Following weight loss surgery, the quality of your diet will change. Weight loss surgery patients are encouraged to consume a nutritional diet that is low in fat and sugar and high in protein. Resumption of solid food is gradual. Patients generally begin with clear liquids and build slowly to a regular, low-–fat diet as tolerated. This progression reduces post surgical complications and builds gastrointestinal tolerance and a successful recovery. Immediately following the weight loss procedure, patients will sip approximately one to two ounces of clear liquids every hour. This may include water, flavored broth, sugar–free fruit–flavored beverages and decaffeinated, non–carbonated drinks. During the first month, bariatric patients slowly progress to semi–solid, low–fiber foods – building to a regular diet of smaller proportions. While portions at each stage of recovery will increase, they should always remain relatively small – approximately eight ounces, or one cup, per meal. Gastrointestinal tolerance and food sensitivities following weight loss surgery will vary among individuals. Patients are encouraged to slowly resume foods eaten prior to weight loss surgery, in order to assess how well they are tolerated following the procedure. A clinical dietitian will meet prior to surgery in order to discuss post surgery and ongoing dietary changes, as well as review nutrition education handouts designed specifically for bariatric patients.