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Postoperative Diet Guide

Now that you’ve had weight-loss surgery, you’ve taken a big step towards looking good, feeling good and getting healthy. However, before you can shed the pounds, you’ll need to recover from your surgery and familiarize yourself with your new diet.

After receiving gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy or Lap-Band® surgery, you’ll now feel full after eating less due to the reduced size of your stomach. We recommend a specific diet regimen that can help you heal after surgery. This diet will start while you’re in the hospital and continue for several weeks.

It’s important to follow the diet recommendations in order, as diverting from this plan can cause negative side effects such as vomiting, nausea, hair loss, depression, or even weight gain.

The steps below detail the kind food you should eat and what type of food to avoid. Your commitment to each diet and your physician’s recommendations determine how long you’ll stay on a particular step. The timeframes we provide are estimates. Follow each diet in combination with the steps described in the postoperative nutrition guide.

1. The clear liquid diet (3-5 days)
2. The full liquid diet (2 weeks)
3. The puréed food diet (4 weeks)
4. The soft food diet (4 weeks)
5. The look good, feel good diet