What can you eat on a bariatric diet?


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There are no set foods that a person can eat on a bariatric diet, but meals should be limited to 1,000 to 1,200 calories a day and should be consist mostly of high-protein foods such as lean meats, eggs and soy products. A pre-surgery bariatric diet is different than a post-surgery bariatric diet.

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The list of restricted foods in a post-surgery bariatric diet is much is shorter than the list of allowed foods. For example, avoid fibrous foods, carbonated beverages and high-calorie foods on a bariatric diet. Fibrous foods, such as raw vegetables, rice and fruit, can become stuck in the body after bariatric surgery. Although bariatric patients may consume carbonated drinks if desired, they may cause a fair amount of bloating, which is uncomfortable.

The eating guidelines vary depending on the type of bariatric surgery a person undergoes. In general, however, people should stick to a very strict meal schedule. They should also attempt to limit snacking throughout the day. When eating, it is extremely important to ensure that the food is thoroughly chewed before swallowing. Plenty of fluids, mainly water, should be consumed throughout the day. Aim for at least 64 ounces of calorie-free fluids a day.

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