Also includes rice, noodles, oats, breakfast cereals, pasta, sweet potatoes, beans, lentils and dishes made from maize, millet and cornmeal. These foods should make up about one third of your diet. Have one or two portions at each meal time (3 - 4 portions/day). Choose wholegrain, wholemeal or high fibre varieties to help your digestive system. Some people find that bread and white rice seem to ‘stick’ in the gullet after having a gastric band, so they tend to avoid them. Others find they can manage perfectly well if they chew slowly. Most people manage very well with other foods in this group, including potatoes, noodles, lentils etc.
People often think that starchy foods are particularly fattening. This isn’t true, but starchy foods become fattening if they’re served or cooked with fat. For example, it is the butter we spread on bread, the cream or cheese sauce we add to pasta or the oil we use for frying that makes them fattening. So cut down on these added fats rather than the starchy foods themselves.
Portion sizes (2 - 3 servings daily)