A gastric balloon is an effective weight-loss procedure but to achieve the best results, you should enforce certain restrictions on your diet and lifestyle. One of these restrictions is that drinking alcohol should be limited for the implantation period of the balloon (4,6 or 12 months depending on your choice of balloon). This can seem like a long time, but there are multiple reasons why this is recommended.
First and foremost, alcohol consumption thins the blood so if consumed when the balloon is in situ, it could increase the risk of stomach ulceration, internal bleeding or other side effects. Alcohol can also inhibit your body’s recovery process and cause dehydration which could worsen the post-procedure side effects. Alcohol has a tendency to stimulate the production of stomach acid, which could potentially heighten the risk of experiencing heartburn and acid reflux.
Finally bear in mind that alcoholic drinks are high in calories without providing any nutritional or satisfaction benefits so can significantly undermine your weight loss efforts. Even worse, alcohol can influence your decision-making, leading to poor food choices and behaviours such as indulging in high calorie snacks, large portion sizes or avoiding physical activity. To remain on track with your weight-loss program and achieve long-term success, it may be necessary to establish clear limitations when it comes to alcohol intake.