Bariatrics: Diet

Post Op-Diet 

Bariatric surgery can aid in the process of losing weight, but with proper diet and exercise you can maintain those pounds shed from the surgery. Below are a few guidelines for foods to minimize in your daily diet after having the surgery.

Minimize Intake 

Finding the right food to eat after LAP-BAND® may seem tricky, but you will learn quickly what works for you. Some foods may cause problems as they may block or have difficulty passing your stomach opening. Introduce these types of foods to your diet slowly, one at a time, to see if they are tolerated. Unlike with gastric bypass food, you can return to a fairy normal diet in a short amount of time.

  • Dry meat (e.g. grilled chicken)
  • Peanut butter
  • Shrimp
  • Untoasted or doughy bread
  • Pasta or rice
  • Fibrous vegetables (e.g. corn, celery and asparagus)
  • Dried fruit
  • Coconut
  • Popcorn
  • Citrus fruits
  • Nuts


There will be certain foods to avoid post-op. They may contain too many calories and too little nutritional value to be of any use to you with the LAP-BAND®. Alcohol should be consumed in moderation, one glass of wine or less per day.  These foods are high in sugar or fat and therefore should be avoided:

  • Syrups, jams, honey
  • Candy, pies, cakes, biscuits
  • Chips, dips
  • High-calorie soft drinks

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