How It Works

Clear Liquid (Week 1)

During the first week after bariatric surgery it is very important to stay hydrated. This allows the pouch to heal while enabling you to take in nutrients to avoid malnutrition. Carry a bottle or container around with you all day to sip on so you can keep yourself hydrated as much as possible. Drink small amounts (4-6 ounces) and drink slowly (30 mins. to drink 6 ounces). When you feel full stop drinking. This first week you need to drink only liquids that you can see through. These include:

  • artificially sweetened, non-carbonated beverages
  • protein fruit drinks
  • sugar-free gelatins
  • clear broths

Once your body has recovered from the surgery, your surgeon or physician will want to put you on a regular bariatric diet. The emphasis in this diet is on Protein. When eating, chew slowly and allow enough time for your meal, as you don’t want to be rushed when eating. Remember to consume low-fat, high-protein foods to allow for an adequate amount of protein while keeping your calorie intake between 1000-1500 calories. The recovery period for Lap-Band patients is usually quicker than the gastric bypass recovery period. Lap-Band patients may recover in as soon as 4-6 weeks, although it is still very important to transition through the diet phases patiently. The amount of weight loss varies greatly between individuals, but the average gastric bypass patient loses about 5-15 pounds per week for the first couple of months and then can expect to lose a pound or two per week. Just remember, if you’re not willing to change your lifestyle and make healthy decisions, you can gain back all or more of the lost weight.

Side Notes
    • Prepare for your post-op diet before you have your bariatric surgery
    • Don’t be shy about asking your surgeon or physician anything you aren’t sure about
    • Follow your post-op guidelines to avoid healing disruptions and severe stomach pain
    • While staying hydrated is very important, don’t drink with a straw. It can cause air bubbles in the stomach
    • Choose low-calorie drinks. You don’t want to add calories that don’t fill you up.
    • Chew your food thoroughly to the consistency of mush
      Stop eating when you begin to feel full
    • Protein will become the top priority of your diet and 60-80 grams a day is usually recommended