Cheating the LAP-BAND with High Calorie LiquidsPosted: Jul 10 in Post-Bariatric Diet by Staff
No diet or exercise routine is fool-proof. Likewise, there are ways to hurt the success of your weight loss surgery. In the case of LAP-BANDs, one of the easiest ways to sabotage your own success involves a cup, a straw, and high-calorie goodies.
LAP-BANDs create a small pouch at the top of your stomach. That pouch is supposed to limit the amount of food you can consume at one time. After all, if the food you chew won’t fit in the pouch, where is it supposed to go? But LAP-BANDs do not create an impenetrable barrier between the pouch and the rest of your stomach, so there is still a small opening that liquids can slip through. Liquids like 700-calorie frozen coffee drinks and hand-spun milkshakes.
Remember, just because you are able to drink high-calorie drinks after your LAP-BAND surgery it doesn’t mean you should. You’ve gone so far to have the surgery and you’ve worked hard to be successful in your weight loss, so don’t undermine your success with high-calorie liquids.
Be vigilant in finding out the caloric content of the drinks you consume, and try to make your main liquid intake water. By focusing on providing your body with nutritious foods and water, you will find yourself craving those sweet sips less and less.