It happens! Sometimes without following the proper nutrition plan and healthy lifestyle habits, weight regains after bariatric surgery can occur. Even if you do everything right, sometimes it just isn’t working! In fact, many people hit plateaus and some get discouraged without being able to bounce back. Regardless if you hit a stall or are regaining weight, the 5-Day Pouch Reset is for you!

Lose Weight After Stall, Weight Regain, or Plateau

Weight regain is common for everyone. Nobody is perfect and situations arise where you may not be able to follow the post-op diet. The important thing is to bounce back and lose weight after weight regain as quickly as possible. It can sometimes be easier to gain weight than it is to lose weight, so don’t lose all your hard work over being discouraged.

Even if you haven’t been on track with healthy habits and nutrition for a long period of time, the pouch reset diet can still be the most effective tool for you. Testing your pouch after stalls, plateaus, or weight regain is easily countered with the pouch reset diet.

What is the 5-Day Pouch Reset Diet?

The 5-Day Pouch Reset Diet is a condensed version of the post-op diet. The only difference is the pouch reset diet is done in a 5 day period to get you back to eating smaller amounts of food. Through the pouch reset plan, former bariatric patients are able to get back on track and lose weight again.

After it’s complete, continue on the pouch reset diet or switch back to the post-op diet that worked best for you.

The Pouch Reset Diet is for you if:

  • You have hit a plateau
  • You have gained weight
  • Your portions have exceeded 6 ounces
  • You stopped tracking your intake
  • You want to take control of your diet again

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5-Day Pouch Reset Diet Guide [Menu]

Are you gaining weight or hit a plateau and worried that your pouch, or sleeve, has “stretched” out? The pouch reset is an effective tool to reset your stomach back to normal size!

DAY 1: Clear Liquids

  • Water
  • Tea
  • Broth (chicken, vegetable, beef)
  • Sugar-free drinks (crystal light, propel, vitamin zero water, Powerade zero, Mio, etc)
  • Unsweetened tea

DAY 2: Thick Liquids

  • Must drink 3 protein shakes. You may have as many servings of the vegetable soup recipe below as you want, ensure this is spaced out every 2-3 hours
  • Weight Loss Magic Soup
  • 64 ounces of water or a sugar-free beverage

DAY 3: Soft Solid Foods

  • 3 protein shakes
  • Unlimited Weight Loss Magic Soup (link above)
  • Choose 2 servings out of these soft solid protein options:
    • ½ cup cottage cheese
    • 6 ounces Greek yogurt: plain or flavored Dannon Oikos Triple Zero
    • ½ cup beans (whole or refried)
    • 2 scrambled or poached eggs
    • 4 ounces tofu

DAY 4: Firm Solid Foods

  • 3 protein shakes
  • Unlimited Weight Loss Magic Soup (link above)
  • Choose 2 Servings protein/day:
    • 4 ounces chicken
    • 4 ounces fish
    • 4 ounces tofu
    • 2 eggs
  • Choose 2 Servings fat/day:
    • ½ avocado
    • 15 almonds
    • 1 TB oil, butter, or peanut butter

DAY 5: Whole Solids

Same as day 4 but protein can be any lean protein (including beef, pork, venison, etc).  Add 2 servings of your choice:

  • ¼ cup beans
  • ¼ cup berries
  • ¼ cup quinoa
  • ¼ cup sweet potato
  • ¼ cup vegetables

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How to Prevent Pouch/Sleeve Stretching

There are a variety of ways to prevent your pouch/sleeve stretching. Most importantly, following the proper post-op diet and stay connected with your nutritionist or dietician will be the most beneficial. With a smaller stomach, it is important to:

  • Avoid Overeating
  • Stay Away From Carbonated Drinks
  • Chew Food Thoroughly
  • Follow Post-Op Diet

Pouch Reset to Tighten Your Pouch or Sleeve

The pouch reset is specifically designed for gastric bypass/mini gastric bypass patients who have stretched their pouch or gastric sleeve/duodenal switch patients who have stretched their sleeve. There are two options if you are faced with weight regain after weight loss surgery.

  1. Pouch Reset Diet: In order to shrink, or tighten your pouch (stoma) after weight gain is to start with the pouch reset diet. This is the non-surgical option to get back on track with weight loss and resume a healthy lifestyle. By following the pouch reset diet, the stoma will effectively use restriction to continue losing weight.
  2. Revision Surgery: There are different variations of revision surgeries available for patients who are not able to succeed in resetting their pouch, or sleeve. To find out what options are available for you, click here.

Want to Test Your Pouch Size? Here is our Guide!

Protect Your Stoma After Gastric Bypass Surgery

The stoma is the new “stomach pouch” for gastric bypass patients. It is a very small pouch, generally holding between 4-6 ounces of food intake. It is possible for your stoma to slightly stretch, causing weight gain in patients. In order to properly protect your stoma, RNY patients must keep up with their post-op diet and take vitamins and supplements after surgery.

Protect Your Sleeve After Gastric Sleeve Surgery

To start off, the chances are slim that you will stretch your sleeve stomach after VSG surgery. Although, a slight variance in sleeve size may occur, and weight regain is possible after gastric sleeve surgery. If faced with this problem, there are a few options to protect your sleeve from stretching.

If this diet doesn’t work out, try the 10-day pouch reset diet, for a more long-term approach that can be followed at your own pace.

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