What Can You Not Eat with a Gastric Balloon?
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While there are lots of delicious, healthy, and fun things you can eat after a gastric balloon, there are also some things you should not eat with a gastric balloon. The gastric balloon diet is designed to not only help you grow heathier and to lose weight, but it’s also designed to keep you feeling well and comfortable while you have a gastric balloon inserted. Thus, it’s important to follow your gastric balloon diet plan.
What Not to Eat with a Gastric Balloon
A big part of your gastric balloon treatment revolves around diet. While the balloon works to make you feel fuller and less hungry to result in lower calories consumption, eating a diet high in empty calories can reduce your gastric balloon’s effectiveness as a weight loss tool and can result in you being more likely to fall back into bad dietary habits once your gastric balloon is removed.
Additionally, some foods can make you feel sick or uncomfortable when you have a gastric balloon. Foods you should not eat with gastric balloon treatment include:
- Carbonated beverages especially fizzy, sugary soda pops
- Drinks that require use of a straw as these allow in air, which can lead to bloating and cramping
- Try to avoid caffeine and alcohol—you’re more likely to get heartburn or suffer ulceration with a gastric balloon; further, alcohol is only empty calories
- High-calorie, low-nutrient foods like potato chips, snack cakes, candy, cookies, fried foods, donuts, pastries, etc.
- Starchy foods like potatoes, white rice, French fries, and bread
- Heavy, fatty foods and red meats including steaks and hamburgers
- Heavy cream and fatty cheeses
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What Should You Eat on a Pre-Gastric Balloon Diet?
When you’re getting ready to have your gastric balloon inserted, you want to start adhering to a gastric balloon diet plan. This means practice eliminating foods to avoid on your gastric balloon diet prior to your gastric balloon insertion as much as possible.
The pre-gastric balloon diet involves reducing to a liquid diet a week prior to your procedure to avoid any major discomfort or ill side effects. Smoothies and clear liquids will help you prepare to tolerate the insertion comfortable.
What is a Good Diet after Gastric Balloon Insertion?
Right after your balloon is inserted, you will taper back onto your healthy gastric balloon diet plan. While you may adjust sooner, expect it to take about two weeks before you’re ready to transition to your regular gastric balloon diet.
You’ll want to consume clear liquids early on. Broth and water and later smoothies and other light liquids will be excellent to get you ready to start eating your gastric balloon diet while avoiding the foods you should not eat with a gastric balloon.
What Foods Should You Eat with a Gastric Balloon
The foods you should eat as part of your gastric balloon diet plan are going to be high protein. Lean proteins and fruits and vegetables that are soft and high in protein are ideal.
Aim to eat foods from all of the food groups as part of what you should eat. Foods you should eat with a gastric balloon diet are:
- Lean proteins like fish, eggs, avocado, turkey, etc.
- Light dairy such as cottage cheese, skim milk, almond milk, etc.
- Soft fresh fruits such as mangoes, tomatoes, grapes, etc.
- Nutrient-rich vegetables like spinach, turnip greens, brussels sprouts, etc.
- Whole grains full of fiber such as quinoa, amaranth, etc.
- You should also have a daily multivitamin to make up for any nutrients that you’re missing out on as a result of eating less as part of your daily gastric balloon diet.
To further avoid any ill side effects as a result of a gastric balloon, try to eat small meals and avoid drinking with your meal. Rather, drink before and after your meal while paying attention to your feelings of fullness. Never eat quickly as it’s easy to become full before your brain recognizes your full.
Eat the proper gastric balloon diet while avoiding the foods you cannot eat with a gastric balloon in order to maximize both weight loss and comfort during gastric balloon treatment.
The foods you should not eat with a gastric balloon are the ones that you will want to avoid both before and after your gastric balloon treatment in order to lose weight and to keep it off for life. If you are ready to commit to lifelong weight loss with the help of a gastric balloon, contact us at Spatz Medical and discover what wonderful results await you.