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.

Guidelines

  • 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
Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin

Health Disclaimer: This website provides information about health and related subjects. The information provided on this site, or in any linked materials, is for informational purposes only and is not a substitue for receiving direct professional medical expertise and / or treatment. If you think you have a medical emergency, call your doctor or emergency services immediately. 

Recipe & Food Disclaimer: We are not responsible for any outcome of any recipe you try from the website. Take care when using cookware including knives and other sharp or hot objects. Review all ingredients prior to ingesting to ensure you are not allergic to anything in the recipes. We do not provide any assurances or accept liability in regards to quality, nutritional value or safety when using the recipes provided on this site. 

Check your BMI Today!

Dr. Almino Ramos Joins Elias Ortiz & Company

Dr. Almino Ramos is a world famous bariatric surgeon and former president of the IFSO who we are excited to welcome to our team!

CREDENTIALS

Dr. Elías Ortiz, Bariatrics

Professional License Number: 8684409

Federal Taxpayers Registry: OIGJ810323D28

CURP: OIGJ810323HBCRMS08

Qualifications

Undergraduate Degree in Medicine (1999–2004), Faculty of Medicine of the Autonomous University of Baja California
– Overall average: 8.85 / 10

Undergraduate Internship (2004–2005), Regional General Hospital No. 1, IMSS, Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico.
– Overall average: 9.49 / 10

Social Service (2005–2006), Mobile Unit No. 19, SSA, Tijuana, Baja California Mexico.

Graduate Professional XXXI National Aspiring medical residencies
– Place finish in specialty group (Surgery): 32 of 3602.

General Surgery Specialty (2008-2012), Medical Unit of High Specialty, West National Medical Center, Mexican Social Security Institute
– Total Rating: 96.40 / 100.

Certifications

Certificate of Accreditation of Foreign Language Skills: English. April 22, 2006, at the Autonomous University of Baja California, Mexico

Resident Coordinator of General Surgery, generation 2008–2009, Regional General Hospital No. 45, Mexican Social Security Institute, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico.

Chief Resident in General Surgery, 2011–2012 in Medical Unit of High Specialty, West National Medical Center, Mexican Social Security Institute, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico.

Professional Experience

2nd Regional and International Congress on Obesity conducted by the Association for the Study of Obesity and its complications AC.
– May 2004, Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico.

Natural Orifice Transluminal Endoscopic Surgery
– General session speaker
– Regional General Hospital No. 45, May 15, 2008, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico

Natural Orifice Transluminal Endoscopic Surgery
– General session speaker
– Zapopan General Hospital, November 5, 2008, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico

ERCP (endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography)
– General session speaker
– Regional General Hospital No. 45, February 12, 2009, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico.

1stCourse News and Controversies in Surgical GERD
– April 2009, Regional General Hospital No. 45, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico

Laparoscopic Surgery Program in the Regional General Hospital No. 1
– Social Security Institute, April–May 2010, Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico

Laparoscopic Surgery Program in the Regional General Hospital No. 1
– Social Security Institute, June–August 2011, Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico

Gastric Plication Surgery Mini Fellowship
– Hospital Angeles Tijuana, November 2011

Adjustable Gastric Band Surgery Mini Fellowship
– Hospital Angeles Tijuana, December 2011

Bariatric Surgery Program at Hospital Angeles Tijuana
– November–December 2011, Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico

Theoretical and Practical Course XIV of Endoscopic Surgery, AMCE, AC
– Medical Unit of High Specialty, West National Medical Center Gdl, Jal. January–February 2012

See if you qualify for Weight Loss Surgery!

Take your first step by telling us a little about yourself. A coordinator will be in touch to discuss your weight loss surgery options.
All form fields required.

The following information is for calculating your Body Mass Index (BMI) to determine which surgery you qualify for.

Contacting you by phone is the fastest way to discuss your qualifications and next steps. Please make sure your phone number is accurate.

Knowing more about where you've been and want to be will allow us to have a better conversation with you about reaching your goals.