Bariatric Surgery is weight loss surgery, or “Metabolic Surgery”.

You might have heard of Gastric Band, Gastric Sleeve and Gastric Bypass. These are the most common weight loss operations in Australia. The operations involve decreasing the appetite, the speed of eating and the capacity of the stomach to hold food and also to decrease the ability of the body to digest and absorb certain foods.

To find out more go to www.melbournebariatrics.com.au

One of the keys to success with weight loss surgery is achieving a calorie-restricted diet of under 1200 calories per day.  Be Fit Food has created meals that achieve this calorie limit, that are also nutritious and yet tasty. The most important feature is the meals will fit into the very limited stomach space created by the surgery. We suggest you choose BE RAPID if you are having or have had wight loss surgery.

Gastric Band surgery

preoperative diet

Before Bariatric Surgery, patients are required to lose weight. This is done to decrease the risk of the surgery. The weight loss is acheived usually using a VLCD (Very Low Calorie Diet). This is usually a “bars and shakes diet” The BE Fit Food  plan for this phase replaces each meal of the “bars and shakes”! It includes Breakfast, lunch and dinner and snacks. Nothing artificial and no hidden additives. Choose BE RAPID for your pre op diet.

postoperative liquid diet

After Bariatric Surgery, patients then start another diet: post operative liquids. This is a liquids only diet that is high in protein and nutrition but not high in calories. The Be Fit Food meal Programme includes a post operative liquid meal plan. It includes liquid breakfasts, soups and protein drinks. Choose BE RAPID and ask us to puree the soups for you. Don’t choose any porridge, Instant omelettes, hot meals or Protein Balls. You’ll only be able to tolerate the breakfasts Yoghurt Chia Pods and soups at this stage.

postoperative transition diet

Then the bariatric surgery patients go on a transition diet. This is a diet of increasing texture before eventually returning to a diet with a full range of textures. Again, Choose BE RAPID, but this time you can include, hot meals and snacks and omelettes and porridge, and blend them or puree them to a consistency that you can tolerate. This diet will meet the needs of recovering from surgery.

lifetime diet

Eventually, bariatric surgery patients will be eating a lifetime diet to achieve and maintain major weight loss. They will usually lose over 30kg, depending on their starting weight, and keep this off for the rest of their life. To do this they will usually eat 900 to 1200calories per day in 3 small meals and 2 planned healthy snacks. The BE Fit Food BE RAPID plan has meals and snacks that enable people to be confident they are meeting their calorific and nutritional needs. You may now choose from any item on the menu, but only the Small Serves. The Full Serves won’t fit in the stomach of a Sleeve Gastrectomy, and anyway they have too many calories for this purpose! You may have noticed that all our breakfasts,  Small Lunch and Dinners and even our snacks are the perfect size for someone who has had weight loss surgery. Handy eh!

One of the keys to success with weight loss surgery is achieving a calorie restricted diet of under 1200 calories per day.

The Be Fit Food Meal Programme has meals designed to achieve this calorie limit, and yet also be nutritious and delicious, and yet fit into the very limited stomach space created by the surgery.

Will my weight loss surgery team be ok with this?

If your weight loss surgery team wants you to have pre operative weight loss, they will want this to be rapid weight loss that deacreases the size of the liver and decreases the fat around the stomach.

To achieve this they will also be wanting you to continue to take in as complete a nutritional intake as possible. They will therefore be asking you to go on a ketogenic diet with a VLCD. And that is exactly what this meal plan is. It is a ketogenic, VLCD , a real food alternative to “bars and shakes” diets.

Also, you can use this meal programme in conjunction with the “shakes and bars” diet. Simply replace each of the planned shakes or bars with one of the BE Fit Food Small Serve meals, or vice versa. And you can also have a high protein low calorie snack each day such as a BE Fit Food Protein Ball.

For example, if have been told to have 2 weeks of say Optifast, 3 serves per day plus 1 snack,  then have 3 serves of BE Fit Food Small Serves and 1 protein ball, or say one Optifast and 2 BE Fit Food meals per day plus  snack. Remember you can always supplement this with one side salad or side vegetable dish instead of a snack. Ask your dietitian what will suit you best if you’re not sure.