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Life After The Knife: Weight Loss After Lap Band Surgery



Thousands of weight loss surgeries are performed in the United States each year, and for many, the difficult part comes after the stitches are healed. Surgery can be one of the easiest parts of a major, life-changing weight loss because it is the day-to-day, filled with temptation, where the real battle begins. Following a weight loss surgery such as getting a lap band, you will need to follow a strict diet in order to meet your goals. It will not always be easy, but for your best chances at long-term weight loss success, you have to stick to the program.

Proven Long-Term Weight Loss Results

The lap band procedure paired with the lap band diet has been shown to be effective for long-term weight loss according to WebMD. Their report stemmed from the results from an Australian study published in the January 2013 issue of Annals of Surgery, which explained that when the subject is compliant with the aftercare instructions and follows a good diet, lap band is effective and in the study, only 1 out of 20 patients chose to have the band removed.

The special aspect of lap band that is not available with other weight loss surgery options is that it can be reversed. The bands placed in the surgery can be removed if and when the patient decides they no longer need them or no longer wishes to follow the program.  In addition to being the only reversible surgery, lap band is the most common type of gastric bypass surgery.

Diet Following the Surgery

After the lap band has been placed inside of the patient’s body, there will be a number of dietary restrictions immediately placed on the patient that will start aiding in the weight loss.

First, there can be no consumption of carbonated beverages for six months following the surgery. This can be a weakness for many people who struggle with their weight and because they have to avoid these often-sugary beverages, this can help immensely with cutting calories and unneeded sugar out of their diet. By the time carbonated beverages can be integrated back into their diets, many find that they no longer crave them and simply forego them altogether.

Another change that needs to be made immediately is a strict eating schedule. The patient will need to eat three meals a day with two snacks in between, without ever skipping a meal—skipping meals forces your body into starvation mode and actually can cause you to store away foods rather than burn them for energy.

The transition into following the lap band diet following surgery can be difficult, just remember to take it one day at a time and before you know it, it will not feel like a diet at all. It will simply be the way your lifestyle is structured and you will see massive improvements in the way you look and feel both inside and out.