CHEW rather DRINK your food, for BEST WEIGHT LOSS results
Once on a full unrestricted diet, your goal is to work in partnership with the gastric band to limit your calorie intake and feel satisfied for longer. This will be easy for you to achieve by following the first key principle, chew your food do not drink them.
The more solid in texture the food is on your plate that requires chewing to convert it into a paste, fewer calories will be consumed and it will help place pressure on the signal points with the gastric band to trick your brain and feel satisfied for longer after a smaller amount of food.
Are you wondering what I mean by this? Let’s compare eating your fruit to drinking the juice.
I glass of fruit juice would contain the calories of four whole oranges. The gastric band will allow you to drink these calories reasonably easily in a very short space of time. However to sit and plough through and chew up to 4 whole oranges, I know you would give up, it just takes too long to achieve. Liquid calories such as juice, soups, mashed vegetables and casseroles should be kept to a minimum for maximum weight loss results.
The discussion needs to be taken one step further. To enable you to consume as many dry and solid textured meals as possible successfully with the gastric band, often you need to modify your food preparation slightly to make the meal more gastric band friendly.
There are many foods we could use as an example, however lets use a few protein rich foods, such as a hardboiled egg, left over dry chicken and fish which can create havoc with the gastric band. Slightly better alternatives would include scrambled egg or a frittata, tinned chicken and tinned fish.
These textures are still dry and solid but easier to eat pain free with the gastric band. This ever so slight modification to your meal preparation will enable you to eat more pain free.
In summary, to maximize the effect of the gastric band and limit your calorie intake and feel satisfied for longer, by eating more solid than liquid meals.