Take small bites and chew thoroughly. Stay active and get exercise.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner can be consumed around the same time as before you were banded, only now their are new rules that you need to follow in order to be successful with your Lap Band.
- Breakfast should be at the start of your day, not 4 hours later. Do not forget to eat breakfast!
- Dinner has to be 2-3 hours before you go to […]
During your first week post-op, you will typically be on a full liquid diet. The second week, you will typically eat a puree/soft foods diet. High calorie liquids should be avoided after the liquid stage. Other than that, it depends on individual tolerances.
We recommend that you take a chewable multivitamin once a day. Usually, you won’t require any type of food supplements because the Lap Band procedure does not restrict the absorption of nutrients. You still obtain the vitamins and nutrients from what you eat.
You should drink between meals. Try to avoid liquids 30 minutes prior or one hour after eating. If you drink too close to your meal, you can fill your pouch with liquids and you won’t have room for food.
The main thing to avoid is high calorie liquids (juices, etc.). Fibrous fruits and veggies may cause problems. Pasta, potatoes, bread, and rice are high in carbohyrdrates and offer little nutritional value. One thing that patients need to be sure they include is high fiber foods and high protein foods. As you’re eating less quantity of food, you still need to consume the same levels of protein and fiber as before. In general, […]
Snacking can definitely sabotage your weight loss and usual “snack foods” are definitely not recommended. High carbohydrate foods give calories without satisfaction. If you’re hungry between meals, try to have protein or fruit. You can also snack on water since hydration offers multiple benefits in addition to filling you up.
Per recommendation of Allergan, the Lap Band Manufacturer – Soda is not advisable. We have heard that some patients may drink flat soda, but we do not advise drinking it. Soda is what we call a ‘bad band food’. Not only is soda full of sugar, but drinking carbonated beverages endangers the life and function ability of your Lap Band. The carbonation causes your pouch to swell and may cause discomfort and trouble […]
Lap Band Patients differ as to how they will tolerate their medications, but as a rule most patients have no problem. Some medications can be split or crushed with no problems. A few pills should not be broken or crushed because they are covered with a coating that is designed to keep them intact until they reach the intestines. If you think you have this kind of medication, please speak with your pharmacist […]
Yes! In addition to our Patient Education Coordinator who is on staff to help you with that part of your journey, we have many lessons and teaching tools available on our online Patient Forum. Current topics include “6 Weeks to a Healthy Diet Series”, “6 Week to a Healthier Lifestyle Series” and a PowerPoint presentation on “A Practical Approach to Weight Management.” These materials will cover how to improve your lifestyle to promote […]
There is a modified eating plan to allow for recovery following lap band surgery. It is only temporary and has 4 phases to graduate you back from clear liquids to eating normally.This special diet is not part of the weight loss phase of your journey, but is necessary for proper healing. You will receive this at the hospital with your postoperative orders. Your Patient Facilitator is available for follow up questions.
Alcohol has a high number of calories and breaks down vitamins. An occasional glass of wine or other non-carbonated alcoholic beverage, though, is not considered harmful to weight loss when limited to 150 calories consumed in one day. If you are going to have a glass of alcohol, you should forgo the dessert.
Surprise! This is something we should all be doing everyday with or without the Lap Band! But, drinking water should become a habit especially after being banded. Water is the most abundant substance in your body, and subsequently one of the most important. You could survive for weeks without food, but only a few days without water. This is in part because of the role water plays in allowing chemical reactions, including those […]