As you begin the process of going through weight loss surgery, your surgeon’s office will give you all of these guidelines and dos and don’ts. What I learned was that in order for me to be successful in anything, I have to be in control and make it work for me. I took the surgeon’s office program as a guideline to look at and then I learned all I could from the “vets” – those that had been through this journey ahead of me and been successful.
You will find that different surgeons have different programs and it makes you wonder who is right and who is wrong. I tend to be skeptical of surgeon’s that promote and sell their own line of supplements and want you on them. For me, that just looks like additional income for the surgeon and not necessarily what you HAVE to do to be successful with your weight loss surgery.
Do you own research and talk to those that have gone before you – they are the ones that know the real ins and outs of weight loss surgery. Also, if you have an opportunity, take a class in nutrition at your local community college. It is very helpful to understand how your body works as far as absorbing carbs, proteins, etc. and then keep that in mind with how your weight loss surgery is going work.
An example of do your own research would be what my surgeon is now telling his patients – no starches for the first six months. Honestly, that is CRAZY! It is also not healthy. Your body requires carbs for energy. Yes, it can convert protein in to carbs when it needs to, but it is hard on your body and not as efficient. I learned from all the vets that if you keep your carbs below 60g per day and ensure your protein is at 100g at least, you will loose and do so in a healthy manner. This is what I decided to do. If I had gone six months without any starches or carbs, I would have had no energy, and probably given up.
Out of all the weight loss surgeries out there, I chose the BPD/DS because it was not a constant diet. It was a lifestyle change to eat high protein and low carb for the first 18 months and then I played it by ear. I eat what I want now and when my weight gets out of my comfort zone, then I drop my carbs and it comes right back off. That in my opinion is more “normal” than what I lived with my entire life having to constantly diet. Most times my weight stays where I want it to be and the only times it has gone higher was when I was on prednisone for my RA or issues with my asthma.
Do your own research, learn from others, and despite what some of us have been taught, not everything that comes out of a Doctor’s mouth is the one and only way to accomplish something. I have never taken what a Doctor says as the “gospel” until I do my own research and the majority of the time there are varying opinions of all things between doctors and what normally works for me may not be what the Dr states. Do what works for you – make this journey one that you can be successful and be happy with. If you are constantly deprived, you will fail just like we all have at all the diets we tried in the past.