A Board Certified
General Surgeon, Dr.
Robert Marvin also
Care and is a member
of the American
Society of Bariatric
and Adjustable Gastric Banding Diet
The adjustable gastric banding procedure
works best with solid foods to decrease
hunger. Solid foods will stay in your
stomach pouch longer, so you should feel
full after eating only a few ounces of food.
In order for your body to remain healthy and
function properly, it will be important to
choose foods that are high in protein and
nutritional content. Your ideal diet should
- low-fat proteins (select meats,
fish, skinless poultry, eggs)
healthy breads and cereals
- fruits and vegetables
- dairy products (good source of
calcium, but choose non-fat or low-fat)
- heart-healthy fats
Your bariatric surgeon will work with you
in developing a new diet plan. Some of the
important guidelines for eating with the
adjustable gastric band are:
- Eat only three small meals a day -
this is all you need. Do not snack
- Eat only solid foods at mealtime -
this is how the gastric band works to
- Eat slowly and chew your food
thoroughly, until it reaches a liquid
consistency - this will help to create
the feeling of fullness and make it less
likely for food to get stuck in the
gastric band pouch.
- Stop eating when you feel full -
eating too much can result in pain,
nausea and vomiting. It can also stretch
the gastric band pouch.
- Choose healthy foods - make sure you
are getting enough protein and
- Do not drink while you eat - this
will wash down the food and you will not
reach the feeling of fullness, defeating
the purpose of the gastric band. Do not
drink for 30 to 45 minutes before or
You may drink anything that is clear and
liquid at room temperature
Avoid caffeine and carbonated drinks
Water with ice chips
Sugar free popsicles
Sugar Free Jell-O
Diet V8 Splash
Do not drink from straws or sports top
bottles as this can cause air bubbles
and may cause discomfort.
Water may be difficult at first. Try
adding lemon and adjusting the
Please follow your doctors'
recommendations on how long to follow
SOFT FOOD DIET
Low Fat cottage cheese
Sugar free yogurt or pudding
Applesauce with no sugar added
Soft cooked vegetables
Avoid eating fats and sugar for the time
being as these may be difficult for the
body to digest in this stage.
Chew your food very well.
If you feel full - STOP EATING
Protein is needed by the body to build
and repair the body's cells and tissues.
Protein plays a vital role in immunity.
Choose lean meats such as:
Fish, shellfish, poultry, lean beef,
lamb, pork, veal, and 95% fat free
Avoid high fat cooking methods like
frying with oil. void high fat meats
such as bacon, sausage, pepperoni or
A limited amount of fat is needed in the
Fats can be found in baked goods (cakes,
muffins, cookies), greasy or fried
foods, oils and butter.
Fat may be difficult to digest after
adjustable gastric banding surgery.
Too much fat may cause reflux
Excess fat may cause diarrhea, nausea
Avoid high fat choices like regular
salad dressing, butter, cream cheese and
Choose low fat options such as fat free
/ low fat salad dressing, mayonnaise,
nonstick cooking spray and olive oil.
Carbohydrates including grains and
starches are the bodies main source of
They provide energy, B Vitamins, Fiber,
Complex carbohydrates provide nutrients
and make you feel full.
Examples of complex carbohydrates:
Wheat bread, low fat crackers,
cereals with low sugar such as
Special K, Cheerios, Raisin Bran,
rice and pasta
FRUITS AND VEGETABLES
VEGETABLES provide fiber, energy,
Vitamin A and Vitamin C
Choose a variety of vegetables for your
Avoid using high fat cooking methods
such as added butter or oil, or adding
high fat sauces such as creams, cheese
Remember to incorporate vegetables back
into your diet slowly and start with
FRUIT provides complex
carbohydrates, fiber, energy and Vitamin
Incorporate them into your daily
routine; fruit makes great snacks.
Choose a variety of fruits
Remember to incorporate fruits back into
your diet slowly and start with soft