Here is an overview of the plan we’ll discuss with you:

Stage 1

Patients follow a Stage I diet for the first 4-6 weeks after surgery. This includes foods that are soft, mushy, and/or pureed consistencies. Examples of pureed foods include baby foods, fruitless yogurt, cottage cheese, and hummus. Soft and 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 avoided until weeks 4-6 or when the surgeon allows it based on your particular circumstances.

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Our experts at New York Bariatric Group stress the importance of good hydration, using non carbonated, decaffeinated, sugar free beverages.


One of the most important nutritional components in weight loss is protein. We always promote good quality proteins to be consumed starting right after your bariatric surgery.

Sugar & Fat

Foods that are high in sugar or high in fat are limited. We will provide you with very specific guidelines to help you make clear-cut choices about which foods are healthy to eat.

Fresh Food

Fruits and vegetables – along with other high fiber foods - are usually reintroduced in a few months. Although these foods are “healthy” from a traditional standpoint, our dietary recommendations also take into account what is best for your body in terms of healing after the weight loss surgery or procedure you’ve had.

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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! We want you to enjoy food and want to help you have a positive journey towards weight loss, better health, and new food choices.

The New York Bariatric Group weight loss program has been designed to help patients lose weight rapidly, but provides 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 bring together great tasting meals and supplements for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and even snacks which can be ordered on our website.

Quick Tips

Here are some tips that can work for anyone – whether they’ve had bariatric surgery or not. These tips will help you focus on not feeling deprived while you’re making healthy changes:

  • Pick a sensible – not extreme - eating plan that you can stick with.
  • Focus on lifestyle change rather than telling yourself it’s a “diet.”
  • Find new and exciting ways to stay motivated that don’t involve food.
  • Indulge in treats once in a while! We offer a choice of bariatric treats.
  • Reward yourself for reaching mini weight loss goals, but not with food.
  • Be accountable for your eating, even on the days you stray from the plan.
  • Eat small meals at specific times to avoid feeling hungry.
  • Don’t skip meals.
  • Create lighter versions of your favorite meals that you can enjoy eating.
  • Keep healthy food choices in sight, like on the counter or at the front of your fridge.
  • Store your treat foods at the back of a cabinet where you won’t see them on a daily basis.
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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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Note: A BMI of 30 – 34.9 or BMI 35 – 39.9 with no comorbidities qualify for lap band but is usually not covered by insurance.

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