Dry meat is bad for weight loss surgery patients – a little more for those with a Lap-band
We talk about it all the time, dry chicken getting stuck in a Lap-band. But, in fact, all modern weight loss surgeries narrow your stomach and will not allow food to pass through as easily as before the procedure. That’s the idea, to slow the consumption of food. We don’t want you to be concerned about food getting stuck if you are thinking about getting Lap-band surgery.

Obviously, in order to lose weight, you need to eat less food. Before weight loss surgery, most obese people eat mouthfuls about half the size of what an entire normal meal should be. That’s right. They eat all they should eat in two to four mouthfuls. Eating at that rate with any weight weight loss surgery means dinner will last less than a minute. Eating at that rate almost certainly results in eating too much (and destroying the effectiveness of weight loss surgery). So the first reality every weight loss surgery patient must understand is that they must eat smaller bites of food. Actually, it doesn’t matter if you have weight loss surgery or not. You should never eat more than the size of your thumbnail in a bite (again, that’s with or without weight loss surgery).

Food getting stuck in a Lap-band should never happen. It shouldn’t ever be a problem for a patient with a properly adjusted Lap-band who thoroughly chews thumbnail sized bites. If a thoroughly chewed thumbnail sized bite of food gets stuck, the patient’s Lap-band is too tight. And, it should never be too tight. The only way that can happen is if a Lap-band surgery patient fails to give Dr. Simpson proper feedback after a fill. An overfilled Lap-band is very evident. In fact, a patient must actually want their Lap-band to be overfilled for it to remain overfilled. They do it so they can get a “hard stop” full feeling after eating.

Unfortunately there are Lap-band surgery patients who don’t listen when we say that a properly adjusted Lap-band will never make you feel full. The Lap-band sensitizes the nerves that send signals to the brain that tell it how much you have eaten. With or without Lap-band surgery, satiety only occurs after those signals have been processed by the brain, over twenty minutes after eating. The Lap-band tells the brain you have eaten a feast when in reality you’ve only eaten a very small portion (and that allows you to lose all the weight you want). If a patient gets an immediate full feeling after eating or what we call a “hard stop,” your Lap-band is much too tight and you should see the doctor as soon as possible for an un-fill.

Don’t worry, once the Lap-band has stabilized, you won’t have to think about fills. The message here is moist protein tastes better and if you want to lose weight with or without weight loss surgery, you must eat small bites so you will eat less. Keeping your Lap-band adjusted properly is an easy thing to do and after the surgery so is eating thumbnail bites of food. Remember this, with or without weight loss surgery, obese people expect to feel full after eating. Lose weight, eat a proper portion and then wait until hunger subsides – it will every time.

So why get a Lap-band if it is marginally easier to get food stuck in it than other weight loss surgeries? Because Lap-band surgery is adjustable. So it will work optimally for you the rest of your life. In fact, the Lap-band is the only bariatric procedure that can be adjusted without surgery. That’s the unique beauty of it. Lap-band surgery can also be reversed while the extreme majority of weight loss surgeries cannot (Gastric Plication surgery can also be reversed.)

Eating moist protein is more a matter of pleasure than a fear of dry food getting stuck in a Lap-band. With weight loss surgery, you’ll be eating less. So you should learn to enjoy every morsel you eat. Don’t gobble down large bites of food. Take your time and make every bite last. You’ll be more likely to taste and enjoy a well chewed thumbnail sized bite.

In addition to tasting better, moist protein does pass through your stomach easier than the overcooked, stringy dry stuff. Large bites not chewed completely will be more inclined to get stuck in a Lap-band. So please view Dr. Terry Simpson’s wonderful video all about cooking protein moist.