What are some nutritional guidelines for bariatric surgery?

Some nutritional guidelines for bariatric surgery include wisely planning out meals, being conscious of meal volume, and eating lots of protein. Watch bariatric surgeon Michael Snyder, MD, share tips for how to eat properly before and after surgery.
Livia Ly
Nutrition & Dietetics


  • Introduce your diet gradually
  • Eat slowly and chew your foods very well
  • Drink water and other liquids in small sips
  • Eat every 3h, respect mealtimes
  • Have proper hydration
  • Eat your meals on smaller plates and bowls
  • Use sweetener if needed, instead of sugar 
  • Avoid industrialized foods
  • Do not drink alcohol and fizzy drinks
  • Respect your individual tolerance
  • Prefer protein foods
  • Avoid high-calorie foods
  • Pay attention to the amount supported by your gastric pouch
  • Reintroduce foods slowly, trying one at a time
  • Avoid eating concentrated foods: sugary and fatty foods in general
  • Avoid drinking fluids with meals
  • Increase dietary fiber intake
  • Take the supplements prescribed by your dietitian!


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