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KRISPYKRITTER1's Photo KRISPYKRITTER1 Posts: 67
9/8/10 6:46 P

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I did a shake diet for 2 weeks. It wasn't opti
- fast. Maybe a different shake brand will be better? I was able to have cream soups that I added unflavored protein to. I did forget my shale 1 day @ work and had a pouch of tuna (in water) and my nutritionist said that was fine. The first 3 days are the worst.

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Jan-June 2010 Nutrition CLasses (highest 222)
July 7 - Pre-op tests and appointment - 2 week shake diet (started @ 215)
July 21 Surgery Date (weighed in @ 201)
Aug 4 - 2 weeks post op (196)
Aug 11- 3 weeks post-op (192)
Aug 18- 4 weeks Post-op (187)

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EPERRY1231's Photo EPERRY1231 Posts: 15
9/8/10 11:39 A

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My doctor told me the same thing...I need to shrink my liver. I am on day two and it seems a little better. I still hate the soup. I no longer have a headache. I am not as weak as I was yesterday. I learned the trick is to keep busy. I've been pretty busy this morning and haven't thought much about food. emoticon

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RBULL35's Photo RBULL35 Posts: 93
9/8/10 9:57 A

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I asked my doctor a lot of questions...I think I drove him crazy, but it's my body and I wanted to know why he was having me do every thing. A lot of people told me that there doctor made them do a liquid diet to lose 10 percent of there weight to prove they were serious about weight loss. My doctor told me it was to shrink the organs around the stomache, especially the liver. I'm sure there may be other reasons but it answered my questions

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9/8/10 9:52 A

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Thanks for explaining that, RBull35. I didn't know the reason for the liquids only. My surgeon didn't have that rule. Hmmm...I didn't even hear of this practice until the lap RNY came out. I wonder if that is the reason for the liquid diet...hmmm

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EREMAL's Photo EREMAL Posts: 32
9/7/10 11:44 P

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I have about eight days until I have to do the two week liquid diet. My surgery date is Sept 28th. I have been trying different protein shakes and soups. I'm not a big fan of anything but I'm trying to approach it as food is only a medical necessity and should be taken like a medication...measured and limited. Like any medicine, it's not the most pleasant tasting but to lengthen my life...it is a small price to pay. I keep thinking how awesome it will be not to hurt and what fun I can have trying new things I've never been able to do being so heavy. Good luck to you and remember there are a lot of people that have done it and a lot more that wish they were sitting in your shoes. You and I have the opportunity and the power do this!!! Cheers to our new lives{It might have to be a protein shake...but it's all good...bottoms up}! emoticon

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TUBLADY's Photo TUBLADY Posts: 4,276
9/7/10 2:41 P

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I too don't want to be mean in my comments.But I'm going to be very frank and truthful.
bypass is only a tool to start to getting fit and healthy and most of all to lose weight.
You have to give 100% to make it work.
As far as the shakes and soup perhaps there are some shakes that taste better. There is a big difference in protein products. And the same for the soup.
I had to eat tomato soup and a chicken broth.
Both of mine were OK. Bought them at Whole Foods.
But I was so committed to do whatever it took to lose the weight that I had put on, no one else but myself was to blame for my condition. If I had to eat liquids for as long as necessary so be it.
This surgery is only the beginning, sure it does get better as time goes one. But get the word cheat out of your mind. That's not the way to approach the biggest change you are about to make in your life.
I wish you well and you will come out of this a much happier and fit , healthy person. It just takes time.
I'm 5 months out and 94 lbs down. best decision I ever made. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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9/7/10 2:22 P

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Joe is right. Read and consider carefully.

Some practical tips to help you get by:
1. The first couple of days are the worst. You will get used to not eating, and it will get better (it's never great, but hey, it's only two weeks-I did it for a month!). I thought about food nonstop the first three days or so, but after that, it was just a matter of planning to get things in-I didn't feel like I was starving.

2. Drink lots of water to help you feel full.

3. Figure out what you like. I only liked a few of the shake flavors and only the tomato soup. I liked one of the bars but none of the others. Some of it is more icky than others, so once you know that you can go for the things you like best.

4. Stay busy. Take a walk. Write in a journal. Do something nice for someone. DO NOT sit and think about food!

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RBULL35's Photo RBULL35 Posts: 93
9/7/10 1:25 P

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I'm with you Joe!!! I don't ever want to be back to where I was 2 years ago. I still would like to lose another 25 pounds but I havn't gained one pound since I had my surgery 2 years ago and if I don't lose any more that's ok too as long as I don't put any back on my doctor is happy and me and my family are happy.

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RBULL35's Photo RBULL35 Posts: 93
9/7/10 1:22 P

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Try to keep in mind there is a reason you are on a liquid diet. It will shrink the organs especially the liver that will be in the surgeon way during the operation. You don't want to have any complications and cheating could cause problems. Take it one day at a time....just keep telling your self it is worth it...because it is!!! Good luck you can do it!!!

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JOE_IN_VABCH's Photo JOE_IN_VABCH Posts: 138
9/7/10 1:20 P

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Disclaimer: This is not intended to be mean!

Gastric Bypass surgery is a tool and only a tool. You must have the desire and will power to follow the ruled for the rest of your life in order to truly be successful. For me it started with changing my diet 3 months bfore surgery, sticking to the liquid diest pre-op and sticking to the rules post-op. It is mind over matter and you can do ANYTHING that you want to do and make up your mind that you are going to do. Cheating on the diet, like cheating post-op, will only hurt you and start bad habits. Bad habits will lead to failure down the road. I work with a gentleman that underwent GB almost 20 years ago. He learned that if he drank while eating that he could eat more food. He is about 5'8" and weighs over 300 pounds. I don't know about you, but I didn't go to the trouble and expense just to find ways to cheat and be back in the same predicament a few years from now.

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CCLYNN427's Photo CCLYNN427 Posts: 192
9/7/10 1:19 P

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Although I did not have to do liquid before surgery, I had to do it for 2 weeks after. I am not going to lie to you, it sucks! You have to tell yourself that it is all mental. Your body is getting all the nutrition it needs. But your mind says "I need food and I want to chew!"

Think to youself of all the years you indulged yourself that got you here. I know right now 2 weeks seems like forever, but it is a really short time in the big picture. This is your first step in getting yourself back. You can do it!

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9/7/10 12:59 P

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My doctor has put me on the Optifast Liquid Diet two weeks prior to my surgery. Today is my first day and I am already thinking about cheating. The shakes are OK but the soup is horrible. Any suggestions on how to survive?

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