Grams of Sugar, Protein, etc.

by Andrea Malone
(Elizabethtown, KY USA)

How many grams of sugar should I consume a day? Protein a day? Calories a day?

Also, the Greek yogurt is very tart. How can I alter the taste?


You don't need to worry about sugar causing dumping syndrome after gastric lap band weight loss surgery like you do after gastric bypass, but you DO need to worry that eating too many high sugar foods can slow your weight loss.

However, sugary foods like cookies, pies, pastries, ice-cream, chocolate, candy, regular soda pop, honey, syrup, jam/jelly, (and sugar itself) provide lots of calories in small amounts. You'll still be able to eat these foods after surgery, but I wouldn't recommend including them regularly!

A new report from the Heart Association urges ALL Americans to slash their sugar intake and the new targets are 100 calories/day of added sugars for women and 150 calories/day for men. That's the equivalent of 6 teaspoons of sugar (or 25 grams of sugar) per day.

Another way to think about it: If you eat 5 meals per day, and allow 5 grams of sugar per meal (which is equal to about 1 teaspoon of sugar), you'd get 25 grams of sugar for the day. (5 grams of sugar per meal x 5 meals).


Recommendations on protein can vary, but you can use 60-80 grams per day as a general (lifelong) guideline. However, follow YOUR bariatric center's specific guidelines if they differ.

See a list of best protein sources here.


The number of calories you require daily depends on a number of things including height, weight, age, and activity level.

That being said...

...many gastric band patient stick to a 1200 calorie diet to assure weight loss. (Note: Don't eat less than 1200 calories/day. It's hard to meet nutrient needs if you do!)

Please see the Gastric Band Food Pyramid to see what an overall low calorie, balanced gastric lap band surgery diet should consist of.

Download it and hang it on your refrigerator! (You'll need Adobe to open it.)

Greek Yogurt

You can mix plain Greek yogurt with salsa or mustard and use it as a dip.

Or, you can sweeten it a little with a small amount of all fruit preserves or a drizzle of 100% pure maple syrup

Click here to post comments

Join in and write your own page! It's easy to do. How? Simply click here to return to Ask the Dietitian.