How Many Calories Should I Eat After Gastric Sleeve?

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If you’re wondering how many calories you should eat after gastric sleeve, the best answer is the one that comes from your doctor. They’re in the best position to determine what is right for you and your particular situation.

However, for the purposes of this blog, we can provide a broad overview of what’s considered best practices for post-weight-loss-surgery caloric intake.

For the first two weeks after weight loss surgery, you’ll be on a full liquid diet, aiming to get in at least 60 ounces of fluids, 60 grams of protein, and 600 calories per day.

While you and your doctor and/or dietitian will establish the proper caloric intake for you after bariatric surgery, there is more to a healthy recovery than just counting calories.

For example, at Oregon Weight Loss Surgery, we place a great deal of focus on the long-term follow-up of our patients. We feel this is essential to returning a patient to full health and wellbeing.

In fact, studies consistently show — and our experience proves — that providing patients with clear and consistent guidelines regarding post-surgery diet and exercise is the best course of action.

Although there are many similarities in post-surgery care and treatment from patient to patient, it is crucial to formulate a specialized program of care and follow-up for each individual patient. That’s why we provide the patients in our care with the tools and support that they’ll need to maintain a healthy weight for the rest of their lives.

How Many Calories Should I Eat After Gastric Sleeve?

We typically follow up with patients three to four weeks after their surgery, when patients are still enjoying the puree food phase, and taking their vitamin supplements. At this point, the calorie goal is a minimum of 800 calories per day, and usually we recommend a maximum number of calories of around 1200 to 1500 kcal per day, depending on your age, height, metabolism and activity level.

Gastric sleeve surgery is also known as a sleeve gastrectomy procedure, vertical sleeve gastrectomy, or just vertical gastrectomy.

Gastric sleeve surgery reduces hunger because shrinking the size of the stomach. In most cases, the surgeon will remove half the stomach, leaving just a thin vertical sleeve. The procedure is permanent and irreversible, thus it’s critical for patients to be informed of a number of things, including how many calories to consume after gastric sleeve surgery.

Not only will your surgeon inform you of how many calories to consume after gastric sleeve surgery, but also what kind of foods to eat.

For at least the first two weeks after surgery, you will be restricted to a liquid diet. Your doctor will inform you as to how best to introduce foods back into your diet. You will also be advised how to safely reintroduce proteins.

If you have any questions, get in touch with Oregon Weight Loss Surgery today. We’ve also put together some FAQs that may answer your questions.