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Bariatric Surgery

Diet After Bariatric Surgery

Following a healthy diet after bariatric surgery is paramount to overall success. Because bariatric surgery is simply a tool in the weight-loss journey, healthy eating-for long-term success-must become a life-long habit. One's commitment to following a healthy diet after bariatric surgery and making a lifestyle change ultimately determines the success.

The three main types of bariatric surgery are different, but they both significantly reduce the size of the stomach. As a result, the life-long diet after bariatric surgery is the same:

  • Eat less more often (three meals and three snacks each day).
  • Chew each bite thoroughly and take time to eat (sometimes it's helpful to set a timer for two minutes).
  • No sugar.
  • No grazing.
  • 60-75 grams of protein per day (a protein supplement, such as a protein bar or shake, is often necessary).
  • 60 ounces of fluid per day (be mindful to sip, not gulp).
  • Focus and be mindful of eating.

Additionally, there are specific vitamin requirements for gastric bypass surgeryLAP-BAND® surgery and sleeve gastrectomy patients, as well as exercise goals.

If you would like more details about the diet after bariatric surgery, please contact our bariatric patient navigator at 866.495.7579.

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