Stage 1: Clear Liquids

Days 1 to 5 (after surgery)


General Recommendations

  • It should be a priority at every stage to stay hydrated and drink 48 to 64 ounces of liquids per day. Beginning with Stage 2, it should also be a priority to eat your protein first.
  • Buy a food scale and measuring spoons. It is important to use exact measurements given that your new stomach can only take in a limited amount of food at every stage of the recovery. Eating more than you are supposed to will provoke discomfort and serving the right amount of food can help prevent this.
  • Do not weigh yourself more than once per week. We know it can be tempting, but this tends to cause too much mental pressure. External factors such as stress and even weather can affect our weight on a specific day so weighing ourselves every week can help eliminate these inconsistencies. Pick a day of the week (we recommend Wednesdays or Thursdays) and weigh yourself every week only on that day and in the morning before having liquids or food. This will give a much more accurate and comparable measurement of your progress.
  • Consult with your doctor or surgeon regarding any medications you may be taking. He or she will be able to better determine if you should stop taking them for a bit or if it is safe to continue with them. If you are currently on medication you may need to pulverize the pills during the early stages of your recovery to avoid them getting stuck or causing any pain.
  • Every patient is different so don’t worry if it takes you a bit longer in each stage. It is important to be patient with our bodies and learn to listen to what they need.
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