So your gastric bypass surgery date is set? Congratulations!
Before you have bariatric surgery you’ll surely be instructed to follow a pre-surgery diet, including a period of time where you’ll have only liquids.
This is meant to prepare you for surgery and avoid complications. Cheating on your liquid diet before your gastric bypass surgery can put you at risk going into surgery and post-op life from the start.
Continue reading to learn how to stick to your pre-op and liquid diet before you have gastric bypass surgery (and how to get back on track if you accidentally cheat).
Prior to your gastric bypass surgery
If you are thinking about having Gastric Bypass surgery then you are probably in a place where everything you have tried has either failed or been short-lived.
Gastric Bypass is a great tool for helping you get healthy, lose weight, and finally live a life you have always dreamed of.
However, before you ever enter the operating room, you will need to make sure that your body is in a place that will make it as safe and effective as possible to have surgery.
Thus, depending on your BMI, you will be placed on a pre-surgery diet, which includes liquids only the last two days, weeks before surgery to help get your body where it needs to be. But cheating on your liquid diet before your gastric bypass surgery can put you at risk going into surgery and post-op life from the start.
What is the pre-op diet?
The bariatric pre-op diet is a very low-calorie diet (VLCD) that will consist of high-protein foods and liquids. Mostly supplements to remove any and all guesswork.
This diet will help to not only drop some body fat but also shrink your liver, which makes it easier for your surgeon to operate.