There's a lot you need to know about the LAP-BAND® diet! Trust me...
...I'm a bariatric dietitian and I specialize in the diet after stomach band surgery.
I'll tell you everything you want to know...and maybe some things you don't want to know...about eating after bariatric surgery. Let's get started!
I like to talk about the LAP-BAND® diet in two distinct phases:
Your surgeon may or may not have you follow a pre surgical diet for stomach band surgery. It's not necessarily required, but many surgeons recommend it. Get the lowdown on what (and why) you'll have to eat a certain way before a gastric banding procedure. Note: The weeks before stomach band surgery are the weeks to do your BEST eating, not your worst!
Find out why bariatric protein shakes are recommended in the weeks before stomach band surgery and get used to the notion of drinking them as part of your long term bariatric eating plan.
Preparing for the gastric banding procedure means getting yourself into the best nutritional shape possible. Find out which vitamins you may need to supplement your diet with.
Find out how you'll eat in the days and weeks immediately following your stomach band surgery. It will take time for your new stomach to heal. Eating the proper foods and progressing your diet slowly will help the healing process. Eating after bariatric surgery involves progressing from liquids to mushy foods as you work your way back to eating solids.
Get my professional advice about the types of food and the proportions in which to eat them after the stomach band surgery.
How quickly you eat, how thoroughly you chew, etc., are just as important as what you eat once you have a stomach band. I'll share my professional insider tips and tricks and suggest the right tools to help you eat the way you should!
Find out which foods and beverages to avoid/limit on the diet after gastric band surgery.
Following your LAP-BAND® diet is easy when you have the right foods on hand. See my suggested list of foods to keep around so that eating after bariatric surgery is a no-brainer!
Protein is an essential component of a the LAP-BAND® diet. You can't eat right if you don't keep the right foods around...so make sure you always keep a good supply of these protein sources on hand.
The diet for LAP-BAND® will involve drinking protein shakes for a short period of time. Find out how to mix your own high protein shakes after stomach band surgery and get my recommendations on the best tasting brands of protein powder.
These recipes will help you look FORWARD to drinking your protein shakes!
Bariatric shakes are an important part of your diet after stomach band surgery because they help you boost protein intake easily. If you don't like to mix your own high protein shakes, select from this list of recommended ready-to-drink (RTD) protein shakes.
Get ideas about what to eat and what a balanced daily intake should consist of on the LAP-BAND® diet.
See this list of recommended foods that are specifically made for use with a gastric LAP-BAND® diet.
The diet after LAP-BAND® surgery is easy to follow if you have good recipes on hand. Gastric band diet friendly recipes are posted here regularly. Be sure to bookmark the page and check often for ideas and inspiration.
If you have "tried-and-true" recipes that are appropriate for use after stomach band surgery, you can send them in to share with others on this website!
Eating after bariatric surgery necessitates following a few simple rules. Follow these stomach band guidelines like they're the law!
A reminder why solid foods are better choices than soft and mushy foods on your diet for LAP-BAND®.
All you really need to know about eating with a stomach band, you likely learned in kindergarten! Brush up on those lessons mom taught you way back when.
Use my professional portioning tips and tricks including my list of common objects to help you eyeball the right serving sizes.
Find out how to avoid hunger using these simple gastric band diet eating strategies.
Find out the answer to this often confusing question.
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Nutrient deficiencies are easier to prevent than to correct. Find out which vitamin supplements may be necessary after a belly band surgery.
Successful "losers" journal. Find out the many uses of a food journal. See the weight loss surgery journal I personally designed for you!
I hope you'll use my professional expertise to help you get the most out of your stomach band surgery.
After all, your ultimate results depend largely upon how committed and motivated you are to following your new diet.
A gastric band can be life changing, but you'll need to make permanent changes in the way you eat in order to achieve successful weight loss and a healthier life.
Congrats on your decision to have stomach band surgery. Enjoy your new way of eating and your "second chance" at life!