Daily Eating Pattern and Sample Meal Plan

Each day, you can aim to limit yourself to a 1,200 calorie diet.

A 1,200-calorie diet would include:

  • 7 or more servings of protein
  • 3 or more servings of vegetables
  • 3 servings of fruit
  • 3 servings of starches
  • 3 servings of fat
  • At least 1.5 liters (6 8-ounce cups) of fluids, separate from meals and snacks
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These servings should be divided up according to the meal plan recommended by the surgeon or nutritionist. That might include three meals and up to three snacks.

A sample day might look like this:

Meal Types of Food Foods
Breakfast
  • two proteins
  • starch
  • fat
  • 1/4 cup egg substitute or 4 egg whites, scrambled
  • 1 ounce low-fat cheddar cheese
  • 1/3 cup oatmeal
  • 1/2 tablespoon peanut butter
Snack 1
  • proteins
  • starch
  • 1/4 cup fat-free cottage cheese
  • 1/2 English muffin
Lunch
  • protein
  • vegetable
  • fat
  • fruit
  • salad with 1 cup chopped lettuce, tomatoes and cucumber
  • 1 ounce cooked, peeled shrimp, about five large shrimp
  • 2 tablespoons light salad dressing
  • 1/2 tablespoon peanut butter
Snack 2
  • protein
  • vegetable
  • fat
  • 2 ounces canned tuna mixed with 2 teaspoons reduced-fat
  • mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup cooked broccoli
Dinner
  • two proteins
  • vegetable
  • fruit
  • starch
  • 2 ounces grilled chicken breast
  • 1/3 cup cooked barley
  • 1/2 to 1 cup cooked green beans
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
Snack 3
  • fruit
  • 1 cup cut honeydew melon