Post-Op Bariatric Surgery Diet Plan: Weeks 1 to 4 – Part 1 of Mini Series

post bariatric surgery diet meal plan weeks 1 to 4If you are under the impression that bariatric surgery is a “magic bullet” type of solution for obesity, you are both right and wrong.  Yes, bariatric surgery will help you to lose up to 70% of your excess weight and yes, it can help reverse serious health conditions like type 2 diabetes and sleep apnea, but these successes rely heavily on patients following the prescribed post-op diet protocol.

You will be given a detailed post-op diet schedule that has been tested and proven to work, but only if you play your part.  Sharon George, MS, RD, CDN created the NYBG post-op diet, and for the vast majority of patients, it is life changing.

Sample Foods in Weeks 1 to 4

During the first month of your post-op life, the foods you eat will be either liquid, soft, mushy or pureed, with protein as the main focus.  Breakfast choices consist of one scrambled egg or 4 oz. of cottage cheese.  Mid-morning, it’s time for an 8 oz. bariatric protein supplement and for lunch you can have 4 oz. of plain yogurt or Greek yogurt, or 3 oz. of tuna with 1 tsp. of low fat mayo.

Another 8 oz. protein supplement is taken mid-afternoon, and dinner consists of 2 oz. of white, flaky fish and ¼ cup of pureed green beans, or 3 oz. of turkey meatballs.  As you’ve probably noticed, there is no sugar in this portion of the diet, and very little fat.  This is your re-introduction to eating, and it’s crucial to get it right and kick your weight loss into high gear.

Easing Into the Transition

The reason your foods are so soft during this time is to help ease your body and your digestive system into this new arrangement.  It’s important to remember that regardless of the procedure, your body is healing and your stomach is a fraction of the size it used to be.  Along with the examples mentioned above, Sharon and your surgeon will determine if additional protein is required.  In some cases, a post-op bariatric surgery meal replacement shake may work to provide extra nutrients and protein in liquid form.

Customized for Greater Success

Since everyone is different, post-op meal plans are customized through individual nutritional counseling.  The concepts remain the same throughout each stage, but specific food choices and meal plans vary based on factors like work schedule, family responsibilities or religious beliefs.  Modifying the plan to suit the individual creates a higher chance of success, which is what we are all about.  Be sure to check back for Part Two of our bariatric post-op diet series: Months 2 & 3.

This post-op meal plan was developed by Sharon George a certified nutritionist, and registered dietitian at the New York Bariatric Group. Contact our staff today to learn more about our weight loss procedures.

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Post-Op Bariatric Surgery Diet Plan: Weeks 1 to 4 – Part 1 of Mini Series


Lost 145lbs

Thomas' success story

I went in for surgery. An hour later, I came out a new man.

Everybody treated me like a king. The day of surgery, I was excited. The hospital couldn’t be any nicer. I went in for surgery. An hour later, I came out a new man. My recovery was awesome. I was out of bed that day. My wife and kids were my motivation on getting this surgery. They are my whole life. I’m happy I’m going to be around for them.

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Lost 76lbs

Nicole's success story

I hit my goal weight ... and I feel fabulous

I had the gastric bypass. I am Type 2 Diabetic and I wanted to gain control of my sugar. I hit my goal weight in about 5 and half months and I feel fabulous. The procedure has completely changed my life for the better because it has empowered me as a middle aged woman that I can really do everything and anything that I want to do. I don't put an age on anything. I don't say I'm too old for something.

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Lost 76lbs

Robert's success story

I was tired of the way I looked. I was tired of the way I felt.

I knew if I didn't change something soon, I was going to be in a lot of trouble. The consultation process was a lot easier than I expected. I was met with open arms. I was treated like I was the only patient here. Not only did they answer all of my questions, they had questions for me to make sure I was the right candidate for the surgery. After surgery and that weight started dropping off, my life started changing for the better.

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Lost 92lbs

Samantha's success story

I feel like a completely different person.

I had the gastric sleeve procedure. The driving factor behind me getting this procedure was my health. I didn't feel good physically or mentally. I had joint pains, even standing was difficult sometimes. Emotionally, this surgery completely turned my life around. I have so much more confidence. So much more happiness. I feel like a completely different person. I feel stronger. I feel able to accomplish more.

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Lost 99lbs

Eileen's success story

It saved my life.

The driving factor behind me getting my procedure was that I couldn't get up off the floor with my granddaughter. That was my why. That was my big reason for having this surgery done. After surgery, it was a little bit of a struggle with what to eat. What you put in your mouth that you don't even think about. You don't think about what you're eating or how you're eating and portion size. It's what I do now every single day. The procedure has changed my life in so many ways. It saved my life.

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Lost 126lbs

Brittany's success story

I am totally comfortable in my own skin.

I think I always grew up identifying myself as less than other people because I was fat. I decided to tackle that and just live my life. I had a sleeve gastrectomy. It changed how I view myself. How I communicate with people. I'm able to be much more of myself and live the life I always thought I should have been living. I am totally comfortable in my own skin. You have the tools you need to succeed here.

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Lost 157lbs

Desiree's success story

I have a brand new life. I can do things I couldn't do before.

I had a vertical sleeve gastrectomy because I had just become diabetic, and I had hypertension for many years. I lost a total of 157 pounds in 11 months. I have a brand new life. I can do things I couldn't do before. Everyone at New York Bariatric Group has been wonderful. They are kind. They are understanding. They make you feel comfortable. They will guide you every step of the way on your journey so that you can be successful.

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