Meal Plan for Post-Op Body Lift (Sample Menu #7)

By: Dr. J. Timothy Katzen


Nutrition is always important, but particular attention needs to be given to your diet post-operatively. Your body needs extra calories and protein in times of stress, and surgery is certainly considered stressful, both physically and emotionally. Proper nutrition will help you to heal more quickly and to prevent infection. There may be limiting factors such as loss of appetite, nausea, and constipation/diarrhea. If these are issues, please consult your registered dietitian or surgeon. Please also refer to my previous blog regarding strategies to help deal with these issues.

The following sample menu provides a daily minimum intake of 1700 calories and 100 grams of protein, which would be adequate for a 150 lb person. The daily energy and protein recommendations post-operatively would be 20-25 calories/kg body weight, and 1.2-1.5 grams of protein/kg body weight. This is NOT the time to restrict your calories or protein unless you have a pre-existing medical condition that requires medical and nutritional consideration. If you do have a pre-existing condition, it is important that you consult your surgeon or registered dietitian prior to your surgery. It is recommended that you consume frequent small meals (about 5-6 /day) to evenly distribute your food intake, avoid overeating, and for increased tolerance if you are having problems with appetite, digestion, or absorption. Again, this sample menu does not take into consideration any specific dietary restraints. Please refer to my earlier blogs for gluten-free or vegetarian/vegan options.

For a more individualized and personal diet and exercise plan, please consult a nutrition expert such as a registered dietitian. Nutrient data was obtained from


Meal Calories Protein (g)

1 pork sausage patty (Bob Evans)

80 5

1 large egg, scrambled

70 6

1 Tbsp butter


1 slice whole wheat toast

45 2

½ cup orange juice (Tropicana)

55 1

Mid Morning Snack

Meal Calories Protein (g)

2 Tbsp creamy almond butter (Trader Joe’s)

190 7
1 banana 105 1


Meal Calories Protein (g)

1 cup lentil vegetable soup (Trader Joe’s)

100 7

¼ cup 2% shredded cheddar cheese (Kraft)

80 7

4 wheat crackers (Trader Joe’s)

120 2

1 cup skim milk

86 8

Afternoon Snack

Meal Calories Protein (g)

2 Tbsp hummus (Sabra)

70 2

8 baby carrots



Meal Calories Protein (g)

3 oz cooked Atlantic cod fillet

87 19

1 cup boiled green peas

134 8

1 Tbsp olive oil (for cooking)


1 cup skim milk

86 8

Evening Snack

Meal Calories Protein (g)

11 oz Premier Protein Shake (chocolate)

160 30


Calories Protein (g)
1727 113

Again, this a general sample menu that does not take into consideration any pre-existing medical conditions that will require dietary restrictions. For a more individualized diet plan, please consult your surgeon and registered dietitian.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.