The gastric band works through a combination of portion control and elimination of hunger. As a result, despite eating very small amounts, a person should not battle hunger throughout the day. One of the components of “healthy eating with a band” is to never “deprive” yourself. Accordingly, when you feel hungry, you should enjoy a “solid” snack which is rich in “protein”. Examples include a handful of mixed nuts, a protein bar, or a hardboiled egg.