Diet After Gastric Banding

As with any of the other weight loss surgeries, your diet after have gastric banding is critically important to the overall success and your total weight loss. Because gastric banding is a restrictive procedure it relies on limiting the amount of food that can be taken in but does not regulate what is absorbed by the body.

As a general rules your newly created pouch may get larger with time. However you do not want to stretch it out and so that means you must listen to your doctor when he/she tells you how much food you should be eating. While a normal stomach can hold up to 4 cups of chewed food, your pouch after surgery will not hold more than about 1 cup of chewed food.

Eating Tips

The following tips are recommended for those people who have had gastric banding:

  • Eat slowly and chew each bite very slowly and completely
  • Do NOT swallow food until it is chewed completely. The opening between your new stomach pouch and the large part of the stomach is very small. Food that is not chewed properly can block this opening
  • Take only 20 – 30 minutes to eat a meal. If you vomit or feel nausea, you may be eating too fast
  • Eat 6 small meals during the day instead of 3 bigger meals
  • Do NOT snack between meals
  • Stop eating as soon as you feel full
  • Do NOT eat if you are not hungry

Drinking Tips

Not only is it important to eat the proper way but how you drink and take in fluids is important. The following tips are highly recommended for you while drinking:

  • You will need to drink up to 8 cups (64 ounces) of water or other calorie-free liquids every day
  • Do NOT drink anything for 30 minutes after a meal
  • Do NOT drink anything while you are eating
  • Take small sips when you are drinking
  • Your doctor may tell you not to use a straw

Foods to Focus On

After surgery you will want to make sure you are eating the right foods. The right foods are ones that will provide your body with the nutrients it needs and help promote healthy weight loss. The right food starts with Low-fat, high protein and proper dairy selections. This includes:

  • Skinless chicken
  • Lean beef or pork, fish
  • Whole eggs or egg whites
  • Beans
  • Low-fat or nonfat hard cheeses
  • Cottage cheese
  • Milk
  • Yogurt

Foods to Avoid

It is important to get as many nutrients as possible without taking in too many calories so avoiding high calorie, low-nutritional foods is very important. Avoiding the following foods is recommended:

  • Do NOT eat foods that contain a lot of fats, sugar, or carbohydrates as these are foods that dissolve easily or pass quickly through the band
  • Do NOT drink a lot of alcohol. Alcohol contains a lot of calories, but it does not provide nutrition
  • Do NOT drink fluids that contain a lot of sugar, fructose, or corn syrup
  • Avoid carbonated drinks, such as soda