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Stage 3 Diet

Duration: 3 weeks

Goals

  • 64 ounces of fluid/day (clear liquids + full liquids)
  • 60 grams of protein/day (Women)
  • 70 grams of protein/day (Men & Women 5’8” or taller) 

Guidelines

  • Sip and eat slowly, do not gulp. Stop if you feel full or nauseous.
  • Initially drink only 4 ounces in one hour, adjust as tolerated.
  • Use a food log to keep track of fluid and protein intake.
  • If you are having trouble meeting protein goals consider adding whey or soy protein powder to your shakes.
  • Watch out for dehydration. If you are experiencing dry mouth, dizziness, nausea or headaches you may be dehydrated. Keep an eye on your urine color, dark urine means you need to drink more.
  • Temporary lactose intolerance may occur. Try lactose free or soy milk in place of regular milk or switch to a lactose free shake.
  • You may start your vitamins 2 weeks after surgery – Multivitamin with iron, Calcium Citrate and Vitamin B12. If you are feeling nauseous, wait until you start Stage 4 diet.

Clear Liquids List

Caffeine free, Carbonation free, Sugar free, Alcohol free 

  • Water
  • Hint Water
  • Crystal Light
  • 4 C Light Drink Mixes
  • MiO Liquid Water Enhancer
  • Dasani Drops
  • Decaf Coffee or Decaf Tea
  • Diet Ocean Spray
  • Diet Snapple
  • Power Aid Zero
  • Propel Zero
  • Vitamin Water Zero
  • Broth with sodium
  • Sugar free popsicles
  • Sugar free gelatin

Protein Shake List

Protein shakes should have at least 10 g of protein and less than 15 g of sugar per serving

  • Atkins Shake
  • Bariatric Advantage*                                                  * lactose free
  • BiPro Whey Protein Isolate*
  • BOOST Calorie Smart*
  • BOOST Glucose Control*
  • Designer Whey
  • EAS AdvantEDGE Carb Control
  • EAS Myoplex Lite
  • Ensure High Protein
  • Glucerna Hunger Smart*
  • GNC Lean Shake 25*
  • Isopure*
  • Muscle Milk Genuine or Muscle Milk Light (powder) or Muscle Milk 100 Calorie*
  • Premier Protein
  • Pure Protein
  • UNJURY*

Stage 3: Sample Meal/Fluid Plan

Time

Food or Beverage

Grams of Protein

Ounces of Fluid

7:00 am

4 ounces water

 

4

8:00 am

4 ounces Premier Protein

11

4

9:00 am

4 ounces Crystal Light

 

4

10:00 am

4 ounces Ensure High Protein

8

4

11:00 am

½ cup chicken broth

 

4

12:00 pm

4 ounces Premier Protein

11

4

1:00 pm

4 ounces water

 

4

2:00 pm

4 ounces water

 

4

3:00 pm

4 ounces Ensure High Protein

8

4

4:00 pm

4 ounces Crystal Light

 

4

5:00 pm

½ cup chicken broth

 

4

6:00 pm

4 ounces Premier Protein

11

4

7:00 pm

4 ounces water

 

4

8:00 pm

4 ounces Premier Protein

11

4

9:00 pm

4 ounces sugar free jello

 

4

10:00 pm

4 ounces water

 

4

 

Totals

60 grams

64 ounces

 

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