Bariatric Diet Resource

For bariatric diet recipes for the clear liquid phase, please visit the UPMC Bariatric Diet Resource​.

Post Bariatric Surgery Diet

Making good food choices and eating a balanced diet will help you shed pounds after bariatric surgery and maintain a healthy weight for life.

Your bariatric surgeon will advance you through each phase of the post bariatric surgery diet plan​ — beginning right after surgery — until you’re ready for the final, lifelong phase.

Eating After Bariatric Surgery: Post-Bariatric Surgery Nutrition

The table below outlines the progression for most bariatric surgery patients. Remember, everyone is different and will progress at different speeds. Eating after bariatric surgery will become easier over time, as you progress through the post surgery diet plan.

Post bariatric surgery diet plan

Phase Timeframe:
Gastric Bypass Patients
Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Band Patients
1. Clear Liquid Diet Weeks 1 and 2 Week 1
2A. Full Liquid Diet N/A Week 2
Begin using protein supplements
2B. Pureed Diet Weeks 3 and 4
Begin using protein supplements
Week 3
3. Adaptive/Soft Diet Months 2 and 3 Weeks 4 and 5
4. Stabilization Diet Month 4 and Lifelong

Week 6 and Lifelong

» Learn more about what to expect after bariatric surgery.

Post-bariatric surgery diet plan

Following your bariatric surgery, your care team will go over a five-phase, post-surgery diet that helps your body recover and adapt to healthy eating habits.

The UPMC Bariatric Diet Tool provides resources, healthy tips, and nutritious recipes for your post-bariatric surgery journey.​

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