The truth about portion sizes following bariatric surgery.


Bariatric surgery creates a portion control system. There are slight variances with the different surgery options, but generally:

  1. In the early days following weight loss surgery you will only be eating a few spoonfuls of pureed food several times a day.
  2. After 3-4 weeks you will progress onto small portions of soft, mushy foods
  3. After 3-6 months you will have typically progressed onto a normal texture diet, your portion size is typically a side plate portion of food.

There is no reason why you cannot follow a normal healthy eating pattern, eat out with friends and have a normal healthy social life.

The Gateway Health team prepare you fully before surgery so that you are organised and have appropriate foods ready at home for after your discharge from hospital.

We give you step by step written advice also and follow up daily after your discharge from hospital, to reassure and guide you through the dietary stages and to be on hand for any questions or advice you may need.

Our aftercare also includes behavioural and emotional change support.