Lap Band Diet After Surgery

Lap Band Diet After Surgery

The Lap Band diet after surgery is another tool to help you lose weight. Just as the Lap-Band itself is a tool by making it easier to consume fewer calories than you otherwise would. It is a surgery that can help you feel full sooner and stay full for longer periods of time, however, unlike other bariatric surgeries, the Lap-Band does not “keep you” from eating any particular foods or even “keep you” from eating a certain quantity of food. There is no “dumping syndrome” like with gastric bypass, thus there is no immediate consequence of making the wrong food choices. The choices of what to eat will still be up to you and most importantly, with the Lap-Band, every bite you put into your mouth counts because your digestive system is completely intact and no malabsorption of nutrients will occur.

This means that after Lap-Band surgery, you will need to eat a diet that is high in nutrients like protein and fiber but much lower in calories.  You will be given specific instructions by your own surgeon but most Lap-Band patients are encouraged to consume at least 60 grams of protein per day and to choose lean meats, low fat dairy products, whole grains, and vegetables as tolerated.  While you may “be able” to eat any food you like, you will have the best results with your band if you avoid starchy white foods like white bread, pasta, and potatoes. Of course other junk food like chips, pizza, ice cream, cookies, and cakes should be avoided since they are high in calories and fat with no nutritional benefit.  Not to mention, some foods that you shouldn’t be eating anyway can be hard to tolerate with your band.

Once your Lap-Band is correctly adjusted (which can take some time after your surgery, so be patient!) you will be able to eat a few ounces of lean meat and a small portion of whole grains and vegetables at each meal but you will have to eat slowly enough to not overfill your pouch and cause discomfort or side effects.  If you eat in this way, you should not be hungry between meals—however, some surgeons recommend patients to eat 6 smaller “mini-meals” per day instead of 3 meals to make sure they stay satisfied and are not overly hungry.  If you are constantly hungry and searching for food between meals, speak to your Lap-Band surgeon about adjusting your band and make sure that your Lap Band diet after surgery includes good satisfying foods and not ones that will pass right through your band.

Once you have the Lap-Band, it is also important to make the most out of the food you do eat. Your Lap Band diet after surgery should dictate that you avoid liquid calories such as fruit juices, ice cream, and milkshakes because they won’t satisfy your hunger. It is always best to start with protein and continue eating other things only if you’re truly still hungry.  Be aware that overly fibrous foods (often time vegetables) may be hard to tolerate and you may have to avoid things like celery and asparagus.  Alcoholic drinks should be avoided while you’re losing weight except for special occasions but can be added back in with moderation once you maintain your weight. You should never consume carbonated beverages like soda or beer since these can cause harm to your new stomach.


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