McDonald’s is the world’s most popular fast-food chain that offers a large variety of cost-effective options for those who have undergone bariatric surgery. Here are some recommendations for tasty, bariatric-friendly McDonald’s menu items you can enjoy any time of the day without compromising your weight loss goals!
Unfortunately, recently McDonald’s pulled out their healthy items like signature salads and yogurt parfaits. Luckily, they still have low-carb, low-fat, and low-sodium options suitable for post-bariatric patients.
Based on a 1,200-calorie weight loss surgery diet, it is important to choose meals that are 350-400 calories or less. All options listed below can be modified to be even healthier and lower calories. For example, you can ask for the Fruit & Maple Oatmeal without raisins, reducing the sugar and calorie count to 250 calories.
The creation of the Egg McMuffin by McDonald’s drastically transformed the landscape of fast food breakfast. The concept of a morning meal as a fast food option marketed by McDonald’s has since become an integral component across all fast food chains. Furthermore, McDonald’s has continued to lead the industry by providing healthy breakfast options to its customers.
Although McDonald’s is known for its unhealthy foods, some nutritious breakfast options are amiable for gastric sleeve and gastric bypass patients.
|Egg White Delight (260 Cal.)||8g||29g||16g||2g|
|Sausage Burrito (310 Cal.)||17g||25g||13g||2g|
|Egg McMuffin (310 Cal.)||13g||30g||17g||3g|
|Fruit & Maple Oatmeal (320 Cal.)||4.5g||64g||6g||31g|
McDonald’s has a reputation for its unhealthy, grease-soaked, super-sized meals that are detrimental to the fast-growing obesity epidemic. With rising rates of obesity, McDonald’s developed low-calorie menu items safe for bariatric patients.
McDonald’s bariatric-friendly options make it easy to grab a quick meal without sacrificing your weight loss goals.
|McDouble (400 Cal.)||20g||33g||22g||7g|
|Cheese Burger (300 Cal.)||13g||32g||15g||7g|
|Classic McDonald’s Hamburger (250 Cal.)||9g||31g||12g||6g|
|6 Piece Chicken Nuggets (250 Cal.)||15g||15g||14g||0g|
|McChicken (400 Cal.)||21g||39g||14g||5g|
|Filet-O-Fish ( 390 Cal.)||19g||39g||16g||5g|
|4 Piece McNuggets Happy Meal (225 Cal.)||7g||31g||10g||14g|
When people think of McDonald’s, they usually think of the classic McDonald’s french fries. Although fries are too high-calorie for post-op patients, some nutritious side dishes are still available after weight loss surgery.
Despite the small list, there are some wholesome food and drink choices for individuals counting calories.
|Apple Slices (15 Cal.)||0g||4g||0g||3g|
|Americano (0 Cal.)||0g||1g||0g||0g|
|Premium Roast Coffee (0 Cal.)||0g||1g||2g||0g|
|Unsweetened Ice Tea (0 Cal.)||0g||0g||1g||0g|
|Hot Tea (10 Cal.)||0g||0g||2g||0g|
|Water (0 Cal.)||0g||0g||0g||0g|
Basic Precautions for McDonald’s
- Avoid Sugary Condiments/Sauces: Some condiments are high in added sugar, sodium, and unhealthy fats that should be avoided unless consumed in moderation. The worst include ketchup, barbecue sauce, and sweet and sour sauce. Check out our condiments after bariatric surgery guide to help you find the best and worst sauces for your meals.
- Avoid Cheese: Cheese is a high-fat dairy product that, if removed, can lower the calorie content significantly of most McDonald’s food items.
- Avoid Carbonated Beverages: Carbonated drinks can cause dumping syndrome because of their high-sugar content and can add unwanted air into the stomach pouch resulting in gas pain.
- Don’t Drink from a Straw: Using a straw will introduce extra air into your new stomach pouch, causing gas pain and discomfort.
- Avoid Overeating: Meals should be no more than 4-6 ounces. Overeating can stretch out your stomach pouch and leave you feeling bloated and gassy.
Helpful tip: Use this McDonald’s calculator to see how modifying your meal will affect nutrition values.
By making simple modifications noted in this article, you can enjoy delicious meals from McDonald’s while staying on track with your weight loss goals. Remember that McDonald’s foods are generally high in fat; you should consider eating in fast food chains less often and stick to a healthier regime.
Check out these helpful links!
- Complete Guide to Fast Food After Weight Loss Surgery
- Condiments and Seasonings After Weight Loss Surgery
- Bariatric Surgery Macronutrient Goals and Meal Plan
- Shocking Negative Effects of Eating Fast Food
- What to Eat at Your Favorite Restaurant After Bariatric Surgery
- What Can I Order at Taco Bell After Bariatric Surgery?