Having Gastric Bypass surgery can seem like a lifeline for those struggling with severe obesity. But while procedures like the gastric bypass help limit food intake, patients must make dramatic dietary changes for the surgery to work long-term. Here’s a complete guide to the gastric bypass diet.
The gastric bypass diet progresses through several stages:
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Below are the foods you can eat at each stage of recovery:
Around 3-6 months after surgery, you can slowly add in a wider variety of foods. But you must follow a high protein, low sugar, low fat diet for life. Here’s what a typical day may include:
|1 scrambled egg
1⁄2 cup lowfat cottage cheese
Small slice whole grain toast
|1⁄2 scoop protein powder blended with water
|2 oz grilled chicken
Small baked sweet potato
|Lowfat string cheese stick
|3 oz salmon
1⁄2 cup brown rice
Side salad with lowfat dressing
|Sugar-free pudding cup
Avoid high fat, high sugar foods which can cause dumping syndrome:
✖️ Fried foods ✖️ Full fat dairy ✖️ Fatty meats like bacon or sausage
✖️ Pizza, burgers, hot dogs ✖️ Cookies, cake, candy, ice cream ✖️ Juice, soda
Stick to a high protein gastric bypass diet with at least 60g protein daily from:
✅ Fish ✅ Poultry
✅ Egg whites ✅ Lowfat dairy ✅ Beans, lentils
✅ Protein powder
Daily vitamins are crucial since food intake is drastically reduced:
Meeting with a dietitian helps customize your supplements. Bloodwork checks for deficiencies.
Getting used to small frequent meals takes time. But following these tips ensures you safely lose excess weight and keep it off long-term:
The gastric bypass diet requires dedication, but it leads to incredible health rewards that make it all worthwhile!
Allison is a seasoned nutritionist and writer with over 15 years in health and weight management. She's authored journals on medical weight loss and bariatric medicine, and has specialized in bariatric foods.
Reviewed By: Dr. K. Huffman
Dr. Kevin D. Huffman, D.O., is a board-certified bariatric physician renowned for his expertise in treating obesity. With over 10,000 patients and a reputation as a national leader in bariatric medicine, he has trained hundreds of healthcare providers. Dr. Huffman develops protocols and training materials sought after by medical societies, pharmaceutical companies, patients, and hospitals.