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Orbera™ Dietary Guidelines

These dietary guidelines are designed for Orberapatients to help minimize complications and maximize weight loss during and after placement.

Dietary plan after the Orbera™ intragastric balloon placement

During the first week after placement, you may feel gastric discomfort. Your doctor may prescribe you with oral medication to help you with your symptoms. Reduce your chances of complications by following your doctor’s instructions carefully. Complications may include nausea, vomiting, gastric perforation, bowel obstruction, and premature balloon deflation.

Liquid Diet: Day 1-7

or until the next follow up appointment

Let your stomach rest and adjust to the gastric balloon. Follow your doctor’s instructions and stay hydrated throughout the day. For the first three days, you are recommended to drink clear liquids only. When your stomach adjusts to the balloon, you can intake more varieties of liquids. Some examples of clear liquids are water, ice chips, sugar-free popsicles, crystal light, and strained clear broth (i.e. chicken, beef, and vegetables stock).

  • Drink 64 oz. (about 8 cups) of fluid, including water
  • Follow your doctor’s instructions
  • Take vitamins and supplements as directed
  • Focus on low calorie beverages such as water, nonfat milk, no-calorie flavored water, no-sugar added apple juice
  • Avoid sodas, alcoholic beverages, caffeinated coffee and caffeinated tea
  • Schedule a follow up visit with your doctor

Examples of a Liquid Diet

  • Water: Bottled, tap, spring, no-calorie vitamin-enrich water
  • Crystal light
  • Nonfat milk
  • Low-calorie soy milk
  • Clear juices such as apple juice. Can be diluted with water
  • Decaf coffee and tea
  • Clear chicken, beef, and vegetable stock
  • Vegetable soup without the chunks such as tomato, cauliflower, and pumpkin soup
  • Sugar-free gelatin
  • Protein shake

Regular Food: Week 2+

During Week 2 and beyond, you are allowed to eat regular solid food. However, if your stomach is not ready to eat solid food, it is recommended to start from soft food before progressing to regular solid food. Some of the examples of a soft food may include cooked vegetables, mashed banana, lean chicken salad, scrambled eggs, stewed lean beef, and low-fat cottage cheese.

  • Eat meals 3 times and drink about 8 cups of water daily
  • Do not over eat. Overeating can be dangerous and can cause severe vomiting.
  • Eat slowly and chew thoroughly
  • Drink 1 cup of water at least 30 minutes before eating.
  • Drink 2 cups of water 30 minutes after each meal to “rinse” the gastric balloon. During your meal, try to drink as little as possible
  • Blenderize your food (meat, vegetables, fruits) if necessary while adjusting to solid foods
  • Select meals that contain high in protein, low in carbohydrate, and low in fats and sugars
  • Take vitamin supplements as directed by your physician
  • Do not eat fried food. Instead, choose grilled, baked, steamed, or boiled foods
  • Vegetables: Cooked vegetables are preferred. If you eat raw vegetables, chop in small pieces. Raw vegetables may be hard to digest.
  • Avoid soda, alcoholic beverages, candy, ice cream, unhealthy dessert, and other high calorie and fatty foods
  • Plan your food throughout the day. Start a weekly food diary is a great way to count your calorie intake and burn (from exercising)
  • Exercise regularly and proper diet can lead to effective weight loss. Consult your physician for an exercise plan.

Examples of Regular Food

  • Fresh apples
  • Fresh cucumbers
  • Lean beef steak
  • Grilled chicken breast
  • Grilled salmon
  • Steamed tilapia or halibut
  • Beet cubes
  • Salad with light vinaigrette
  • Mini turkey meatballs
  • Soft or hard boiled egg
  • Spinach Frittata
  • Cooked Carrots
  • Chicken Sandwich
  • Boiled Shrimp

Sample Food Guidelines For Orbera
FOOD TYPESWHAT IS ALLOWED TO EAT/DRINKWHAT TO AVOID
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Beverages
  • Water
  • No calorie flavored water
  • Decaffeinated teas and coffees
  • Vitamin enriched water (sugar free)
  • No sugar added coconut water
  • Sodas
  • Sugary beverages
  • Sweetened juices
  • Caffeinated beverages
  • Alcoholic beverages
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Dairy Products
  • Nonfat milk
  • Nonfat yogurt
  • Nonfat dry milk powder
  • Low-fat cheese
  • Whole milk
  • Sweetened and flavored milk
  • High-calorie yogurt
  • Full cream
  • Whole milk cheese
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Meat, Fish, Poultry, Eggs, And Legumes
  • High protein and lean meats, fish and poultry
  • Steamed, grilled, or baked chicken/turkey
  • Steamed, grilled, or baked fish
  • Steamed, grilled, or baked steak
  • Whole eggs, egg whites and egg substitutes
  • Beans, peas, and lentils
  • Fried foods
  • Hot dogs
  • High-fat ground meats
  • High- fat Processed foods
  • High-calorie fast foods
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Fruits And Vegetables
  • All fruits are acceptable. However, limit the calorie intake on high-fat fruit such as avocado
  • All vegetables are acceptable. However, limit the calorie intake on starchy vegetables such as potatoes, yams, and corns
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Grains And Starches
  • White rice, wild rice, red rice
  • Sprouted grains
  • Whole wheat bread
  • Quinoa
  • Light soup or with nonfat creamer
  • French fries
  • Croissants
  • Popcorns
  • High- fat soup
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Fats
  • Low-fat or nonfat margarine
  • Light cooking spray
  • Low-fat mayonnaise
  • Low-fat salad vinaigrettes
  • High saturated fats
desserts
Sweets And Desserts
  • Sugar free popsicles
  • Low-calorie/mini pies and cakes
  • Sugar-free pudding
  • Sugar substitutes (i.e. stevia/Splenda)
  • Candy, caramel
  • Ice cream
  • High sugar and fat baking goods
  • High sodium snacks
Dietary plan prior to the removal of Orbera™ intragastric balloon

Follow your doctor’s instructions and meet the support team on a regular basis. After about 6 months, your doctor will perform a removal of the gastric balloon. You may be instructed to consume only fluids for 24 hours before the removal procedure.

Frequently Asked Questions About The Orbera Diet
  • How many calories do I need to eat daily?


    Your doctor or dietitian will assist you on how many calories you need to eat daily.

  • Why is protein important in my diet?


    Protein is good for building lean muscles and can help you get full faster and curb your hunger longer.

  • What is the alternative to sugar?


    You can try no calorie sweeteners such as stevia or Splenda.

  • Can I eat dessert?

    High-calorie dessert should be avoided due to the high content of sugar, fat and carbs. You may substitute your dessert with low calorie alternatives such as low-calorie pudding, nonfat yogurt with 1 tablespoon of fruit puree, or fresh fruits.

  • Can I drink alcohol?


    Drinking alcohol in moderation is acceptable but pay attention to the calories because alcohol contains “empty calories” (high-calories without the benefits)

  • Can I add dressing to my salad?


    Choose a low-calorie dressing such as low-calorie mayo and vinaigrette