The LAP-BAND System depends on the success of the surgical procedure and the ability of the patient to change his or her diet and eating behavior. After surgery, LAP-BAND System patients are encouraged to eat a balanced diet and to avoid the eating patterns of their pre-surgery lifestyle. Patients are particularly discouraged from consuming fatty or sweet liquids as these pass through the stoma without restriction. Likewise, drinking fluid while eating liquidates the food which then passes quickly through the stoma. By eating well-chewed solid food, the restrictive effect of the band produces a feeling of early satiety and long-lasting fullness and reinforces the patient's ability to eat smaller meals. After adequate weight loss, patients are encouraged to take up some exercise.