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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
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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

Roux-en-Y gastric bypass patients are at highest risk for dumping syndrome, although it can occur after the vertical sleeve gastrectomy and BPD-DS surgeries. Avoid or limit:

  • 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