Having bariatric surgery is a real lifesaver for most people who have been in a constant battle with obesity. Long-term weight loss is no easy feat. Everyone hits that point where it gets really hard, and you feel like you are doing everything right but still aren’t losing weight. Your pouch can stretch without a proper foundation, nutrition, and lifestyle changes.

If you think you lose weight fast after weight loss surgery, it can be even faster to gain weight after stretching your pouch. In light of this common problem, this 10-day pouch reset diet was created by Mexico Bariatric Center® to reset your diet and start losing weight again.

The Pouch Reset

The pouch reset can help patients feel a sense of security and feel much fuller after eating, a sensation they had after these surgeries.

What is the Pouch Reset Diet?

The pouch reset is a week or two, high-protein, low-calorie regimen to help reset your metabolic set-point. This diet is almost identical to the post-op diet after bariatric surgery, although each “phase” is shorter. Before starting the Pouch Reset Diet, you must understand what it is.

The gastric bypass and gastric sleeve post-op diets are similar for our patients. They involve 4 phases that last around 1 week per phase. The 4-week post-op diet is ultimately compacted to create this 5 to 10-day pouch reset diet.

The point of the pouch reset diet is restricting the amount and types of food you eat. Our nutritionist created this 10-day pouch reset diet to get back in the healthy living mindset while resetting your stomach to its appropriate size.

  • This will not shrink your stomach long-term (no “reset” diets do)
  • Meant to be a quick detox-style diet to get you back on track with your weight loss
  • No caffeine
  • Must drink 64+ ounces of water or a sugar-free beverage
  • Must not drink 30 minutes before a meal or 30 minutes after
  • Do not skip any meals or shakes listed
  • No additional snacks other than what is listed
  • Protein shakes must have 20 grams or more of protein and less than 5g of sugar

Diet Structure

The structure of the diet is as follows:

Day 1: Clear Liquids

  • Water
  • Tea
  • Broth (chicken, vegetable, beef)
  • Sugar-free drinks (Crystal Light, Propel, Gatorade Zero, Powerade Zero, Mio, etc.)
  • Unsweetened tea

Day 2 and 3: Thick Liquids

  • You must drink 3 protein shakes and as many servings of this vegetable soup as you want, spaced out every 2-3 hours
  • Weight Loss Vegetable Soup
  • 64 ounces of water or a sugar-free beverage

Day 4 and 5: Soft Solids

  • 3 Protein shakes
  • Unlimited Vegetable soup (link above)
  • Choose 2 servings out of these soft solid protein options:
    • ½ cup cottage cheese
    • 6 ounces Greek yogurt: plain or flavored Dannon Oikos Triple Zero
    • ½ cup beans (whole or refried)
    • 2 scrambled or poached eggs
    • 4 ounces tofu

Day 6-10: Long-Term Diet

  • 3 protein shakes
  • Can substitute these options for 2 out of the 3 protein shakes:
    • 20 almonds
    • 1 Greek yogurt and up to ¼ cup berries
    • 1 cheese stick
    • 2 eggs (scrambled, poached, or hard-boiled)
  • 2 meals consisting of 4 ounces lean protein (chicken, fish, turkey, pork loin, shellfish, tofu, or beans) 1 Tablespoon olive oil, 2 ounces vegetables
  • Unlimited Vegetable soup (link above)

Want to Test Your Pouch Size? Check out this Guide!

10 Day Pouch Reset Diet - Infographic

Results of the Pouch Reset Diet

The pouch reset diet takes hard work and dedication. In order to get long-term results from it, you need to think of it as a fresh start to your journey. By day 10 of our pouch reset diet, you will have transitioned into a healthy diet that you can decide to continue long-term to bring you to your goal weight.

Support isn’t required, but it will definitely help get you back on track with your weight loss success. Taking steps back isn’t always bad. Anything is possible as long as you learn from your past mistakes and stay focused.

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