Sushi After Surgery?

Can I eat sushi after my bariatric surgery?

Now that you’ve completed the surgical part of your weight loss journey, the harder part comes next. In order to keep the weight you lost from coming back you now have to watch what you eat and start a proper exercise routine that is personalized to your own needs.


By now you’ve been told to avoid eating certain foods such as sugary, carbonated drinks, tough meats, dry and fried foods. To all seafood lovers out there, the question that will come to mind is: Do I have to stop eating sushi?

The answer is yes and no, and here’s why.

Depending on the sushi, one has to watch out for what makes up the dish. After weight loss surgery there are only certain foods a person can eat and many that they have to avoid.

Rice is a big no-no following weight loss surgery and unfortunately, rice is considered a main ingredient in certain types of sushi.

There are five main types of sushi: Nigiri, Sashimi, Uramaki, Maki and Temaki.

The ones to be avoided are Nigiri, Maki, Temaki and Uramaki due to the consistency of rice  as a main ingredient. Avoid any sushi that is fried in tempura, has a sweet sauce, spicy sauce,or mayonnaise to prevent irritating your newly constructed sleeve or bypass. Depending on their own preference or allergies, most will consume Sashimi, which is just the raw “meat” of the roll. Sashimi fish is considered a soft meat, and it is can be cooked if requested. 

Don’t eat too fast. Use the chopstick so you can maintain a slow, consistent eating pace.

Some have taken to forums with their experiences with sushi & have provided mixed results....

Some have succeeded at keeping down a small portion of sushi and some have not due to over indulgence and rice reacting negatively to their bodies.  After surgery, first begin consuming small amounts of sashimi to test your personal tolerance before diving into a full roll.  If you are going to consume sushi, avoid types containing rice until consulting with your doctor on any changes to your own dietary needs.