Recommended Food After Weight Loss Surgery Video

Registered Dietitian Donna Simon discusses good foods to eat after any weight loss surgery. Donna Simon is Bariatric Coordinator and a Nutrition Specialist at Banner Gateway Medical Center in Gilbert, Arizona.
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Recommended Food After Weight Loss Surgery Post-op diet for the first two weeks after surgery is what we call a bariatric full liquid, is mainly milk-based. You are progressing the diet, you can still have all the clear liquids of the decaffeinated, the carbonation-free, the calorie-free items that you were drinking prior but now you are going to incorporate more milk-based. So it’s no-sugar-added or light yogurts, it’s strained soups, the thinned hot cereals and that’s for a two-week period. After that you will be on the puree, which is a dip consistency, and its pretty much any food that you would normally have eaten prior to surgery avoiding or eliminating starchy carbohydrates. So it would be your protein. And you would use them about a quarter a cup of a pureed protein source and a quarter a cup of either a pureed fruit or vegetable and that would be three times a day with either, you know depending on the time span of your surgery, of your meals. If it’s more than five hours we encourage a protein snack in between. It could be as simple as a protein supplement, a piece of string cheese, hard-boiled eggs, scoop of cottage cheese and then that’s for another two weeks. And then usually by four weeks post-op, you start eating regular portions of food and a regular portion for a woman would be a three-to-four-ounce portion of protein source, not every one at that four weeks can consume that much. They still probably may be eating one to two ounces, but the maximum would be a three- to four-ounce portion as well as a half a cup of a fruit or vegetable that’s cooked, it would be a cup raw.

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