The Lap Band Does Lower Your Appetite
Probably one of the biggest myths about the band is that it will make you “feel full.” Or that you can “feel satisfied,” or that you will be able to eat less. Instead the Lap-Band decreases your appetite thermostat (appestat) overall. Something you cannot do without the band.
If you try to have the band tell you when to stop eating, or when to feel full you can end up with a band slip, heartburn, and heart ache, as well as no weight loss.
Here is how the band works
The band doesn’t work on the meal you are eating- it works to suppress appetite until the next meal.
As you begin to eat the band (when properly adjusted) will amplify the signal that the stomach sends to the brain. The part of the brain that the signal goes has two functions:
- To determine when to make you hungry again
- To determine if you have eaten enough that you can easily utilize your fat stores
So imagine this: you eat a small meal. Say 3-4 ounces (a small hamburger patty) and some vegetables. The band won’t work to tell you that you have eaten enough food for that meal. But to that center of the brain it will think you have eaten enough that it won’t make you hungry for several hours, and if your body needs some energy it allows easy use of the fat stores.
It will NOT make you feel “full” or will it make you feel “satisfied.” That is another function of the body.
Nor will the band make you feel “restricted.”
For those who stack food above their band (which is a small area) – it can slowly stretch out over time and dilate that part of the stomach. This ultimately leads to reflux, band slip, and not feeling satisfied at all.
The band lowers your appetite over all with a small amount of food. Feeling full is not in the cards. Your stomach is the same size.
The Lap-Band is great for people who want to take charge of their weight loss. Who know they can eat more if they wish, such as Thanksgiving or holiday times. People who have the band an eat as much as they wish. But they also know the day after the holiday they can eat small amounts of food and not be hungry, and be able to easily utilize fat stores.
How Successful Patients Use The Lap Band
They measure. But unlike before the band they are not hungry at two hours. Eventually the brain and stomach catch up with one another and their brain interprets “full” as a smaller amount of food – but successful patents measure.
Successful patients don’t rely on “feeling full” or “feeling satisfied.” Those sensations are not reliable, and they change over time.
Want to have a successful band? Measure food – take your time eating – and if you need an adjustment you will know TWO HOURS after you eat.
Too often surgeons told patients the band would make them feel “full.” It won’t do that. This leaves patients frustrated getting tighter and tighter adjustments until they get into trouble.
Dr Terry Simpson
Dr. Terry Simpson is a Phoenix weight loss surgeon. He encourages his lap-band surgery patients to learn to cook and adopt healthier lifestyles. His goal is to use culinary medicine to keep patients out of his operating room. in 2017, Dr. Simpson became a Certified Culinary Medicine Specialist.