Not losing weight?

Story Highlights

  • We list out an example of a healthy day's intake after a Gastric Band
  • Always ask your Doctor if you have any questions relating to what you should or shouldn't be eating 

Like it or not, weight-loss is still a result of taking in less kilojoules than we burn…. even with a Gastric Band.

So, why is it that some people don’t lose as much weight as they’d like to?

Well, we recently undertook research from people who had had a Gastric Banding Procedure at three major Gastric Banding clinics in Australia….and the results were astounding! See

It is recommended that the average Australian should be aiming for approximately 8700kJ per day to maintain a healthy weight. In the study, people’s kilojoule intakes ranged from as little as 1,137kJ (equivalent to a 300ml Big M Flavoured milk and an apple) to as much as 13,176kJ (think 7 Big Mac’s!). This tells us that some people are under‐eating and missing out on key nutrients and others are over‐eating and limiting their weight-loss.

Although everyone’s nutritional recommendations are different, an example of a healthy day’s intake after a Gastric Band would be something like:

  • Breakfast – 40g whole-grain cereal with 150ml skim milk
  • Morning tea – small skinny latte
  • Lunch – small can of tuna and salad and 2 whole-grain crispbreads
  • Afternoon tea – 200g low-fat yoghurt
  • Dinner – casserole made from 100g lean red meat and vegies
  • Supper – ½ cup berries topped with a dollop of low-fat yoghurt.


Melanie McGrice 

Accredited Practising Dietitian

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