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You Can't Eat What? A Helpful Guide to Diet After Lap Band Surgery

"I can't eat what?"

That is a question that many people have asked themselves after undergoing lap band surgery. This article will provide an overview of the lap band diet restrictions and helpful tips for cooking delicious food without using any ingredients that are off limits.

Dietary Changes After Lap Band Surgery

The post-lap band diet will vary depending on the patient. Some of the most common dietary restrictions are discussed below. Please note that these limitations apply only to people who have had a lap band procedure done—not other types of bariatric surgeries. The lap band meal plan, though similar to those for other surgeries, is slightly different due to the lack of permanent alteration to the digestive tract.

Smaller Meals

Patients who have had a lap band placed often find that they can only eat small portions of food. They need to plan out their meals in order to make sure that their stomach is full but not too stretched. Gastric band diets usually feature meals that are smaller than the fist of the patient, to give you an idea of the portion size.

More Frequent Meals

Other patients find that, while the size of each individual meal may be smaller, they eat more frequently to meet their nutritional needs. The lap band diet plan usually has 5-6 meals per day instead of 3.

No Fats or Oils

People who have had a lap band are often told to avoid fat and oil in order to keep the fats and calories of their meal small after surgery. It's also important not to eat too many fried foods for this reason.

Plenty of Protein

It's important for patients to get enough protein in their diet after lap band surgery. Lean meats, poultry, and fish are some of the best sources for this nutrient group.

No Carbonated Drinks or Alcohol

Patients who have had a lap band procedure should also avoid carbonated drinks—even if they're sugar-free—because these drinks can cause gas and stomach bloating. Alcoholic beverages should also be avoided completely as they stretch out the stomach too much, which can slow down weight loss after surgery.

Cooking Tips for People Who Have Had Lap Band Surgery

Many people who have had a lap band procedure will find that cooking is no longer an easy task—especially when you can't eat what you used to. Fortunately, there are some helpful cooking tips that can make it easier for people who have had a lap band procedure:

  • Cook in Bulk: Plan out your meals ahead of time and cook them all at once so they're ready to grab and go during the week. If possible, double or triple recipes and freeze the extra portions.
  • Eat a Lot of Veggies: Most vegetables are low in calories and high in fiber, which is perfect for weight loss after surgery. Try to incorporate as many veggies into your diet as possible because they also contain essential vitamins and minerals.
  • Soups: Soups make an excellent choice if you've had lap band surgery. They are filling and easy to prepare in large batches ahead of time. Soups also help you feel full while drinking plenty of fluids which can prevent dehydration after lap band surgery.

Now you know what you can eat after lap band surgery and how to approach your meals. Are you needing more direct guidance on diet after lap band surgery? Contact Clarity Surgical today. And if your gastric band is causing problems, ask us about our lap band removal surgery in Nassau County.

Curious about how the surgery could help you. Read about how much weight you can lose with the lap band.