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What Can You Eat During the Liquid Phase after WLS?

After weight loss surgery, your diet is completely different. No matter what type of bariatric surgery you have, your stomach and the way you digest food has changed. Since your anatomy has changed, you must make changes with the foods you eat. You have just had surgery and your stomach needs time to heal. Due to this, your surgeon will put you on a specific post-op diet to gradually put foods back into your diet. It is crucial that you follow this diet so you don’t get sick or hurt yourself. Eating foods too soon can damage your new stomach.

The first stage after bariatric surgery is the liquid stage. This liquid stage is broken up into two different types: clear liquids and full liquids. Typically, surgeons will have you on the clear liquid diet for about a week after weight loss surgery. Then, you transition to the full liquid stage for another 1-2 weeks. This can sound a little intimidating. Some people get nervous when they hear they have to be on a liquid diet for this long. In addition to the post-op diet, you have already been on a pre-op diet as well. It can sound terrifying, but it really isn’t that bad.

Liquid Diet After Bariatric Surgery

Here are some tasty things you can eat while on the clear liquid diet

  1. Sugar free popsicles—Seriously, have a blast! Eat popsicles like there is no tomorrow (just make sure they are sugar free!)
  2. Sugar free jello— Get as many flavors as you can and enjoy the chewing sensation.
  3. Sugar free non-carbonated drinks— My favorite was crystal light lemonade! This helped me get my water in every day.

Liquid Diet After Bariatric Surgery

  1. Decaf coffee or tea—If you love the taste of coffee and tea, this is fine to have during this stage.
  2. Broth—You can get very creative with this. Try new flavors and be open to the fact that your taste might be a little different after surgery. I loved getting miso soup and straining it during this stage.

Now, once you get to the next stage of the liquid diet, you’ll be able to add more in…and boy will you be ready!

Liquid Diet After Bariatric Surgery

  1. Sugar-free pudding—This is a great way to satisfy your sweet tooth.
  2. Soup—You will be so ready for more flavors after the broth stage. Start adding in a thicker consistency of soup, such as tomato soup. Take it slow and be patient with your body.
  3. Fat-free yogurt or cottage cheese—This is a great time to start adding these foods in to create healthy habits.
  4. Protein shake with milk – Start the habit now and get your protein shake in!
  5. Sugar-free applesauce—Make sure it is thinned and sugar-free.

Honestly, the liquid stage isn’t terrible and it goes by very fast. More than anything, make sure you are drinking your water and staying hydrated! As soon as your surgeon clears you, start taking your vitamins!! You are so fresh from surgery and it is important to make sure you stay healthy during this healing process. You got this!!

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Foods to eat during the liquid phase after WLS

 

11 comments

Aug 10, 2020 • Posted by Tracy P

I had VSG procedure on 7/27/20 I have been struggling to get all my protein & fluids in and my weight loss is very slow, I’m looking forward to the pureed phase next week.

Jul 23, 2020 • Posted by Lynn Jones

Hello Everyone
My name is Lynn. I will be have Gastric Bypass the Ron-Y Surgery on July 7th 2020. I have been reading some of the ideas and what to do and not to do. I have found that this has been helpful to me.

Aug 04, 2020 • Posted by Michelle

Just had bypass and they gave me crystal light lemonade. I don’t think the comment about citric acid is confirmed, and is only a preference of the hospital.

Dec 26, 2019 • Posted by Bobbie

I learned this during my husbands bypass. Chew chew chew. Food has to be chewed to mashed potatoe consistency so it can pass threw. He skips a few chews now and then and pukes.Those are his binge and purge days.lol

Jul 02, 2020 • Posted by Junestwin

I also like the Outshine no sugar added fruit pops. I eat those instead of popsicles

Jan 28, 2020 • Posted by Chasity Boykin

They gave me crystal light of n the hospital after my surgery just not lemonade

Jan 28, 2020 • Posted by Glenda Slayton

I was instructed to never use straws due to pulling air into the stomach which stretches the stomach and causes gas/pain.

Jan 28, 2020 • Posted by Kelly

I am going in for surgery on August 5th 2019 and my dietician said it is fine to have crystal light. Everything depends on your surgeon. It is not the same everywhere.

Jan 28, 2020 • Posted by Caleb White

I am in my pre-op week of liquid dieting, I am told that crystal light is okay. I would be interested to see why some are being told it is no longer optimal?

Jun 12, 2019 • Posted by Lacey

You can no longer drink crystal light anything with Citric acid

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