Gastric Balloon Diet
When you begin a weight loss journey with the gastric balloon, it gives you the chance to start a transformation that helps you lose weight and become healthier. However, as we mention, the balloon should be used as a magic tool to help you get into a better routine. To do this, you will need dedication and commitment to get the most out of your balloon. In this blog, we’ll delve into what a day in the life of your new lifestyle may look like for someone who’s decided to incorporate their balloon into your life.
Post-procedure diet is a necessary step in the recovery process, this is often referred to as a textured diet because it progresses from liquid foods to solid foods over 14 days. This type of diet is used to reduce the risk of side effects such as nausea, acid reflux and discomfort, as well as ensuring nutritional and calorie requirements are met. The four different stages include liquid nutrition such as liquids or soups with thin consistencies, pureed foods which have been blended into a thick, smooth consistency, soft foods which are minced or cut up into small pieces and lastly regular textured food. This may sound confusing so following the procedure, you will receive guidance on a specific diet for the initial four weeks to allow your stomach to adjust. We will provide you with a comprehensive nutrition plan to guild you through the liquid diet phase and beyond.
In each stage, you must aim to drink 1.5-2 litres of fluid a day to stay hydrated and consume 5-6 small meals throughout the day 2-3 hours apart. As you transition through each phase, be sure to add new foods slowly adding one ingredient at a time rather than all at once. Avoid consuming any carbonated drinks and any fatty foods as these may upset your stomach. Eating regular meals will help ensure your body has the energy and nutrients it needs for standard healing post-gastric balloon procedure. Additionally, these nutritious foods including proteins, healthy fats and vegetables promote healing as well as maintaining long-term success.
Your morning routine:
It’s always important to start your day as you mean to go on. For this reason, we recommend you take a moment every day, to think ahead of your goals for the day and possibly a moment for reflection on the previous days. This gives you a chance to see what you would like to change to improve your days.
Additionally, we recommend you start your day with a glass of water to ensure you stay hydrated and kickstart your metabolism. A nutritious protein shake, tailored to your dietary needs. Fibroids foods can also be a good way to start your day as it gives you a fulfilling and energy-boosting start.
Breakfast & meal planning:
We always recommend that our patients opt for a balanced meal that is rich in lean proteins, whole grains, and fresh fruit/vegetables. Each meal should be portion controlled and we suggest you take your time eating your meals. This way you can genuinely enjoy eating your food and making the most of your meals. Your body can now adjust to light meals which will also benefit you after the removal of the balloon.
After gastric balloon removal, you will be able to increase your food intake as it will no longer take up space in your stomach. So it’s crucial to maintain the healthy lifestyle you have built up over the 6 to 12 months.