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About the Phases of Bariatric Recovery

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Overview

Following surgery, your doctor will go over a five-phase, post-bariatric surgery diet plan designed to help your body adapt to healthier eating habits. You and your doctor will be able to decide when it is safe for you to move to the next phase of the diet plan, as the process varies for each patient.

Here is a brief overview of each phase.

Phase 1: Clear Liquid

The most important aspect of your diet, immediately following bariatric surgery, is to keep well hydrated. Remember, your stomach is still recovering from bariatric surgery. It’s common to experience nausea or vomiting at this point. Your bariatric surgeon will advise you when to advance to the next phase of your diet.

Phase 2A: Full Liquid

You may follow this in between the clear liquid and pureed phases as directed by your surgeon. This phase introduces protein along with drinking enough fluid to promote weight loss during the first weeks after surgery.

Phase 2B: Pureed

Congratulations! You have been advanced to pureed foods. You will be adding high-protein foods to your diet, which will aid in the healing process.
  • It is recommended to consume 60-80 grams of protein. Consume these proteins first at meals.
  • A protein supplement is recommended to help you meet your protein needs.

Phase 3: Adaptive/Soft

You will make the transition to eating more solid foods such as soft meats, fish, whole grain cereals, cooked vegetables, and soft fruits with a continued focus on quality protein and hydration.

Phase 4: Stabilization

This phase is designed to provide a template of healthy eating for life.
  • Continue with the goal of 60 to 80 grams of protein from food sources. Consume these proteins first at meals. Patients may need to consume a protein-rich food in between meals to meet their daily requirements. Try one of the following:
    • 6 ounce light yogurt or light Greek yogurt
    • 1 reduced fat string cheese
    • ¼ - ½ cup low fat cottage cheese.