Phase 3: Mechanical Soft

Mechanical Soft are ground, finely chopped, or foods that can be smashed with a fork. Think ground meats & over cooked or canned vegetables. It's important not to introduce textures too soon following surgery. Additional pressure could cause a leak & be a big problem! Follow the diet recommendations set by your Bariatric program. To aid with fluid planning,  we recommend 4+ ounces of liquids an hour to get to >64 ounces daily. 

Choose sugar free options (less than 10 grams Sugar per serving) to avoid Dumping Syndrome!

Caffeine pulls fluids & can cause dehydration,

Alcohol can cause ulcers, &

Carbonation can stretch the stomach causing damage!

Mechanically Soft Foods:

  • Sugar-Free Clear Liquids (see list)

  • Sugar-Free/Low Fat Full Liquids (see list)


  • Eggs or Egg Whites (Hard boiled eggs might be too rubbery & not easily tolerated)

  • Soft Cooked Fish (e.g. Poached/Steamed Tilapia, Cod, Tuna, Crab Meat)

  • Ground Meats (Chicken, Turkey, Lean Beef, Pork with seasonings, e.g. Taco meat, meatloaf, meatballs)

  • Lean Deli Meats (Turkey, Chicken, Virginia Ham, Lean Roast Beef)

  • Soft Low Fat Cheeses 

  • Overcooked or Canned Vegetables or Puréed Fruits (avoid fibrous foods, skins, & seeds like broccoli, cauliflower, & celery)

  • Thin Crackers & Thinly Sliced Toasted Breads (No nuts, seeds, or grains yet!)

  • Cooked or Dry Sugar Free Cereals


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