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Eating With the Gastric Balloon

YOU CAN DO THIS! The Gastric Balloon is there to help, but it’s YOU who makes it happen!

The following is a guide to eating with the weight loss balloon but should not replace any specific instructions from your specialist and/or dietitian.


  • Eat and drink slowly
  • Chew well, very, very well
  • Nothing you eat or drink will hurt the balloon, so choose whatever you find most tolerable (some find really cold liquids make them more nauseous, but feel free to try and see what works for you, hot, cold, warm, salty, sweet, thick or thin)
  • Avoid eating and drinking at the same time – drink about 30 mins before and after eating
  • Plan on 3 small meals and 2 small snacks every day
  • Practice good posture with eating and drinking, as this will help with your balloon position properly and increase your tolerance for solids
  • When you feel full STOP! (you may regret that last bite)
  • You need to become sensitive to your stomach telling you when it’s full -this will be the key to your long-term success- be good to it, and it will be good to you.


  • Days 1-3 – clear liquids
    • Water and/or ice chips
    • Decaf teas and coffee
    • 100% fruit juice (apple, grape, cranberry)
    • Clear broth (chicken, beef, and vegetarian)
    • Popsicles
    • Gelatin
    • Crystal Light or sugar-free flavored waters
    • Sports/electrolyte drinks
    • Avoid the following items days 1-3
      • Carbonated beverages (soda or even carbonated water)
      • Sweet drinks (sweet teas and sugary juices)
      • Citrus and acidic juices (orange, grapefruit, pineapple) and tomato juices
  • Days 4-7 – Full liquid/Puree
    • Protein shakes (Premier shakes, Ensure, Boost, Low-carb Slim Fast) or powder mixes
    • Yogurt (Greek preferred, avoid those with high amounts of sugar)
    • Milk (skim, 1%, skim milk, almond milk, soy milk) (all unsweetened)
    • V-8 juice (tomato juice is now okay)
    • Scrambled eggs
    • Sugar-free pudding
    • Cream soup, strained (cream of chicken, cream of mushroom, cream of broccoli, etc.)
    • Avoid the following items days 4-7
      • Chunks or large pieces of meat
      • Carbonated beverages

After your first week follow-up, you’ll likely be given the green light to progress to semi-solid foods. After which, you will be given instructions on how to transition to solid foods. The speed of this transition will depend on how your body is adjusting to the process. Don’t rush yourself!  Be sure your body is ready before you move into the next phase of eating.

Fluid Conversion for Reference

You’ll be dealing a lot more with liquids and knowing what amounts you can handle. This will come in handy…