The Gastric Band Diet
Gastric band diet plans need to be set in place pre- and post- procedure – and they can be intriguing to those considering the operation. Many are unaware of the extent of the foods that can and can’t be eaten after the surgery has taken place.
Checking just what can and can’t be eaten, and what size portions are allowed, often becomes an obsession for those who are committed to losing weight in this way. The strict pre-surgery restrictions imposed are followed by several weeks of liquidised foods, before the patient then moves on to the long-term, post-op diet of eating just a few spoonfuls per meal. This process is a stark contrast to other non-surgical methods, which help you re-learn a healthy permanent relationship with food.
Of course, weight loss diets or following a weight loss diet plan will always produce temporary positive results, but they are seldom a long term permanent solution. Gastric band diet plans are no different, because the individual will always see a weight reduction regardless of the surgery. The recommended pre o post surgery gastric band diet plans are restrictive and similar to other weight loss diets, but if you’d like more information, please read more below.
This page was written by Martin and Marion Shirran. With over 10,000 hours of clinical treatment time at their clinic in Spain, exclusively helping people achieve permanent weight loss, and as the authors of the best-selling book Gastric Mind Band, published World Wide by Hay House, they not only know what they are talking about, but they may also be able to help you achieve your dream.
Anyone thinking of having gastric band surgery is probably aware that not only do they have to endure the operation, they’ll also have to change their eating habits, maybe for life. The weight loss diet plan they will be given by the surgical team would, in most cases, provide the desired result regardless of if they had the surgery or not. They will have to religiously follow what’s become known to some as the gastric band diet, or the post gastric band diet plan. Finding out just how much of a change will be required can often be surprising. And the changes don’t only start once you’ve had the operation. Anyone considering weight loss surgery should have a clear understanding of the lifelong weight loss diet plan they will need to adopt once they have undergone this major procedure.
Depending on the establishment and the surgeon’s recommendations, the pre-op diet can vary. Some hospitals advocate following a 10-day milk and yoghurt diet. BOSPA, the British Obesity Society Patient Association, suggests a one-week, very strict, low calorie, low fat and low carb diet, which allows you to eat solid foods. Many NHS hospitals recommend a two-week, pre-op diet. Whichever pre-op gastric band diet or selection of weight loss diets you choose (or is suggested to you), the main purpose of it is to allow the liver to shrink back down to normal size and get rid of its excess glycogen stores. The surgeon has to move the liver out of the way of the stomach during the surgery, so if the liver is enlarged and fatty, it increases the risk of the patient experiencing complications, which is the main reason you will need to follow the often restrictive weight loss diets your team advocates.
The Pre and Post Op Gastric Band Diet: The Specifics
Even before the op, people find they’ve lost quite a bit of weight, simply by eating a strict regime of nothing but healthy foods. Remarkably similar, in fact, to the results they would achieve by following many other calorie restricted diets, but of course without the surgery! Many wonder why they go ahead with the surgery and the gastric band diet at all when they are already seeing the results they desire after following the weight loss diet the hospital has recommended.
After the band is fitted, patients have to live on liquidised foods and soups for anything up to about six weeks, continuing to follow the weight loss diet. It’s not until your first band ‘fill’ – when saline is injected into the flexible silicone band via the under-skin access ‘port’ – that you start the regime, which, with minor adjustments, is how you’ll have to eat as long as the band’s in place, often for life. BOSPA explains the various stages of the gastric band post-op diet plan in detail.
Slowly re-introducing solid foods during the post op gastric band diet plan, you end up with an average meal of no more than about six tablespoons of food, once again similar to any weight loss diet. But even then it’s not that simple… every mouthful (a piece about the size of the rubber on the end of a pencil) must be chewed extremely thoroughly. Certain foods can be problematic with a gastric band, including broccoli, asparagus, popcorn, oranges, pineapple and soft white bread, to name but a few!
The rather drastic diets, the weight loss diet and the social implications this post op gastric band diet has on people’s lives often prompts them to investigate the many proven alternatives to gastric band surgery. One of the most popular options is the non-surgical Gastric Mind Band® procedure, which has attracted so much media interest around the world. The Gastric Mind Band (GMB), often described as the Gold Standard in permanent non-surgical weight loss, is based around psychology. It resets the person’s thinking around food and eating in general, with no weight loss diet required. Maybe it sounds too good to be true? Then read the verified client case studies, view their before and after photos, and browse the Clinical Evidence page and find out why every week people from around the world are flying to Spain for the treatment with costs starting at just £1,495. If you are seriously interested in taking control of your weight, GMB offers all of the weight loss benefits of the surgery, with none of the associated negatives or side effects.
The Alternative? The Non-Surgical Gastric Band, or Gastric Sleeve
The unique procedure pioneered at The Elite Clinic in Spain is now the subject of the book, The Gastric Mind Band, published by Hay House, and available from Amazon.
As we identify in our book, the idea of a psychology focused non-surgical option is not as strange a route as many at first think. On the website you can read countless past client case studies, and view their verified before and after photos. In the Press Section you can browse through countless independent reviews by members of the international media, and finally visit the Clinical Evidence section and read about the presentation as presented by Dr. Sarah Clarke at the World Psychology Conference at Warsaw University.
Our Gastric Mind Band therapy has become something of a phenomenon on both sides of the Atlantic, developing into the treatment of choice by members of the public and celebrities alike – and especially those who do not wish to follow a pre- or post- op gastric band diet plan. Gastric Mind Band clients benefit from the considerable research and development that went into the GMB method. Martin and Marion Shirran, the developers and trademark owners of the Gastric Mind Band procedure, have now built up tens of thousands of one to one clinical hours, over the past ten years, working with people who fly to the clinic from around the world, each determined to achieve their ideal body weight. At the end of the GMB treatment, each client leaves the clinic with his or her own set of carefully prepared tools. Most are completely unique to the GMB, including a very extensive manual, and a set of digitally produced hypnosis and/or audio sessions.
At the Gastric Mind Band clinic we are totally committed to client follow-up, and on-going research and development. We are proud that we offer the most thorough and effective answer to those wanting to escape from the roller-coaster world of yo-yo dieting and avoid fussy gastric band diet plans in order to establish a permanent solution to their weight problems. Visit the Case Studies section of this web site, and check out the reviews from past clients. If you are still in any doubt, why not read the independent reports featured on the Press page?
Below you can read the article by Claudia Connell the Features Editor at the Daily Mail. Also in the press section you can read the words of Sarah Vine of The Times. Take a look – you have nothing to lose except a few minutes of your time!