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Friday, August 01, 2014

Just got an email from the nutritionist who is working with me through the University of Michigan's Bariatric Surgery site. She said before surgery people go on 1000-1200 calorie diets. Two weeks before surgery they go on a liquid diet of a medically approved shake regimen.

I told her I am trying to follow a 1500-2000 calorie diet, (of which I am very proud). She said I would lose weight slower on that diet than at the 1000-1200 diet. Well, yeah, but I feel I would starve.

In order to get myself into shape weight wise, I'm going to try a 1000-1500 calorie diet and hope for the best. I'm not exercising a lot so won't need as many calories. It is scary to go down that far in calories, but I'm trusting this new nutritionist...because she works with morbidly obese people all day and knows what she is talking about when it comes to weight loss surgery and losing weight before and after.
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    That is a big jump down in calories & I'm sure a bit scary! But, if you put your mind to it, you know you can do it. I agree with the others that say to fill up on proteins. I've been trying different healthy shakes in the morning & the ones that I include some all natural peanut butter really keep me full longer than the fruit ones.

    Good luck - I'm sure you can do this!!!
    1299 days ago
    I did a 1200 calorie diet the week prior to my surgery, mostly liquids except for a solid protein (i.e..chicken breast) at dinner. I know it scared me to think I'd survive, but I surprised myself and did quite well. This was necessary for laparoscopic procedure they used to install my lapband (the diet shrinks the liver). If you are doing the sleeve, my guess is they will do it the same way...

    Good luck!
    1299 days ago
  • KAREN608
    For me to lose, honestly I need to be on the 1200-1500 cal range.
    Don't be worried. Eat a bit more protein so you won't be hungry.
    I admit I have trouble staying on it, BUT I don't get hungry if I have some protein. It is more a mind thing with my mind wanting me to eat more. My tummy doesn't grumble, my mind does! Old habits die hard!
    1300 days ago
    So are you going ahead with the surgery? I thought you were thinking of trying the diet/exercise route instead? Either way - good luck.
    1300 days ago
    I hope everything works out well for you!
    1300 days ago
    Wishing you all the best!
    1300 days ago
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