If you are considering bariatric surgery, chances are, you have done some research on what it involves. A strict diet change is one of the biggest adjustments weight loss surgery patients have to make. While the modifications may take some time to adapt to, it is well worth it. That’s because you will feel better, and you will start seeing weight loss results.

We think that’s worth celebrating. Following the diet guidelines outlined by your dietitian is important. It will give your body – and your stomach – a chance to heal. It will also help you get used to eating smaller amounts, so you can more easily digest your food, and enjoy a healthier diet.

In addition, it will help you avoid complications and other negative side effects from the surgery and help put you on the path toward weight loss. Here are some foods that you will need to avoid right after bariatric surgery and eat in moderation afterward to maintain a healthy weight.

  • Empty calorie foods (candy and other sweets, popcorn, chips)
  • Alcohol (avoid for six months after surgery)
  • Caffeinated (avoid for a month after surgery)
  • Sugary drinks
  • Pasta, bread, and rice
  • Corn, peas, potatoes, winter squash

Instead of these foods, choose foods and drinks that are low in fat and sugar content, and eat a variety of lean, protein-rich foods every day. Eat and drink slowly, chewing foods thoroughly. This helps your body break down the food more easily.

It’s also important to drink at least 96 ounces of fluid a day so you stay hydrated. In fact, for the first two weeks post surgery, you will be required to follow an all-liquid diet. Yes, we know it’s a lot of water, especially if you aren’t used to drinking that much in a week!

We recommend having your water with you at all times, sipping throughout the day. You won’t be able to gulp down water to “catch up” at the end of the day, either. Remember, bariatric surgery patients have much smaller stomachs and won’t be able to handle too much of anything at one time.

We also recommend sipping liquids in between your meals, not with them. Ideally, wait about 60 minutes after your meal to drink anything. You need to give your stomach a chance to digest the food you just ate, even if they were small meals. Even small portions will fill you up faster than before.

Also, make sure you take your protein supplements daily for the first two weeks or as directed by your dietitian. Vitamins and minerals will start two weeks later along with soft proteins. In the weeks and months following, solid foods will be introduced, although you’ll still be avoiding foods high in sugar and fat.

It sounds tough, we know. And it isn’t going to be easy. But during those first two weeks after the gastric sleeve, duodenal switch, or gastric bypass surgery, your body will start adapting. Hormonal changes will allow you to feel full faster and the hunger pangs will lessen.

Our dietitians will provide a meal plan and you’ll eat foods that help feed your body, not just your taste buds. And don’t worry – you won’t be stuck eating cottage cheese for the rest of your life. WeightWise has hundreds of recipes for you to look through, featuring some of your favorite fruits, vegetables, and lean meats.

Our team at WeightWise loves helping people lose weight and feel great. Contact us today to see if you are a candidate for bariatric surgery. We’ll look at your history, your family history, and any medical conditions that might affect the procedure. We don’t want anything standing in your way.

For a better understanding of our program and what makes it so successful, watch our free online seminar. We feel combining bariatric surgery, a healthy diet plan, and regular physical activity gives you the best chance at success. When you’re ready to learn more, we’ll be here for you.