Things I learned when I was going to get a gastric bypass?

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Last year I had decided to get a gastric bypass and went thru all the sessions and approvals etc but at the last minute I chickened out lol and decided to give myself a chance by dieting.

There were a few habits I picked up from the preparation for this surgery which I believe have made this diet easier on me. They were all recommended by the Bariatric surgeon and these were habits that I needed to keep for life if I didnt want to regain any weight I would lose after the surgery..

-No soda/ carbonated drinks. Not even the diet ones. The surgeon who is an expert Bariatric doctor/surgeon and Top in this field, said that carbonated drinks such as coca cola, pepsi etc even the diet ones expand your stomach over time. Bigger stomach=hungrier.

-Chew your food, dont swallow food quickly.

-Do not drink any liquids with your food. Drink liquids 1/2 hr after eating. Liquid washes down your food down too quickly, so not drinking liquids at the same time helps you feel fuller long enough for your brain to get the signals that you are full.

Just wanted to share this with you in case it helps anyone ...

Comments (7)

I find the opposite with the water. I don't know I've eaten anything when I have a bar, until I have a full glass of water with it..

I'm glad you decided to give Medifast a try instead of cutting into yourself!..

Comment #1

I have also heard the same thing about not drinking while eating....I believe it would be referring to your L&G? It would seem odd..but I am going to give it a try..

Also, trying to cut out diet soda. I am down to one a day..

Thank you Espe for sharing!..

Comment #2

That is great that you got some helpful info before the surgery. I think you made the right decision to do Medifast rather than the surgery. The thing I dislike most about the surgery besides the obvious risks is that not everyone re learns how to eat properly and they eventually can stretch their stomach and gain the weight back. My brother had the surgery and I notice he still has the same bad habits. I am so afraid he will regain all of his weight. I know if he does that he will not live to be very old.

I am glad you are trying to be healthy the old fashion way. Good luck on your Medifast journey...

Comment #3

I was scheduled to have bypass on 9/15 unfortunately on 9/12 my dh and I got into a huge fight about it and I told him I would try dieting one more time. This is what I chose. I too did learn alot from the pre op stuff. I can only get the water down when I am eating. I have a 20 bottle of water with 4 of my L&G and then unsweet tea with my dinner. So far so good...

Comment #4

When I was at my heaviest about 5 years ago, I was 260 I went for the consults, etc. When I needed to lose 15% of my body weight first It was over 30 pounds and I thought if I can lose 30 I can lose the rest. Granted it took me 5 years to be ready to commit and do it. Now I am glad that I waited and have done this the healthy way..

The doc chose lapband not gastric bypass for me. I had a folder of tips and things that I needed to do to prepare my body. I just didn't listen to them at the time. Another lady at the session pulled me aside to tell me how to get around the conseling and nutrition sessions that were meant to help me. Of course I listened to her, easy way out and all that...

Comment #5

Just to clear up a misconception - that not drinking with your meals is because you will "flush" out your pouch and therefore not be as full as long..

I also was going to have bariatric surgery but found out I was pregnant 2 days before my scheduled surgery. Due to a life threatening infection after my pregnancy I opted not to go through surgery...

Comment #6

I don't think this rule is a general, across the board, for everyone rule. I couldn't even eat if I didn't have water to wash down my food. The last radiation treatment I had permanently scarred my salivary glands. Without liquids to wash down most solid foods, I would be on a strictly liquid diet...

Comment #7

This question was taken from a support group/message board and re-posted here so others can learn from it.


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