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Weight-loss surgery patients have special dietary considerations. If you have a LAP-BAND, you'll need to get used to separating your food and drink and avoiding "slider" foods that can easily pass through your band. Gastric bypass patients will need to learn which foods cause negative reactions such as dumping syndrome. Learn how to successfully plan meals to get the best results from your weight-loss surgery.

LAP-BAND diet stages [Infographic]

In the weeks following LAP-BAND® surgery, you’ll need to follow a post-operative diet that will allow your stomach to heal and grow accustomed to its new changes. The stages of your diet plan post-surgery will include the clear liquid phase, the full liquids phase, the pureed food phase, and the soft foods phase. After you complete all three diet phases, you will begin eating solid foods, but in much smaller portions than before the procedure.

Check out the infographic below to learn more about LAP-BAND diet stages and see a list of approved foods for each phase.

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Can I Follow Whole30 After Bariatric Surgery? by Catherine V.

Can I Follow Whole30 After Bariatric Surgery? by Catherine V.

Of all the diet Google searches done in 2014, Whole30 was in the top 5 and it still retains its popularity. Whole30 is based off the New York Times Best Seller, It Starts With Food, written by Dallas and Melissa Hartwig. The premise of the program is for 30 days -- roughly a month - you commit to a diet that is high in protein, vegetables, some fruit, nuts, and oils. You avoid legumes (beans and peanuts), dairy products, grains, added sugar, and any processed food. Whole30 strongly resembles the ever-popular paleo diet. During this 30-day diet, the creators claim you will see improvement in a variety of health conditions from diabetes to inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), not to mention weight loss.

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4 reasons you're facing intense food cravings

4 reasons you're facing intense food cravings

Do you ever feel that your day won’t be complete unless you satisfy a specific food craving? Have you ever gotten upset over not being able to eat your favorite dessert or drink your favorite soda? Most people experience food cravings from time to time, but what many don’t know is that intense food cravings usually indicate a certain level of nutritional deficiency.

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6 manageable ways to decrease portion sizes

6 manageable ways to decrease portion sizes

Whether you’re eating at a restaurant or ordering take-out, it’s hard to deny that today’s portion sizes are bigger than ever before. It’s no longer surprising that every time you dine out, you’re having to ask your server to box up the remainder of your meal so you can take it home to eat later.

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10 simple ways to control portion sizes

Limiting and controlling portion sizes is one of the most important parts of managing your diet and losing weight. As the decades pass, portion sizes continue to grow larger and larger, especially at restaurants. In most cases, you can eat half, or one-third of a meal and still get an adequate amount of food based on recommended serving sizes.

A serving size is the amount of food you should eat as recommended by government agencies such as the USDA and Department of Health and Human Services. Serving sizes can be found on all commercial food products you buy at the grocery store, and can be used as a guide when doling out food portions.

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