Weight loss surgery is done to help lose excess weight and reduce the risk of potentially life-threatening weight-related health problems.

This includes heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, Type 2 diabetes, infertility, and cancer.

It is required to make permanent changes to lead a healthier lifestyle for sure, but how do you prepare?

It is suggested to lose weight before your surgery to improve surgical outcomes. Excess body weight and a fatty liver may increase surgical risk during upper abdominal laparoscopic surgery.1

The impacts of bariatric surgery on the nutritional status are mostly linked to the reduction of the volume of the stomach and to the reduced absorption of nutrients. Because of the small volume and the post-operative gastric oedema, the ingestion of solid foods in the first days after surgery is very difficult or impossible. Therefore, in order to avoid or minimize regurgitation and vomiting, most post-operative nutritional protocols suggest a liquid or very soft diet in the first days after surgery and a very gradual increase in food consistency in the first post-operative weeks.2

The guidelines by Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Centre, US3 may help

  • to prevent nutritional deficiencies that may result from a decreased intake of food, maldigestion and/or malabsorption of nutrients,
  • to achieve the maximum amount of weight loss,
  • to prevent nausea, vomiting, dehydration, hair loss, dumping syndrome and other potential side effects.

Based on the guidelines mentioned above different packages of InShape high protein powder products offer tailored solutions for each stage of the dietary progression, providing low-calorie, reduced-fat, and low-carb meal replacement options in the form of full liquid, pureed meal, and soft meal packages which may facilitate adherence to nutritional guidelines and aid in achieving weight loss objectives:

Pre-operative Package – 2 weeks

Full Liquid Package: A day before and post-op first week

Pureed Package: Post-op weeks 2,3 and 4

Soft Meal Package: Post-op weeks 5-8

Bariatric Package All-Inclusive: 10 weeks

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1 Source: Sleeve gastrectomy – Mayo Clinic
2 Source: Diet approach before and after bariatric surgery – PMC (nih.gov)
3 Source: nutrition-guidelines-for-weight-loss-surgery.pdf (hopkinsmedicine.org)