After bariatric surgery, going out to eat at restaurants or in a public setting can be nerve-wracking while still trying to maintain a healthy diet to lose weight, but fret no more! This bariatric dining-out guide will help you enjoy a meal with friends and family while staying focused on your weight loss goals.

Important: Always follow all post-op diet guidelines and adjust to your current phase.

Don’t forget to bring your special menu request card to order a kid’s meal or smaller portions when going to your favorite restaurant after bariatric surgery.

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How to Successfully Dine Out After Bariatric Surgery

A great way to stick to a nutritious diet is to meal prep and plan, but if you are in a time crunch and have to grab something quickly, many bariatric-friendly options are available. An alternative is to stop at a grocery store and pick up some deli meat, yogurt, or a protein shake.

If you plan on going to a sit-down dinner or ordering takeout, here are some tips to reduce the stress and keep you on track while dining out after bariatric surgery:

  1. View the menu beforehand:  Most menus are available online, and looking at them ahead of time can lessen the anxiety and pressure of ordering quickly.
  2. Be creative: If something you like on the menu isn’t bariatric-friendly, ask if you can substitute or take things out to make it fit your diet requirements.
  3. If possible, choose the place: Choosing a place to eat can help ensure you have good low-calorie food choices wherever you go.
  4. Look for specific foods: Focus on foods that are grilled, baked, sauteed, or boiled. Avoid fattening and high-calorie foods that are fried, battered, and breaded.
  5. Pick a high-protein appetizer: Fulfilling your daily protein requirements can help you avoid overeating and unnecessary carbs.
  6. Enjoy the company: Eat slowly and focus on the company to avoid overeating.
  7. Follow the 30-minute drinking rule: This can be tough for a bariatric patient to follow in social settings, but it can help you avoid feeling full quickly, allowing you to enjoy your food.

Best Bariatric-Friendly Choices

It can be challenging to find bariatric-friendly restaurants when sticking to a low-carb diet, so here are some ideas of what you can have when it comes to different cuisines.

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  • Veggie omelet
  • Oatmeal with fruit
  • Turkey bacon
  • Greek yogurt parfaits
  • Hard-boiled eggs
  • Fruit cups
  • Poached eggs
  • Cottage cheese with fresh fruit

Fast FoodFast Food What to Eat at Your Favorite Restaurant After Bariatric Surgery Bariatric Edition Mexico Bariatric Center

  • Burger with no bun
  • Lettuce wrapped burger
  • Grilled/baked chicken
  • Sandwich as salad
  • Patty with a salad
  • Beware of breaded products
  • No fries. Most places will offer a salad as an alternative

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  • Steak
  • Ribs without sauces
  • Burger without buns
  • Lettuce wraps
  • Salad with an oil-based dressing
  • Seafood without breading/batter

Mediterranean FoodMediterranean Food What to Eat at Your Favorite Restaurant After Bariatric Surgery Bariatric Edition Mexico Bariatric Center

  • Kebabs with salad
  • Greek salad
  • Baba Ghanoush without pita
  • Gyro meat with salad
  • Grilled veggies with salad
  • Grilled chicken with salad
  • Grilled fish with salad
  • Grilled lamb with salad
  • Hummus and veggies
  • Chicken shawarma
  • Lentil soup

Thai FoodThai Food What to Eat at Your Favorite Restaurant After Bariatric Surgery Bariatric Edition Mexico Bariatric Center

  • No rice or noodles
  • Coconut curries without rice
  • Tom Yum soup
  • Tam Kha soup
  • Beef
  • Chicken
  • Stir Fry without sweetened sauces

Japanese FoodJapanese Food What to Eat at Your Favorite Restaurant After Bariatric Surgery Bariatric Edition Mexico Bariatric Center

  • Sashimi
  • Miso soup
  • Seaweed salad
  • Naruto rolls
  • Beware of sugary sauces
  • Ask for rolls without rice

Chinese FoodChinese Food What to Eat at Your Favorite Restaurant After Bariatric Surgery Bariatric Edition Mexico Bariatric Center

  • Egg-drop soup
  • Hot and sour soup
  • Pork spare ribs without sauce
  • Roasted duck
  • Mixed vegetables with tofu
  • Chicken
  • Shrimp
  • Chicken and vegetable stirfry
  • Ask for sauces and dips on the side

Mexican FoodMexican Food What to Eat at Your Favorite Restaurant After Bariatric Surgery Bariatric Edition Mexico Bariatric Center

  • Chicken, steak, or shrimp fajita mix on lettuce w/ guacamole or sliced avocado
  • Salad or bowls with meat, lettuce, cheese, salsa, and guacamole
  • Taco salad without the shell
  • Cerviche
  • Carne asada
  • Chile Verde
  • Black beans

Italian FoodItalian Food What to Eat at Your Favorite Restaurant After Bariatric Surgery Bariatric Edition Mexico Bariatric Center

  • Antipasto Salad
  • Caprese salad
  • Meat with marsala sauce
  • Steak
  • Seafood
  • Salad with grilled meat
  • Grilled vegetables
  • Grilled calamari
  • Roasted chicken or fish

Indian FoodIndian Food What to Eat at Your Favorite Restaurant After Bariatric Surgery Bariatric Edition Mexico Bariatric Center

  • Beans/legumes
  • Curry
  • Tandoori Chicken
  • Saag Paneer
  • Chicken vindaloo
  • Korma

 

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