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Gastric LAP-BAND® Diet FAQ's

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Roller Coasters with Gastric Band 
Hi, I'm off to a large theme park this weekend and I want to join my family on the thrill seeking rollercoasters. I'm 2 years post gastric band and I have …

Pre-Surgery Soup Question 
My dietician said for my two week pre op liquid diet to eat broth or thin soups. What exactly is a thin soup? I imagine she's suggesting soups like …

Burp Question 
Is burping like a man ok? I am 2.5 weeks post op. Take small bites (use infant/child size utensils ) and chew well (25-30 times each bite). This …

Mushy Food Stage 
Would eggplant parmesan be mushy enough to eat in this stage? I think it would be fine to try if you pick away the crispy breading. That could potentially …

Unsure 
I am almost sixteen years old. I am 100 pounds overweight. I have tried, what feels like, millions of diets. I have been looking into this option for …

Diet forever? 
Ugh! I have almost had the lap-band for a year. I have not been able to reach my goal. Will I have to diet forever? I feel like I will never lose this …

Pain in left mid back under shoulder blade 
19 days after lap band surgery and I started on pureed foods yesterday. After eating lunch today, I feel musculoskeletal type pain in left mid back under …

I'm hopeless 
I had my lapband surgery over a year ago. In the beginning I wasn't hungry at all & lost over 35 pounds. And then that was it. No more weight loss. …

Why Can't I Lose Any More Weight?? 
Why and when will I lose weight? I lost 10 pounds after surgery and have had my first adjustment weeks ago of 3cc's and there has been no difference made. …

Vomiting 
I am 7 months post gastric band, have lost 22 kgs of a total goal of 35 kgs but in the last week have had terrible trouble keeping anything down. If …

Sample Diet Post Gastric Sleeve Surgery 
What would a typical diet post gastric sleeve surgery be? The guidelines post gastric sleeve surgery are the same as post lap band surgery. There's …

Can you eat beans if you have the lapband? 
I was just wondering if you can eat beans after you have healed up from the lapband surgery? If you can, do they have to be like refried beans, all mushed …

Heartburn 
I have been getting horrible heartburn nightly for almost two months. It started 3 months after my lap band surgery. My doctor told me I'm in the 20% …

Tea? To drink or not??? 
I was told at my nutrition counseling that I (we) should not drink tea. Decaf or with caffeine. Everything I read on here and other sites don't say anything …

Foods to Eat While Camping/Hiking 
My husband and I do a lot of camping and hiking, and I've been told granola bars, protein bars, dried fruit, dried meat, and other similar "camping foods" …

I can Burp 
I seem to be burping after having water. Nothing is coming up. It's just normal burping. Is this a good thing or a bad thing? I am just confused...that's …

Sugar Cravings 
Sugar Blues Why am I having such cravings for chocolate and other intense surgery products when this was not an issue for me prior to the surgery (done …

Phase II Foods 
I am 4 days post-op and I am trying to get all the liquids and protein I need. I am taking vitamins daily but I am concerned that I am not taking in enough. …

Age limit for
gastric lap band surgery?
 
Hi, Is there age restriction for this process? Starting at what age can this process be performed? Lap band surgery is generally recommended for …

Soda After Weight Loss Surgery 
After three months of gastric sleeve surgery would it be ok to occasionally take a sip of soda? It's generally recommended to avoid carbonated beverages …

Nothing Going Down 
Yesterday I ate a piece of beef and some spinach (around 2 bites). I felt like it went down thru my lapband and then to my stomach, but since that I haven't …

Vomitting After Lap Band 
I went to an informational meeting tonight and one woman talked about getting something stuck in the stoma and for two days even her own saliva couldn't …

Foods to Eat After
Gastric Sleeve Surgery
 
Can I puree pasta when I am in the pureed phase of gastric sleeve eating? The gastric sleeve diet guidelines are the same as the gastric band diet …

One Week After Stomach Banding 
Hungry - end of week one. I was banded last Friday, today is Wednesday. I am very, very hungry tonight. I ate vanilla wafers & oatmeal :( I know …

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Two Week Liquid Diet before LapBand Surgery 
What happens if you don't stick to just liquids during the two week liquid diet before your surgery? The purpose of the low calorie, high protein …

Bread After Gastric Band 
Can I eat bread? Some sites say yes others say no. See the answer to this commonly asked question here .

Pain when eating 
I had my first lap band fill six days ago. The day of the fill and the following day that I was on clear liquids was no problem. The following two …

Consequences of Overeating
After Stomach Banding
 
Can you really stretch out your gastric band if you do not eat correctly? Robin Eating correctly after gastric lap band weight loss surgery is not …

Lapband Complications 
Having Lap Band Issues I had the lap band procedure in Jan 08. I have lost over 100 pounds. I have had to have the port replaced once already because …

Bupring After Lap Band Surgery 
I had lap band surgery on Monday. I came home yesterday and since I've been home I can't stop burping. Frequent burping after gastric banding is a …

Bread, Pasta and Rice
on Gastric Band Diet
 
Band Question: I have no problem eating bread, pasta or rice. Is that a good thing? Is something wrong with my band? There is nothing wrong with …

When to eat after gastric lap band surgery? 
I just had my surgery on Friday (today is Sunday). I know I'm only supposed to eat when I'm hungry, but does that mean to eat EVERY time I'm hungry? …

If I have stretched my stomach pouch can I shrink it again? 
I have had a bad week of mindless eating because of my depression and I am worried I have done irreversible damage to my stomach. I have had the lap …

Problems After First Lap-Band Fill 
I have a harder time eating food now that I have had my first fill than I did before I had my fill. I experience pain in my mid section, under my left …

Eating After a Lap-Band Fill 
I had a fill 5 days ago and I am still unable to get any real food down. I can take a sip of water at a time and leave a few minutes before the next one …

I Can Eat as Much as I Did Before WLS 
Is it normal to take in regular quantities of food after lap band surgery? I just had the surgery a week ago and I can still eat as much as before. …

Lap-Band Diet: First Mushy Foods 
Next week I will start with mushy foods. What do you recommend as a first attempt? I am very anxious about what will work best. Foods eaten in the …

Bread Substitute After Gastric Banding 
I would like your opinion on bread substitutes please. I haven't had bread close to a year now but I really miss it when eating tuna/egg salad, etc. …

Im eating so much!!! 
I had a gastric band fitted 7 weeks ago, and have lost 3 stone since. However, I am able to eat loads!! When I say loads, I mean: a cereal bar for …

After Lap-Band Surgery: Help! I'm not Losing Enough 
I had lap band surgery 7 weeks ago. I've had 1 fill and I have only lost 5 pounds. What is wrong? I have been eating no more than 1000 calories a day. …

Complication after Lap-Band Surgery 
Tummy Pain I had gastric band surgery and now have an infection around the area. I've been given antibiotics and if it doesn't go away within 7 days …

First Day After Gastric Band Surgery 
First Day Post Op Food Question: I was wondering if it is ok to eat a "low sugar" vs. "no sugar" popsicle. I could only find the ones with sugar …

Lap-Band Slime 
Slime, Slime and more Slime I had my surgery in October 2008. I have restriction after 2 lap-band fills. My problem is that I have slime ALL the …

Foods to Avoid After Gastric Lap-Band Surgery 
What strictly can't I eat after gastric lap-band weight loss surgery? These are the foods most likely to cause a problem with your gastric lap-band: …

Gout Diet + Lap-Band Diet = ??? 
How can I balance the need for high protein for the lap band diet and the need to limit proteins for my gout diet? I am confused about how to meet …

Can I eat bread, rice, and pasta on my Lap-Band diet plan? 
I'm confused as to whether a Lap-Band diet allows bread, rice, and pasta. I keep reading conflicting information. What's the right answer? I understand …

How many ounces total in the band? 
How many ounces in a lap band is the average for the optimal amount in the band? I have now had 4 fills and have a total of 5 ounces in my band. How will …

Week 2 Food Question - Spinach 
I am going to a special birthday celebration at a fine dining establishment tonight. I have reviewed the menu and believe maybe the mashed potatoes and …

Odd Eating Habits After Lap Band 
My mother had the lapband surgery two years ago. I would consider it a success due to the fact that she lost around 125 pounds! It is wonderful to …

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How to Stop Sugar Cravings?! 
Sugar Blues - what's that?? I have been obese 51 years. After having lap band surgery over 2 years ago I have lost over 100 pounds. I exercise …

Gas and Bloating 
I am 2 years out from gastric banding. In the last year I have been having lots of gas. I'm very uncomfortable and gassy. I don't drink alcohol, drink …

Lapband Questions? 
I was wondering..I am 72 pounds overweight and I am 20 years old and considering the lap band procedure. I wanted to know how long I have to see my nutritionist/dietitian …

Flax Seed 
Everyone is talking about this supplement that helps burn fat. Is it good to take if you have the lap band? Flax seeds are a good plant source of …

2 years since surgery 
I had my surgery almost 2 years ago and have not had a fill since July 2009. In the past 3 weeks I have not been able to hold down any food or liquid. …

Should I be Nervous? 
I am scheduled for lap band surgery June 2 (I'm getting really anxious) and was only told to drink clear liquids the day before. I have not been drinking …

Have Stopped Losing Weight After LapBand 
I need dietary advice. I had my gastric banding in 2002. I initially lost 6 stones. Since then I have not been able to lose any more weight but still …

Hunger after Stomach Banding 
I had my lap band surgery two months ago. I've had three fills since. For some odd reason I don't have any restriction. Today, I had my third fill. …

Is This Normal?? 
I had the lap band surgery done 6 days ago and I've only lost 3-4lbs!! Is this normal? I knew I wasn't going to get instant results but come on....nothing?? …

Foods Allowed to Have After Lapband 
I am wondering if I can have white potatoes, or tortilla style sandwiches? I have not have the gastric band yet. I am on the protein shakes now, and surgery …

Feeling weak and tired  
The problem I am having is the first few days on the pre op diet were fine cause I guess I was still running on reserve from what was still in my body …

Lap Band Eating 
What kind of food can I eat and what can I not? Everything you need to know about lap band diet (both pre surgery and post surgery) can be found here …

Considering Lap Band Surgery 
Eating Habits I lost 6 stone on a non food diet: just chemicals and water for 200 days. The only problem was when I went back to food. I do not …

Tuna for Lap Band Snack 
Can I have tuna while I'm on the lap band diet? See this question already answered here .

2 Weeks Post Op Lap Band Surgery 
I'm tired of feeling hungry. I'm already on my second week with the lapband. When I eat pureed foods I get hungry right away. Can I eat more then …

Grams of Sugar, Protein, etc. 
How many grams of sugar should I consume a day? Protein a day? Calories a day? Also, the Greek yogurt is very tart. How can I alter the taste? …

Hungry After Laparoscopic Gastric Band Surgery 
Why am I hungry after two weeks of having the lapband surgery? See suggestions to this answer here and be sure to review the extensive information …

Coffee on 4th day Post Op
Lap Band Surgery
 
Is it okay to drink coffee on 4th post op day? While certainly not a health food, coffee is fine to drink after lap band surgery. Even on 4th day post …

Tuna on Lap Band Diet 
Is tuna good to eat? Tuna is a great high protein food to eat on the lap band diet! Canned salmon is also a very good choice and can be used in …

Mouth Cravings after LapBand 
I just had Realize Band surgery Feb 18th and what I'm noticing is my mouth wanting to eat more than my body..lol. It's like my gums and tongue want …

Can Oatmeal Get Stuck
in My Lap Band?
 
I am on day two with my lap band and I ate 3 teaspoons of oatmeal at noon. It is now 6pm and I still feel like I can feel the oatmeal in my stomach. Is …

Time Frame
Lap Band Surgery Approval
 
Why does it take so long for some (Cigna) insurance companies to LET YOU get scheduled for LapBand surgery. Why can't it be right away? Rest assured, …

Calories after the Lapband  
I had the Lapband done on 3-11-09. How many calories should I be consuming a day? The number of daily calories you require is dependent on your gender, …

Gaining Weight After
First LapBand Fill
 
I have recently had a fill, so now I have 7.25ml in my gastric band. They didn't want to fill because I haven't been eating properly. They put .25ml …

Gaining Weight After
First LapBand Fill
 
I have recently had a fill, so now I have 7.25ml in my gastric band. They didn't want to fill because I haven't been eating properly. They put .25ml …

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Liquids on Pre-op Lap Band Diet 
Is it ok to drink Crystal Lite on the Pre-op diet? Yes, Crystal Lite is fine to drink, as is any sugar free, non-carbonated drink. You can even …

Is my Lap Band working??? 
I had Lap Band surgery 3 weeks ago, and I've only lost 5 lbs! I have been eating right, and exercising regularly. Is this normal?? The best advice …

Pre-op Lap Band Diet 
Can I eat crackers on my pre op diet? The purpose of the presurgery diet is to shrink the liver. Typically, patients follow a low calorie, high …

Sample Puree Menu Suggestions 
I am starting pureed foods, and wonder about portion sizes. Can you give me sample menu suggestions please? Thanks SO much! Here are some sample pureed …

Feeling of Golf Ball in Throat After Lap Band 
Sometimes I get a feeling of something sitting in my throat. This happens even when I only eat 4-6oz. What does this mean? Does this mean I have eaten …

Problem Adjusting Gastric Lap Band 
I can't keep anything down and am hearing my stomach churn 3 nights in a row. The last lap band fill gave me issues with vomit and stomach noises …

Pre Surgery Lap Band Diet 
Before Surgery: What happens if you eat food two weeks before your lap band surgery? Will it cause complications with the surgery? The purpose …

Possible to lose again? 
I had gastric lap band surgery 6 years ago. Lost 100 pounds. It took me 4 years. I have had some stressful times in my life and I had to have the …

Hungry After Lap Band (???!!!) 
It's my 3rd week and I am still supposed to be on the full liquid diet. I am feeling intense hunger and therefore eating solid food here and there. …

Celiac disease and the band diet 
Hi, Can you give me a gluten-free breakfast, lunch and dinner suggestion for my fourth week after surgery? Now, before surgery, I eat mainly high-fiber, …

Lap Band Recipe Reviews 
If you like eggplant, both the Turkey Eggplant Casserole and the Easy Eggplant Parmesan are very delicious. I prepared both. I froze several packages …

Lapband Post 5 days 
I have been banded for 5 days now. I feel an uncomfortable lump in my upper stomach. Is this normal and will it go away? I encourage you to contact …

Lap Band PB'ing 
I see people talk about PB'ing and I'm not sure what that is. Can you help me? Thanks A PB'ing mean productive burping and it's what happens if you …

Jello After
Adjustable Gastric Lap Band Surgery
 
My guidelines say I can't have Jello the first two weeks after surgery. Why? In theory, jello could be thick enough/"solid" enough to get stuck trying …

Questionable Small Portions After Lap-Band 
Is this normal? I am almost 3 weeks post lap band surgery and have lost 20 pounds. I started on pureed foods this week. The eating plan call for …

Carbs, Sugar, and Sodium after Gastric Banding 
How much carbs, sugar, sodium intake per day? Review the lap band pyramid here and see the sample menu suggestions to get an idea of what you should …

Creamed Spinach and Lap Band? 
Can I eat creamed spinach with the lap band? Yes, you can try creamed spinach. Just be sure to take small bites and chew really well! Although spinach …

Struggling to Break Weight Loss Plateau 
No weight loss...help! Review the information here !

Help with Lap-Band Diet Progression 
I am 6 days post op, and seeing my doctor tomorrow. I can hardly look at broth or jello at this point, and while I know he will add in full liquids tomorrow, …

Lap Band Eating at a Party 
Given the choice of hot dogs and hamburgers, what do you eat? The hotdog and hamburger BUNS are likely to cause you a problem, but you can just eat …

Can't Eat 
Hello, I had my 3rd adjustment a month ago. I lost 8lb in first week after the adjustment. Now I hardly can eat anything, because I am throwing up. …

Question about gastric band surgery 
Can you drink carbonated beverages after? How long before you could drink alcohol? Can you eat steak? What are the things that you HAVE to give …

When to Advance Diet After Gastric Banding Weight Loss Surgery 
When could we eat? When are you able to eat rice, beans and normal food? Unfortunately there is no simple answer to this question. Every surgery …

Eating Bread
after Gastric Lap-Band Surgery
 
Can you eat bread when you have had a gastric band? Maybe...maybe not! I'm sorry I don't have a definite answer for you. There is some trial and …

Does a knee replacement constitute a weight related condition? 
Would a knee replacement constitute a weight related health condition? I am considering getting a lap band. My BMI hovers right around Class III, but …

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Coffee and Lap-Band 
I wanted to know why can't I drink regular coffee, and if I do what will happen? Drinking coffee (between meals of course...you never eat and drink …

Pre-op nutrition five days before Realize Band 
I need to know what the diet restrictions are for the five days or so before the Realize Band Surgery. I know there are special instructions but wonder …

I'm never hungry after gastric lap band surgery 
I had the Realize gastric band placed on January 14. Is it normal with Lap-Band or the Realize band to not feel hungry? It's been 5 months since …

Weight Loss Surgery Failure 
I guess I'm scared... I had (gastric bypass) weight loss surgery in 2005 and my weight is starting to creep back up. They're labeling it as a "weight …

Pre Bariatric Surgery Diet 
Pre-op lap-band diet I'm wondering if I'm eating the right foods pre-op. I was told jacket potato were ok and then read somewhere they're not. …

Special Needs Protein 
I'm scheduled for lap band surgery on 05/28/09 and I have been looking around for some protein powders and ready to drink protein shakes for my particular …

Watermelon on the Lap-Band Diet 
I was wondering if watermelon is a good choice or does it have too much sugar? Thank you. Yes, watermelon is a good food choice. Watermelon is a …

Gastric Band Menu Suggestions 
I am 17 months out from lapband surgery. Can you suggest some menu options for this stage? Congrats on almost 1 1/2 years! We'd love it if you …

Pinto Beans 
I just had gastric banding on May 6, I'm 4 days post op. I am currently on stage 2 full liquid diet. Someone told me I could eat the pinto bean juice, …

Sugar free Foods on the Lap-Band Diet 
I know that to lose weight sugar has to be avoided. But what about sugar free candies and cookies? Are those good choices (of course in moderate amounts)? …

Always Constipated 
I take stool softerners and try not to go over 3-4 days and then take laxatives, herbals. I'm now trying hi fiber cereal at around 40 G per day and still …

First Lap Band Adjustment 
Hello, I just had my first lap band adjustment today, 6 weeks post surgery. Please let me know what you feel after an adjustment. Is it OK to feel hungry …

Eat More to Lose Weight? 
Fitness Question: I've been working out with a personal trainer twice a week for 1 hour sessions. I've found that I have to eat more food in order …

Gastric Lap-Band Questions:
Baked Beans, Noodles, and Rollercoasters??
 
Is it OK to eat baked beans and noodles?? Can I go on roller coasters? There is some trial and error involved with the gastric lap-band diet. If you …

The right way to eat
RIGHT after gastric lap-band surgery
 
Hello. I just had gastric lap band surgery on March 18, 2009. I am not sure how I have to eat (I know what I can eat). Let's say I eat oatmeal …

Lap-Band Diet and Lactose Intolerance 
I have been approved for gastric banding, but have not had the surgery yet. I am lactose intolerant and wonder if I will have a problem with the diet …

Pre-op Lap-Band Diet 
I have been reading forums to study up on the lap band surgery, to see if it's for me & to know all that I can. Can you tell me if the pre op lap-band …

What Can I Eat After Recovery From Gastric Lap-Band Surgery? 
Hello, After I've completed all my stages for the band, what will my ultimate meal be like? How many ounces and of what? Thanks, Donna After …

Which Crackers Are Best with Gastric Lap-Band? 
I have been eating crackers more often with my servings --like tuna on some wheat thins. I have a feeling that I will be eating crackers for the rest of …

What to Eat the First Week After Lap-Band Surgery 
What would you recommend eating the first week after Lap-Band surgery (liquid diet)? And multi-vitamin recommendations? In the first stage after weight …

I'm Lost on What to Eat After Lap-Band Surgery...Help! 
I just had Lap Band surgery 4 weeks ago and I am lost on what I can eat and what I can't eat. I have lost 35 lbs since my surgery, but now when I eat, …

Sugar Cravings Are Undermining My Lap-Band Diet 
I had Lap-Band surgery about 6 months ago and I was hoping it would take away my sugar cravings. Unfortunately it didn't! Help! How do I stick with my …

Need Help With My Post-Op Lap-Band Diet: I'm Hungry All The Time! 
I seem to feel hungry all the time and I'm not losing weight like I thought I would. I've only had 1 Lap-Band fill so far. I've heard you need to eat protein …

Is Sugar One of the Lap-Band Diet Restrictions? 
Can I eat sugar and sweet things anymore after Lap-Band surgery? I've heard about "dumping syndrome" happening after weight loss surgery and I don't know …

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