Food Choices & The Basics of Keto

As you have probably heard a few dozen times since our first meeting, bariatric surgery is not a “magic pill.”  Our surgeons can do their part, but our patients have to follow through with making healthy lifestyle choices in order to get and keep the weight off.  If you continue to eat high-calorie, high carbohydrate foods (just about anything found on a fast food menu) after surgery, not much will change.  So what do we recommend you eat?  We recommend that you fill your plate with protein, fats, and vegetable at every meal.  We recommend you cut out sugar and carbohydrates.  Why?  Because when you eat these, your body stores what it doesn’t use right away as body fat.  This same principle is used in the ketogenic diet movement (although I cringe to say the word “diet” because from this point forward, I want you to think of it as a lifestyle, not a diet).

A great source to help explain the ketogenic “keto” lifestyle is  It also has great visual aides to show you how many carbs your foods/drinks have and also has a TON of recipes.  Do keep in mind that this source has nothing to do with weight loss surgery, so when it mentions things like portions or fasting, it may differ for you (and that’s where our personal advice comes in).

Here’s what your plate should look like:

Since vegetables are going to fill a large portion of your plate, let’s break them down a little further. Although healthy, some vegetables are very high in carbs- sweet potatoes, white potatoes, and corn are biggies.

Low carb veggies:

High carb veggies:

Here’s a snapshot of what foods you need to cut out:

Although foods like fruit and brown rice have their own benefits for your health, the natural carbs and sugars in them aren’t going to do you any favors during the weight loss process.  We recommend cutting them out completely until you reach your goal weight, and then you can add them back in small amounts as long as you are maintaining your goal.

Take a minute and look over these diagrams and more at!