Published: 01/05/2022

How can the Atkins Diet be adapted to meet the nutritional needs for post-bariatric surgery patients?

In line with post-bariatric guidelines, the Atkins Nutritional Approach promotes portion control; encourages consumption of protein- and micronutrient- foods; and limits sugar, concentrated sweets and certain starchy foods. Additional post-bariatric diet recommendations (e.g., fluid guidelines, caffeine and alcohol restrictions, supplement regimens, etc.) are compatible with the Atkins program. HCPs should provide additional guidance, structure, and support for patients struggling with diet adherence or weight regain. Before recommending the Atkins Nutritional Approach, the clinician must consider each individual patient’s needs, challenges, preferences and readiness.