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Bariatric Surgery Sample Diet

After the two weeks of recovery and the clear liquid diet, you as the bariatric patient must follow the strict dietary guidelines posed by the surgeon or dietician. The following table shows a sample bariatric surgery diet plan:


Time After Surgery

Liquids

Soft Foods

Solid Foods

Day one - threeHigh protein liquid, water, optional beverages like unsweetened and decaffeinated teaNoneNone
Three - four weeksSkim milk, broth, modified and low-calorie liquids with high protein such as Ensure®, Boost®, Crystal Light®, and so forthSoft, pureed foods; foods with no pieces in paste formNone
Four - eight weeksLiquids high in protein, decaffeinated coffee and teas, diluted juice with water, and so forthEggs, tender-cooked pork or beef, fat-free yogurt or cottage cheese, low-fat deli meats, tofu, fat-free beans, soups, soft low-fat cheeses, soft cold cereal, oatmeal, cream of wheat, soft fruits without skins, softened vegetables, soft lettuce, low-fat soups, very dry toast, potatoesNone
10 - 12 weeksHigh-protein liquidsLow-calorie, low-fat, fat-free, sugar-free, and protein-rich foodsSeafood; tender, ground pork, beef, and chicken; beans; tofu; lean meats; fruits; and vegetables

Always avoid drinking liquids at the same time that you eat to avoid dumping syndrome, a condition that causes the stomach contents to empty into the small intestine too quickly, often causing intestinal pain, nausea, and vomiting.

Foods to avoid

  • Fried and junk foods
  • Sticky foods like pasta, rice, macaroni and cheese, and peanut butter
  • Crunchy foods like raw veggies, iceberg lettuce, nuts, fruit skins, chips, and popcorn
  • Tough meats or rubbery textured foods like salami, hot dogs, and steak
  • High-fat foods like whole milk, mayonnaise, cream and sour cheese, salad dressings, hard cheeses, bacon, and desserts

Dietary supplements

For the first three weeks after surgery you should take a chewable multivitamin or a children's multivitamin. Adult tablets or caplets can be taken afterwards. After the first month, a calcium supplement is usually added. Depending on the type of surgery that you have, other supplements might also be added, such as vitamin B12 injections.

Keeping the weight off

After any type of bariatric surgery, it is necessary to follow your doctor's dietary guidelines in order to achieve the greatest amount of weight loss and to avoid common problems due to overeating and consuming foods high in calories. You are not capable of eating the same foods or the same quantities after surgery. You must consult with your doctor to learn what you can handle after surgery: dietary plans, nutritional supplements, and exercise. Remember, bariatric surgery requires a life-long commitment of lifestyle changes.

What to Expect after Surgery and Keeping the Weight Off have detailed information on what it takes to make your surgery a success.

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