Diet Progression After Weight Loss Surgery

Bariatric Surgery is only a tool and not a cure. Weight loss or bariatric surgery still requires a commitment to balanced eating, regular physical activity, and healthy lifestyle choices in order to maintain good health and keep weight off after surgery. Surgery cannot force you to make these choices for you. We challenge you to make the effort to learn how to use the new tool properly!

This 5-page document provides sample meal plans for the transition between different food textures upon discharge from the hospital following bariatric surgery. Each individual clinic may have different time frames they recommend for the duration of each stage. This serves as a guide and is the protocol I used with my bariatric patients at the Center for Obesity and Metabolic Surgery.

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Sarah received her Master's in Dietetics and Nutrition from Florida International University. Sarah is credentialed nationally with the Commission on Dietetic Registration and a licensed dietitian in the state of Texas. From the start of her career, she has worked exclusively with Bariatric (Weight Loss Surgery) Patients and Non-Surgical, Medically-Supervised Weight Loss Patients. She also has formal training in new emerging weight loss technologies such as: gastric balloons, vagal nerve blocking devices, aspiration therapy, and very low calorie diet programing. Having struggled herself with weight issues, Sarah became a dietitian after completing her own weight loss journey. Sarah truly practices with great compassion and understanding. Sarah is a RDN with an Appetite for Health!

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Digestion starts in the mouth. Start with small bites of food about the size of a pea. Eat slowly to prevent overfilling of your new pouch. Eating slowly also lets you know when you are getting full so you can stop before becoming uncomfortably full. Chew your food 20 to 30 times completely to avoid blockage at the connection site from food particles. Allow about 15-30 minutes to complete eating a small meal. Avoid grazing or going back to eat the rest of your meal since this can increase your calorie intake.


You should have 3 meals a day (breakfast, lunch, and dinner). Snack only as necessary. This means you might eat a snack because your meals are so small that you do not obtain adequate nutrition in 3 meals alone. Snacking when bored or while watching TV is a common reason for weight re-gain or limited weight loss. Space meals about 4-5 hours apart so you do not get too hungry between meals. Plan ahead to avoid skipping meals.

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