Eating After Lap Band Surgery

November 3, 2010

Weight loss isn’t a sprint, it’s an endurance competition – even after weight loss surgery. Losing weight takes time, and one of the most important adjustments after Lap Band surgery is learning how to eat the right way – for your comfort and safety. While your surgeon will provide strict guidelines to follow for immediately after the procedure, this is just a general helpful guide. It should not replace doctor’s orders:

  1. Slow down. Take the time to savor and enjoy your small meals, and chew until the food is mushy. The food needs to be able to pass through the opening in your stomach easily.
  2. Don’t drink with your meal, and avoid beverages 30 minutes before and 60 minutes after.
  3. Eat as many foods rich in vitamins, nutrients and minerals as possible. Follow the food pyramid as a guide. Don’t waste your calories on beverages. Stick to water, tea and skim milk and avoid sodas, milkshakes and beer.
  4. When you start to feel full, put down the fork. You stomach may not recognize it is full until you have eaten too much.

Life after surgery is a big change, but in the end, it’s worth it. Just remember, it’s a great journey and should be enjoyed all the way to success!

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