Taking Supplements After Bariatric Surgery
Remember that vitamins, minerals and obesity surgery go hand in hand. After you have any types of bariatric
surgery, remember that you are taking in a lot less nutrients. These are nutrients that are very important and
vital to your body. It will help you support your health when you need it the most.
Your doctor or dietician will probably recommend that you take the right amount of vitamins and other
nutritional supplements for the long term. These will help ensure that you stay healthy even though you are
consuming less foods.
You will find that the following vitamins and supplements are very important to take,
- Vitamin D
- Vitamin B12
In fact, there are supplements that you can buy that are specifically for patients that have had bariatric
surgery. These types of products will ensure that you are getting the right amount of vitamins, minerals and other
nutritional supplements that you need.
Another expectation that you should have after surgery is that you will no longer be able to eat everything you
want at a sitting. You will probably have the ability to eat only a small fraction of what you ate before your
surgery. You must teach yourself that you can only eat a very small amount--maybe three or four small bites at one
meal. This drastically cuts down on the number of calories you take in.
When you eat smaller portions, you will also find that you have to eat more frequently. This means that binge
eating is out of the question. You will probably eat six to seven very small meals each day. You will feel full
much faster when you eat as well. Eating slowly will help your digestion and will help you avoid common problems
such as dumping or diarrhea.
Before you decide on bariatric surgery, it is very important that you understand how this will affect you long
term. You should have realistic expectations going into the surgery for the best results.