One of the most frequently asked question before gastric bypass surgery is, “Will my stomach stretch after bypass surgery ? ” And yes its very important question. Our stomachs have the amazing ability to stretch and expand as a result of our food intake. When your stomach gets stretched, your stomach’s hunger signals get skewed. You’ve essentially tricked your stomach into thinking that it needs more and more food. Instead of waiting until your stomach is empty and you need nourishment, your stomach starts sending the signal of hunger when its still half-full – because that is when you’ve been feeding it. Both of these quickly lead to weight regain. So how to prevent that ?
5 Tips To Prevent Stomach Stretching After Gastric Bypass
The most important is the serving size. The food is not your enemy. The key to success is moderation. That means that you shouldn’t eliminate everything good from your diet. If you do, you will probably end up cheating and then binging. Instead of totally limiting every aspect of your diet, give yourself a reward once a week with a special treat limited in size. But do not go out and eat a large meal – regardless of the type of food.
If you are always feeling hungry, then eat small amounts of healthy snacks in between meals. Almonds are a delicious and healthy way to feel satisfied in between meals. When we skip a meal, its easy to get so hungry that we gorge ourselves the following meal. This is a good way to stretch your stomach. Get a good book with healthy recipes that are geared for people who have gone through gastric sleeve surgery.
3.Don’t drink during meals
It is important to avoid liquids during and after eating. Give the stomach a chance to handle the liquids apart from the food. Drink liquids between one and two hours before. This gives you the opportunity to eat the right measure of food and ensures you will get enough water for the day. Don’t not drink carbonated beverages. They tend to jumble with the food and give you gases that can make your stomach feel heavy.
4.Reward yourself with a treat rather than a large meal
Its important that you reward yourself from time to time. When our friends are eating chips and salsa or having ice cream its important to know that you can have a little bit as a treat from time to time.
This is the obvious one but it needs to be said. You went on gastric bypass surgery because of that. It takes more than one meal to stretch your stomach and cause issues. However, if you give yourself a big meal here or there, it will eventually get out of hand. That’s how most battles with obesity start. So, do not overeat.