Lap band surgery, also known as gastric band surgery involves the placement of an adjustable silicone band on the upper part of the stomach to restrict the intake of food. Even though the results regarding weight loss with a lap band surgery are astounding, it demands a proper post-surgery plan and mindset to achieve. Otherwise, there may be a situation where you do not lose weight at all, lose weight slowly, or regain lost weight after the surgery.
Here are some tips to follow to get the best results from a gastric band surgery:
Set strict goals – Consult your surgeon to set an expectation of how much weight you can lose as a result of the surgery. Then, set weight loss goals accordingly along with maintaining a positive mindset. Remember, create realistic weight loss goals and do not try to over-achieve in a shorter period.
Consume good quality food – Make an extra effort to eat only nutritious food and avoid anything that can come in the way of your weight loss. Do not overeat and stop as soon as you feel full.
Do not consume drinks along with solid food – While eating a meal, avoid consuming a drink. When you consume liquid while eating, the properly chewed food passes through the band and dissolves the purpose of the surgery. You will not feel full and consume more food. Rather, consume a beverage before or after you have eaten your meal.
Maintain a food journal – Keeping a record of your diet throughout the day, every day will help you monitor your progress. It will also help you correct your diet if there are any deviations from the planned.
Plan ahead– If you are prepared with a plan beforehand, then you are less likely to cheat and stick to your weight loss regime. Lookup for the nutritional information of the food if you are buying packaged food, or eating out at a restaurant. Keep a stock of healthy food items as a back-up or for the small hunger pangs between meals.
ALO BariatricsGastric Band Surgery is an effective way to control weight but it needs a planned approach to lose maximum weight and not gain it back. Prepare yourself for your weight loss journey with above-mentioned tips.