Starting the diet early

5 on October 8, 2019

I don’t have a surgery date set yet, but I’m thinking about trying the pre-surgery diet early to get used to it. If it all goes well, I won’t have to wait too long for the surgery to be scheduled, right? Going full liquid starting tomorrow doesn’t seem probable, but maybe I can do the others.

 
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0 on October 9, 2019

Have you been approved for surgery already?  If not, well, I don’t want to discourage you from trying to better your health, but if your weight is borderline you might want to hold off since you have to meet certain thresholds before insurance will cover the surgery.

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If you show that you can lose weight that way, the insurance might not approve it since surgery is supposed to be a last resort.  Do you think you can keep the weight off long-term if you try sticking to the diet without having surgery?  If so, I say go for it.  I’ll be cheering for you.  Otherwise, dieting now could mess up your approval process and it could also cause you to plateau right after surgery when you should be losing most of the weight.  

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The diet is pretty miserable.  I did what I needed to shrink my liver before surgery because I was motivated to survive the thing and I had a goal in mind.  I followed the diet after surgery because there’s little choice as it literally makes you very sick to cheat.  Plus, I didn’t want to rupture my stomach or stretch my sleeve after I’d just gotten it.  I also knew that the diet was only for a short period of time, then I could eat what I loved before just in smaller amounts.  No way could I have followed the diet on my own just to lose weight.   I think trying to follow the strict diet in advance would’ve put me off having surgery because it’s not fun at all.  

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I didn’t worry about being ineligible for the surgery because I thought I was too overweight. I couldn’t find any eating plans which could help me, so I didn’t think I would lose much from the pre-surgery diet. You’re right that it’s really hard. I was stupid to jump in with such a mindset. I stopped the plan after two days because I was feeling too miserable. I’ll just do it when the time comes. What a test of patience!

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There’s no shame in trying to get an early start on the weight loss thing.  I admire you  for planning ahead and being proactive.  I’m sure that will translate into success down the road. 

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