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Bariatric surgery is just the first step in a lifelong journey of making healthy choices. Mona shares the challenges of changing ingrained habits and the positive results she's experienced from the steps she's taken so far.
Most teens can expect to lose about 28% of their body weight after surgery over time if they commit to the recommended lifestyle changes. These changes include a diet transition program that focuses on protein, learning to eat less at each meal, making healthier choices at each meal, taking vitamins for life, and finding ways to stay physically active. These changes help to promote continued weight loss after surgery.
|Diet Stage||Time After Surgery||Calorie Limit||Protein Goal||Meal Volume||Fluid Goal|
|#1: Sugar-free clear liquids||Days 1 and 2||Less than 300||N/A||1 oz every 15 min||At least 64 oz daily|
|#2: Full, high protein liquids||Day 3 – 16
(two weeks from discharge)
|300 – 500||60 – 90 grams||2 oz every 15 minutes||64 – 80 oz daily|
|#3: Soft protein foods||Weeks 2 and 3||About 500||60 – 90 grams||¼ to ½ cup per meal||64 – 80 oz daily|
|#4: High protein foods, vegetables and fruits||Weeks 4 – 12||500 – 750||60 – 90 grams||½ to 1 cup per meal||64 – 80 oz daily|
|#5: High protein foods, vegetables, fruits and whole grains||Lifelong after week 12||About 1,000||60 – 90 grams or more||About 1 cup per meal||At least 80 oz daily|
Having people to support teens on their weight loss journey after bariatric surgery is vital. Mona found that she wanted to have people around her who could support her in social situations. She also wanted friends who would join her for physical activities that were now a regular part of her life.
Our bariatric surgery team is committed to providing the ongoing support that teens need after bariatric surgery. This may include anything from continuing to meet with a dietitian regularly to seeing a psychologist who can help them cope with the physical and emotional changes that happen after surgery.
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"I know if I didn't have the surgery, I wouldn't be able to do half the things that I'm doing now."