What Beverages Should You Avoid after Lap-Band Surgery?

April 20th, 2012 - Posted to Weight Loss

After lap band surgery, you and your nutritionist will determine a meal plan to help you lose weight. Following this meal plan will be essential to your success in overcoming obesity.

Your meal planning will typically revolve around three principles:

  • Low in calories.
  • High in protein.
  • Rich in vitamins and minerals.

There are certain things that should be avoided to maximize weight-loss success. High calorie beverages, in particular, offer little nutritional value and don’t provide any feeling of satiety (fullness) because they pass right through the small opening of the band. Some examples are below:

  • Carbonated beverages, even diet sodas
  • Alcohol
  • Sugary drinks, such as fruit punch or chocolate milk
  • Other high-calorie beverages, such as milkshakes or sugary coffee beverages

If you drink too many of these beverages, it's possible to consume enough extra calories to negate your weight loss progress. Carbonated beverages can also cause abdominal discomfort because of the gas bubbles.

Choose Protein Shakes

Protein shakes may be an exception to the caloric-drink restriction. Sometimes, these supplements are recommended during the transition to solid food after surgery or after a lap-band fill. However, you should definitely consult our Marina Weight Loss dietitian for assistance in selecting a protein drink, as some of these are very high in calories and not recommended for weight loss surgery patients. Read our recent blog post on protein shakes for weight loss surgery patients.