2 Week Pouch Reset Diet
Weight loss surgery can be an amazing turning point, and the first weeks, months, or even years can go great. But what happens if you stop losing weight and hit a plateau, or even start gaining weight? How can you turn it around?
Here’s why some patients choose to follow a reset diet. Then keep reading for a description of an approach to a 2-week pouch reset diet. The BariaricPal Store has all kinds of liquids and solid foods that can help you through each phase. Be sure to talk to your surgeon before starting it.
Why Do a Reset Diet
Why would a weight loss surgery patient do a reset diet? You might consider this diet for any of these reasons.
- You’re experiencing weight gain.
- You hit a plateau and haven’t lost weight recently.
- You are feeling like you got off track and you need help getting back in the groove.
- You haven’t been feeling like you’re full anymore after a small meal.
Along with your reset diet, it’s good to log and measure the foods you eat, especially if you haven’t been doing so recently. That’s another habit that’s helpful to keep up as you lose more weight and keep it off.
Day 1: Clear Liquids
Remember the last day before surgery, or the first day afterwards, when all you could have were clear liquids? Day 1 of the 2-Week Pouch Reset Diet takes you back to that pattern. Your day may include these foods.
- Sugar-Free Iced Tea and Acid-Free Coffee
- Sugar-free ice pops
- Sugar-free gelatin
- Sipping Broth
Be sure to drink a lot during this and the following phases.
Days 2 and 3: Full Liquids
On day 2, you can start getting more nutrition in the form of high-protein liquids. These are some of the liquids you can have.
- Low-Carb and High-Protein Meal Replacement Shakes
- Protein Hot Drinks, such as Hot Chocolate and Mocha
- Protein Soup
Days 4 through 6: Pureed Foods (Mushies)
At this point, you can bring back some foods as long as they are smooth or you can puree them to remove the chunks. You can keep including some high-protein foods from the full liquid stage as well.
- Protein Oatmeal
- Plain Greek yogurt
- Pureed ripe banana and applesauce
- Pureed tuna or ground turkey with broth
- Pureed mashed potatoes and mashed sweet potatoes with broth
Days 7 through 9: Semi-Soft Foods
Now, you get to have some real foods! Along with the pureed foods above, you might be able to add these foods back into your diet.
- Eggs and cheese
- Ripe soft fruit, such as bananas, peaches, and melon
- Cooked vegetables
- Beans, hummus, and lentils
- Well-cooked chicken and fish
Days 10 through 14: Regular Diet
You should be getting back to your regular diet, and feeling more in the groove with your food choices and planning. These are the foods to add back when you’re ready.
- Small servings of whole grains
- Protein Bars
- Protein Entrees
It’s great that you’re recognizing the need for a change, and a 2-week plan may be just what you need to get back on track. Talk to your healthcare provider before making any dietary changes or starting an extreme diet, and consider a 2-week pouch reset diet if you think it may help to relearn.