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Lap Band Diet
There are so many diet plans and exercise regiments out there that it can all be a bit overwhelming. For some, options of surgical intervention are necessary in order to best protect their lives.
Serious cases may call for gastric bypass surgery, but more and more people are getting lap band surgery where the entrance to the stomach is constricted, allowing less in and making you fuller faster. Once you have your lap band, you will then need to follow a strict lap band diet to ensure its success.
Following your lap band procedure you will have to go through phases with regards to what you can and cannot eat. In the first couple days after the procedure you need to immediately begin limiting your calorie intake. You should consume between 500 and 1,000 calories for the first two days.
As far as what you are able to consume, you will be limited to strictly clear liquids and should consume at least 32 ounces. Some clear liquids to choose from include water, sugar-free diet teas, fruit drinks and lemonade, according to Livestrong.
They also suggest varying what you consume and say that you may also have hot herbal teas, broth, sugar-free gelatin, and sugar-free ice pops.
On days three through 12 after you have the surgery you can move into full liquids. You will still need to watch your calorie consumption, limiting it to no more than 1,000 calories. This is the point where you want to integrate some protein back into your diet. Mixing peanut butter into milk to make a shake would be a good option to get the protein you need.
Once you hit day 13 you can start consuming soft, moist foods. This would include foods that can be ‘pureed’ in your mouth. You are still not able at this point to eat anything crunchy nor should you eat raw fruits and vegetables.
Some good options for this phase are foods such as oatmeal, applesauce and steamed vegetables. Again, your calories should be limited, consuming between 1,000 and 1,400 per day and making sure that 40% is comprised of carbs, 30% is fat and 30% is protein.
You will stay in the third phase until you reach the first day of the third month following your surgery. This is the point where you can then return to a full diet.
This does not mean you will completely forget about your lap band diet or go back to how you were eating before your surgery. You will continue to be restricted in your caloric intake and will need to make smart, healthy decisions about what you eat. It can truly be a life changing experience.
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