Help sticking with pre-op diet

7 on July 21, 2018

I’m pre-op and need to lose 8% of my excess body weight before I can have the surgery.  I did so good over the fourth of July, but I keep falling off the wagon.  I’m just so hungry!  I mean genuinely hungry.  I start sweating and shaking and food is all I can think about.  How did you all manage to stick with the diet and lose that pre-op amount?  

 
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0 on July 23, 2018

I’ve experienced that before. Drinking lots and lots of water helped in some way. My doctor advised me to eat fruits as snacks if I really need to eat something.

 

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0 on July 23, 2018

Are snacks allowed for you? If they are, then maybe you can try the low-carbs-high-proteins ones, such as nuts, protein shakes, or vegetable salads. I think fruits should also be okay.

You sound like you don’t have enough energy to go through the day. Is the pre-op diet too difficult for you? If it keeps on happening, you may need to consult your doctor.

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3 on July 23, 2018

The pre-op diet is difficult on purpose.  You have to prove you can control yourself enough to lose some of the weight.  Part of it is to make you healthier before putting you to sleep (less body fat is healthier).  Another reason for the diet is that cheating after your surgery can be dangerous.  You can break your stitches and cause a rupture.  I’m telling you this because knowing the reason behind the diet helped me stay mentally tough. I have a friend who admitted herself to the nursing home because she needed help controlling her diet pre-op.  Some people need that extra push and that’s okay. 

Have you started the two-week liquid diet or are you just eating healthier?  

on July 23, 2018

I appreciate the encouragement Roo.  I haven’t started the liquid diet, and jeez does it look tough.  My doctor has me on a diet leading up to the liquid diet if that makes sense.  

@Daylight, I’ve told my doctor how I’m feeling.  I’m going through carb and sugar withdrawals.  The problem is that when I cheat, the withdrawals start all over again. Apparently, it affects different people differently.  Some of us have a physical reaction to not having those sources of energy.  It’s a good thing I never smoked because giving up certain foods is painful enough. 

on July 24, 2018

That is possible. I didn’t have a specific pre-op diet, so I experienced the withdrawals now after the surgery. I agree that it is a subjective experience, which is why you may still need the occasional snacks to support your new diet. If the calories are low enough, I think the snacks won’t be considered cheating.

on July 25, 2018

Thank-you for the reply, Daylight.  I’m going to raise that issue with my doctor when  I go to have my weight and BMI checked again.  I might need to call him before that really. I just feel like a failure for asking for more calories, but starving for a few days before giving into temptation and bingeing isn’t helping either.

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0 on July 26, 2018

I think it’s best to consult your doctor.  It sounds like you may not be getting enough to eat, and you may be experiencing symptoms of hypoglycemia.  

If you can eat snacks, maybe some fruit or vegetables would be good.  Are you working with a nutritionist?  This might also be helpful.  A nutritionist can help you find foods that are filling and still lose the weight you need to for your surgery. 

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