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Do You Know Your Dietary Guidelines After Bariatric Surgery?

Bariatric surgery is a successful tool to help you experience dramatic weight loss and keep it off over time. With weight loss surgery, you will be required to follow bariatric surgery diet guidelines. This bariatric eating style may vary from doctor to doctor, but should be strictly followed for a successful outcome.

Bariatric Surgery Nutrition to Boost Weight Loss

Dietary recommendations after bariatric surgery will depend on where the surgery is performed and your personal health history. With the gastric band, gastric bypass diet, gastric sleeve diet and other bariatric surgery diets, you will follow a staged approach to eating early on. However, you can usually start eating regular foods about three months after surgery. The staged diet includes:

  • Stage 1: Clear liquids (water, fat-free milk, fat-free broth and sugar-free Jello). Start the day after surgery.
  • Stage 2: Puréed consistency (liquefied sources of protein). Start the afternoon after bariatric surgery, and stay with this plan for four weeks.
  • Stage 3: Semi-solid consistency (soft meats or vegetables that can be mashed with a fork, knife or spoon). Start when directed by your physician (about four weeks after surgery).
  • Stage 4: Low-fat, solids (protein, vegetables and a limited amount of grains). Introduce low-fat foods as your doctor recommends.

Tips for Healthy Bariatric Eating

  • Eat your protein first, vegetables second and carbohydrates last.
  • Eat one new food at a time to see how your body reacts.
  • Eat and drink slowly.
  • Keep meals small.
  • Drink at least 64 ounces of water a day.
  • Wait 30 minutes after eating to drink liquid.
  • Chew food to a puréed consistency.
  • Focus on high-protein foods to heal faster.
  • Avoid foods that are high in fat and sugar.
  • Take the recommended bariatric vitamin and mineral supplements.

The success of your weight loss surgery is dependent on your compliance with established nutritional, exercise and health care guidelines specific to your surgery. At Floyd Center for Bariatric Services, we are here to help you each step of the way. Our post-surgery support includes the following areas to help you be successful in your weight loss journey:


Mayo Clinic: "Gastric Bypass Diet: What to Eat After the Surgery."

Author: Dr. Ryland Scott | Filed under: Post Surgery | Tags: bariatric food, bariatric nutrition, bariatric protein, bariatric sleeve diet, gastic sleeve surgery diet, gastric bypass diet, post bariatric surgery

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