If you are obese and think that weight loss surgery might be right for you, then you do have quite a few options to consider. When it comes to surgery, there are some side effects and concerns to be aware of, and this includes feelings of nausea when you eat. This is something that you can try to avoid as much as possible, so keep reading to learn about a few things that you can do.
Stop As Soon As You Feel Full
Weight loss surgeries reduce the size of your stomach, so you feel full after eating a much smaller amount of food. And, since the stomach actually is smaller than it once was, you have a fairly tiny space that can fill with food. If you overeat and end up filling the stomach, then your body will automatically cause you to vomit. This is a protective mechanism to make sure that the stomach is not stretched out to a point where it can burst.
So, to keep the nausea and vomiting from occurring, stop eating as soon as you start to feel full. A single bite afterwards can be more than enough to cause a vomiting issue.
And, while your doctor may tell you that you can eat up to one cup of food at one time, this does depend on the type of food that you are eating. For example, fluids and soft foods like yogurt and ice cream will move through the stomach more quickly. So, you may be able to eat a little bit more of them. However, if you are eating a piece of chicken or another type of meat, it will take much longer to digest, and your stomach will fill up faster.
Chew Your Food Completely
Your doctor will ask you to eat your meals quite slowly so that nausea issues can be reduced and so that you do not stretch your stomach out as you get used to how much it can hold. You want to eat your meal over a 30 to 40-minute period. Some people find that eating with baby utensils can help with this.
As you do eat your food, you also want to chew it as thoroughly as possible. You want to be chewing your food between about 20 and 30 times before you end up swallowing it.
Chewing completely and eating slowly helps to allow your stomach to send messages to your brain that you are full. It also prevents gas and indigestion problems that can contribute to nausea.
If you want to know more about how you can prevent nausea after weight loss surgery, speak with a gastric bypass specialist.