Liquid Meal Replacement
Preparation for Bariatric SurgeryThe liquid meal replacement diet is important for preparing a patient for Bariatric surgery (pre-op).
To be enrolled in the meal replacement program, a doctor must refer a patient to the JBN clinic; the liquid diet is necessary to ensure a patient’s body is prepared for bariatric surgery.
A specialist physician will conduct an introductory interview to evaluate if the patient is mentally and physically fit for the bariatric surgery process. The physician will also support and council patients after the bariatric surgery has taken place to help prevent the patient from relapsing into old habits and gaining weight again after the bariatric surgery.
The patient will be prescribed and supplied with regulated meal replacements; patients can only obtain this specific meal replacement from the JBN weight loss clinic.
Patients will be referred to a bariatric surgeon based on postal code/ location.
The liquid meal replacement diet is important for inducing Ketosis in the body to reduce the amount of visceral fat around the internal organs. It is important for there to be as little fat obstructing the internal organs as possible, especially around the liver and spleen.
It is critical to follow the pre-operation liquid diet to the letter, or the surgeon may be forced to cancel or reschedule the bariatric procedure to a later date.
What am I Going to be Eating/What Can I Eat?
- The majority of this pre-operative diet will be the prescribed meal replacement
- Soup broth (no solids) may be consumed
- Vegetable juices (like V8 and others) are acceptable
- No caffeinated or carbonated beverages
- No added sugar beverages
- Very thin cream of wheat or cream of rice is acceptable
- 1 or 2 small servings of lean meat and/or vegetables may be permitted if approved by your doctor
All liquids should be consumed slowly!
What is Ketosis
The main goal of this liquid diet is to burn fat by putting your body into a metabolic state known as Ketosis. The high fat & protein and low carbohydrate content of this diet causes the body to enter into a state of Ketosis, which uses fat for energy, rather then carbohydrates. This reduces the amount of fat surrounding the internal organs.