Is it possible to eat out at good restaurants while sticking to a bariatric friendly diet?
The short answer… YES!
Just because you have had bariatric surgery doesn’t mean you can’t go out and enjoy good restaurants with friends and family.
It also doesn’t mean you have to blow your diet.
However, you do have to be more aware of your choices versus someone who hasn’t had surgery.
As you’ll see in this article, most restaurants have many “bariatric friendly” options, but they also have EXTREMELY fattening and high-calorie options. This is where succeeding as a bariatric patient is more art than science.
At any rate, this guidance will point you to some proven bariatric friendly options at some very popular restaurants.
Prepare yourself ahead of time
No matter where you are eating you should always be looking for the same kinds of food. Every menu should have healthier options, and a lot of menus will mark them to make it easier.
Look for lower-calorie options as well as lower fat and higher protein. The more protein in a meal the more fulfilling it will be, thus helping you to not overeat.
Protein also has fewer calories per gram compared to fat which means the more protein a meal has the more bang for your buck!
It’s also a good idea to look at the menu before getting to the restaurant so you can already know what you are going to eat or at least have an idea of a few healthy options.
You should never go in without a plan because that is a recipe for disaster!
Some things to keep in mind
The choices you will see below are mostly based on entree options and do not include sides (if sides are included). Since every restaurant has its own selection of sides, we felt it best to focus on the main course and provide you with the knowledge and skills to apply that to choosing sides.
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