Your weight loss journey begins before you have bariatric surgery with dietary changes to jumpstart weight loss. Once you have your bariatric procedure, your doctor will put on a very restrictive diet. For example, you will not be able to eat high carb foods–which may not be surprising. However, it may surprise you that some foods you can't eat are considered highly nutritious.

Bariatric surgery helps you lose weight; still, it is not the cure-all for obesity. Understanding what happens during the operation and why you should avoid eating certain foods (like high carb foods) will help increase your chance of success.

What Is Bariatric Surgery?

Bariatric surgery describes surgical procedures performed on patients who suffer from obesity. It is referred to as weight loss surgery since the goal is to limit a patient's food intake by altering the digestive system to achieve weight loss.

How Bariatric Surgery Works

Common Types of Bariatric Surgeries

What Should You Eat During Recovery

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Your body may change what foods it accepts post surgery. Some changes may be temporary while your body may never have the ability to tolerate some foods you ate before the surgery. Right after the surgery, your dietician (or doctor) will have you on a medically supervised diet. You will need to be on a phased or graduated diet to give your digestive system a chance to heal. Not following the diet can lead to some severe consequences.

Phase 1: Liquid Foods

Phase 2: Puree Foods

Phase 3: Soft Foods

Phase 4: Solid Foods

Your New Lifestyle

5 High Carb Foods to Avoid

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Learning to eat after bariatric surgery is in part challenging since not all high carb foods are bad for you. There are three types of carbs: sugar, starches, and fiber. High carb foods from sugars are simple carbs while carbohydrates from starches or fiber are complex carbs. 


You will want to avoid high carb foods whether they have a high nutritional value. High carb foods lurk in food that has little or no nutritional benefits, some high-fat foods, alcohol, high-starch carbs, and high-fiber carbs.

1. Avoid Food With Empty Calories

2. Avoid With Avoid High-Fat Foods

3. Avoid Alcohol

4. Avoid High-Starch Carbohydrates

5. Avoid High-Fiber Vegetables

The Risks of Noncompliance to Dietary Restrictions

Following your post-operative diet is not only critical for healing, but it is also vital to your long-term success. While the surgery assists you in losing weight, it won't cure obesity—your lifestyle will.

There are consequences for eating foods you should avoid. You may experience dumping syndrome if you do not comply with your dietary restrictions. Dumping syndrome is when the food enters the small intestines too quickly. Symptoms include feeling bloated, nauseous and dizzy. You also get stomach pains and diarrhea. 


Other consequences for not avoiding high carb foods include nausea, vitamin deficiency, difficulty swallowing, and blockage. Talk to your doctor or dietician before adding new foods to your diet.


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Medical researchers are continually discovering new ways to combat obesity. Eliminating obesity will reduce occurrences of conditions such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, osteoarthritis, and some cancers which will ultimately decrease morbidity due to these issues. Bariatric surgery has given many patients hope and courage to lose weight. Bariatric surgery is a magic bullet; however, you are the one who controls its success.

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