How I Accidentally Reset My Pouch and Got Back in Control of My Hunger & Appetite - Bariatric Foodie (2022)

Ok so I’m going to ‘fess up.

That title? Total click bait! I’m sorry. That may have been wrong. But this is important stuff and I wanted you to click on it. My intentions were totally honorable.

I don’t believe in “pouch resets.” Or sleeve resets. Or (whatever you call your digestive apparatus) resets. I just don’t. You have the anatomy you have. When you have surgery, it’s at its most restrictive. The further you get out from surgery, the more likely you’ll feel less restriction, although probably never the level of hunger and eating capacity that you felt prior to having surgery.

Now I will disclaimer this to say that some people’s pouches do stretch (I’ve heard it’s rare but it happens), and for RNY patients sometimes your stoma (the opening between your stomach and intestines) can get too wide, which causes food to empty too fast from the stomach which, in turn, causes you to feel hungry more frequently. If you feel like you may be experiencing either of those problems talk to your bariatric surgeon. There is no diet that can fix that for you. It requires medical intervention. K?

But I did recently experience a dramatic reduction in both my appetite and my eating capacity and I’ve been documenting it. So I figured I’d share the results with you.

But first, a bit of background…

Because the title was click bait I should probably back up a bit and introduce myself. Hi! I’m Nikki. I’m 8 years out from RNY gastric bypass surgery and I am the owner of this fine website you’ve found yourself reading. Be sure to click the “Home” button when you’re done here so you can get access to the yummy weight loss surgery (WLS) friendly recipes this site has to offer!

In the beginning of my WLS journey I had extreme restriction and extreme food intolerance. Translation: I couldn’t eat much and everything I ate made me sick! But as I got further out, I found I could tolerate more foods. I also saw my eating capacity go up, and up, and up.

Scared the living daylights out of me.

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Like many of you I had this intense fear of regain. And, unfortunately, my fear was realized. At my highest weight post-op I had regained nearly 40 of the 155 lbs. I’d lost.

I’ve been working on that with slow success (it’s always slower coming off the second time after WLS) but my appetite was sort of off the hook. I could eat a LOT. And when I say I could eat a lot, I still mean far less than before surgery but enough where my meals didn’t raise eyebrows in a restaurant. And enough for me to be taking in way too many dang calories each day.

The ways we sabotage ourselves post-op

I’m very up front about the fact that I identify as a food addict.

This, of course, means I do some really junkie-like sh*t. Pardon my French.

What is junkie-like sh*t? Well, it’s when you exhibit behavior that’s clearly meant to pass for normal but it’s obvious to everyone (including you) that you are still sorta trying to practice your addiction.

Let me give you an example.

Well after my intolerance/restriction issues started to clear up, I noticed something. If I ate a chicken breast, I couldn’t eat all of it and I couldn’t eat anything else. Nothing. Nada. Lockdown.

But by contrast…if I ate Greek yogurt…I could eat a lot of that. I could even mix stuff into it. And better yet, I could still eat an hour later if I wanted because, you know, sometimes folks come along and want to eat after you’ve eaten and it’s nice to be able to eat when they eat, right? (Yes, that’s the actual thought that went through my head. I told you…junkie-like sh*t!)

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Now you don’t have to be a food addict to do that. Many folks latch onto the fact that some foods are easier than others to eat. Some cause fullness (or over-fullness) very quickly while some we are able to eat in decent amounts quite easily.

I’m not here to create disordered thinking, but for me there are certain behaviors that lead into self-sabotage. They include:

  1. Like I said, gravitating away from firm proteins. (Newbies, you are off the hook for this one because it’s not always prudent for you to eat firm proteins when you have just had surgery. Follow your plan! In fact, everyone follow your plan. If it’s between what I say and your plan? Your plan wins!)
  2. Not eating myprotein first. (A good rule lots of post-ops follow is two bites of protein to one bite of anything else, so that you get in veggies…cuz your body likes them!)
  3. Drinking with or directly after my meals.
  4. Not eating a balanced meal.
  5. Eating too quickly to recognize when I amsatisfied.

Those are big problems for me. And I never realized it more than one day when I was at a function for work. I’d had a BIG blood sugar drop a few days before (too many carbs in a sitting does that to me) and so I was taking it easy (read: biding my time until I would probably do something stupid again). So I was generally averse to eating starches. When I was served lunch I had a chicken breast – and it was good! I swear. I don’t know what they seasoned that thing with but it was delicious. I ate the whole 4 oz. of it!

And afterward, I found I couldn’t eat anything else. Nothing.

Later that day I noticed it had been hours since I’d eaten and I wasn’t hungry. I also noticed that it had been a long time since I had anything to drink so I grabbed a water and guzzled it. (Yes, at 8 years post-op I can guzzle.) And…WHAMMO! Hunger. Almost immediately after the first sip.

Now guys…I’ve been at this a long time so these things didn’t shock me but it did make me take pause. The bariatric rules are in place for a reason and, yes, I rebel against them, but damn if they don’t work! So that’s when I decided, based on that experience that day, to do a little experiment. I was interested in working on those five things I listed above, because I am prone to doing themall. But I was also interested in learning if I’d made any progress in coping with food addiction and accepting healthier eating behaviors.

(PAUSE: That’s another important point. I see the term food addiction used in a very cavalier way sometimes. I don’t take offense. It’s sometimes the best term to get folks to understand your issues with food. But if you SERIOUSLY think you are a food addict? That requires intervention by a doctor, mental health professional, etc. We now return to my regularly scheduled ramblings.)

And because I’m very into SMART goals I decided to take that approach to each of those five things above. Here’s how that shook out:

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  • Goal #1: I will eat firm proteins with each of my meals. For me that means animal protein like chicken, beef, pork or fishes like salmon. I will avoid making dairy the main source of protein at any meal.
  • Goal #2: I willtwo bites of firm protein to one bite of anything else.
  • Goal #3: I will not drink for at least 30 minutes after my meal.
  • Goal #4: My meals will consist of at least a 4 oz. portion of firm protein + 3 – 4 oz. of vegetables (depending on how hungry I was). My meals will not include any startch.
  • Goal #5: I will chew my food thoroughly and wait 5 seconds between bites.

The Results

So I admit I was a little skeptical at first about how this was all gonna go. If you’ve read this blog before you’ve heard me joke about having the “Wonder Pouch” or the “Pouch of Steel.” That’s just how much I was able to eat at the height of my appetite.

Now I began to notice downward shifts in my appetite in January, so in February I started getting intentional about what I was doing. This also coincides with Lent, when I usually give up something. This year I elected to give up starches. For whatever reason, even when I can’t take a promise to myself seriously any other time, I will during Lent! And I worked in earnest on the other things too.

Here are 6 things that have happened since I started working the above five goals:

  1. My eating capacity has greatly diminished. I was eating a full salad plate with some protein, some veggies and, yes, some starch and I was able to eat the entire plate. Now once I get through the protein,I can still eat my veggies and that’s about it.
  2. My appetite has greatly diminished. (Note: appetite and eating capacity are different. You can have a situation where you are able to eat but don’t want to or want to eat and are not able to. We on the same page? Lovely!) Luckily I am good at noticing when it’s been too long since I’ve last eaten. The body needs fuel. But I wasn’t getting the munchies throughout the day. In fact, I’ve had a fair amount of strictly “three good meals a day” type days.
  3. My caloric intake has dropped. As has the composition of my calories. I was getting a fair amount of calories from fat and carbs with protein coming in strong but not the dominant picture. Now I am getting about 40-ish% of my calories from protein, 35% from carbs, 25% from fat. I was pushing 2000 calories/day (if I am honest with myself) before this. Nowadays I hang out around 1500. Which brings me to another point.
  4. I’m food journaling! Now that I am not trying to hide from my food choices, I’m back to journaling. Even when I eat something that is less than healthy.
  5. My blood sugar has been stable. I don’t officially have reactive hypoglycemia (meaning my doctor has not diagnosed me as such) but I’ve had some big blood sugar drops. Crazy thing is I know what causes them. When I eat too many starches in a meal for too many consecutive meals. This begs the question, why’d you do that Nik? Because I wasn’t being an active and accountable participant in my own process!
  6. I’ve lost 12 lbs.That’s since the beginning of the year, not from the beginning of the experiment, but still it’s not nothing. I also seem to have gone down one pant size. Most of that happened after I started limiting my starches.

There are a few other things I noticed while doing this. For instance, I did not cut all carbs but I did cut most starches (bread, crackers, rice, pasta, potatoes…but I did eat beans). At first I’m pretty sure I wasn’t getting any carbs because most of my carbs were starches before. And in cutting them out I’m also pretty sure that I threw myself into ketosis there for a minute. (Click that link if you don’t know what that is.) I rectified that pretty quickly by filling in with other types of carbohydrates. Why? Because no-carb was not my mission! I’m not scared of carbs nor do I want to limit them. I just want to be smart about them.

Lastly, I noticed that indulgences didn’t seem to have a big impact. I wasn’t sure whether or not to share that information with you or not. (Use it for good, Foodies, not evil!) For example, I had a few really life-changing burgers over the past few weeks. They were made with regular beef, regular cheese, regular toppings…just no bun. I ate as much of it as I wanted (which, with regular fat items isn’t much because fat fills me up quick!) and moved on. I also tend to have a few squares of dark chocolate every day. (Yes. Every day.) Neither of those things caused regain nor did they affect my appetite up or down. I ate it. Logged it. Moved on.

Disclaimer: I am not creating a diet plan

Not for me or for anyone else! Seriously…I’ve shared this information not so that you can do what I did but to encourage you to be an active participant in your process. Always be aware of what you are doing with regards to food, exercise, vitamins – and don’t be afraid to ask for help or change something up if you feel like it’s not working. This is a process, a healthylifestyle. Any person calling themselves a Bariatric Foodie is NOT “on a diet.”

Soif you think that’s the point of the post…I clearly didn’t make the point of this post well!

Anyhoo…I know the question you may be asking. “But, Nik, are you going to stick with this?” Enhhh. I don’t see it as sticking with anything so much as recalibrating. I had veered off in the wrong direction and I set myself straight. Will I continue to do that? For today I will. As of the time of this writing, Lent isn’t over yet so no starches until at least that is done with but my body feels a lot better than it did before I started tweaking. So I will do what I always do and take it one step at a time.

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But here are my take-aways from this little experiment:

  1. The bariatric rules are the rules for a reason and we should follow them! Eating protein forward meals, lots of fresh veggies (when you are cleared), and sensible fats are the rules for a reason. They not only lose weight but enable you to control cravings and appetite. I don’t know if I bought into that until this experiment but I now whole-heartedly believe this is true.
  2. I probably need to be in better contact with my dietician. Both for accountability’s sake but also because she can remind me about good bariatric eating practices. I honestly had gotten very far away from them and didn’t see a thing wrong with it. That’s partly my junkie-like sh*t at play, but also over time you can move away from your plan in baby steps until one day you are on one side of the world and your goals are on the other!
  3. In general, accountability is important. But not just accountability to myself. Accountability beforeothers. I am more prone to do the right thing when folks are watching, after all.
  4. It’s good to shake up your habits sometimes. The body actually loses weight that way. When it doesn’t know what to expect and you challenge it, interesting things happen.

So there you have it…how I accidentally (and then not-so-accidentally) got back in control of my eating capacity and appetite. I hope something in this post was helpful as you live your best healthy lifestyle!

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FAQs

Does gastric sleeve pouch reset work? ›

Contrary to popular belief, the pouch reset doesn't work. It is not backed by science and will not shrink your stomach, reduce your hunger or change your unhealthy habits.

Does hunger come back after gastric bypass? ›

People often find they aren't very hungry for the first several months after bariatric surgery, but eventually their appetite starts to come back. And when it does, learning to tell the difference between true hunger and simply being “in the mood” to eat can help them to stay on track toward their wellness goals.

How long does a pouch reset take? ›

A normal post gastric bypass diet typically has four to five stages and lasts 8 to 10 weeks. The pouch reset uses similar guidelines but lasts only 8 to 10 days. Remember, you are severely restricting your food intake so it's suggested that you do this with the help of your bariatric surgeon and/or dietitian.

What does a pouch Reset do? ›

A pouch reset is a tool to get your stomach back to its normal size. This is done by severely reducing your food intake. Note: While you can do your own pouch reset, it is strongly recommended you do it with the support of a bariatric surgeon and dietitian.

Can your stomach pouch shrink? ›

And eating small amounts of food won't “shrink your stomach” either. The only way you can physically and permanently reduce your stomach's size is to have surgery. You can lose overall body fat over time by eating healthy food choices, but that won't change your stomach size.

What is the 48 hour pouch reset? ›

The 48-hour pouch reset plan is essentially a ploy by online companies to get you to buy their bariatric food products, especially their protein shakes. The first day consists of consuming only a protein shake for meals to flush your digestive system of sugars and simple carbohydrates.

How do you know if you're full after gastric bypass? ›

For most people, the feeling of fullness is more like a pressure or tight feeling and happens just behind the bottom of the sternum, behind the little indentation between your belly and your chest. In the first few weeks after surgery, you may feel the pressure up in your chest area.

Can the hunger hormone be removed? ›

In regards to leptin resistance, bariatric surgery may have a big role in reducing its effects – by decreasing the hunger hormone ghrelin. Unlike leptin, ghrelin is actually produced in the stomach. During bariatric surgery, specifically laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy, the size of the stomach is significantly reduced.

How do you stop ghrelin release? ›

But there are ways to help control ghrelin, the appetite-boosting hormone that triggers the brain to encourage eating.
  1. Do aerobic exercise. ...
  2. Eat protein. ...
  3. Work on lowering stress. ...
  4. Eat smaller meals more often. ...
  5. Add “good” fats to your diet. ...
  6. Lose some weight.
20 Jun 2010

How long does food stay in pouch after gastric bypass? ›

Review this booklet carefully. Remember these are guidelines and everybody is different, so dietary substitutions can be made with the help from your medical care team and dietitian. Your new stomach, also known as “the pouch,” is about 1 ounce in size. Your pouch will take about 6-8 weeks to heal.

What is a bariatric reset? ›

A bariatric pouch reset is a diet that brings you back to the basics of eating after bariatric surgery. It doesn't necessarily shrink your stomach back to a normal size, but instead, helps you to get back on track mentally and lose some weight. We are all human and old eating habits can resurface.

How long does liquid stay in your stomach after gastric bypass? ›

Stage 2: Full Liquids

This stage will involve foods that are mushy or have a consistency similar to yogurt, and will continue for about 7-10 days. Try to eat every 3-4 hours, being sure not to skip any meals.

How much water should a bariatric patient drink a day? ›

Drink at least 2 to 3 quarts (64 to 96 ounces) of non-carbonated water/liquid per day. Drink sugar-free beverages (i.e. Crystal Light) or drinks with NO MORE than 5 calories per 8-ounce serving. Do not drink more than a maximum of 8 to 16 ounces of caffeinated beverages per day.

Can you have the gastric sleeve twice? ›

The answer to this question is no, you cannot get gastric sleeve surgery twice. As we mentioned before, the surgery is irreversible. Once your stomach has been removed, it's gone for good.

Do I need to do a pouch reset? ›

There is no scientific evidence that this diet will change the anatomy of your stomach and make it smaller. It is also not a long-term diet. The pouch reset diet should not be used frequently or for longer than the suggested time. It is a very low-calorie diet and that is intended for short-term use only.

How long does it take to reset your appetite thermostat? ›

The more consistent you are, the sooner your body can naturally moderate your appetite. I've seen it happen in as little as 2 weeks! Reset your body's appetite thermometer with this week's meal plan.

Does ghrelin come back after gastric sleeve? ›

Gastric Sleeve Surgery – The Ghrelin Buster

It's possible for cells producing ghrelin to grow back, but that doesn't usually occur until at least two years after surgery. Be prepared for rising ghrelin levels as you continue your weight loss journey.

How do you reset your appetite? ›

A person can use the following ten evidence-based methods to suppress their appetite and avoid overeating:
  1. Eat more protein and healthful fats. ...
  2. Drink water before every meal. ...
  3. Eat more high-fiber foods. ...
  4. Exercise before a meal. ...
  5. Drink Yerba Maté tea. ...
  6. Switch to dark chocolate. ...
  7. Eat some ginger. ...
  8. Eat bulky, low-calorie foods.

Can drinking water stretch gastric sleeve? ›

After undergoing a laparoscopic gastric bypass, patients often wonder about the limits of their new stomachs. Many are concerned that drinking water will cause their stomach to stretch. So, can your stomach stretch after gastric sleeve surgery? Yes, it can.

What percent of gastric bypass patients gain the weight back? ›

Dietitian Amanda Clark said weight regain following bariatric surgery can be very disheartening for patients. Typical early weight loss following bariatric surgery ranges from 47–80% of excess weight. However, typical weight regain is 15–25% of that lost weight.

Is it normal to be hungry after bariatric? ›

Having hunger eventually after any bariatric surgery is normal. The key is that most people will feel full with much less food. So, you hopefully will feel some fullness as you advance to regular protein foods. Finally, get in to see your surgeon.

What does hunger feel like after gastric bypass? ›

It usually begins with stomach sensations such as grumbling, gurgling, or growling. Preferences for food are flexible. You may experience light-headedness or dizziness. Physical hunger is patient.

What are 3 common long term complications of gastric bypass? ›

Longer term risks and complications of gastric bypass can include: Bowel obstruction. Dumping syndrome, causing diarrhea, nausea or vomiting. Gallstones.
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Risks
  • Excessive bleeding.
  • Infection.
  • Adverse reactions to anesthesia.
  • Blood clots.
  • Lung or breathing problems.
  • Leaks in your gastrointestinal system.
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Is ghrelin removed during gastric bypass? ›

Ghrelin is produced predominantly by the cells of the gastric fundus, the majority of which is removed during this procedure.

How do I raise my leptin levels? ›

Load up on these nine foods to lower your body's triglycerides levels so that can help leptin work more effectively in your body:
  1. Berries. Replace sugary treats with fruit in its natural form. ...
  2. Unsweetened Beverages. ...
  3. Healthy Oils. ...
  4. Vegetables. ...
  5. Legumes. ...
  6. Lean Meat, Poultry, and Fish. ...
  7. Whole Grains. ...
  8. Salad Greens.
28 Oct 2020

Does gastric bypass reset metabolism? ›

Bariatric surgery may reset your set point

By altering the anatomy of the stomach and/or intestine, these surgeries affect hormonal signals, resulting in decreased appetite, increased feelings of fullness, increased metabolism, and healthier food preferences.

What foods block ghrelin? ›

Eating plenty of healthy carbs such as whole grains, as well as lean proteins like chicken, fish, and tofu. These foods can decrease ghrelin levels and keep you feeling fuller longer.

What hormone triggers hunger? ›

Ghrelin is a multifaceted gut hormone which activates its receptor, growth hormone secretagogue receptor (GHS-R). Ghrelin's hallmark functions are its stimulatory effects on food intake, fat deposition and growth hormone release. Ghrelin is famously known as the “hunger hormone”.

What hormone tells you to stop eating? ›

Leptin is a hormone, made by fat cells, that decreases your appetite.

What is the normal size of a gastric pouch? ›

In Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (GBP) surgery, most of your stomach is separated away from a small “pouch.” This pouch is about one ounce after surgery — the size of a golf ball — and is where your food will go after you swallow. The vast majority of gastric bypass procedures are done laparoscopically.

How can I avoid weight gain after gastric bypass? ›

Prevent Weight Gain After Weight Loss Surgery
  1. Eat lean proteins, whole grains, low-fat dairy, fruits and vegetables.
  2. Avoid foods containing more than 15 grams of sugar per serving.
  3. Select foods low in fat.
  4. Track protein intake and get at least 60 to 80 grams/day. ...
  5. Making time to eat, at least 3 times a day.
13 Sept 2012

What happens to the original stomach after gastric bypass? ›

A: The remnant (or remaining) stomach gets smaller over time since it is no longer getting stretched with food and drink, but still serves an essential purpose in producing stomach acid and enzymes to help us digest our food. Q: What are the risks of the Gastric Bypass Procedure?

Why do gastric bypass patients gain weight? ›

“After bariatric surgery, your metabolism decreases, and your need for calories drops as you lose weight. You can't eat the same number of calories at 150 pounds that you did at 300 pounds, or you'll gain weight.”

Why am I not losing weight after my gastric bypass? ›

Regain of weight can be due to changes in operative anatomy and requires workup, but the most common causes are changes in diet, lack of exercise, or psychological issues,” state the authors.

How long should it take to drink a protein shake after gastric bypass? ›

After the first two to three days drink 1-2 ounces of a protein shake every three to four hours and sip on 48 ounces of non-caloric fluids between protein shakes to ensure ample protein intake and to prevent dehydration. Do this for 11-12 days.

Can I drink lemon water after bariatric surgery? ›

The first three months after surgery, do not eat acidic or citrus foods such as tomatoes, lemons, oranges, or limes.

What happens if you don't drink enough water after gastric sleeve? ›

Dehydration can lead to serious complications, which is why it is so important to ensure you are getting enough fluids after bariatric surgery. Some of the health complications of dehydration include: Urinary and kidney problems. Kidney failure.

What happens if you don't get enough protein after bariatric surgery? ›

The Importance of Protein

If your diet doesn't include enough protein, you might notice thinning hair about 6 months to a year after weight loss surgery. That's because the human body can't make protein without food – and also has no way to store protein – making it important to consume enough daily.

How many carbs should a bariatric patient have a day? ›

They are typically what you think of when you hear the word “carb”—desserts, sodas, bread, pasta, and chips. We recommend that our bariatric patients who are greater than a year out from surgery stick to 50 to 75 grams of carbs a day and, more importantly, less than 15 tsp of sugar a day for sustained weight loss.

Can you gulp water after gastric bypass? ›

It is okay to take occasional sips from your water bottle but gulping it all down at once is not advisable. It is important to pick a water bottle with a straw. With this, you will maintain the “sipping” rule.

How do I reset my pouch sleeve? ›

A normal post gastric bypass diet typically has four to five stages and lasts 8 to 10 weeks. The pouch reset uses similar guidelines but lasts only 8 to 10 days.
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Clear liquids only.
  1. Clear liquids only.
  2. Water.
  3. Broth.
  4. Jell-O (sugar free)
  5. Decaf tea.
  6. Decaf coffee.
  7. Sugar free Popsicles.
  8. Sugar free drinks that are not carbonated.
11 Feb 2020

Can you shrink your gastric sleeve? ›

The pouch reset is a myth. It does not: Shrink your stomach back to its post-surgery size. Reduce hunger and increase the feeling of fullness (satiety)

How common is gastric sleeve revision? ›

After 7 years, approximately 19.9% of gastric sleeve patients will have undergone revisional surgery (1). The most common reasons for gastric sleeve revision surgery are: Not enough weight loss.

What does a pouch Reset do? ›

' A pouch reset is a tool to get your stomach back to its normal size. This is done by severely reducing your food intake. Note: While you can do your own pouch reset, it is strongly recommended you do it with the support of a bariatric surgeon and dietitian.

What is the 48 hour pouch reset? ›

The 48-hour pouch reset plan is essentially a ploy by online companies to get you to buy their bariatric food products, especially their protein shakes. The first day consists of consuming only a protein shake for meals to flush your digestive system of sugars and simple carbohydrates.

Can a gastric bypass be tightened? ›

Through a flexible scope passed through the mouth, the physician can sew tissue tighter from the inside, where food enters the stomach. This is similar to tightening a belt and limits the amount of food intake that can be accommodated during each meal.

Can you have gastric sleeve surgery twice? ›

The answer to this question is no, you cannot get gastric sleeve surgery twice. As we mentioned before, the surgery is irreversible. Once your stomach has been removed, it's gone for good.

How do you get rid of belly fat after gastric sleeve? ›

How to lose weight after Gastric Sleeve Surgery
  1. Follow strictly the post-op diet without any excuses.
  2. Adding plenty of protein to their diet will help the patient lose weight in addition to belly fat.
  3. No snacking. ...
  4. Exercise regularly. ...
  5. Stay Hydrated by drinking water. ...
  6. A healthy sleeping pattern is another key to success.
25 Apr 2021

How can I speed up weight loss after gastric sleeve? ›

With the right habits, you can lose 60-70% of your excess weight within a year.
  1. Choose nutrient-dense foods. You don't have a lot of room in your stomach after surgery, so don't fill up on empty calories. ...
  2. Protein, protein, protein. ...
  3. Plan your meals. ...
  4. Stay away from beverage calories. ...
  5. Chew thoroughly. ...
  6. Exercise.

Can liquids stretch your stomach after gastric sleeve? ›

You know that feeling when you've consumed too many fluids and you feel that your stomach is stretched out? Well, rest assured, you're in no danger of causing any damage to your post-op stomach pouch. Drinking liquids cannot cause this problem because the liquids pass through your system without restriction.

How common is gastric sleeve revision? ›

After 7 years, approximately 19.9% of gastric sleeve patients will have undergone revisional surgery (1). The most common reasons for gastric sleeve revision surgery are: Not enough weight loss.

How do I know if I need a gastric bypass revision? ›

5 signs you might need weight loss revision surgery
  1. Chronic acid reflux. ...
  2. Re-gaining weight. ...
  3. Nausea and vomiting. ...
  4. Unmet weight loss goals. ...
  5. Complications from a gastric surgery.

Can I get a second gastric bypass? ›

Bariatric revision is an endoscopic procedure designed to help patients who have already had a gastric bypass procedure but have since gained some weight back. This procedure is sometimes called a transoral gastric outlet reduction.

What vitamins should you take after bariatric surgery? ›

Vitamin Recommendations for Patients

Gastric Bypass: Doctors recommend that gastric bypass surgery patients take a complete multivitamin, calcium with Vitamin D, iron and Vitamin C, Vitamin D, and Vitamin B12. Others may be recommended.

Why am I not losing weight after my gastric bypass? ›

Regain of weight can be due to changes in operative anatomy and requires workup, but the most common causes are changes in diet, lack of exercise, or psychological issues,” state the authors.

Does loose skin after weight loss go away? ›

For small to moderate amounts of weight loss, your skin will likely retract on its own. Natural home remedies may help too. However, more significant weight loss may need body-contouring surgery or other medical procedures to tighten or get rid of loose skin.

What foods are off limits after gastric sleeve? ›

Foods to Avoid After Bariatric Surgery
  • Red meat that's tough or dry.
  • Greasy, high fat foods.
  • Heavily seasoned or spicy foods.
  • Sugar alcohols, such as erythritol, glycerol, mannitol, sorbitol and xylitol.
  • Foods reheated in the microwave.
4 Mar 2022

What happens if you eat solid food after gastric sleeve? ›

After gastric bypass surgery, your body is very sensitive to insulin. If you stop eating right away, you can cause your insulin levels to rise and cause your body to be more susceptible to diabetes. Keep in mind that you will also have to make sure that you are getting enough nutrients.

How much weight should I have lost 3 months after gastric sleeve? ›

Therefore, you may expect a 30 to 40 pound weight loss during the first 3 months.

Does drinking lots of water stretch your stomach? ›

Can Water Stretch Your Stomach? - YouTube

Can too much water stretch gastric sleeve? ›

Many are concerned that drinking water will cause their stomach to stretch. So, can your stomach stretch after gastric sleeve surgery? Yes, it can.

What happens if you don't drink enough water after gastric sleeve? ›

Dehydration can lead to serious complications, which is why it is so important to ensure you are getting enough fluids after bariatric surgery. Some of the health complications of dehydration include: Urinary and kidney problems. Kidney failure.

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