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How To Maintain Nourishment After Duodenal Switch Surgery

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A newer treatment that helps ensure that people lose weight quickly is the duodenal switch surgery. This procedure essentially reduces the size of the area of your body that you use to store food, making you feel full much more quickly than a person who has not undergone the surgery. It tends to be used for patients that have an extremely high BMI and need to lose weight in order to continue to live a happy and productive life. The duodenal switch procedure is extremely effective in helping people lose weight, but can make it difficult for these people to get all of the nutrients that they need for their bodies to be healthy. Here are some ways you can make sure that you get enough nourishment after the surgery.

1. Avoid Grazing, or Make a Grazing Plan

Grazing is when you eat tiny bits of food all day, rather than an entire meal. This can be a problem for those who have undergone the duodenal switch surgery because carbohydrates are some of the easiest foods to obtain and might make up the bulk of their grazing. Carbohydrates do not have all of the nutrients that people need for their bodies to function properly. In order to make sure that you get all of the nourishment that you need, you either need to cut out grazing and commit to eating meals that have all of the nutrients in a variety of fruits, vegetables, and meats, or you need to plan your grazing better.

Make sure that you have a variety of snacks on hand from all of the different food groups, including fruits, vegetables, dairy, and meats. Make each time you have a snack one of these food groups and cycle through them so that you eat a different food group each time.

2. Stay Away From Foods With Lots of Sugar

Try to make sure that you are eating foods that have complex carbohydrates, rather than simple sugars because these foods tend to have more nutritional value for fewer calories. For example, pop has a high sugar and caloric content while fruits and vegetables contain complex carbohydrates and don't have nearly as much sugar.

3. Eat Enough Protein

In order to maintain your strength, you are going to need to make sure that you eat enough protein. It is recommended that you eat at least between 80 and 100 grams of protein each day. If you are having a difficult time getting in this protein, consider drinking nutritional shakes and taking other supplements. 

4. Sip Liquids

Try to stay away from drinks that have high caloric content and stick to mainly water. When you drink anything, make sure that you take small sips in order to make sure that you don't fill up on water and make it difficult to eat the foods that you need.

For more information, talk to a duodenal switch surgeon.