Dietary Guidance and Follow-up are necessary for a good result
Gastric balloon is a non-surgical weight loss method that makes you feel full by limiting your food intake. This type of treatment involves the temporary placement of a balloon in the abdomen. Depending on which balloon treatment you choose, it will be possible to adjust the volume of the balloon throughout the course.
Personal Dietician Throughout the Course
To ensure you a good result with lasting weight loss, you will throughout the entire course (6 to 12 months) be associated with a professional dietician. The dietician will help you with your dietary plan as well as give you healthy recipes. You will also be recommended a specific balance of energy-giving nutrients depending on your dietary needs. At Gastriball, we know how much of a challenge weight loss can be, so we do our best to follow and advise our patients closely throughout the process.
You will receive a telephone number from one of our dietitians, so that you can contact them for any dietary information you need. You can also discuss how you feel physically and mentally because the mental part is crucial for a successful weightloss.
When your course is coming to an end and your stomach balloon is removed again, the knowledge and guidance you have received along the way from your personal dietician will help give you the best conditions for a healthy lifestyle and thereby achieve weight loss that lasts a life time.
If you still want dietary advice after finishing treatment, please contact the clinic.
It is important that you participate in what you eat
You should use the diet plan prepared by your dietician as inspiration for your daily diet. It is important that you partake in what you eat throught the treatment period and beyond as that helps you maintain weight loss afterwards. Overall, a diet plan will consist of three phases:
- Phase 1 - Liquid diet based on thin and clear liquids
- Phase 2 - Liquid Low Calorie Diet
- Phase 3 - Low Calorie Diet
Phase 1 - On the day you receive the balloon, only water and clear liquids may be ingested. For the following 3-5 days, you should continue with this diet and preferably consume at least 1.5-2 liters of fluid per day to prevent dehydration.
Drink regular or unsweetened beverages (no carbonation), as well as protein water. You can drink fruit juice, however it must be 100% natural juice, without any added sugar and other additives. The fruit juice must be diluted before consumption so that the natural sugar content is reduced. If you drink a lot of tea, we recommend herbal tea. However it is not recommended if you experience heartburn or acid regurgitation. Avoid citrus juices, tomato juices, alcohol and caffeinated beverages as they can cause bloating. We recommend that you drink slowly and take small sips to avoid nausea. If you still feel uncomfortable, then an extra day or two on clear liquids may be a good idea. Otherwise, proceed to phase 2.
Phase 2 - For the next 10-12 days, feel free to eat a low-calorie diet, in this phase, a blender or a similar tool would be very useful to puree your meals. Eat foods that are nutritious and have low sugar content, (Eg. vegetable smoothies and soups). Avoid carbonated beverages, foods with large chunks as well as sugary dishes.
Phase 3 - In this phase, your diet will start to include more solid foods, however it is recommended to maintain a low caloric, fats and carbohydrates diet. Once again, remember to eat slowly and hold back if you start feeling uncomfortable. Once you feel like your body has adjusted to phase 2 diet, you can gradually introduce solid foods into your diet.
Begin by eating cooked foods before having any raw or hard food. While you have a stomach balloon, avoid rice, bread and pasta as these foods can stick to the balloon. In addition, beef and pork should be avoided as much as possible because they are difficult to digest with the balloon in your stomach. We recommend the following:
- Drink a glass of water 30 minutes before each meal
- Drink 2 glasses of water 30 minutes after each meal to flush the balloon
- Avoid drinking water during the meal
- Take multivitamins, to be sure you're fully covered
- Choose foods that are either boiled or baked - avoid fried foods
- Limit the use of oil, butter, cream, sugar, mayonnaise, jelly, jam and margarine as they are high in fat or sugar
When you feel ready, you can start eating normal foods again, but remember to pay close attention to your body, all bodies react differently.
The dietician will contact you before you go to phase 3, to help you get started with the regular diet in the best way possible.
Good advice for a new way of eating and drinking
Remember to eat at a leisurely pace and chew each bite thoroughly because the gap between your stomach balloon and your intestines is very small. Food that is not chewed thoroughly can block this opening.
Spend at least 20 to 30 minutes eating a meal. If you vomit or have pain under the sternum, you may be eating too fast. Eat 5-6 small meals daily instead of the 3 large meals.
You should drink up to 2 liters of water or low-calorie fluids every day. Avoid alcohol since it contains lots of calories that do not provide nutrition. Avoid carbonated drinks (fizzy drinks).
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