Healthy Tips for Patients with Gastric Balloon

Healthy Tips for Patients with Gastric Balloon

If you have long struggled with obesity, the gastric balloon program could be the answer to removing piles of unwanted fats from the body and keeping them off for good. This effective fat loss procedure helps you achieve your ultimate health goals.

For those who have yet to learn about the gastric balloon: it’s a non-invasive weight loss soft minute capsule-like substance that’s inserted in the stomach using an endoscope or by swallowing under the supervision of a Consultant. Once successfully placed, the capsule is inflated with saline liquid that resultantly occupies most of the space inside the stomach; hence the patient feels bloated and urges less for food. The balloon results in the loss of 10 – 15KGs of weight over a period of 16 weeks, and then automatically deflates and passes naturally.
The Gastric Balloon is a fully-supported lifestyle program and requires adherence to a healthy diet and active lifestyle for optimal results. Here are some healthy habits our balloon patients recommend that have helped them during the weight loss as well as maintenance phases:

  • Increase fluid intake and stay hydrated. It’s best to drink as many as 8 glasses of water a day. Try and avoid high calorie drinks such as juices, milkshakes, and alcohol.
  • Pick your calories wisely and eliminate high calories snack foods. The best practice is to follow a 1200-calorie/day diet plan.
  • Eat your food slowly and always chew it well.
  • Include simple physical activities and exercise daily as your body allows. A 20- or 30-minute walk or jog really helps shake fats and optimize the weight-loss phase.
  • Avoid drinking and eating at the same time.
  • Maintain a food diary to record your food and liquid intake.

If you have a gastric balloon, you are likely to learn a lot about health management and healthy habits during your initial six months with the balloons. If you seek additional information about bariatric/weight-loss treatment options, book an appointment with us by providing your details online or give us a call at +971 43775500. We can explain your options, and answer any queries you may have. At American Hospital Dubai, we are here to support you throughout your weight loss journey!

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