As a weight-loss surgery patient, you’re probably already familiar with the concept of “Last Meal Syndrome.” Last Meal Syndrome is what many dieters and bariatric patients experience prior to going on any weight-loss diet, and allows them the freedom to indulge in their favorite foods before times of restriction. In the days before your weight-loss surgery, you might be tempted to experience Last Meal Syndrome one final time, but there are a number of other factors you must take into consideration if you’re consumed with thoughts about your “last meal.”
First, adhering to your bariatric surgeon’s pre-op liquid diet is of the uttermost importance. A pre-op diet will lower your risk for complications during surgery, and enhance your surgeon’s experience while you’re on the operating table. The pre-op diet will reduce the size of your liver, improve the surgeon’s visual field, and will reduce overall operating time. If you fail to adhere to your pre-op diet, your bariatric surgeon may postpone or cancel your weight-loss surgery indefinitely due to non-compliance.
Second, it’s important to remember why you’ve made the decision to undergo weight-loss surgery in the first place. Overeating and indulging in your favorite desserts, snacks, and fried foods won’t help you get closer to your weight-loss goal. Instead, keep in mind that weight-loss surgery will not deprive you of your favorite foods forever -- it just means that you’ll be able to enjoy them on a much smaller and more modest scale following surgery.
For the first several weeks or months following weight-loss surgery, your surgeon may warn you against eating certain types of foods as your body continues to adjust to its new changes post-surgery. Despite this warning, some patients have found that their bodies can tolerate those foods a year or two after surgery.
If you feel that self-control is going to be an issue when it comes to avoiding certain foods before and after weight-loss surgery, you may want to consult with your bariatric surgeon to receive additional support. Your surgeon may be able to work with you on overcoming any problems you feel you might have with self-control so you can experience a safe and successful bariatric surgery.
Malley Surgical Weight Loss Center offers the sleeve gastrectomy and LAP-BAND surgeries, which restrict the stomach pouch for effective and lasting weight loss. A nutritionist is also available to help patients with developing a healthy diet and meal plan, and patients can also attend a weight-loss support group to connect with other weight-loss patients. Contact us today for more information about our comprehensive weight-loss surgeries.