There are specific diet recommendations that help to prevent gallstones, such as eating more fiber-rich foods, eating healthy fats such as coconut oil or fish oil, eating fewer processed and fried foods, avoiding dairy products and eating less sugar, according to the U.S. National Institute of Health and WebMD. Foods such as cookies, doughnuts, French fries, cheese, butter, ice cream and fatty red meat are all foods that should be avoided.
It is also important to avoid low-calorie diets as these diets can exacerbate problems with the gallbladder, reports WebMD. For people who are overweight and want to lose weight, it is best to focus on losing 1 to 2 pounds each week instead of aiming for an unhealthy drastic weight loss. People who are at a healthy weight are at a lower risk of developing gallstones.
To further lessen the changes of gallbladder problems, including gallstones, a person should ensure that they are exercising for 5 hours each week at a moderate intensity, according to the U.S. National Institute of Health. Moderate intensity exercise works the chest, legs, back and heart at the same time. While neither exercise nor a healthy diet can eliminate existing gallstones, they can help to prevent gallstones in the future and improve a person's overall health.