Incorporate Exercise into Your Lifestyle

Start off with 10-15 minutes of some form of exercise two to three days a week and increase as you are able. It will be easier to keep up a routine if you do something you enjoy at a moderate level.


  • Stationary bike
  • Walking
  • Water walking
  • Swimming
  • Exercise tapes at home
  • Curves Gym
  • Arm weights and floor exercises


  • Do not drink fluids with calories.
  • No carbonation, caffeine or straws. Caffeine is a diuretic, which causes fluid loss. Carbonation is air bubbles, which cause gas/ bloating and take up space where fluid could go. When drinking with straws, you're taking in air as well.
  • Drink fluids between meals.
  • Consume a minimum of 48 ounces of fluids a day.
  • Sip fluids continuously between meals to meet the 48 ounces a day goal.
  • Do not eat and drink together, it will stretch the pouch.
  • Simultaneous eating and drinking may cause expansion/swelling of the food with resultant overfilling of the pouch leading to vomiting and possible slippage of the band requiring surgery.
  • Stop sipping 30 minutes before the meal and resume sipping 60 minutes after each meal.


1. Bariatric Advantage Any Whey Protein Powder 17 grams of protein. This is a tasteless protein powder.

2. Wildberry, pineapple orange, peach mango, lemon, grape, orange and grapefruit protein powder mixed in water with ice. Provides 15 grams of protein.

3. After the fifth week post-op, there are various protein bars (see dietitian for details).

RECIPE: Combine protein powder, ½ cup skim or 1% milk, 3 ice cubes, 1 packet of Splenda, a few drops of the flavoring of your choice, and few pieces of fruit - then puree. (Protein powder may also be added to other foods.)