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VLCD

Saturday, March 24, 2012

I've made a jump--trying a Very Low Calorie Diet (VLCD). I learned about it in my "Psychology of Eating Disorders and Obesity" class. It has about the same success rate as most diets (dismal), but does have some advantages. First, quick weight loss.

Before you start leaving me comments about how bad VLCDs can be. I know all the facts. This program is part of Fair Oaks Hospital's Bariatric Center of Excellence. I'm not willy-nilly doing this. The program has meetings with nutritions, behaviorists and physiologists. Every week.

Also, I'm being CLOSELY followed by my primary care doctor.

It's the only one that incorporated at least some Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) into the program.

Here's my plan:
a) Lose the weight....and don't anybody help me "find" it again{lol}
b) Find a CBT specialist and stay in therapy for 2-4 years
c) Keep a food journal for the rest of my life
d) Celebrate every single success!

There you have it, my plan for success.
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JIBBIE49 3/26/2012 10:52AM

    emoticon I'm sure you will get blasted from the "haters" who will tell you that a VLCD doesn't work. Those doctors you are working with don't know what they are talking about, etc. etc.

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WETPTARMIGAN 3/25/2012 12:06PM

    This sounds like a very viable alternative to the pain and risk of surgery. Keep us posted on your progress!

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MONICA2052 3/24/2012 4:07PM

    Hi, Raytha
The difference is that there is no surgery involved. There are different forms of Gastric Bypass, the most popular being the Rouen-Y bypass. First there is much preparation for the gastric bypass: a similar diet to what I am on, and it should have a lot of counseling. After the surgery, the patient then eats a low calorie diet--not a few calories a day. They must eat very small meals several times a day to accommodate their new tiny stomach. If the person does eat large amounts of food, a pain ful and no-fun consequence is "dumping." don't think I have to explain that!

I know people who have gained the weight back AFTER SURGERY. One of my friends said that she learned she could eat M&Ms in small amounts all day without dumping. Those who gain the weight back do so because they have not learned to reprogram their thinking about food and did not address the underlying areas that got them obese, and will keep them obese if not addressed.

Finally, a VLCD, after the first week or so, is easy to stay on, there are no choices (you have all the nutrition provided) and you lose weight quickly. I can't empathize enough, however, that you must do this with medical monitoring. DO NOT TRY A VLCD WITHOUT MEDCIAL MONITORING.

So, that is the difference between a VLCD and a Gastric Bypass.

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MY2MANYDOGS 3/24/2012 3:44PM

    I'm anxious to see how it goes for you. I don't understand the difference between going on a diet (where they say don't go too low or you will stall) and having gastric bypass (where you are not able to eat more than a few calories a day)?

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