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BariatricPal Meal Plans

What should you eat? We have the perfect plan for you to follow before weight loss surgery and at every phase of the post-op weight loss surgery diet. We even have weight loss plans for maintenance. And, should you need to get back on track, we have a plan to kick-start your weight loss whether or not you have had weight loss surgery.
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Low-Calorie Liquid Diet Meal Plan: Pre-Op or Post-Op

Your surgeon may put you on a low-calorie liquid diet before or after surgery. A pre-op liquid diet can help you lose weight and shrink your liver for a safer surgery and faster recovery. A post-op liquid diet can help you meet your protein and nutrient needs while letting your surgery wounds heal. On this “full liquids” diet, you can have clear liquids plus protein shakes. Also, don’t forget to drink plenty of water and other low-calorie fluids to stay hydrated, energized, and healthy!

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Post-Op Diet: Pureed Foods (Mushies)

After the liquid diet, you can start adding in pureed foods (“Mushies”). This can happen in just a few days if you have lap-band (adjustable gastric band) surgery, or 2 or more weeks after surgery if you have gastric bypass or gastric sleeve surgery. If you have the gastric band, you may go back to the pureed foods diet if you have an adjustment (fill).

This phase of the diet usually includes pureed foods such as pureed cottage cheese, yogurt, tuna, and ground turkey for proteins. Your surgeon or nutritionist may also suggest fruits and vegetables such as pureed cooked carrots, sweet potatoes, and applesauce. You may still depend on some protein shakes to hit your protein goals.

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Solid Foods Phase Weight Loss Diet

The solid foods diet is a high-protein, low-calorie diet to help you hit your goal weight. Gastric band patients might start the diet as soon as 3 to 7 days after surgery, while gastric sleeve and gastric bypass patients might start this diet phase 2, 4, or more weeks after surgery. The emphasis here is on healthy choices. You may depend on proteins such as fish, chicken, eggs, fat-free yogurt, tofu, and beans. Vegetables and fruits may be prominent, and you may fill out the rest of your diet with small amounts of whole grains, starchy vegetables, nuts, and avocados.

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Maintenance Diet

Congratulations on getting to goal weight! Now your goal is to stay at this weight and prevent weight regain. This meal plan can help you do that. Your diet here is based on lean proteins and vegetables, with nutritious additions like nuts, fruit, and whole grains to balance it out.

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Back-on-Track Diet

Weight regain is common after hitting goal weight. It’s frustrating, but not to worry! Here’s a meal pattern that can get you losing weight in a hurry if the scale starts to creep back up. This is also a great plan to follow if:

  • You’re not a weight loss surgery patient, but you want to jumpstart your weight loss.
  • You have weight loss surgery coming up, and you want to lose some weight before you start your liquid pre-op diet.
  • You’re getting close to goal weight and want to keep up the high-protein, healthy eating options.
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Pouch Reset Plan

If you are a weight loss surgery patient and you believe your pouch, sleeve, or stomach is no longer feeling as full as it did right after surgery, this may be the right place for you!* The pouch reset plan can help gastric bypass, lap-band, gastric sleeve, and other weight loss surgery patients “reset” their fullness point.

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As always, check with your doctor before starting any new meal plan!