With a gastric balloon, it is possible to overeat, although it may be more challenging compared to before the procedure. The purpose of a gastric balloon is to reduce the capacity of the stomach, creating a feeling of fullness with smaller amounts of food. However, it does not completely eliminate the possibility of overeating or stretching the stomach. For the first four weeks, you are limited to liquid diets followed by only soft foods, so overeating is more challenging. We have created specific advice on a recommended gastric balloon diet.
While the balloon can help control portion sizes and limit the amount of food you can consume at once, it is still important to practice mindful eating and make healthy food choices. Overeating or consuming calorie-dense foods can still lead to weight gain or hinder weight loss progress, even with a gastric balloon in place.
The gastric balloon works best when combined with a comprehensive weight management program that includes dietary modifications, healthier lifestyle habits, and ongoing support from healthcare professionals. This can help individuals develop healthier eating habits and make sustainable lifestyle changes to support long-term weight management.
It’s crucial to follow the guidelines provided by your healthcare team and work with a registered dietitian or nutritionist who can provide personalised recommendations and support. They can help you establish a balanced and nutritious diet and exercise plans that align with the goals of your gastric balloon procedure and promote weight loss success.