What Can I Eat Following a LAP-BAND ® Surgery?
Dr. Jay advises that LAP-BAND patients stick to a liquid diet before and for a time after the procedure. This is essential to the surgical and healing process. Following a schedule that Dr. Jay provides, you will slowly add soft foods that are easier for your body to digest, and then, eventually, solid foods.
While some dietary changes are temporary, others are permanent and call for a new way of thinking about your food and your health.
The Volume of Food You Eat Will Change After LAP-BAND
LAP-BAND surgery helps you to feel fuller sooner; the new shape of your stomach allows you to get the nutrition you need while limiting your intake. You will likely be surprised when your appetite is satisfied with a much smaller amount of food than before. It is important that you follow signals from your body as well as Dr. Jay’s recommendations to prevent overeating.
The Way That You Eat Should Change
According to the National Institutes of Health, LAP-BAND patients should eat slowly and chew each bite completely. In the surgery, Dr. Jay constricts the stomach to create a small gap between the top and bottom portions. Swallowing too much too quickly or swallowing pieces that are too large can block this gap and cause digestion problems.
You May Need to Eat More Frequently
NIH also suggests that you try to have six small meals per day instead of eating three big meals. Carefully planning small meals may also prevent you from snacking on foods that are low in nutritional value. Dr. Jay and his team can discuss portion control with you as part of the patient experience.
NIH recommends about eight cups (64 ounces) of water or other calorie-free liquids each day. However, these liquids are best 30 minutes after you have finished eating; otherwise, they can make you feel fuller sooner and prevent you from getting the food calories you need.
Beyond these steps, Dr. Jay will likely advise you about foods to avoid, foods to work into your diet, and which vitamins and minerals you should be taking to supplement your meals. Each patient is different, and dosing and portion sizes will depend on your needs as you lose weight.
To learn more about life after LAP-BAND, email or call Dallas Bariatric Center at 972-331-1111 for an appointment.