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    vikingbeast got a reaction from SleeverSk in Are you a member of the polar bear club?   
    Yes, it happens. There are at least a couple of reasons:
    1. Lack of padding. As we lose weight, there's simply less of us to cushion us from the cold. Think about why bears eat so much before hibernating—they get fat both to insulate themselves and to nourish themselvesˀ.
    2. Temperature regulation. This is related to #1. Our bodies are used to having the thermostat 'set' a certain way. Now that thermostat isn't keeping us as warm anymore and it takes time to catch up.
    3. Iron deficiency. This is a big one, especially if it's your hands and feet that are especially cold. Right after surgery we struggle to get enough iron. And even if you supplement with iron, your body may not use it as efficiently as you need. And one of the signs of anaemia is... feeling cold a lot.
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    vikingbeast got a reaction from DaisyAndSunshine in Reverse gastric bypass   
    Icelandic yoghurt is also called skyr, and it is absolutely the perfect food for a weight loss surgery patient—high Protein, low carb, and low fat.
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    vikingbeast got a reaction from GreenTealael in ONEDERLAND!   
    WHOOP WHOOP! Amazing! That's an incredible transformation, thank you for sharing it and thanks for being here to talk us newbs through the process.
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    vikingbeast got a reaction from MelanatedQueen in Am I really gonna lose weight?   
    @MelanatedQueen It's totally the three-week stall. Your body is rebalancing its Fluid levels and stuff.
    While there's some variation (hello, hormones...), generally the rule is CICO (calories in calories out). If you're eating 500 cal a day, there is no way you're not going to lose weight. Even if you're very petite, your body requires a certain number of calories just to exist, and 500 is below that number.
    If you get through another three weeks without moving, talk to your surgeon, but nearly everyone breaks that stall in a week or two.
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    vikingbeast got a reaction from Missie21 in I feel like I have no familial support for my surgery.   
    Wow. Let's call a spade a spade—that is abuse on their part.
    But screw them. They're not going to be supportive no matter what. Let's talk about the reality here.
    Are there people who could lose 100 lbs. on their own with diet and exercise? Yes. And they all have something they'd really like to sell you.
    It is NOT the easy way out. It is basically giving you a lifesaving tool—the TEMPORARY ability to restrict your calories and not be starving hungry and tempted to undo it. Basically you are going to get a year or so to reevaluate your relationship with food without having things like a sugar addiction hanging over your head. But it is still diet and exercise.
    I wish I could beam into your head the wonderment I feel as I shrink down. I'm 6 feet tall and have lost 85 pounds in four months (including pre-op). I haven't broken out into a random sweat; I can work all day (physical labor) and just be tired when the other guys are tired; I can run and jump and fit in spaces meant for average size human beings; I can buy clothes in normal stores; I don't have any comorbidities anymore, and in fact when I got Covid, it was mild and my doctor said my weight loss almost certainly helped with that.
    tl;dr You do this for you, and the hell with what your gaslighting parents say. Psychiatric ward, my hind foot.
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    vikingbeast got a reaction from Missie21 in I feel like I have no familial support for my surgery.   
    Wow. Let's call a spade a spade—that is abuse on their part.
    But screw them. They're not going to be supportive no matter what. Let's talk about the reality here.
    Are there people who could lose 100 lbs. on their own with diet and exercise? Yes. And they all have something they'd really like to sell you.
    It is NOT the easy way out. It is basically giving you a lifesaving tool—the TEMPORARY ability to restrict your calories and not be starving hungry and tempted to undo it. Basically you are going to get a year or so to reevaluate your relationship with food without having things like a sugar addiction hanging over your head. But it is still diet and exercise.
    I wish I could beam into your head the wonderment I feel as I shrink down. I'm 6 feet tall and have lost 85 pounds in four months (including pre-op). I haven't broken out into a random sweat; I can work all day (physical labor) and just be tired when the other guys are tired; I can run and jump and fit in spaces meant for average size human beings; I can buy clothes in normal stores; I don't have any comorbidities anymore, and in fact when I got Covid, it was mild and my doctor said my weight loss almost certainly helped with that.
    tl;dr You do this for you, and the hell with what your gaslighting parents say. Psychiatric ward, my hind foot.
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    vikingbeast got a reaction from summerseeker in The first holiday season I've ever LOST weight!   
    So how did everyone's holiday season go? Usually, in the Before Times, I'd put on 5-10 lbs. between Thanksgiving and Los Reyes Magos.
    I'll be honest with y'all. I ate like crap this year too. Carbs and sugar and fat and hardly any vegetables or Fiber. I did make sure I got my Protein and Water though. And I chose days when I'd be off track instead of having six or seven weeks of "eh, whatever, I'll start again January 2". Thanksgiving; St. Lucia; Christmas Eve and Christmas; New Year's Eve. I also had nice meals for my fiancé's birthday and went to a friend's party.
    The restriction did help, though I've discovered more "slider" foods that I need to avoid, ones that I can eat a lot of that don't seem to trigger my restriction.
    And yet, when I came to the end of the holiday season for my weigh-in this morning, I had lost 14 pounds over that timeframe. I'm stunned. Pants that I bought right before Christmas are now loose; shirts in XL are now starting to flap in the breeze a bit (but not so much that I'm going to size down QUITE yet).
    My body definitely has got used to the way I was feeding it; when I returned to my usual careful tracking each time, I felt so much better. I don't really restrict myself on foods unless I know they're sliders or I won't have any control (hello, Dot's Pretzels...), but it's a matter of just really carefully weighing things out. "The food scale eats first"—so nothing goes in my mouth until I've portioned it out and logged it.
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    vikingbeast got a reaction from DaisyAndSunshine in Reverse gastric bypass   
    Icelandic yoghurt is also called skyr, and it is absolutely the perfect food for a weight loss surgery patient—high Protein, low carb, and low fat.
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    vikingbeast got a reaction from Missie21 in I feel like I have no familial support for my surgery.   
    Wow. Let's call a spade a spade—that is abuse on their part.
    But screw them. They're not going to be supportive no matter what. Let's talk about the reality here.
    Are there people who could lose 100 lbs. on their own with diet and exercise? Yes. And they all have something they'd really like to sell you.
    It is NOT the easy way out. It is basically giving you a lifesaving tool—the TEMPORARY ability to restrict your calories and not be starving hungry and tempted to undo it. Basically you are going to get a year or so to reevaluate your relationship with food without having things like a sugar addiction hanging over your head. But it is still diet and exercise.
    I wish I could beam into your head the wonderment I feel as I shrink down. I'm 6 feet tall and have lost 85 pounds in four months (including pre-op). I haven't broken out into a random sweat; I can work all day (physical labor) and just be tired when the other guys are tired; I can run and jump and fit in spaces meant for average size human beings; I can buy clothes in normal stores; I don't have any comorbidities anymore, and in fact when I got Covid, it was mild and my doctor said my weight loss almost certainly helped with that.
    tl;dr You do this for you, and the hell with what your gaslighting parents say. Psychiatric ward, my hind foot.
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    vikingbeast got a reaction from DaisyAndSunshine in Reverse gastric bypass   
    Icelandic yoghurt is also called skyr, and it is absolutely the perfect food for a weight loss surgery patient—high Protein, low carb, and low fat.
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    vikingbeast got a reaction from MiniGastricBypassDude in Feeling guilty eating not as healthy as i could   
    Mach Dich doch keine Sorgen!! You're not going to stretch your pouch out like that. It's okay. As said above, it is just food.
    My surgeon was full of piss and vinegar about my eating too much (1600 kcal / 6700 KJ per day)... but I just stop when I feel full, and I have more energy. And you know what? Occasionally I will eat something junky. Usually if I have a craving for something that lasts a couple of days. And after a couple of slow bites of it, the craving is gone.
    And I am still losing weight hand over fist.
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    vikingbeast got a reaction from MiniGastricBypassDude in Are you a member of the polar bear club?   
    Another crazy Scandi here... I am shaming my Viking ancestors on the daily here. I had my entire HVAC replaced so I could have more efficient heat (I live in Orange County, California!). I am ALWAYS cold. I am about four months out so have a while before equilibrium hits.
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    vikingbeast reacted to MiniGastricBypassDude in Sleeve vs Bypass concerns   
    I do
    But you're right. I think we'll see a future where the sleeve or similarly 'less invasive' procedures are a first line of action, and then if it doesn't work out, I predict we'll see a LOT more loop-type bypasses like mine or SADI-S.
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    vikingbeast reacted to DaisyAndSunshine in Reverse gastric bypass   
    I don't thi!k you should get discouraged just yet. Like others mentioned speak to your medical team about the concerns you're having.
    I didn't have much side effects of the surgery but 1st month was definitely difficult in terms of energy. I didn't even have energy to walk few mins on a treadmill which has gotten so much better now 6 weeks post-Op. Now I can easily do 30 to 35 mins. Even now though, there are some days which are easily fatigued than others. I am sure as time passes, it'll go away too. Plus as you progress, you should be able to tolerate various foods. I have tried other foods, and I haven't gotten dumping yet. So I am sure down the line, we should be able to enjoy our favorites, ofc in limit.
    As for gross tasting Protein, try other brands. And even if those don't work, try to get protein from wholesome foods. On my program, we aren't allowed protein powders or any processed protein. We are told to consume protein from food.
    I am also vegetarian, so my options are mostly dairy products. And I still make my goal of 70 to 80 grams of protein. So protein powders aren't the only means.
    Try Greek yogurt or even better *ice landing yogurt*. Both easily available at grocery stores. Ice landing yogurt has 15 grams of protein on 0.5 cup. I can have about 1 cup a day (split) and easy 30 grams in. Then therea are various cheeses, cottage cheese, milk, lentils, Beans etc. So many options out there for protein alternative.
    Good Luck with your journey.
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    vikingbeast reacted to MiniGastricBypassDude in I feel like I have no familial support for my surgery.   
    I wouldn't be so sure. Unfortunately.
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    vikingbeast reacted to MiniGastricBypassDude in I feel like I have no familial support for my surgery.   
    Hi man -

    So here's the science: at your weight, you won't ever get to a 'healthy' weight by diet and exercise. Your parents may not know this.
    They're from a generation where being gay was a mental disorder, schizophrenics were put in confinement, and doctors happily prescribed amphetamines for women going on vacation so they could work even harder with kids AND a husband to care for 24/7.
    This doesn't excuse their abusive behavior. But you can only control how you react, you can't control their abuse. If they say they'll go to a psychiatric ward because their son is having needed metabolic surgery, repeat the sentence to them and ...
    OK so what you're saying is that if I have needed surgery, you will go to a psychiatric ward? Well, that does actually sound like a good idea. I'll come visit, I promise.
    Or throw it back. If they say you have no discipline, remind them they're the ones who claim they'll have a mental breakdown over their child having needed surgery. Is that discipline? Sounds weak to me.

    ... what I'm saying is: live your life. It's your life. F*ck them.
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    vikingbeast reacted to SummerTimeGirl in Update On Me (Surgery: 5/19/21)   
    I tried that BEFORE I contacted my nutritionist and told her so. I tried everything in Nov and Dec. Didn't up it by much, but I was around 1000 a day. Tried more, tried less, etc. She said based on my food logs it just seemed that I was being very inconstant with my Protein and carbs. I was also logging net carbs and she wanted me to log total and keep it around 50 but definitely not more than 75. And that's not been a problem. Neither has keeping my cals around 800. I don't feel hungry. Occasionally some days I do feel like I need a lil more and so I have something like a low fat yogurt tube, cheese, or turkey pepperoni, a few whole wheat crackers.....stuff like that. It's usually on days I did more exercise or when my period comes around (or at least it did last month).
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    vikingbeast got a reaction from lizonaplane in Update On Me (Surgery: 5/19/21)   
    I'm surprised they want you on so little food, honestly. What happens if you bump the calories up by 100-200?
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    vikingbeast got a reaction from ShoppGirl in Reading labels.   
    1 g Protein per kg lean body mass seems like too little protein. I have a significant amount of LBM (enough that it alone puts me overweight without any body fat) and that would result in a daily protein intake of 89g. An average six-foot man with 15% body fat at the top of the "normal" weight would be eating 70g a day of protein.
    My protein target (set by nutritionist) is about 1.58 g of protein per kg lean body mass.
    BUT! I am also extremely active and do physical work as well as working out.
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    vikingbeast got a reaction from ShoppGirl in Reading labels.   
    I was told 0.7 to 1.0 grams of Protein per pound of /lean body mass/ - not weight. Which presumes you know your LBM (I do)—you can get a test to figure this out, or use a machine and get a guesstimate of your body fat percentage, and then do math.
    I am three and a half months out and am eating 1500-1600 calories a day—140 g of protein, 50 g of fat, and 120-150 g of carbohydrates depending on my need for physical exertion for the day. "The scale eats first," which means I weigh and portion everything and track it before I put it in my mouth (this is easier when you portion out a couple or three days' worth of food at a time to reheat).
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    vikingbeast got a reaction from summerseeker in The first holiday season I've ever LOST weight!   
    So how did everyone's holiday season go? Usually, in the Before Times, I'd put on 5-10 lbs. between Thanksgiving and Los Reyes Magos.
    I'll be honest with y'all. I ate like crap this year too. Carbs and sugar and fat and hardly any vegetables or Fiber. I did make sure I got my Protein and Water though. And I chose days when I'd be off track instead of having six or seven weeks of "eh, whatever, I'll start again January 2". Thanksgiving; St. Lucia; Christmas Eve and Christmas; New Year's Eve. I also had nice meals for my fiancé's birthday and went to a friend's party.
    The restriction did help, though I've discovered more "slider" foods that I need to avoid, ones that I can eat a lot of that don't seem to trigger my restriction.
    And yet, when I came to the end of the holiday season for my weigh-in this morning, I had lost 14 pounds over that timeframe. I'm stunned. Pants that I bought right before Christmas are now loose; shirts in XL are now starting to flap in the breeze a bit (but not so much that I'm going to size down QUITE yet).
    My body definitely has got used to the way I was feeding it; when I returned to my usual careful tracking each time, I felt so much better. I don't really restrict myself on foods unless I know they're sliders or I won't have any control (hello, Dot's Pretzels...), but it's a matter of just really carefully weighing things out. "The food scale eats first"—so nothing goes in my mouth until I've portioned it out and logged it.
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    vikingbeast got a reaction from Arabesque in Off track and in need some tough love and food/snack ideas!   
    Others have chimed in on the important bits and I don't have anything important to add there, but I will say YES, go sign up for a series of appointments with your chiropractor. My body was all kinds of out of whack because 285-pound me is still moving as though we're 396 lbs. Everything hurt! The chiro set it right.
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    vikingbeast got a reaction from summerseeker in The first holiday season I've ever LOST weight!   
    So how did everyone's holiday season go? Usually, in the Before Times, I'd put on 5-10 lbs. between Thanksgiving and Los Reyes Magos.
    I'll be honest with y'all. I ate like crap this year too. Carbs and sugar and fat and hardly any vegetables or Fiber. I did make sure I got my Protein and Water though. And I chose days when I'd be off track instead of having six or seven weeks of "eh, whatever, I'll start again January 2". Thanksgiving; St. Lucia; Christmas Eve and Christmas; New Year's Eve. I also had nice meals for my fiancé's birthday and went to a friend's party.
    The restriction did help, though I've discovered more "slider" foods that I need to avoid, ones that I can eat a lot of that don't seem to trigger my restriction.
    And yet, when I came to the end of the holiday season for my weigh-in this morning, I had lost 14 pounds over that timeframe. I'm stunned. Pants that I bought right before Christmas are now loose; shirts in XL are now starting to flap in the breeze a bit (but not so much that I'm going to size down QUITE yet).
    My body definitely has got used to the way I was feeding it; when I returned to my usual careful tracking each time, I felt so much better. I don't really restrict myself on foods unless I know they're sliders or I won't have any control (hello, Dot's Pretzels...), but it's a matter of just really carefully weighing things out. "The food scale eats first"—so nothing goes in my mouth until I've portioned it out and logged it.
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    vikingbeast got a reaction from summerseeker in The first holiday season I've ever LOST weight!   
    So how did everyone's holiday season go? Usually, in the Before Times, I'd put on 5-10 lbs. between Thanksgiving and Los Reyes Magos.
    I'll be honest with y'all. I ate like crap this year too. Carbs and sugar and fat and hardly any vegetables or Fiber. I did make sure I got my Protein and Water though. And I chose days when I'd be off track instead of having six or seven weeks of "eh, whatever, I'll start again January 2". Thanksgiving; St. Lucia; Christmas Eve and Christmas; New Year's Eve. I also had nice meals for my fiancé's birthday and went to a friend's party.
    The restriction did help, though I've discovered more "slider" foods that I need to avoid, ones that I can eat a lot of that don't seem to trigger my restriction.
    And yet, when I came to the end of the holiday season for my weigh-in this morning, I had lost 14 pounds over that timeframe. I'm stunned. Pants that I bought right before Christmas are now loose; shirts in XL are now starting to flap in the breeze a bit (but not so much that I'm going to size down QUITE yet).
    My body definitely has got used to the way I was feeding it; when I returned to my usual careful tracking each time, I felt so much better. I don't really restrict myself on foods unless I know they're sliders or I won't have any control (hello, Dot's Pretzels...), but it's a matter of just really carefully weighing things out. "The food scale eats first"—so nothing goes in my mouth until I've portioned it out and logged it.
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    vikingbeast got a reaction from summerseeker in The first holiday season I've ever LOST weight!   
    So how did everyone's holiday season go? Usually, in the Before Times, I'd put on 5-10 lbs. between Thanksgiving and Los Reyes Magos.
    I'll be honest with y'all. I ate like crap this year too. Carbs and sugar and fat and hardly any vegetables or Fiber. I did make sure I got my Protein and Water though. And I chose days when I'd be off track instead of having six or seven weeks of "eh, whatever, I'll start again January 2". Thanksgiving; St. Lucia; Christmas Eve and Christmas; New Year's Eve. I also had nice meals for my fiancé's birthday and went to a friend's party.
    The restriction did help, though I've discovered more "slider" foods that I need to avoid, ones that I can eat a lot of that don't seem to trigger my restriction.
    And yet, when I came to the end of the holiday season for my weigh-in this morning, I had lost 14 pounds over that timeframe. I'm stunned. Pants that I bought right before Christmas are now loose; shirts in XL are now starting to flap in the breeze a bit (but not so much that I'm going to size down QUITE yet).
    My body definitely has got used to the way I was feeding it; when I returned to my usual careful tracking each time, I felt so much better. I don't really restrict myself on foods unless I know they're sliders or I won't have any control (hello, Dot's Pretzels...), but it's a matter of just really carefully weighing things out. "The food scale eats first"—so nothing goes in my mouth until I've portioned it out and logged it.

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