Avoid These Foods After Weight Loss Surgery

The success of bariatric surgery when it comes to meaningful weight loss is certainly clear, but much of this success also depends upon you. 

While we can pave the way forward through weight loss surgery, it’s not a one-and-done solution. After your surgery, you need to do your part through dietary changes that support your weight loss.

As bariatric experts, our goal here at the Weight Loss Institute of Arizona is in line with yours — to help you take charge of your health through weight loss, once and for all. 

If you’ve struggled with diets and you’re looking to weight loss surgery as the key, you still need to make very significant dietary changes.

To give you an idea of what to expect, here are a few foods that you need to avoid after your bariatric surgery

Before we get started, please bear in mind that we give you full instructions for eating after your bariatric surgery, especially in the months immediately following your procedure. The following tips are general rules of thumb for long-term dietary changes.

Limit the fats

No matter which type of bariatric surgery you choose, you should eliminate many fats from your diet, especially saturated fat. This means foods like butter, red meat, and whole-dairy products. Not only do these foods contain too much fat, they can make you feel nauseous after bariatric surgery.

Instead, we recommend that you stick to lean proteins, like skinless chicken, greek yogurt, and beans.

Make calories count

In many bariatric surgeries, we limit the amount of food that you can take in, which means you should use the space very wisely. Avoid calories that don’t offer up much in the way of vitamins and nutrients, like chips, pretzels, and cookies. If you indulge in these, you won’t have any room for foods that your body needs, like fruits and vegetables.

Ditch the alcohol

Alcohol not only fills up precious space in your stomach, it does so with empty calories like those we outlined above. On top of this, alcohol can also lower your guard when it comes to your diet, so you may find yourself with a drink in one hand and a piece of cake in the other.

Fibrous foods

While fiber is important for your diet, some fiber sources can do more harm than good, namely those that are difficult to digest. Foods like celery, corn, broccoli, and cabbage are certainly good for you, but not after bariatric surgery, especially in the beginning.

Curb the carbs

Foods like bread and pasta can play a role in your diet at some point, but we urge you to avoid them in the beginning because they’re quite starchy and can clog your throat.

Tough to chew

A good rule of thumb for foods to avoid after weight loss surgery are those that are difficult to chew. If a food is difficult for your mouth to break down, it will be equally as difficult once it enters your digestive tract.

If you have more questions about the foods you should avoid after your weight loss surgery, please contact one of our six locations in Tempe, Glendale, Mesa, Tucson, or Phoenix, Arizona, to set up a consultation.

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