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Vegetarian Diet after Bariatric Surgery

After undergoing bariatric surgery conducted by the best bariatric surgeons on long island, it’s recommended that the patient consume a diet that’s high in protein and low in carbs. This is because your body needs all the help it can get to heal and maintain lean muscle during rapid weight loss.

Proteins are either complete or incomplete. A complete protein has all 9 essential amino acids. Animal or animal by-products are considered complete proteins. Most of the proteins that come from plants are incomplete, and thus vegetarian diets must consume a wider variety of protein-containing foods. Before you decide to embark on a vegetarian diet, it’s important to know which type of vegetarian diet you want to choose so that you can make the right dietary choices. Different types of vegetarian diets

  • Lacto-Ovo vegetarian: this is when you consume dairy and eggs
  • Lacto-vegetarian: this is when you consume dairy but not eggs
  • Vegan: This is when you avoid all kinds of animal products and their by-products.
  • Vegetarian: This is when you don't consume animal flesh but you consume animal by-products like eggs and milk
  • Ovo-vegetarian: this is when you consume eggs but not dairy
  • Flexitarians: consume a diet that's mostly plant-based but on occasion consumes animal products
  • Semi-vegetarians: this diet has excluded red meat and one will consume limited amounts of other meats.

Regardless of which vegetarian diet you ensure that it contains all the required amino acids even as you continue to follow the guidelines provided by your doctor after undergoing bariatric surgery in long island. At the same time, follow these golden rules: Tips For A Vegetarian Diet After Bariatric Surgery

  • Choose a variety of plant sources to help you get all the amino acids
  • Only take soy-based meals 3 to 4 times a week
  • Don’t snack in between meals to avoid weight gain
  • Take enough water, take your vitamin and calcium pills as prescribed.
  • Ensure that you don’t surpass 20g of carbs per meal
  • If you have meat intolerance, try to reintroduce it in small portions until you can tolerate it

Taking a plant-based diet has been shown to help deal with heart diseases, diabetes, cancer, weight management, and even inflammation. When you decide to eliminate meat products from your diet and go on a vegetarian diet after bariatric surgery, ensure that the animal protein is replaced with varied sources of plant protein.

Good plant-based sources of protein include legumes (beans, lentils, chickpeas), wheat and other whole grains, nuts, and seeds.

Does A Gluten-Free Diet Help With Weight Loss?

You might be wondering: does a gluten-free diet help in weight loss? Gluten is a protein found in certain grains such as wheat, barley, and rye. Gluten can be tolerated by most people except those that have certain health conditions such as Celiac disease or gluten intolerance.

Those who are intolerant to gluten should continue to avoid it, however those who are not will likely not see much of a benefit by keeping it out of their diet. However, consuming fewer foods with refined flour in it may improve weight loss results due to the high carbohydrate content of refined flour. Patients are advised to choose whole grain foods over refined grain foods, and keep foods high in refined grains to a minimum. Whole grains contain hulls, whereas refined grains do not, giving whole grain foods a higher fiber content that makes the food slower to digest.