Instructions & FAQ

The idea behind the Five Day Meat Test is simple:

Bariatric surgery patients should eat lean protein and few carbs, and meat is an excellent source of protein. Eating nothing but meat is a good way to “detox” from carbs and get back on track.


Aim for 600 – 800 calories per day (for loss) and 1100 – 1300 for maintenance, based on experience and medical recommendations.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What should I eat?
A: Meat. Just meat. Any kind you like. (And maybe some dairy if you feel like it, since that comes from meat.)


This can include:

  • Steak
  • Porkchops
  • Ground beef
  • Chicken
  • Jerky
  • Roasts
  • Lunchmeat
  • Fish
  • Shrimp
  • Lamb
  • Buffalo
  • Ribs
  • Cheese, yogurt, and other “friends of meat”

Q: What should I not eat?
A: Things that are not meat, even if they’re “bariatric friendly.” These include:

  • Protein bars
  • Protein shakes
  • Carbs, such as rice, bread, or tortillas, even if “low carb” or “whole grain”
  • Fruit
  • Veggies
  • Meat substitutes like soy dogs (This is MEAT week, not MEAT WANNABE week!)


Q: How much should I eat?
A: As much as is comfortable with your pouch/sleeve. For newer patients this may be around 1oz, while those who had surgery at least a year in the past may end up with 2 – 3oz.

Q: When should I eat?
A: Three times a day, plus a snack or two– whatever works to fit your calorie guidelines.

Q: What are my calorie targets?
A: Check with your surgeon, but most folks will find themselves shooting for:

  • 600 – 800 calories (potentially up to 1000 for those far out from surgery)
  • < 40g carbs
  • 60 – 80g+ protein