For bariatric patients who are 6+ months out from surgery but have not met their goal weight
Once you’ve completed the 4 phase diet it’s time to continue your weight loss journey and embrace the long-term diet after bariatric surgery.
It’s likely that you lost a lot of weight during the 4 phase diet, but you haven’t reached your goal weight, yet. It’s at this point that you start the long-term post-op diet.
You’ll stick to this diet until you’ve reached your goal weight.
As we said, the goal of your long-term diet is to ultimately arrive at your target weight. For most bariatric practices your goal weight is determined by the “Ideal Weight Chart” first published by the Metropolitan Life health insurance company.
You simply match your gender, height and weight to see what your target weight should be:
Women: >60 grams
Men: >75 grams
BPD/DS: >90 grams
Keep the total size of the meal to 4 – 6 ounces of food.
Measure and weigh everything you prepare and be as accurate as you can be to avoid “calorie creep.”
Make sure your plate is made up of at least ½ to ⅔ protein and the rest made up of vegetables and starches
Eat Protein First
Always eat the protein portion of your meal first. Once you finish the protein move on to the veggies and starches. If you’re full after eating the protein portion stop eating! Don’t worry about the “clean plate club.”
Don’t Drink with Meals
Hold drinking any fluids 30 minutes before your meal, during your meal and 30 minutes after your meal. This will help you feel fuller and help with macronutrient absorption