Pouch Reset


Your stomach is a muscular organ. When empty, your stomach is the size of your fist. However, it can stretch to hold as much as four liters of food or more than seventy-five times its empty volume, before returning to its resting size when empty. It stretches to accommodate large amounts of food and then shrinks back to it’s normal size as the food is pushed into the digestive track.

Even after bariatric surgery, the stomach continues to stretch and then contract. Folds of tissue within your stomach, called rugae, expand and contract in response to food. When you overeat, the rugae in your stomach stretches, and with a constant flow of food it never returns to its normal size. This causes your stomach to accommodate larger and larger amounts of food before you feel that sense of ‘fullness.’

A bariatric pouch reset is a tool to get your stomach back to its normal size. This is done by severely reducing your food intake.


The bariatric pouch reset mimics your immediate post-surgery diet. A normal post gastric bypass diet typically has four to five stages and lasts 8 to 10 weeks. The pouch reset uses similar guidelines but lasts only 8 to 10 days. You are severely restricting your food intake so it’s highly suggested that you do this with the help of your bariatric surgeon and/or dietitian. For examples of a Pouch reset diet visit or blog, or contact us.


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