Gastric Lap Band
Diet Restrictions

(Get ALL the nitty gritty details on what you SHOULD eat on the gastric LAP-BAND® diet here.)

The diet after LAP-BAND® adjustable gastric band surgery involves avoiding problematic foods and those that slow weight loss. Read on to find out which foods and beverages you'll need to avoid and/or limit on the gastric LAP-BAND® diet.

LAP-BAND® Surgery Diet Restrictions

Ever had a clogged sink? If so, you know how messy the "back-up" can be.

After getting stomach band surgery, you should think of your new stomach ("pouch") as a sink...

...with a very small "sink hole."

The "sink hole" is the new narrow passage in the stomach created by the stomach band. (It's technically called the "stoma.")

Everything you eat will have to get down that "sink hole" or stoma. If it gets stopped up, you're going to be very uncomfortable and the messy "back-up" could be you, throwing up. Yuck!

Just as onion skins and egg shells can stop up a sink, there are certain foods that can potentially stop up the stoma and may need to be limited/avoided when eating after LAP-BAND®.

LAP-BAND® Surgery Diet Restrictions

  • dry meat
  • untoasted or doughy bread
  • rice
  • peanut butter
  • fibrous or "stringy" fruits and vegetables
    • celery
    • asparagus
    • corn
    • pineapple
    • dried fruits
  • nuts
  • greasy or fried, crispy foods
  • the white, pithy membranes of citrus fruits

Important Note:

There is a chance you'll tolerate some or all of these foods. The diet after LAP-BAND® adjustable gastric band surgery involves a lot of trial and error until you determine exactly what you can and can't eat.

Try these named foods individually, in small amounts, and chewed very well, in order to determine whether you can tolerate them or not.

Of course, when you eat too quickly, take large bites and/or inadequately chew your food, you heighten the possibility of food "sticking" or "obstructing" the stoma.

That's why how you eat has to change as much as what you eat after stomach band surgery.

Gastric LAP-BAND® Diet: Carbonated Beverages

Soda and carbonated water may cause you discomfort after bariatric banding. Think about all those air bubbles getting trapped in your tiny little new "pouch." They can cause the pouch to stretch too!

It's ok to drink FLAT (diet) soda if you can't live without the taste! You can even use FLAT diet orange soda as the base for a protein shake.

Gastric LAP-BAND® Diet: Avoid Foods That Will Slow Your Weight Loss

LAP-BAND® surgery diet restrictions also involve avoiding foods that supply a concentrated source of calories with little nutritional value:

  • High Sugar Foods
    • Candy
    • Cake
    • Cookies
    • Ice Cream
    • Chocolate
    • Pastries, Sweet Rolls, Donuts
    • Jam, Jelly, Honey, Sugar
    • Foods that list sugar within the first 3 ingredients on the label
  • High Fat Foods
    • Fried Foods
    • Fast Food
    • Potato chips
    • Full Fat Dairy Products (full fat cheese, whole milk, cream)
    • Fatty Meats (e.g., bacon, sausage, pepperoni, ribs)
    • Excess Butter, Mayonnaise or Gravy
    • Cream Soups and Sauces
  • Drinks/Beverages With Calories**
    • Regular Soda Pop
    • Juice
    • Coffee Drinks
    • Milkshakes
    • Sweetened Beverages
  • White Flour Products (read more)
  • White pasta
  • White bread
  • White rice

**Note: Liquids pass through the "sink hole" or stoma, fairly quickly without giving you a feeling of fullness. You can therefore take in a lot of calories without ever feeling full when you drink sweetened beverages.

A surgically placed stomach band can't protect you from the effects of too many liquid calories!

Read more about why "solid" calories are a better choice than liquid or "soft" calories here.

Alcohol and the Gastric LAP-BAND® Diet

An occasional, small amount of alcohol is ok, but keep in mind that it's high in calories, slips past the stomach band quickly, and a few drinks may lead you to believe you're at your goal weight...

...which then leads to eating with abandon...

...for some people. ;)

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