You’ve had gastric sleeve surgery. It went well and you’ve lost weight, but now you’re in a plateau. Weight is not coming off, or you’re actually gaining some of it back. Either way, it’s not the trajectory you want to see.
Our expert bariatric surgeons with Turnquest Surgical Solutions want your weight loss journey to be successful. If you're experiencing a weight loss plateau or weight gain after surgery, we can help you to reset your gastric sleeve so that you can continue to lose weight.
What causes a plateau or weight gain after gastric sleeve surgery?
After weight loss surgery, your stomach still expands and contracts; it’s just smaller than your original stomach. Even though you have a smaller stomach, it has elastic properties.
Because you’ve consumed large quantities of food, your stomach has more elasticity than in people who haven’t eaten as much. That means it may be easy for you to eat more before you feel full. Your stomach capacity expands too easily.
If it’s easy for you to increase your stomach capacity, you may not be sticking to the new eating habits. You may not realize that you’re eating more than you planned to on your new regimen.
Researchers have found that your eating habits directly affect your stomach elasticity. The good news is that when you change your eating habits and consume fewer calories, you lessen your gastric capacity. Gastric capacity was reduced by more than one-third in 1,000 patients who maintained a 1,000-calorie diet for a month.
It’s time to take a deeper look at what’s going on in your life. Stress, lack of motivation, and emotional issues can all derail new eating habits. Plus, your metabolism may have slowed down; that doesn’t help.
The gastric sleeve reset is a good solution to help you reduce your stomach capacity very quickly so you don’t continue to gain weight and instead, start losing it once again.
The reset diet
To reset your gastric sleeve pouch, you consume nutrients in a similar way to the post-surgery diet, but you collapse the stages of the post-surgery diet. The good news is that the reset diet only takes about a week to 10 days.
Because you need to cut back on the amount you consume, it’s important to do the reset with the guidance of your doctor. They may recommend certain supplements and protein powders to ensure you’re receiving proper nutrition.
You progress from clear liquids on day one to protein drinks on days two and three. You eat pureed and soft foods such as scrambled eggs the next couple of days. Then you proceed to soft foods, including vegetables, fruits, and foods that can be mashed with a fork.
At the end of the diet, you progress to lean protein and vegetables followed by slow-release carbs and fruits.
Your reset is that simple. It’s a powerful strategy to get you back on track quickly. You start seeing results, which can motivate you to continue healthy eating habits.
Call us at one of our two Houston, Texas, locations or book an appointment through our online portal today. We’re here to help you succeed on your weight loss journey.