Before the ORBERA® journey

Like many expeditions into the unknown, the ORBERA® Managed Weight Loss Program journey has a beginning, middle part and ending. The beginning and the ending are the exciting bits while the middle section is sometimes just a hard slog. Here we’ll look at each part of the journey in more detail so that you can make your decision knowing what’s ahead.

Eating guidelines

  • Eat slowly and chew thoroughly
  • Use small dishes to help with portion control
  • Always stop eating when you feel full
  • Gradually introduce a variety of foods into your meals, especially those high in protein like meat, poultry, fish, dairy and eggs
  • Have a protein-rich food with each meal
  • Uncooked food should be weighed without the parts you cannot eat
  • Choose well-cooked vegetables; raw vegetables should be chopped into small pieces
  • Avoid foods difficult to digest such as raw cauliflower, raw onions and fried foods
  • Moderate your use of artificial sweeteners and diet soft drinks
  • Avoid things with high caloric density such as sugar, honey, sweets and lollies, sweet drinks, dried fruits, fat based dressings and nuts
  • When you are using salad dressing, olive oil is preferred, or try balsamic vinegar instead.

Drinking guidelines

  • Avoid eating late at night and do not eat for at least two hours before going to sleep – the intragastric balloon tends to move up when you lie down and may cause reflux and nausea
  • If you do have reflux in the evening avoid coffee, tea, alcohol, tomatoes, oranges or other acidic foods and do not smoke.  If the reflux persists try raising the head of your bed 20cm
  • In case of vomiting, stop eating for at least two hours then drink a small amount of water and proceed with soft foods as tolerated
  • Take vitamins and minerals as prescribed.

Lifestyle guidelines

  • Meet regularly with your medical team to stay motivated and committed to the program
  • Experience shows that those who attend the scheduled follow-up meetings have the best results
  • Keep a diary of what you eat and how much you exercise
  • Make your new nutrition plan a long-term lifestyle change.

Allowed foods

Beverages 
Water, seltzer, club soda, decaf diet soda, decaf tea, decaf coffee, unsweetened calorie-free drinks, herbal tea, diet iced tea 
NOTE: Carbonated beverages are tolerated differently by each ORBERA® Managed Weight Loss Program patient while the intragastric balloon is in place 

Milk
Skim/low-fat milk, low-fat butter milk, non-fat sugar-free yoghurt

Meat, fish, eggs, cheese and beans
Broiled/roasted/barbecued/steamed chicken, fish, turkey, veal, lamb, low-fat or non-fat cheeses, eggs and egg substitutes, cheese and beans 

Fruits
All, including diluted or low-calorie fruit juice 

Vegetables
All, except those listed in the 'Food to Avoid' list 

Grains and Starches
Whole-wheat crackers, brown/grainy bread and toast; mashed starches, potatoes, baked potatoes, rice and soup

Fats
Low-calorie or non-fat margarine, mayonnaise and salad dressing

Sweets and Desserts
Diet gum, diet jelly, low-calorie/minicakes and pies, sugar and substitutes

Foods to avoid

Beverages
Regular soda, sweetened juices and beverages, alcohol, caffeinated tea and coffee and all beverages with caffeine

Milk
Whole milk, milkshakes, chocolate milk, cream, half-and-half, hot cocoa, non-dairy creamer and regular yoghurt

Meat, fish, eggs, cheese and beans
Fried meat, fish eggs, frankfurters, sausages, high-fat cold cuts such as bologna, corned beef, pastrami and bacon

Vegetables
Intakes greater than 1 cup of parsnips, corn, squash and peas

Grains and starches
Bagels, doughy breads, white bread, waffles, pancakes, croissants, popcorn and high-fat cream soups
NOTE: Pasta may not be tolerated by ORBERA® Managed Weight Loss Program patients while the intragastric balloon is in place

Fats
Butter, oil (unless olive or canola), regular margarine, mayonnaise and salad dressing

Sweets and desserts
Sweets and lollies, ice cream, fruit ice, pastries, ice mlk, frozen yoghurt, regular sugar, honey, salty snacks

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