Man, oh man, are y’all going to hate this answer. The best bariatric diet to follow is the one that works for you. Yes, there’s a lot of debate on the internet about bariatric diets. After the post-op progression, you pretty much can eat whatever. Many people go keto, which I don’t recommend. I will talk more about keto in another post.
However, you will have to re-learn to eat. You will want to avoid over-processed foods with lots of chemicals. Eat fresh whenever you can. If you can also eat organic, that would be great, but it’s not necessary. Produce like fruits and veggies are great. Lean proteins like chicken and fish are fantastic.
Now, having said that, I can NOT eat animal protein. It makes me physically ill. It’s something that happens to about 20% of us according to my surgeon, Stephen Fass, MD. They didn’t tell me that ahead of time.
I found out rather by accident. Right now, I eat a gluten free, vegan diet. I have found that cheese and other animal products don’t like me. This is not going to be the case for most people. As a general rule, you should avoid simple carbs like white rice, semolina pastas and so forth.
You should also avoid high sugar, high fat foods that could cause dumping. If you have questions on what bariatric diet to follow, you should probably check with a nutritionist. You will need to learn to eat for your new tummy. It takes time to re-learn how to eat as a bariatric patient. Your findings will most likely be different from mine and from everybody else. You are unique and foods that like you back are the foods you should stick to.
It takes a lot of mental toughness to figure out how to eat as a bariatric patient. You certainly can do it. I did it. Many other people have done it. Try to steer clear of fads and just eat good, healthy food. That’s the best advice I can give you. Eat for your new tummy and celebrate you.
You’re worth it.