost everyone has experienced them. The most common triggers of short-term hiccups are eating too much, drinking carbonated beverages, excessive alcohol consumption, sudden temperature changes and excitement or emotional stress. To avoid hiccups avoid eating too much. Portion out a small amount of food and eat slowly chewing each bite thoroughly. Also avoid carbonated beverages and temperature changes in beverages or foods consumed. For instance, avoid drinking hot tea and ice water at the same time.

 

Hair loss

Seattle Weight Loss diet after a weight loss procedure hair lossHair thinning/hair loss may occur in the first few months after your weight loss procedure. If you are still noticing this after 6-12 months, it may be from a lack of something in your diet or vitamin supplements. First, please make sure that you are getting enough protein and following the long-term vitamin and mineral supplement recommendations given to you by the dietitian. Second, please make sure that you are following the guidelines for having your labs drawn after your weight loss procedure to assess for deficiencies. Last, make an appointment for evaluation.

 

Excessive flatus/Gas

It is normal to have some air in the digestive tract (the esophagus, stomach, small intestine and large intestine) as some air is swallowed and the process of digestion produces some air.

The air that is swallowed may be from eating or drinking rapidly, use of straws, gulping, gasping, sighing, talking, chewing gum and smoking. Burping is the way that most air leaves the stomach. The air that is left will travel through the digestive tract until it is released as flatulence. The most common ways to reduce gas is to drink beverages slowly, not use a straw, chew with your mouth closed and limit conversations when eating and to change your diet. In order to change your diet, you first need to identify the foods that are causing you gas.

If you need additional help or suggestions on over-the-counter treatments, let us know!

 

Diarrhea

Diarrhea may occur after a weight loss procedure. If it is more than loose, i.e. watery and continuing to occur beyond the first 5 days after weight loss procedure, please call the clinic. You may experience diarrhea as a result of your body adjusting to the liquid diet and other consistencies of the diet as you advance. If you continue to have diarrhea, make an appointment.

 

Heartburn

Seattle Weight Loss diet after a weight loss procedure heartburnThere may be many reasons as to why you are experiencing heartburn. If you have the adjustable gastric band, it may be too tight. What you are eating may be causing the heartburn. It’s best to avoid caffeinated beverages and spicy foods. Avoid overeating. Do not lie down after eating. If you make changes and are still experiencing heartburn, make an appointment.

 

Alcohol tolerance

Your tolerance to alcohol will be different after weight loss procedure compared to before. Even though contrary to what many patients report, studies show that with a smaller amount of alcohol consumed, your blood alcohol level can triple and remain this way for a longer period of time. Also, alcohol is not calorie free and can affect your weight loss and maintenance. For your safety, never, drink and drive.

 

Vitamins are essential after surgery

After a weight loss procedure, you will be unable to obtain sufficient amount of vitamins and minerals from your diet alone. There is a potential for developing nutritional deficiencies after any type of weight loss procedure and a deficiency can lead to permanent neurologic and physical damage. Please take the recommended vitamin and mineral supplements each and every day and have your labs drawn as directed for your follow up appointments.

 

The Cost of Vitamins

High quality vitamins can cost a bit more, but most people find that their supplements cost less than a dollar a day and patients always say that they are saving this money and more from their grocery bill so take those vitamins.
Seattle Weight Loss diet after a weight loss procedure

My diet after a weight loss procedure

After progressing through the liquid and soft stages you will be able to eat solid foods. Your diet should be small portions of lean protein (fish, seafood, poultry, meat, eggs, cheese, low fat dairy, and soy foods) first followed by produce (veggies and fruit). How much protein you need is different for everyone. We will make this recommendation for you when you see us. You will also be advised to consume at least 64 ounces of allowed fluids and the recommended vitamin/mineral supplements depending on the weight loss procedure you have.

 

Dining out after a bariatric weight loss procedure

Adjusting to a new way of eating is easiest to do when you’re preparing your own meals at home. However, it is possible to enjoy eating out after weight loss procedure and still follow your dietary guidelines.

 

Tips for Dining out after bariatric weight loss procedure

First and foremost, don’t feel pressured to eat like everyone else. Other diners may order larger portions or unhealthy meals—don’t let that deter you or make you feel bad for choosing to eat with your weight loss procedure.

Some tips include:

– Try to design you meal around a protein.
– Ask for a to-go container at the beginning of your meal.
– Divide your meal and move the extra portion to the side or place in the to-go container.
– Ask for all dressings or sauces to be served on the side.
– Order smaller portions. Because you can eat less and feel satisfied, you may find that an appetizer or a meal from the children’s menu is sufficient. We will provide you with a patient ID card that explains your need for smaller portions, allowing you to order children’s meals at most restaurants.
– Do not eat until you feel full, as that may be too late. Learn to gauge your portion size visually and stick to that. You’ll feel good, be satisfied and have a meal for another time.

Seattle Weight Loss diet after a weight loss procedure tipsFinding a healthy meal at a traditional restaurant is usually easier than eating healthy at a fast food restaurant. If you do find yourself forced to grab a meal on the run, look for a place that offers a lot of protein and vegetable options and the ability for you to customize your meal. If you absolutely must resort to a traditional “burger joint,” choose grilled or baked items instead of fried or breaded.

There are many more tips and suggestions that we will share with you at your appointments.

 

Hunger after eating a small meal

Your weight loss procedure is designed to help you to limit the amount of food you are eating. You will need to recognize a new feeling of “fullness” which is just enough to no longer be hungry. This is called satiety. However, you may have a history of eating past fullness. We will help you with this and how to deal with “head hunger” and cravings.

 

Constipation

Almost everyone at one time or another has experienced constipation but there is a difference between occasional and chronic constipation. Chronic constipation means that you are continually having 3 or less bowel movements per week, they are hard and dry and may even be painful to pass. There are many things you can do to get more regular. Proper hydration as well as fiber and regular exercise can help keep things moving.

 

Dumping Syndrome

Dumping syndrome is caused by food or fluid (especially sugar containing foods and fluids) passing quickly into the small intestine. Some of the common side effects of dumping include nausea, diarrhea, dizziness, weakness, sweating, and fatigue. You can avoid dumping by avoiding the foods and beverages that cause dumping. Each person has a different tolerance and you will discover what you do and don’t tolerate after your weight loss procedure. Keeping a food diary will help you keep track of what you eat so that you can document your dumping and relate it back to a specific food.

 

How to stay focused

Stay engaged in your process. What helps you to keep on track? Is it coming in to see us? Is it keeping a food journal? Maybe it is attending a support group or having an exercise partner. This is a significant change in your life and we want to be here to help you sustain the changes you have made and continue to make the additional changes to maintain your success!