The Lap Band Diet
Diet plan before the Lap Band surgery
2 weeks before surgery
- High protein foods. Examples of lean proteins include chicken breast, turkey breast, fish, beef loin, and soy products.
- Vegetables that contain low in sodium and starch.
- Cutting back on high fat and high carbohydrates foods. Choose meals with low oil, starch, and sugar content. Avoid deep fried foods, chips, cookies, popcorn, cakes, pretzels, candy and sugary beverages.
- No sodas and alcoholic beverages, as they can be high in carbonation and calories.
Tips on Starting New Eating Habits
Plan and record your meals throughout the day.
Include lean proteins with each meal.
Include fruits and non non-starchy vegetables at least once a day.
Eat three meals daily. Try to reduce snacking.
Stay hydrated. Drink at least 8 cups of fluids daily.
*You are allowed only to consume fluids for a minimum of 24 hours prior to surgery.
Diet plan after the Lap Band surgery
The first few weeks after surgery, you may experience mood changes and frequent irritability. However, it is crucial to follow your surgeon’s instructions to reduce the post-operative complications such as nausea, diarrhea, dehydration, constipation, and band erosion. Schedule a post-operative consultation with your doctor and seek approval before progressing to the next diet stage. Please note that these dietary stages are for Lap Band procedure.
Clear Liquid diet
The first week after surgery
Examples of a Clear Liquid
Drinking water and no-calorie flavored water
Full Liquid diet
Weeks 2-6 after surgery
- Drink slowly, take a few sips, and do not use a straw
- Stay hydrated. Try to drink at least 8 cups (64 oz.) of liquids daily
- Do not force yourself to drink when you feel full
- Take vitamin supplements as instructed by your doctor or dietitian
- Avoid sugary, alcoholic, and carbonated drinks
Examples of a Full Liquid
Everything from the clear liquid list
Decaf tea and coffee
No sugar added juices such as apple and carrot juice
Low calorie protein shakes
Tomato puree soup
Nonfat milk and nonfat lactose-free milk
Applesauce, smooth variety without the chunks
- Include lean protein in your meal. Protein helps you body to maintain muscle mass, prevent hair loss, and provide energy. Some of the examples are chicken breast, turkey breast, fish, and soy products.
- Do not over eat. Cut your food into small pieces and chew thoroughly. Wait 10 minutes and see if you are full. When you feel full, you should stop eating.
- Eat three meals daily.
- Avoid drinking water for at least 30 minutes before and after a meal.
- Avoid fried foods, sugary desserts, crackers, sodas, and alcoholic beverages.
- Stay away from heavy cream. If your recipe requires heavy cream, substitute with nonfat or low-fat version.
- Choose low-fat cheeses over regular or whole milk cheeses.
- Take daily multivitamins as directed by your physician.
- Plan on what you eat before going out.
- Track your daily intake by having a food log/diary.
- You can eat bread, rice, pasta, non-crunchy cereals, soft crackers in moderation.
- Choose easy to digest vegetables such as cooked beets, green beans, mushrooms, zucchinis, and eggplants.
Examples of Solid Food
Fresh Apple slices
Fresh cucumber slices
Lean beef steak
Grilled chicken breast
Mini turkey meatballs
Soft or hard boiled egg
*Nothing crunchy, crumbly, slimy or slippery such as macaroni & cheese, chips, pretzels, popcorns, trail mix, granola bars, lean cuisine, cereal, crackers, cream of wheat, oat meal, grits, and nutritional bars.
Dietary plan after Lap Band adjustments
Frequently Asked Questions About The Lap Band Diet
You doctor or dietitian will determine what type of vitamin supplements that are suitable for you on each stage.
You can substitute whole milk with nonfat milk or nonfat lactose-free milk.
Try to eat at least 60 grams of protein daily.
You can substitute with a no calorie sweeteners such as Splenda or stevia.
You physician or dietitian will help to determine how much food and calories you can consume daily. As general rule of thumb, to lose weight, you must eat less than you burn.