Your Diet After Bariatric Surgery
When you have bariatric surgery, your diet and eating habits will significantly change.
Our bariatric dietitians will help you understand the dietary and nutritional changes to expect in the days and weeks after your weight loss surgery. We’ll support you all the way through.
What You’ll Eat After Surgery
This is a time for discovery and experimentation. Everyone’s pace is different. These guidelines are designed to give you a general idea of your diet after surgery. You and your nutrition team will determine what foods work well with your digestive system.
- Immediately after surgery, your digestive system will need to rest and heal for a couple of days.
- You’ll begin a liquid diet of light broths and beverages while you’re still in the hospital.
- After a few days of the liquid diet, you’ll move to pureed foods like lean meats, beans, yogurt, and egg whites.
- You’ll eat pureed foods for a few weeks when you go home. Once your body is comfortable with pureed foods, you’ll begin eating soft, solid foods like ground meats, soft fruits, and cooked vegetables.
- You’ll continue to get support and menu ideas from your dietitian and bariatric care team for two to three months.
- Eventually, your doctor will transition you back to enjoying solid, healthy foods.
Ideas for Cooking at Home
Once you return to eating solid food, there are many well-balanced and well-proportioned meal choices. These videos introduce some of the healthy meals you can include in your post-bariatric diet. Even if you’re in a hurry.
Download the ProMedica Weight Loss Surgery cookbook.
Make a well balanced on-the-go breakfast that’s high protein, high fiber, and perfectly portioned for post-bariatric patients.
Check out how to use leftovers to create a healthy pre-portioned grab-and-go lunch.
Feel stuck with eating the same thing all week? Learn to make four well-balanced meals from one main dish.
Supplementing Your Diet
After surgery, your body absorbs nutrients in a different way. It’s essential to supplement your food diet by taking nutritional supplements to make sure you’re getting all the nutrients you need. You can get supplements specially formulated for weight loss surgery patients at our pharmacy partner Pharmacy Counter.
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