Green Zone

Getting the most out of your Gastric Band

To help you understand how to get the best from your Gastric Band, it’s important to be aware of the different zones associated with a Gastric Band. This should assist you in reaching your weight loss and health improvement goals.

Remember, always listen to your body and maintain regular contact with your bariatric clinic.



 

Understanding the Zones

Understanding the Zones

There are three different zones – Green, Yellow and Red. Always remember that the Green Zone is the optimal weight loss zone. If you experience symptoms from the Yellow Zone or Red Zone, contact your clinic as your Gastric Band may need to be adjusted. The diagram on the left is designed to help you understand the different zones. Download it, print it and use it as a handy reminder to always listen to your body and ensure you maintain optimal weight loss.


Download the Green Zone Chart
Yellow Zone

The Yellow Zone

Being in this zone you’re likely to experience:

  • Eating big meals
  • Not being satisfied after eating small healthy meals
  • Struggling to lose any weight
  • If you experience these symptoms, it’s most likely the result of the gastric band being too loose. If this is the case, it’s important to contact your clinic quickly as being in the Yellow Zone can cause weight regain.

Green Zone

The Green Zone

Being in this zone you’re likely to experience:

  • Being satisfied with small meals
  • Early and prolonged satiety
  • No snacking
  • Significant weight loss
  • No vomiting

    This is the optimal zone for weight loss, and the zone where your gastric band should be to maintain your weight loss.

Red Zone

The Red Zone

Being in this zone you’re likely to experience:

  • Reflux and heartburn
  • Pain whilst eating
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Vomiting
  • If you experience any of these symptoms, the gastric banding is most likely too tight. It’s important to see your clinic and act quickly. Vomiting may cause pouch dilatation and band slippage, which may then lead to snacking and weight gain. You should not be vomiting after a gastric banding Procedure.