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Successful Habits of Gastric Bypass Patients

Check those habits you have difficulties with!

Please familiarize yourself with the following guidelines:

  • Eat three small meals per day – NO snacking between meals
  • Concentrate on 3 kinds of food – Protein, Protein, and Protein (fish, poultry, meat, cheese, eggs, seafood, etc.)
  • Avoid coarse roughage foods – coconut, cabbage, lettuce, skins of fruit (Wait 6 months to try pork and steak, remember to chew well!)
  • Eat slowly – Enjoy your food.
  • Sit down to eat your meals – (Eat at a table and not in front of the TV)
  • Cut food up well and chew thoroughly – 30 times per bite.
  • Drink fluids before eating solids – Do not drink with meals.
  • Avoid sweets, candy, juices and high-calorie beverages. (These may cause “dumping” and will prevent you from losing weight.)
  • Each meal should be 75% protein; eat protein first and vegetables and fruit last.
  • Stop eating when you feel full.
  • Take supplements everyday – refer to supplement guidelines in your packet.
  • Take sublingual Vitamin B12 twice a week or get a B12 injection every 2-3 months.
  • Maintain a regular exercise program.
  • Avoid alcohol. (High in calories, absorbed very quickly, and may lead to ulcers)
  • Avoid carbonated beverages. (Leads to stretching of pouch and ulcers)
  • Avoid caffeine. (Appetite stimulant and may lead to ulcers)
  • Get regular follow up visits with your Primary Care Provider.