Post Op Bariatric Diet Plan
Many articles are written endorsing a post op bariatric diet in the weeks and months following weight loss surgery. Healthcare providers recommend a post op bariatric diet plan as well. However, much less attention is given to a long term bariatric diet plan despite the obvious need. Read: Bariatric Nutrition 12-Months Post-Op and Beyond
You will be required, like I was, to make permanent lifestyle changes if you want to be successful. Bariatric surgery does not magically plant knowledge for eating healthy nor wipe away cravings and urges.
When our appetites return, usually 6-mos to 1-year post op, we are often left to manage on our own. Read: Build Bariatric Support Network I taught myself to understand as best I could what it means to eat healthy and tried to correct nearly four decades of undisciplined behavior. At 5-years post op I had regained about 30-pounds despite my best effort. Read: My Gastric Bypass Revision Story
Nutritionist’s Ideal Bariatric Diet Plan
A plan is needed for getting the proper amount of nutrients, and adding a dietician to your bariatric support network will prove worthwhile. By the time of my weight regain, my bariatric surgeon had hired a nutritionist who specialized in weight-loss surgery patients. Working with her was very eye-opening, and she recommended the following for me:
100-130 g protein
60-80 g carb (net carbs- after subtract fiber)
20-30 g fat
The bariatric nutritionist advised me to balance my protein to carb ratio 2:1 at every meal. She said I would be like a hamster on a wheel, spinning and getting nowhere, if I did not do this. I could virtually starve myself and exercise and still not lose weight.
I followed her nutritional recommendations which included supplements and exercise. I have since lost the weight I regained and have kept it off. That was many years ago. Today I follow a Paleo Diet, which would omit dairy from the bariatric meal plan that you are about to read.
My Bariatric Meal Plan
Here is an example of my bariatric meal plan:
Breakfast: 1/2c low-fat organic cottage cheese with 5 walnut halves and 1/4c fresh organic raspberries
Metabolic snack: 1 decaf cappuccino with low-fat organic milk and stevia, plus a 16oz protein drink
Lunch: 3oz organic chicken breast over 2c shredded romaine topped with 1/4tbs sesame seeds, 2tbs Italian dressing, 1oz white onion, 1/4 c edamame, and 1 hard-boiled egg
Dinner: 4oz organic chicken breast topped with 1tbs salsa and lemon wedge, 1 fresh broccoli spear and 1/2c fresh carrots with 1 pat butter and 1/4tbs sesame seeds
Metabolic snack: 1/2c fresh organic raspberries topped with 1/4c organic low-fat cottage cheese and 1/6th scoop whey protein, plus 1 decaf espresso with 1/6th scoop whey protein and stevia
This provides 1,064 calories, 36.5g fat, 61.2g carbs, and 127.5g protein.
This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace the advice of your doctor or health care provider. Read: Eating After Bariatric Surgery
Living larger than ever,
My Bariatric Life