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Diet After Gastric Banding (Lap Band) Surgery

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The diet after Gastric Banding surgery is very important to your weight loss success. Because you’ve successful had lap-banding
surgery
doesn’t mean you can eat anything you want. It is extremely important to maintain the diet your doctor prescribed for your weight loss goals.

You should strive to stick to your diet plan as best as you can; and directly after bariatric surgery it is extremely important. After surgery your stomach and body will need to heal itself, and it will have a harder time healing itself if you indulge foods and drinks.
Indulging causes your stomach pouch to expand and stretch which can lead to unwanted side effects. It can also hinder your weight loss goals.

Recovery Period: 4 to 6 Weeks

Each physician will give you different instructions based on your individual needs, but the same general rules apply. For a month to a month and a half after surgery you will start a liquid only diet. The diet will focus on getting the appropriate nutrition, including the much needed protein and various vitamin supplements. You’ll start off with the liquid diet, then progress to puree foods, then to soft-foods and finally to solid foods.

Liquid Diet

The first couple of weeks your physician will prescribe foods like skim milk, soup, broth, and other liquids. You will be drinking water throughout the entire day, sipping a little each time.

Pureed Diet

After the first couple of weeks, depending on how your body is reacting to the diet, you will be moving on to pureed foods. This stage of the lap-band diet will again focus on high-protein foods, like fish, chicken, potatoes, peas and yogurt.

Soft Food Diet

About four to five weeks after lap-band surgery, you’ll start to enjoy soft-textured foods. Example of soft foods include tortillas, mashed potatoes, yogurt, ground turkey, beans and rice. If your body isn’t transitioning well from pureed foods to soft foods, your doctor will likely suggest moving back to pureed foods. Once you stop having nausea, vomiting and pain, then you can try soft foods again.

Solid Food Diet

The final dieting phase is solid foods. When patients are back on solid foods, there are common problems that arises. It’s important to realize that your stomach is significantly smaller and can only hold around 2-3 ounces. Forcing too much solid foods through the band can be painful.

Conclusion

Getting use to your new diet can be difficult, but once you start recognizing when you are getting full, you will see the desire to eat more dwindle. You will then focus on getting by, instead of getting full - which will increase your weight loss success.

Other tips to successful Gastric Banding dieting include: avoid sugary foods and drinks, avoid high fibre foods, avoid popcorn, eat slowly, drink plenty of water throughout the day, drink only low-calorie drinks (avoid soda, fruit juice, highly-sweetened alcoholic beverages), exercise daily and eat small portions of food at each meal.

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