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All bariatric patients should limit or avoid certain foods that can interfere with weight loss. They can add extra calories, stretch the stomach pouch, sleeve or stoma and/or, in the case of alcohol, lower inhibition so that you're more likely to overeat.
- High-sugar foods, such as baked goods, candy and ice cream
- Most high-fat foods, such as fatty meats, full-fat dairy products and cream soups and sauces (peanut butter is an example of a high-fat food that is healthy and can be included in moderation)
- Foods high in refined carbohydrates, such as white bread and pasta
- Beverages with calories, including sodas, fruit drinks, protein shakes, sports drinks and energy drinks
- Carbonated beverages, including diet sodas
- Alcoholic beverages
Lap-band patients should be cautious about foods that can get caught in the band or cause obstructions.
- Fibrous foods, such as asparagus, broccoli, celery and oranges
- Gristly or sharp foods, such as nuts, seeds, ground meat with gristle
- Sticky foods, such as peanut butter and caramels
- Doughy or chewy foods, such as doughy bread
- Fried foods, such as French fries, onion rings and doughnuts
- Sugary foods, such as candy, sugar-sweetened beverages, cookies, cakes, pies, ice cream and sugar-sweetened cereals and yogurt
- High-fat foods
- Foods naturally high in sugars, such as fruit juice and fruits, should be limited