are many food plans that you may follow. The important thing to remember
is, to eat plenty of protein and vegetables in your diet. We understand
that following a certain diet perfectly is almost impossible. That is
why we don't want to give you a strict food plan to follow while you
are loosing weight. Your diet will change automatically due to the Lapband
being placed around your stomach. Your intake of food will be cut drastically
and you won't be hungry. That is why it is very important to eat protein
first, veggies second, and starches third. You will loose weight even
if you don't eat protein, but you will have other serious problems.
You may become anemic, your hair will fall out, and you can loose muscle
mass. Your body requires protein to operate efficiently.
You can get protein from many sources, for example:
Yogurt, protein shakes, eggs, fish, chicken, pork, red meat, beans,
cheese, etc. You may find it easier to eat one type of protein than
another. You can have fun learning about different types of foods and
which ones have protein (and how many grams of protein they have). Some
foods have a higher amount of protein in them then others. Give it a
There are lots of different vegetables to choose from. We recommend
that you stay away from starchy veggies. One way to remember which are
starchy and which ones aren't, is:
The color, if it is white or yellow it is most likely starchy. If it
is green or leafy it is a better choice. Though beans are starchy, they
usually have a higher level of protein therefore beans are a good choice.
Peas are the exception to the rule, they are green and considered a
bean, but really are just a starchy vegetable.
The reason starches are not recommended, they break down to a simple
sugar and store as fat in the body. Sugar does the same thing. That
is why we want you to eat less starches and sweets, and more of the
healthy foods. There are some foods that contain a large amount of starch,
Potatoes, peas, corn, pasta and breads.
Of course sweets are to be avoided while trying to loose weight and
should never be eaten on a regular basis.
We understand that it is difficult to abstain from starches and sugars.
But if you choose to eat protein first, vegetables second and starches
third. You won't have that strong desire to eat the things that hurt
you more then help you.
are no absolutes in a diet. You can't do it perfect. It is important
to follow the "one day at a time" approach to healthier eating.
If you eat the wrong type of food at breakfast, try to eat the proper
way for lunch and dinner. You deserve to take care of yourself and provide
yourself with the proper nutrition. Don't feel like you have to throw
in the towel, because you make a mistake. It just means you learn from
that mistake and be careful not to put yourself in that situation again.
The only success one can find, is in not giving up. No one is perfect
though we strive for perfection.
feel free to contact us if you have any more questions about the recommended