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Friday, May 08, 2009

I am just off of mushy foods per my surgeon. I have been 100% on program through the pre-surgical diet, the 10 days liquids post surgery, and the 10 days post surgery mushy food plan. During that time, I have not had carbs, or pasta, or any products with sugar (natural or otherwise). I have not had soda, or liquid calorie drinks. I drink water, or sugar free iced tea/iced coffee. My meals are just abouy 95% protein based. I range between 50-80 grams of protein a day.

I hear on the various gastric surgery boards about patients who say, "I am not restricted, I have not yet had my first fill." And I think to myself, "What difference does it make, if you don't feel restriction?" We are supposed to have 3 meals a day, not more than a cup at a time, and eat slowly, chewing foods really well. Once that food is done -- there is no more until the next meal! I guess I am approaching this entire weight loss surgery thing as something I have no choice but to follow. I certainly don't want to be one of those folks who gain back 50 of the 100 lbs. they lost, or who never go back for a fill because they WANT to feel less restriction, so they can eat whatever they want.

I know everyone has to walk their own path, but I just don't get it. How would you know you had no restriction, unless you were trying to overeat???
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    Do you get hungry before time for your next meal? There comes a time after the swelling goes down and before your first fill where you will not be satisfied with the small amount of food you are eating and feel hungry. This is called bandster hell. Most people can get through this time by eating more protein. Usually the way you know you don't have good restriction is when you get hungry after a couple of hours, not because you are able to overeat. If you have good restriction you will not be hungry for at least four hours because it takes longer for the small amount of food you eat to leave the pouch.

    I am a year and a half into the process of losing and have lost 78 pounds. I know I don't have good restriction because sometimes I get hungry before my next meal. At mealtime I only eat 3 oz. of protein and maybe a bite of vegetables and my pouch is full but it goes through faster. I am also due for a fill but I'm putting it off because I am going on vacation and it is not good to get a fill before going out of town for an extended period of time in case you become too tight and need an unfill. I had one of those last year after going on vacation and getting too tight.

    I agree there are those that try to overeat and push too far. That will get you a stretched pouch or a slipped band. It will also stretch your esophagus, but these same people may have good restriction and still try to overeat.
    4356 days ago
    I have wondered some of these same things, but I haven't been banded yet, so I figured I really can't say what someone else's experience might be. I can't help but think, though, that a lot of this depends on what mindset a person has when they first get banded. I've heard it said that how a person leaves one stage of their life is how they enter the next, so I'm thinking a person who has already dedicated themselves to a new lifestyle before getting the band--already implemented healthy habits such as eating balanced meals, keeping portion sizes modest--will likely not be as inclined to "test" the band's limits because they are already doing the work even without the band. If someone hasn't developed those habits yet and is depending on the band to automatically make those changes for them, they just may not be fully prepared for how much work they actually have to put into changing these habits for themselves, and maybe that's where the "testing" comes in.

    Of course, I may not have a clue what I'm talking I said, I don't have my band yet.
    4357 days ago
    EXACTLY!!!!! This is a tool not a fix. Just because you don't feel restriction, doesn't mean you need to keep eating. That is the CHOICE you make. If you are not losing, because you are eating wrong or too much, maybe you didn't do your research very well. Bypass will make you sick if you have sugars.. Banding will not. At some point, we all need to take responsibility for our actions.
    4357 days ago
    Bravo! I have been feeling the same way for a long time, even before I was banded, as I know people who have had GB. They all want to push the limit, to test what they can eat. This isn't a test! I want results! I know I wouldn't feel great if I "got away" with eating a pizza now that I have a band.

    I am almost through with week 4 post surgery. I have really stuck to my calories, my intake, and even exercising. I haven't lost any weight for a week, but that's okay. I know sticking to plan that my body is doing something other than storing calories and finding places to store fat cells.

    It would be great if we all had iron willpower and drive and desire and determination....but it's impossible 100% of the time. I strive to simply own my actions. I make a conscious effort not to test my band and eat food that is bad for me. I am sure I will have bumps in the road. Food is good, darn it. Moderation is the key along with making the healthiest choice possible and owning it when you don't.

    Good luck to you. Thanks for posting this...kinda spoke my mind.
    4357 days ago
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