Why it’s Important to Limit Carbohydrates after Bariatric Surgery
By Jacqueline Osuna, MD on August 10, 2017
Bariatric surgery provides patients with excess weight and health complications the opportunity to gain a new lease on life. These weight loss procedures, performed by Dr. Jacqueline Osuna in Tijuana, MX and Guadalajara, MX, are often performed for patients who have been unsuccessful in losing weight through medically supervised diets. It is also beneficial for patients who are suffering from the effects of co-morbidities, such as hypertension, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease.
Before undergoing bariatric surgery, it’s important to understand the diet protocol you will need to follow before and after surgery. Limiting carbohydrates after bariatric surgery is important, as they can cause you to feel fuller faster without providing adequate nutrition.
Understanding the Effects of Carbohydrates
Weight loss surgery should never be viewed as a quick fix to losing weight, but rather a way for you begin a new and healthy lifestyle. Dr. Jacqueline Osuna provides a variety of restrictive and malabsortive bariatric procedures, including gastric sleeve surgery, gastric bypass surgery, and the LAP-Band® system. While some procedures only shrink the size of your stomach, others can reduce the size of your stomach and reroute your digestive tract to produce even better results.
Because the size of your stomach will be significantly reduced, you will need to consume foods that produce the best nutritional value. This typically involves maintaining a high protein/low-carbohydrates diet.
Although carbohydrates are considered a necessary energy source for our bodies, consuming too much of the wrong kind can cause weight gain and digestive issues, such as dumping syndrome. This serious condition can result in abdominal pain, severe diarrhea, vomiting, fatigue, rapid heartbeat, and malnutrition.
Complex Carbohydrates vs. Simple Carbohydrates
For the first year after your surgery, Dr. Osuna will recommend that you limit carbohydrates to about 50 grams a day and to make sure they are the healthiest forms. Carbohydrates fall into two different categories:
- Complex Carbohydrates: Whole grain bread, rice, legumes, and starchy vegetables.
- Simple Carbohydrates: Foods that naturally contain sugar, such as fruit and milk, or contain refined sugar, such as candy, cereal, syrups, soft drinks, bread, pasta, and baked goods.
Foods to Avoid and Consume
Dr. Jacqueline Osuna and her team will discuss the procedure and your diet restrictions with you in detail during your pre-surgical consultation. For the first weeks before and after surgery, you will be asked to follow a liquids only diet to allow your digestive tract to adjust. As you begin to add foods back into your diet, it’s important to understand which foods provide the most nutritional benefits.
Simple Carbs to Avoid
- Baked goods (pies, cookies, and cakes)
- Breakfast cereal
- Fruit juice concentrate
Complex Carbs You Can Eat
- Fruits (apples, bananas, and berries)
- Fibrous vegetables (broccoli, lettuce, and carrots)
- Whole grains (brown rice, quinoa, whole wheat pasta)
- Whole wheat bread
Contact Us to Learn More
If you are interested in learning more about the bariatric surgeries we provide and how weight loss surgery can benefit you long-term, contact our office today. We offer two locations in Northern and Central Mexico and provide safe and effective procedures for patients from all over the world. As an extremely skilled surgeon, Dr. Osuna has performed over 5,000 bariatric surgeries to help patients achieve a healthier lifestyle.
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