There’s nothing wrong with using a little bit of guidance when it comes to navigating your post-op diet. In fact, when it comes to making sure you are staying on top of your weight loss after having bariatric surgery, planning ahead can come in handy.
Once you’ve undergone your bariatric surgery, you’ll know that there is a strict diet you must follow. This can be overwhelming information to comprehend, especially if you find the guidelines to be a bit broad, even after you’ve gone through it many times. Bariatric meal plans can be the solution you are looking for to make this journey a lot easier.
Meal plans can either be created by yourself or you can find them detailed and laid out for you. For example, our 14-day Inspire Diet Meal Plan (PDF) can be ordered for your own personal use. When it comes to diets, having a plan laid out in front of you will help clarify the specifics you need to make sure you are going about your diet in the right way.
We understand how important having a strong support system can be when navigating your post-op lifestyle, therefore, we are here to help.
If you are unfamiliar with what the bariatric diet consists of, it is a nutritional plan that follows a high-protein, low carb, and sugar diet. It is important to note that the bariatric diet consists of a few different stages. This includes a clear liquid stage, full liquid stage, pureed diet, adaptive/soft diet, and stabilization diet. While the liquid stage may not be too difficult to navigate, it is still important to make sure you are drinking enough fluids to make sure you stay hydrated.
Once you go into the stage where you can eat pureed foods, you can start to implement supplements that will help support your energy levels and make sure you are still getting the nutrients to allow your body to function properly. If you aren’t sure what supplements and vitamins to take, you can view our vitamin selection, many of which cater to different wellness needs.
Some items you should stay away from on the bariatric diet are drinks that are sugary or have a lot of caffeine in them. You should also avoid foods that are tough, contain a lot of pulp or seeds, and are high in fat. Solid foods that are fat-free, sugar-free, and lean will set you up for success.
The above information is all incredibly useful, but bariatric meal plans will lay it all out for you in further detail. While all bariatric meal plans differ, you can expect to find a menu portion that has meals you can eat for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and even snacks.
There may be a daily menu for a week, two weeks, or more depending on the type of meal plan you decide to purchase. Regardless, having the meals listed for each of your days can give you recipe ideas that you can save and use again further down the line.
If you decide to purchase our 14-day inspire diet meal plan, you can expect to have 14 days' worth of daily menus so that you can stay on top of your meals from breakfast to dinner and everything in between.
Let’s say you have a tight grasp of recipes, meal ideas, and more and want to take matters into your own hands by creating your own bariatric meal plan for your post-op diet. Starting off by creating a grocery list of the liquids, vitamins, supplements, and food items that you need can be a helpful starting point. You can then start to create meals based on the ingredients from your list that follow diet guidelines.
Sometimes it just takes one starting point, like getting the proper groceries, to kick start a successful bariatric diet. If you aren’t sure what to do with those ingredients or what meals to create, our meal plans can come in handy or you can take a look at some of the recipes we have on our website for inspiration.
Lastly, portion size is another important factor in the bariatric diet. Bariatric meal plans may be able to guide you in the right direction in terms of the proper portion size or calories that the meals you are eating contain. This can be useful in monitoring your weight loss and making sure you aren’t eating past a certain degree. Sometimes overeating is all it can take to regain after surgery.
If you are looking for meal recipe inspiration or want to swap out a meal on our meal plan for something else, our recipes are available and ready for your use.