If you have just heard about the low residue diet then you may have just come back from a visit to the doctor. A Low fiber diet is usually recommended to patients who suffer from stomach inflammation or those preparing for a surgery. In a nut shell, this low residue diet is made to reduce the number of bowel movements you have so that the body doesn’t have to work as hard as it normally does.
Whilst you will probably lose weight from this diet it is not a healthy long term weight loss solution because of it’s lack of fiber. This diet is targeted towards patients with stomach problems. In a normal diet plan we actually consume a number of foods that our body can’t digest and this produces excess waste. The low residue diet aims to get rid of these foods momentarily so that your body can rest from it’s usual efforts.
Make sure you always check with your doctor on what foods you can and can’t eat as part of your diet plan. In general here is a list of foods that you can eat when on a diet such as this: Well ground eggs, meats, chicken or fish, White rice, White bread, some cereals, clear pulp free juices, plain gravies, butter, margarine, mayonnaise, vegetable oils and some dressings.
More important than the foods you should eat is the foods you shouldn’t! Once again, be sure to double check with your doctor for your personal diet plan. In general you should avoid these foods: Spicy foods, Fatty meats, popcorn, seeds from fruit, seeds and nuts, raw vegetables (lettuce is ok), chocolate and coco powder, muffins, corn bread, most cheeses, peanut butter, millet, buckwheat, dried beans, oatmeal, whole grains (including whole grain pasta and bread) and legumes.
People that have the following conditions are often recommended the low residue diet:
Mothers during pregnancy – Some mothers in the later stages of pregnancy are put on the low residue diet to ease with stomach pains associated with pregnancy.
Radiotherapy patients – Some patients that under go radiotherapy treatments in the pelvic and/or stomach area can suffer from diarrhea as a side effect. The low residue diet can stop malnutrition, help the diarrhea and also re-hydrate the patient.
If you are suffering from Bowel inflammation – Post surgery inflammation isn’t uncommon for stomach surgery patients and a low fiber diet gives the body time to take a rest from processing so hard which gives the inflammation time to die down.