How to Survive the Pre Weight Loss Surgery Diet:
Top 5 Tips

Here are 5 simple ways to assure your 1-2 week pre weight loss surgery diet goes smoothly:

Pre Op Liquid Diet
Tip # 1:

Purchase all of your protein supplements and fluids well ahead of time so you’re prepared. There’s nothing more stressful than running around at the last minute like a chicken with your head cut off trying to find what you need!

Pre Bariatric Surgery Diet
Tip #2:

Make a Schedule

  • Take out a piece of paper and write down what time you wake up and what time you go to bed. Then map out each hour on a separate line.  
  • Next, plan the time of day to drink each of your approved protein supplements. Do this FIRST. 
  • Then plan 64 ounces of sugar free fluids spread out in between. You should be able to easily see how fluids fit in once you have it on paper. 
  • You can also plan blocks of time when it’s ok to have the “freebies” if you need/want them: sugar free popsicles, sugar free jello, broth or miso.

Pro Tip:

Try drinking the 1st protein supplement within 1 hour of waking up, and then one every 3-4 hours thereafter.

Pre Weight Loss Surgery Diet
Tip #3:

Have a sit down discussion with family members and let them know what you'll be doing. Show them your schedule. Ask for their support- no ordering pizza or eating your favorite foods in front of you!

If you’re in charge of meals for your family, prepare and freeze meals they can simply reheat while you’re on the preop diet. If family members are old enough to prepare their own food...let 'em do it!

Pre Op Liquid Diet
Tip #4:

Get an accountability buddy to help you stick to the pre weight loss surgery diet. It can be your spouse, neighbor, friend, or even a dietitian, like me! Tell someone else what your plan is.

  • Check in daily to report how your preop liquid diet is going.
  • Ask if you can call for support and encouragement if there are times you want to cheat.

 Everyone does better with another pair of eyes on them!

Pre Weight Loss Surgery Diet
Tip #5: 

Surround yourself with external motivators

Make a vision board. Hang it in the kitchen. There’s no clearer way to remind yourself of what you ultimately want to achieve. You may feel tired or low energy on the pre op diet, and may feel like you want to cheat at times, but a vision board will help you keep your eye on the prize!

You CAN survive the 1-2 week diet before bariatric surgery. I know you can! You’ve got this!

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