Eating Out After Bariatric Surgery

Who says that life cannot be fun after bariatric surgery? So many people think that after weight loss surgery you will just sit at home eating a salad and sipping on your water!

This is simply a myth.

Here are some top tips that will ensure that your night is full of fun and flavour!

  • Have a light lunch during the day, to ensure that you don’t over order in the restaurant.
  • Book a taxi. You can have a few glasses of alcohol after surgery – but remember that alcohol affects you more.
  • Remember not to drink 30 minutes either side of your meal.
  • If the restaurant serves up large portions – then just order a starter as your main meal.
  • Order your meal first, so that you are not tempted by the choices of your friends.
  • Avoid fried food. Ask for grilled/steamed/poached/roasted or baked.
  • Ask for any sauce to be put on the side. (creamy sauces are not good for Gastric Sleeve and Gastric Bypass patients)
  • Always eat your protein first – always.
  • Gastric band patients – remember to chew, chew and chew! (yes – you can eat steak!)
  • Ask for a doggy bag and eat the leftovers for lunch the next day.
  • Avoid the dessert menu, as the end of your evening may result in a bout of dumping syndrome and extra calories are consumed!
  • Many patients report a change in their taste buds after surgery – this is not unusual.

    So don’t be frightened about eating out after your surgery! There is a whole new world of flavour out there waiting to be tasted – albeit in a smaller portion!

    Bon appetite!

    *Disclaimer: Please note that weight loss surgery results and benefits are unique to each individual and in such The Bariatric Group cannot guarantee specific weight loss goals as results for each surgery can vary. If you have any questions or would like to know more about weight loss surgery please contact our expert team.