People all around the world love pasta and it is probably a part of most diets on a weekly basis, especially the standard American diet. However, if you are someone who has had gastric sleeve surgery, this is going to change for you.
Not only will you have to be mindful of when you can eat pasta again post-op, how you eat it is just as important.
Pasta by itself can be over 200 calories per serving, not to mention the high-calorie sauces that can be added. For this reason alone, bariatric patients have to be careful when eating pasta regardless if it’s going out to eat or cooking at home.
Now, let’s take a look at when you will be able to eat pasta again, how it should look, and ways to make it fit into your bariatric diet following surgery.
When can I eat pasta again?
Immediately following surgery you will be placed on a specific 4-phase diet by your surgeon. Each phase is very specific and must be followed carefully to ensure success and limit the chances of post-op complications.
As you can see, the first two phases will not allow for any pasta whatsoever since you will be on liquids only and then transition into pureed foods.
Phase 3 will have you reintroducing soft foods like greek yogurt, eggs, non-starchy vegetables, and some fruits. However, you will still need to avoid pasta in this phase as your body is still adjusting to the drastic changes, both dietary and lifestyle.
Finally, Phase 4 (12 weeks post-op) is where you will officially begin the last leg of your journey to your goal weight. This phase is the only one that will differ in length for everyone since no single person is on the same journey.
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