A gastric balloon procedure is a tool to aid in weight loss, but it’s not a magic solution. It requires significant lifestyle changes to ensure that the weight loss is long-term and healthy. Here are some of the lifestyle changes typically recommended:

  1. Diet Changes: After the gastric balloon is inserted, your stomach will be partially filled, which means you’ll feel full faster. You’ll need to adjust your eating habits accordingly, focusing on smaller, nutrient-rich meals. This often includes increasing your intake of fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains, while reducing consumption of sugary, fatty, and processed foods.
  2. Physical Activity: Regular exercise is crucial for maintaining weight loss and overall health. Your healthcare provider can help you develop an exercise plan that suits your current fitness level and goals.
  3. Hydration: Staying well-hydrated is important for everyone, but especially for those with a gastric balloon. Drinking enough water can help manage hunger and keep your digestive system working properly.
  4. Regular Follow-up Visits: Regular check-ups with your healthcare provider are crucial to monitor your progress, make any necessary adjustments, and provide support and motivation.
  5. Behavioral Changes: In some cases, individuals may need to address emotional or psychological factors that contribute to overeating or unhealthy eating habits. This could involve stress management techniques, therapy, or support groups.
  6. Medication: If you’re on medication, especially for conditions like diabetes or high blood pressure, these may need to be adjusted as you lose weight. Always consult with your healthcare provider before making any changes to your medication regimen1.

Remember, these changes are not just for the period while the balloon is in place. They should ideally become permanent habits to maintain weight loss and promote overall health.