Be Prepared for Your Surgery by Understanding the Importance of the Lap band Diet
Yes, that ugly word “diet” is still going to be a part of your life after a lap band operation. Lap bands are very successful ways for very heavy people to lose weight, and in the case where obesity is causing serious medical conditions, it may be a necessity. However, the lap band is only a tool, success is determined by the effort and dedication to following the entire plan including the lap band diet after the surgery. Lap band diets differ in a few ways from your average conventional diet, and there are a couple of stages of the lap band diet. Here are the basics to help you prepare for your life after lap band surgery.
Pre-Operative Lap band Diet
Yes, your lap band diet will actually start several weeks before the first cut is made. Your doctor will help you with preparing for your surgery by giving you a lap band diet program to help reduce the fat around your abdomen, making lap band surgery safer and easier. The pre-op lap band diet also helps improve recovery time, and lowers the amount of fat around the liver and spleen so that there is less bleeding and chances of infection following surgery. Following the pre-op lapband diet also helps you get ready for the lapband diet that follows the surgery. It is less of a shock to your system, and because you have taken the time to get used to eating on a lapband diet, you won’t have to struggle with thinking about how it works, and what you need when you are not feeling well, and recovering from the surgery itself.
In the pre-op stage of the lapband diet you will be restricted to between 800 and 1200 calories. You will have to cut out sugary foods, carbs and fats including fatty meat, fried meat and other foods, whole milk, and any liquids that contain sugar such as soda and alcohol.
Post-Op Lap Band Diet
After your surgery, the types of foods will remain the same, but the portions will be smaller. You will also only eat 3 times a day. It is important to follow the lapband diet very rigidly to get the best success, and to avoid eating empty calories that do not provide nutritional value. Because the amounts of food you are allowed on the lapband diet, your body has limited resources to get as much nutrition as it needs. You will likely need to take bariatric vitamins for a long time following lapband surgery, possibly even for life. However, unlike with gastric bypass, if you do cheat and eat something high in sugar, you will not experience what is known as “dumping syndrome” where sugar dumps into the lower intestines too quickly and causes severe symptoms including sweating, rapid heart rate and diarrhea.
The primary reason for following your lapband diet is not physical discomfort, but success of the surgery, and healthy nutrition for your body. Take it seriously, and follow your lapband diet to drop those pounds quickly, look great, and be healthy for the rest of your life.
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