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:
- Ground beef
- 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”
- 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