Example of Week 4 and Beyond – Soft Mechanical

A soft mechanical diet is made up of foods that are easy to chew and swallow. It is perfect for people who have recently had weight loss surgery; it is easy on the digestive system that is still slow from medications and anesthesia. At the beginning of Week 4 post-surgery, you can follow the soft mechanical diet and even stay on this plan for several weeks until you gradually transition to regular soft foods.


  • Avoid all foods that are difficult to chew, including tough meats, raw and dried fruits and vegetables, bread with a thick crust, nuts, and seeds.
  • You can eat cooked fruits and vegetables, ground meats, soft cheese and other dairy products, and softened bread and cereals.
  • Any liquid can be consumed.
  • Legumes are fine if they are cooked properly.
  • Anything that is chopped should be smaller than ¼ inch in size.
  • Bread and cereals can be mashed up and softened with some liquid before eating.

Allowed Foods

  • All liquids – tea, broth, diet sports drinks, zero calorie flavored water, etc.
  • Low-fat yogurt
  • Low-fat soft cheese and cottage cheese
  • Low-fat sour cream and cream cheese
  • Ground cooked chicken, turkey, beef, pork, or scallops, and crab meat that is canned or cooked soft and shredded
  • Eggs, Egg Beaters, or egg whites
  • Thinly shaved deli meats, like turkey or chicken (chopped into small pieces)
  • Tuna, egg, or chicken salad (shredded or cut into small pieces) without any added raw vegetables
  • Tofu
  • Reduced fat peanut or nut butters that are smooth (not chunky) – limit to 2 servings per week
  • Soft cooked vegetables, without seeds or skins, chopped into small pieces – unlimited amount allowed
  • Mashed potatoes or sweet potatoes (without the skins)
  • Clear and creamed soups with chopped or shredded meats and vegetables (Progresso 100 calorie soups are great)
  • Soft fruits like bananas and ripe peaches
  • Applesauce or other cooked fruit
  • Reduced sugar jams, jellies, and fruit preserves (best without seeds)
  • Cereal without nuts or dried fruit (serve with skim milk or lite soy, rice, cashew, or almond milk)
  • Lite bread and crackers – may need to be softened with liquid, and you must count the carbs in these

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