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Diet and Nutrition After Gastric Balloon Surgery

Diet and Nutrition After Gastric Balloon Surgery

Installing the gastric balloon is one of the methods of treating obesity. The procedure consists in placing a special balloon made of inert material in the stomach cavity. Being constantly in the stomach, the balloon creates a feeling of fullness, which leads to a decrease.

Another mechanism of weight loss using gastric balloons is due to a decrease in the amount of food eaten by patients. Both of these facts eventually lead to a decrease in the patient's body weight.

Some products can stick to the balloon and cause a very unpleasant "burp". You may find that pasta and soft bread can cause similar problems. After 30-45 minutes after eating, slowly drink a glass of water. This will flush the balloon and prevent unpleasant burping caused by food sticking to the balloon.

Here are some tips for diet after gastric balloon surgery:

* Keep in mind that the balloon can cause abdominal distension and feeling as if you have not lost weight.

* Seek to have three meals a day and do not consume more than 1200 kcal.

* Stop eating when you are full or uncomfortable. Eat slowly and always chew your food well.

* Avoid high-calorie snacks as they will not help you lose weight. Choose healthy snacks like fruit, hard-boiled eggs, or carrot sticks.

* Don't eat late at night.

* Eat on the edge of a plate or on a small plate to reduce portions.

* It is normal to enjoy food. Since you only eat small portions, make sure you have food that you like and is nutritious for you.

* Keep a food diary to record your food and liquid intake, as well as any comments about your progress. It can be reviewed regularly to help you get more benefit from the treatment.

* Try to drink at least eight glasses of liquid every day to maintain water balance and prevent constipation.

* Do not drink and eat at the same time, because this can cause overeating, abdominal distension, or vomiting.

* You can drink liquids such as water, flavored still water (try squeezing a little lemon into the water), decaf coffee or tea, herbal teas, clear soups, and diluted unsweetened fruit juices.

* Do not drink too much fizzy drinks, as it can cause abdominal distension.

* Strong tea and coffee are not recommended. Caffeine is an appetite stimulant, so it can be harmful for weight loss.

* Eliminate high-calorie beverages such as milkshakes, alcohol, and juices.

* Exercise every day if your body allows it. Walking daily for 15 to 30 minutes or more can help you lose weight and feel healthy.

* If you suffer from nausea, try to move even if you don't feel it, as this helps move food from the stomach to the intestines.

After removing the gastric balloon, you should continue to follow your eating habits and lifestyle changes that you have made to avoid gaining weight.

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