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Pre Bariatric Surgery Diet


The average length of time from the decision to have surgery, to when the actual surgery occurs is 8-12 weeks in most surgeons' offices. This is not the time to permit your health and diet to worsen, but should be used very fruitfully.

Some bariatric surgeons actually require that candidates for gastric bypass surgery lose 10 percent of their weight before weight loss surgery is performed. This can be accomplished by following a traditional calorie restricted diet. It's been shown that losing even 10-15 pounds before bariatric surgery can decrease the risks of complications.

A high protein, calorie restricted diet is very useful prior to surgery, as it can decrease the size of the liver, which can shorten operating time. It also helps to reduce the amount of fat in the upper abdomen. Since this area is the specific surgical site, the reduction of this fat is beneficial to the safety of the patient. Adopting a healthy, reduced calorie diet plan prior to bariatric surgery gets you into the habit of eating less, eating healthy and making the essential dietary changes that will be required after your bariatric surgery, and for the rest of your life.

Bariatric weight loss surgery requires you to make life-changing adjustments. The nutrition consultation with the surgeon or dietitian before bariatric surgery is a very important step in the process - to explain the nutritional requirements and dietary changes that are necessary before and after your bariatric weight loss surgery.

A pre surgery bariatric diet is designed to:
" Reduce Body fat
" Preserve Lean Body Mass
" Prepare the Body for Post-Surgery Recovery
" Prepare the Patient for the Post-Surgery Diet

Protein Requirements for Pre Surgery Diet

Pre bariatric surgery diets typically begin 8 - 12 weeks before gastric bypass surgery. The most important fact to realize on the pre-surgery diet is that protein requirements go up, from .4 gram per pound of ideal body weight to between .5 and .67 grams of protein per pound of ideal body weight. In general, on low calorie diets (700-1200 calories), the minimum daily protein requirements to maintain lean body mass are between 70 and 120 grams of protein per day. If this amount of protein is not taken in, "protein sparing" does not occur. Instead of drawing energy needed from fat reserves, the body will make up half of the caloric deficit from muscle. Inadequate protein intake during weight loss can cause a loss of lean muscle from 15-50% of the pounds lost as the body tries to maintain its energy requirements. This is significant with obese patients who already have a lower than normal lean body mass percentage. It becomes even more significant if you regain any of the weight lost, as the regained weight will now come back primarily as fat, further increasing the already high fat percentage.

Role of Bariatric Pre Surgery Diet

Specially designed bariatric protein supplements can be very helpful during the bariatric pre-surgery phase to help you achieve your dietary goals. Protein supplements play a crucial role in the structure of the diet by supplying you with the needed protein without added calories from carbohydrates. To accomplish this using all food, instead of using the combination of foods and protein supplements, would be difficult and complicated, which in turn affects overall compliance. With protein supplements, it is extremely simple to calculate and fulfill the daily protein requirements, and the servings can be prepared quickly and easily at any location.

The use of bariatric protein supplements before surgery also prepares you for diet protocol after surgery. You will already be familiar with the use and purpose of the supplements when surgery occurs, thus making the transition from the pre-surgery diet to the post-surgery diet that much easier. In addition the Bariatric protein supplements will:

1. Make it easier to monitor your required protein intake after surgery.

2. Help with the healing process, and increase energy levels.

3. Facilitate the ingestion of protein without undue stress or hardship.

Many of Medibar Diet's bariatric protein products come in convenient portion controlled packets, which ensure the correct portion size, while providing the optimal amount of high-quality protein and minimal amounts of carbohydrates, sugars and fat. Make sure to consult with your surgeon and/or dietician before beginning a pre-surgery diet.