Committing to a post-bariatric surgery diet and making lifestyle changes are ultimately in your hands. In choosing surgery to achieve significant and permanent weight loss your success will directly correspond to your commitment to embracing a new lifestyle.  You’ve likely already heard a great deal of bariatric surgery information about “lifestyle change”, but let’s break it down and take it a step further.  Here are the fundamentals of what we mean by lifestyle change, and the winning tips and strategies you need to succeed.

Top 5 Keys to a Successful Post-Bariatric Surgery Diet & Lifestyle

First Key

Eat no more than three meals a day. The body doesn’t need more than three meals a day. Learn to listen to your hunger cues and not the clock. Pay attention to the food triggers that govern your impulses. Your awareness of why you want to eat (hunger versus emotion) will be 50% of the battle with your post-bariatric surgery diet. The rest is your motivation and commitment to living a healthier life.

Second Key

Eat protein first every meal – Protein foods best meet the nutritional requirements of the body. Protein also typically takes longer to digest, meaning that the food will stay in the pouch longer resulting in less overall food consumed.  It is important to remember that you must stop eating before you feel full as you manage your post-bariatric surgery diet.

If you don’t, 9 times out of 10, you will feel uncomfortable following your meal. You do not want to get used to the feeling of being overfull, nor do you want to resort to patterns of behavior that will relieve your discomfort but also leave you feeling hungry.

Third Key

Drink water –  64 oz. or more is the goal. Water does not mean soda, coffee, tea, or juice.  Avoid drinking liquids with calories. Flavorful liquids increase your appetite and lead to snacking, a bad pattern for your post-bariatric surgery diet. The exception to this is the BariatricSmart® Protein Shakes. Avoid drinking 30 minutes before a meal and 60 minutes after a meal.

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Fourth Key

Exercise Regularly – You may have read other bariatric surgery information or guides that say you don’t have to exercise to lose weight after bariatric surgery. While exercise may or may not have an effect on weight loss following bariatric surgery, exercise releases hormones into the body that not only make you feel good, but also help to curb your hunger. Exercise will help your mobility and have a residual benefit to just about every major organ in the body. As you progress with your post-bariatric surgery diet, consistent exercise is what will help you lose more weight, keep it off, and live a healthier life.

Fifth Key

No Snacking, No Snacking, No Snacking. Our brain lives off glucose and oxygen and it remembers how good sugar makes it feel. We can alter your digestive tract, but only you can alter your eating habits. Snacking is one of the biggest enemies of your post-bariatric surgery diet.

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You have five fingers. Use one finger to help you remember each one of these keys to successful weight loss.

If you’re ready to become your own motivational weight loss surgery success story, take the next step and contact the New York Bariatric Group at 866-569-7049 today. We’ll provide you with all of the bariatric surgery information you need and help get you started with the process.


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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