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Does anyone know a good place to get serving sizes and menu options? I had a slow regain when I had the band and want to watch carefully not just what I eat but how much. I've heard horrors about stretching the new stomach and want to avoid that - I just had surgery on 9/20 so any advice is welcome:)

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First it will take a lot of concentrated effort over a long period of time, eating huge amounts of food to stretch your tummy out again. You do need to be careful of portion sizes while you are healing so you don’t put too much stress on your tummy & the stitches, & staples holding it together.

Though there are similarities in plans, there are also lots of differences plus there are also your individual needs to be considered (vegetarian, allergies, etc.). Which is why your surgeon &/or dietician should have provided you with the post surgical diet listing what foods you can eat when they want you to follow. They should also provide you with goals & recommendations around Fluid, Protein & sometimes also calories & macros. They should also advise on portion sizes. If they haven’t ask for them - they are supposed to be there to support you through this.

As an example of differences, I was only given fluid, protein & portion size recommendations: 2L fluid, 60g protein, 1/4 - 1/3 cup food from purée. Some are advised more protein. Some are given caloric goals along the way like to aim for 1200 calories within a couple of months (I barely hit 900 at 6 months). There are differences in plan lengths, the stages & even the food.

Once through the immediate post surgical stages & on solid foods, talk to your dietician about different eating plans you could follow while losing & would easily translate into maintenance as well.

Best advice is: don't do more than you are able to do & don’t do more than you are advised to do just because you can. If you can’t eat something on your list or eat all your portion that’s okay. Eating more than your recommended portion or eating food not on your recommended list for each of the eating plan stages until you are at that stage is not the best decision.

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