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Nutrition after Weight Loss Surgery

Good nutrition is a vital component to staying successful after weight loss surgery.

Post-Weight Loss Surgery Nutrition Tips

  • Meals and snacks should be half protein. Choose lean options such as fish, chicken, or lean beef. Avoid meats that are fried or breaded.
  • Include non-starchy vegetables at meals. Non-starchy vegetables include foods like tomatoes, broccoli, carrots, or green beans. The starchy vegetables (potatoes, peas, and corn) should be avoided.
  • Save starches for special occasions such as holidays or birthdays. Starches include bread, rice, tortillas, and pasta.
  • Stay hydrated! Try to reach at least 64 ounces of water daily. 


Non-Scale Victories

  • The waistline on my pants is looser
  • I have more energy
  • I can buy clothes off the rack and not need to go to a specialty store
  • I no longer need insulin
  • I can walk around the zoo with my children without stopping for breaks
  • I do not need a seatbelt extender when I travel by air
  • I can sit at a booth at a restaurant vs always sitting at a table
  • I can tie my shoes
  • I no longer need my walker
  • I can clean my house without being tired
  • I have more energy
  • I have less Dr. appointments because I am on less meds
  • My blood pressure is normal and I no longer need HTN meds
  • I am more active now and have an exercise routine

Non-Food Rewards

  • New workout clothes
  • New workout shoes
  • Massage
  • Mani/pedi
  • Trip
  • Fitness tracker
  • Water tracker (Ulla)
  • Day trip
  • Hunting or fishing trip
  • New haircut/style
  • New makeup
  • New tattoo
  • Personal trainer
  • Take a day off work
  • New phone
  • New book