Weight loss surgery is just the beginning of your health journey, not the end of it. After you have weight loss surgery, it’s important for you to commit to living a healthy lifestyle in order to keep the weight off.
The two components of a healthy lifestyle are a good diet and plenty of aerobic physical activity. In other words, you’ll need to consume small, healthy meals and burn calories through daily exercise.
In this post, we’ll focus on what a good post-weight loss surgery diet looks like. Here are the foods you should add to your grocery list:
After a weight loss procedure, Dr. Dirk recommends that his patients consume a high-protein, low-carb diet.
Proteins leave you feeling more satisfied than carbs and fats because they take longer for your stomach to digest. Therefore, foods with protein remain in your stomach longer, reducing your hunger.
Down the line, a high-protein diet can result in higher cholesterol levels. That is why it is important to select lean proteins, such as wild salmon, instead of fattier proteins, such as red meat.
Here are some good proteins to add to your grocery list:
- Fish, especially salmon, tuna and cod
- White-meat poultry
- Dairy products, including milk, yogurt and cottage cheese
- Beans and lentils
- Nuts, such as walnuts and almonds
- Peanut butter or almond butter
While Dr. Dirk recommends reducing your carbohydrate intake following weight loss surgery, the right carbs are an essential part of your diet. Carbs are your body’s primary energy source and are a part of a healthy diet.
What are the “right carbs”? Always choose complex carbs, such as whole grains, instead of simple, refined or processed carbs, such as white breads.
Complex carbs are better for you because they take longer for your body to break down. They keep you full longer and contain a good mix of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.
Consider these complex carbs when shopping for groceries:
- Steel-cut oatmeal
- Brown rice
- Whole-wheat pasta
Finally, consuming vitamins is a vital part of your diet after weight loss surgery. Vitamins keep your body systems functioning well.
While vitamin supplements are an option, Dr. Dirk recommends getting your vitamins through a variety of natural, unprocessed foods like fruits and vegetables.
Here are some fruits and vegetables to incorporate into your diet:
- Leafy greens, such as kale, spinach, watercress and collard greens
- Green vegetables, such as broccoli and Brussels sprouts
- A range of colorful vegetables, such as bell peppers, carrots and tomatoes
- Citrus fruits, such as oranges and grapefruits
- Berries, such as blueberries and strawberries
- Sweet potatoes
Diet is a fundamental part of a healthy lifestyle, especially after weight loss surgery. That’s why Dr. Dirk provides his patients with detailed nutrition information following weight loss surgery.
To learn more about Dr. Dirk’s nutrition recommendations, set up a consultation today.