News flash….a BARIATRIC Diet means we embrace the low carb but not the high fat! NOT adopt a high fat diet BECAUSE someone on social media said it worked for them. 

Keto keto keto… it’s all you hear about and it’s EVERYWHERE. In fact, if we did not have Bariatric surgery, WE WOULD ALL BE CARD CARRYING MEMBERS of KETO CLAN. It would be the latest addition to our diet list.

Sure, non Bariatric folks are losing weight on the Keto Diet, but we also lost a lot weight on the Grapefruit Diet, Atkins Diet, Cambridge Diet, Jenny Craig, Weight Watchers, South Beach, Banana Diet, Cabbage Soup Diet… didn’t we?





TRUTH IS, Morbidly Obese Folks are experts at losing weight – it’s keeping it off that has been the problem. So it’s important that after having bariatric surgery, we do not fall into the KETO DIET trap.

Nothing about the Keto plan is smart for people who have had aggressive stomach altering obesity surgery. As with all weight loss programs out there, you have to find the one that IS NOT one that your  FATBRAIN wrote. We get that cheese, and cheese and bacon and cheese is tempting. We can even sort of buy the line that FAT Keeps you satisfied…but you know what else it does? Keeps you on that Yo-Yo cycle that led you to look at Bariatric Surgery in the first place.

So what’s next? Find the Bariatric version of a Keto Diet – that’s the one without the cream cheese, cheddar cheese and bacon with butter poured over everything.

Lucky for you that we are both nutrition and bariatric experts to boot – we’ll help you take the Best of Keto that will move you towards life goals and leave the rest behind.

KETO minus this short list of foods make this plan uniquely successful! These are the Keto foods that are NOT for those who have had bariatric surgery. Maybe take some notes, this is important and MANY seem to miss this one.

Full Fat Milk
Heavy Cream
Unlimited Bacon
Blankets of Full Fat Cheese
Low Fat Cream Cheese
Greek Yogurt Cream Cheese
More than 1 teaspoon of butter in a meal


Here are a few Terrific foods to fill your belly with 65 to 75 g of daily protein, capping off at 50g of low carb vegetables and even some healthy fats every now and then. Hmmm… this sounds a lot like the Inspire Diet to us!



1. Seafood, Meats & Poultry
Beef, pork, chicken, turkey and most seafood does not contain carbs and are rich in high quality satisfying protein and B vitamins.


Roasted Cauliflower for BEE Keto Diet

2. Low-Carb Vegetables
Low-carb veggies make great substitutes for higher-carb foods. For instance, cauliflower can be used to mimic rice or mashed potatoes, “zoodles” can be created from zucchini, and spaghetti squash is a natural substitute for spaghetti.

3. Cheese
ONE OUNCE of cheddar cheese provides 1 gram of carbs, 7 grams of protein and 20% of the RDI for calcium. Dietary Calcium is a Good Thing. The Inspire Diet Twist is to use LOW FAT CHEESE and only one half ounce at a time.


Shrimp Stuffed Avocado for bariatric eating keto


4. Avocados
Avocados contain 2 grams of net carbs per 1/2 and are high in fiber and nutrients, including potassium. While NOT on the Inspire Diet Food List (it would be IMPOSSIBLE for us to call out EVERY vegetable out there)….a little bit of beautiful ripe avocado every now and then will keep the scale moving down and a smile on your face!

5. Eggs
Eggs are one of the healthiest and most flexible foods on the planet. One large egg contains less than 1 gram of carbs, 6 grams of protein, and help keep you full for hours. Eggs are an ideal Inspire Diet food.

6. Berries
Most fruits are too high in carbs to include on the Inspire Diet, but berries are an exception that are low in carbs and high in fiber – the SEEDS are fiber. Ahh-haaaaa, who knew? They aren’t on the list, but we’ll let you in on a little secret….BERRIES never hurt a soul who ate them in partnership with a high protein, low carb diet. TRY adding a 1/2 cup to your Inspire Protein Waffle once in a while and then and SEE how fast the Sweet Tooth thoughts poof right out of your head.

Here are the carb counts for 1/2 cup of these tasty berries:
Blackberries: 5 grams net carbs
Blueberries: 12 grams net carbs
Raspberries: 6 grams net carbs
Strawberries: 6 grams net carbs

Waffles with Blueberry Compote

10. Unsweetened Coffee and Tea
Unsweetened coffee and tea contain zero carbs and can increase your metabolism as well as improve your alertness and mood! The Inspire Diet Twist: learn to drink plain unsweetened iced or hot coffee and tea with a very small amount of creamer if you need it at all – AVOID skinny lattes which are made with a lot of non-fat milk and high-carb flavorings.


Chocolate Covered Strawberry for Inspire Diet Success

BONUS: Dark Chocolate & Real Fruit! Stay on point with your Inspire Diet with Chocolate Covered Strawberry! Half a Scoop of each plus non-fat Milk in your shaker! YUM


IMPORTANT:  A word about Ketosis.

One of the hallmarks of ANY Low Carb Diet & “Keto” success is knowing if you are *in ketosis* or not. Ketosis is a state where your metabolism is primed to burn fat more effectively. Many followers of Keto diets check this state with a “Ketosis stick” on a regular basis, proudly posting their keto stick selfies online. One of the most frequent questions we see in our Facebook Groups is if people lose weight faster when they are in “Ketosis”.

HOWEVER, Bariatric Surgery alters our digestive systems which can impact the way the body signals that it’s in Ketosis.

With this in mind, it’s MUCH easier to skip the frustration of thinking that Ketosis is the key to success and just stay consistent with the Inspire Diet. You will see results if you follow the Inspire Diet.

Summer Meals for Losing Weight - Back on Track, Week 6


So….you can see that weight loss after a Bariatric Surgery isn’t so hard you need to shoe-horn a fad diet into your surgical tool. Your Pouch, Sleeve or Band was the best tool you could possibly find. Use the Inspire Diet to fuel your body with the foods you crave and need, weight loss will follow!