After your surgery, will start losing weight immediately. You may lose weight very fast in the first three to six months, and as much as 100-200 pounds in the first two years. Your weight loss will taper at that time.
For the first month after your operation you will be on a liquid or semi-liquid diet. After two months you will be able to eat small amounts of food. Gradually you will be able to eat more foods, such as meats. View a post-surgical portion control guide (pdf)
Remember to eat slowly, chew well and take small bites. Drink liquids separately from your meals. You will also have to take vitamins, which should be crushed, chewable or liquid. These steps will help you avoid Gastric Dumping Syndrome (see Frequently Asked Questions).
We strongly recommend starting an exercise program for your general health and to maintain your weight loss. Start slowly and increase the time and intensity. Ideally you should be exercising at least 45 minutes a day. Biking, walking, swimming, running, aerobics, dance and weight-lifting are all good.
Women should wait at least a year after your surgery before becoming pregnant.