Many patients at New York Bariatric Group think back on their bariatric surgery day, and say it was the beginning of a new phase of their life. The day of surgery is truly life changing for many people because they remember it as the day they took back control of their weight and their health.
Post bariatric surgery diet guidelines are fully discussed with patients during their comprehensive nutritional evaluation prior to surgery. These guidelines are reinforced frequently during the patient's post-operative visits as well. Patients follow a soft/pureed diet for the first 4-6 weeks after surgery. Examples of 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.
We stress the importance of hydration, using non carbonated, decaffeinated, sugar free beverages. We always promote good quality proteins to be consumed from day one after your NYC 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 few months. All patients get full details on dietary progression from our dietician 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 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 have great tasting meals and supplements for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and even snacks which can be ordered on our website. On our website you will find recipes you can prepare at home, and exchange suggestions with other New York Bariatric Patients in our member forums.