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Diet: Eating After
Lap Band Surgery
The adjustable gastric banding procedure
works best with solid foods to decrease
hunger. Solid foods will stay in your
stomach pouch longer, so you should feel
full after eating only a few ounces of
In order for your body to remain
healthy and function properly, it will
be important to choose foods that are
high in protein and nutritional content.
Your ideal diet should include:
- low-fat proteins (select meats,
fish, skinless poultry, eggs)
healthy breads and cereals
- fruits and vegetables
- dairy products (good source of
calcium, but choose non-fat or
- heart-healthy fats
Your bariatric surgeon will work with
you in developing a new diet plan. Some
of the important guidelines for eating
with the adjustable gastric band are:
- Eat only three small meals a day
- this is all you need. Do not snack
- Eat only solid foods at mealtime
- this is how the gastric band works
to restrict food.
- Eat slowly and chew your food
thoroughly, until it reaches a
liquid consistency - this will help
to create the feeling of fullness
and make it less likely for food to
get stuck in the gastric band pouch.
- Stop eating when you feel full -
eating too much can result in pain,
nausea and vomiting. It can also
stretch the gastric band pouch.
- Choose healthy foods - make sure
you are getting enough protein and
- Do not drink while you eat -
this will wash down the food and you
will not reach the feeling of
fullness, defeating the purpose of
the gastric band. Do not drink for
30 to 45 minutes before or after
may drink anything that is clear and liquid at room temperature
Avoid caffeine and carbonated drinks
Water with ice chips
Sugar free popsicles
Sugar Free Jell-O
Diet V8 Splash
not drink from straws or sports top bottles as this can cause
air bubbles and may cause discomfort.
Water may be difficult at first. Try adding lemon and adjusting
Please follow your doctors' recommendations on how long to
follow each diet.
Fat cottage cheese
Sugar free yogurt or pudding
Applesauce with no sugar added
Soft cooked vegetables
Avoid eating fats and sugar for the time being as these may be
difficult for the body to digest in this stage.
Chew your food very well.
you feel full - STOP EATING
Protein is needed by the body to build and repair the body's
cells and tissues.
Protein plays a vital role in immunity.
Choose lean meats such as:
Fish, shellfish, poultry, lean beef, lamb, pork, veal, and
95% fat free deli meat.
Avoid high fat cooking methods like frying with oil. void high
fat meats such as bacon, sausage, pepperoni or salami
limited amount of fat is needed in the diet.
Fats can be found in baked goods (cakes, muffins, cookies),
greasy or fried foods, oils and butter.
may be difficult to digest after adjustable gastric banding
much fat may cause reflux (heartburn).
Excess fat may cause diarrhea, nausea and discomfort.
Avoid high fat choices like regular salad dressing, butter,
cream cheese and mayonnaise.
Choose low fat options such as fat free / low fat salad
dressing, mayonnaise, nonstick cooking spray and olive oil.
Carbohydrates including grains and starches are the bodies main
source of energy.
They provide energy, B Vitamins, Fiber, and Minerals
Complex carbohydrates provide nutrients and make you feel full.
Examples of complex carbohydrates:
Wheat bread, low fat crackers, cereals with low sugar such
as Special K, Cheerios, Raisin Bran, rice and pasta
FRUITS AND VEGETABLES
VEGETABLES provide fiber, energy, Vitamin A and Vitamin C
Choose a variety of vegetables for your diet
Avoid using high fat cooking methods such as added butter or
oil, or adding high fat sauces such as creams, cheese or gravy
Remember to incorporate vegetables back into your diet slowly
and start with soft consistencies.
FRUIT provides complex carbohydrates, fiber, energy and
Incorporate them into your daily routine; fruit makes great
Choose a variety of fruits
Remember to incorporate fruits back into your diet slowly and
start with soft consistencies.