Foods to avoid after Weight Loss Surgery By Juan Hidalgo on June 11, 2019

Foods to avoid after Weight Loss SurgeryThe decision to have Weight Loss Surgery is one of the most important decisions people make on a daily basis to change their life for the better.  Weight loss surgery is never the easy way out or the simple fix for obesity, but patients who choose to make this life-altering decision and to get their life back on track will also enjoy an improvement in obesity-related health conditions and self-esteem after successful surgery. Deciding to undergo a weight loss surgical procedure will change the patient’s life dramatically so, their lifelong commitment to the post-operation recommendations is really important for their weight loss journey.

Weight Loss Surgeries are only tools, their success will depend on strict adherence to the recommended dietary, exercise, and lifestyle changes that are required by your weight loss professional.  However, some patients make the mistake of thinking that once they are free to eat solid food, they can eat whatever they like.  That is just not so.  Step one is to have surgery, step two is to go on an actual diet until you reach your goal weight.  Step 3 is then to live a healthy lifestyle once you are at goal weight.

As such, here are some of the foods that patients are recommended to avoid after their Weight Loss Surgery.

  • Your new stomach’s space is limited. So, you need to choose quality over quantity and the last thing you need to eat are carbs and sugars.  Avoid carbs and sugars and you will have success, focus on lean protein and vegetables consuming at least 70% of your diet as lean protein and the remainder as vegetables.  Also, avoid starches and vegetables and fruit that contain sugar, choose what your new stomach needs.


  • Foods that provide little or no nutritional value such as sweets, chips, rice cakes, pastries, popcorn, etc.  must be avoided. These foods that are high in sugars, high in carbs and do nothing for our bodies also may provoke the condition called ‘Dumping Syndrome’. Especially if what we eat is high in sugars or fats.  ‘Dumping Syndrome’ is, when these foods are dumped in the colon right after you eat them causing weakness, nausea, vomiting, cold sweats, and diarrhea.


  • Avoid vegetables that are hard to digest such as celery, corn, raw broccoli, cabbage, asparagus right after surgery. It is best to eat soft vegetables with no skin right after surgery.  You can usually puree these and they have no problems going into the new stomach pouch.  Any green vegetable eaten after about 3 months raw or cooked are usually fine at that point.


  • Alcoholic drinks need to be avoided post weight loss surgery.   Alcohol is usually made with sugar and then we drink them with high sugar or syrup mixers.  They also a lot of times contain a very high carb count such as beer and wine all of which will slow down or stall your weight loss post-surgery. Also after surgery, alcohol absorption increases so it is easier to get drunk and then continue ingesting a large number of calories.


  • Drinks with sugar like fruit juices or sodas can lead to dumping syndrome. Sodas are full of sugar and even the sugar-free ones are full of chemicals our bodies just don’t need.  Juices are full of sugar and post weight loss surgery we are trying to limit the amount of sugar we put into the body so avoid juices and sodas and you will have success.  Dr. Hidalgo the bariatric surgeon at Weight Loss Team in Puerto Vallarta Mexico recommends you choose water, unsweetened drinks, decaffeinated coffee and tea to avoid dehydration.


  • If you eat fatty food after surgery, you will feel nausea and it won’t help with your weight loss success, so stay away from high-fat foods and high-fat protein.  Cheese and bacon should be avoided if possible.


  • It is essential to include meats in your post-surgery diet because of the protein. So, try to choose meats without fat or gristle such as minced or baked chicken, turkey or fish avoiding steak, pork, hot dogs and ham.

Weight loss surgery patients should live their own new food experiences, see what they can tolerate and find an enjoyable diet that leads to a successful weight loss journey having a good and healthy relationship with food for the years ahead.  Remember try to consume at least 90grams of protein each day, stay under 30grams of carbs and try to target your sugar consumption to no more than 10grams of sugar a day.  If you do this you will be successful with your post weight loss surgery lifestyle.


Of course, Weight Loss Team, and its staff of experts will be more than ready to guide you through your post-op recommended diet. If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact us.


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