Did you "transition" into the liquid diet?


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I am hopefully having the lap band in mid December. When you were getting ready for the 2 week liquid diet, did you just go into it cold turkey? Or did you start the weeks before with the Protein Shakes to get your body used to them? Just looking for some tips to have a successful liquid diet, especially since it will be right around Thanksgiving and the holidays. Thanks for any help- advice!

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For a couple weeks presurgery I did Protein Shakes for Breakfast and dinner with a reasonably sized lunch. My surgeo did not have a presurgery diet (But I had lost 50 pounds since my consult so that may have had something to do with it.). I made my shakes with 2/3 cup fat free milk, 1/3 cup frozen milk ("milk cubes"), ice cubes, whey isolate Protein power, fat/sugar free pudding powder (2 tablespoons), sometimes Davinchi sugar free syrup, splendra. Mixed in a Hamilton Beach Blender.

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Luckily my surgeon doesn't do the 2 week liquid prior to surgery. He has you lose 10% of your weight instead. The diet they give you is slim pickins! So as another poster.. went to Olive Garden the night before and went right on to two Protein Shakes a day and one decent high Protein meal a day. As of today... about 10lbs to lose and I'm good to go.. :)

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I started the 10 day liquid diet yesterday and no, I did NOT ease into it. I am already getting sick of the Carnation Instant Breakfast shakes so why start them early? I am not sure if I can actually DO this for 10 days. (well 8 days now) but I am going to try. I also bought some Optifast which I mix with ice and Water in a blender and it is wonderful. I may try some broth tonight because something warm in my stomach would be nice. I already feel like my clothes are loose. Does beer count as a liquid? Just kidding gave that up a week ago.

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Does everyone have to do a liquid diet first? How long do you have to do it, or does it depend on how much weight you need to lose? What else do you need to do before the surgery?

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No liquid only pre-op diet for me, but it did slowly transition into my pre-op diet a few days before. But did not have any Protein drinks until the day I started my pre-op diet. I was tempted, but I wanted to use the Protein Drinks as a way to tell my brain...THIS IS DAY ONE, YOU'RE ON YOUR WAY!!!

John

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What does the pre-op diet entail? I'm still in the very beginning of this journey, and know almost nothing. I've decided I'm definately doing it though, so at least I know that much :wink2:

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What does the pre-op diet entail? I'm still in the very beginning of this journey, and know almost nothing. I've decided I'm definately doing it though, so at least I know that much :wink2:

Every surgeon is different, some require a liquid only diet, some put you and the Atkins, some it's High Protein/Low Carb.... and other's it's no diet at all.

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