Dietary Guidelines
Dietary Guidelines

Meal Plans for Post-Op Surgery

  • Liquid diet with protein shakes (week 1 and 2)
  • Pureed/chopped foods (week 3 and 4)
  • Soft foods (week 5 and following weeks until regular foods tolerated)

Dietary Reminders

  • Your stomach is healing the first 4-6 weeks. It is important to follow each stage of diet as instructed by your surgeon and dietitian
  • Use your protein shake to obtain adequate protein (64-70 grams/day)
  • Begin chewable multivitamins upon returning home

Top Ten Eating Guidelines

  • Eat only three small meals per day
  • Eat slowly and chew thoroughly - approximately 15-20 times per bite
  • Stop eating as soon as you feel satisfied – not full
  • Do not drink fluids while eating
  • Eat high-quality, protein foods first
  • Limit foods high in fat and sugar content
  • Avoid fibrous foods in the beginning like celery, asparagus, corn, etc.
  • Drink enough fluids during the day: 64-80 ounces/day (8 to 10 cups)
  • Drink only sugar-free liquids, water, coffee, tea and no carbonated beverages
  • Exercise at least 30 minutes a day on most days

Foods to Limit and Avoid 

  • Filling up on concentrated sweets and desserts can prevent weight loss and result in poor nutrition
  • High fat/high sugar foods with limited nutritional value can cause “dumping syndrome” in patients, especially those who have had gastric bypass surgery
  • Dumping, in short, is when sugars go directly from your stomach pouch into the small intestine causing heart palpitations, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea

High fat, High Sugar Foods to Limit

  • Ice Cream, puddings
  • Cookies, cakes, pies, rolls and doughnuts
  • Dried or candied fruits and those that are in heavy syrup
  • Regular soft drinks and other high fructose corn syrup sweetened beverages
  • Molasses, syrups and jams
  • Rice, pasta and potatoes
  • Table sugar, honey, candy and chocolate