Post bariatric surgery diet guidelines are fully discussed with patients during their comprehensive nutritional evaluation prior to surgery. Patients follow a Stage I diet for the first 4-6 week after surgery. This includes all foods that are soft, mushy and/or pureed consistencies. Examples for pureed foods are anything blended and smooth such as baby foods, fruitless yogurt, cottage cheese and hummus. Soft/mushy foods include chopped up ground meats such as turkey, veal, chicken or pork, soft, white, flaky fish that is baked, broiled or grilled, scrambled eggs and egg whites. Solid foods of all kinds should be completely avoided until weeks 4-6 or when the surgeon allows it.
This practice stresses the importance of good hydration, using non carbonated, decaffeinated, sugar free beverages. We always promote good quality proteins to be consumed from day one after bariatric surgery. High sugar and high fat foods are limited and very specific guidelines are provided to help equip patients with a clear-cut way to determine which foods are healthy for them to eat. Fruits, vegetables, and high fiber foods are reintroduced after the first 3 months. All patients get full details on dietary progression from our experienced nutritionists at their follow up visits.
The New York Bariatric Group is fully dedicated to promoting high standards for nutritional health. That doesn’t mean that patients should not enjoy eating. The New York Bariatric Group weight loss program has been designed to help patients lose weight rapidly, but provide you with resources to help enjoy your new lifestyle by keeping the flavor and fun in eating. Each patient is given the option to enroll in our Store. We brought together great tasting meals and supplements for breakfast, lunch, dinner and even snacks which can be ordered on our website.