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Did anyone have a set amount of weight that they had to lose prior to being scheduled for surgery? I have to lose 24lbs. Any tips or pointers that may help me out?

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My surgeon wanted me to lose 10 lbs before surgery. My insurance needs me to not have gained any weight since my first consult, but i gained 5 lbs in that first two weeks. So now i have a total of 15 lbs to lose. I've basically been eating as clean as possible and as close to a post surgery diet as my body will allow me.

I have a green smoothie in morning, salad for lunch and a fish based dinner. I'll switch things out as i feel like but for the most part this is my diet. I have one more month left before my last weigh in, prior to insurance approval; my goal is to go very low carb about two weeks before.

I have had temporary success with Keto so I'd recommend trying that.= or at least a low carb diet. Its pretty helpful to get those quick lbs off pre - op. My issue was maintaining the lifestyle but i think once I have the sleeve, the new diet and lifestyle should be low carb friendly. Plus low carb is good for those with diabetes or pre diabetes.

Good Luck!

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My surgeon didn't give me a requirement, but since my insurance required a six month pre-op diet program, I decided to lose as much as possible before surgery day. I lost 99 pounds during those six months (from 397 to 298), changed my relationship with food, and set myself up for success post op (I've lost an additional 105 pounds since the surgery day).

I followed a keto way of eating during those six months, and I have done the same thing post-op (including during the post-op food stages). I don't eat more than 20 carbs per day.

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11 minutes ago, blizair09 said:

My surgeon didn't give me a requirement, but since my insurance required a six month pre-op diet program, I decided to lose as much as possible before surgery day. I lost 99 pounds during those six months (from 397 to 298), changed my relationship with food, and set myself up for success post op (I've lost an additional 105 pounds since the surgery day).

I followed a keto way of eating during those six months, and I have done the same thing post-op (including during the post-op food stages). I don't eat more than 20 carbs per day.

That's what I've noticed with a lot of the bariatric patients that I follow on social media. Keto/ low carb and some version of plant based diets seem to be popular.

I've recently stopped eating most meats ( except fish) and my body seems to prefer this.

Congrats on your weight loss and new life!

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My surgeon wants us to lose 5% of our weight in the 6 months before surgery. I've lost half of what I need to lose so far. The dietitian just said eat veggies first , Protein second , carbs last for the pre-op slimdown. I'm honestly having a hard time free wheeling it without ww or some kind of strict plan. I might just go back to my tried and true ww to ensure that I will lose the recommended weight in the time frame. I've lost triple the weight in the same time frame on ww. Of course I gained it back and then some because I got off the wagon and here I am waiting for surgery so obviously ww isn't perfect.

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I have 3 months left of the 6 month insurance requirement, cannot gain any weight and surgeon wants you to lose what you can obviously to make surgery go easier. I am doing okay, have lost 9-10 lbs from my PCP weigh-in, but faltered a couple days and ate way too many carbs 2 times, got back on the horse though. I too feel like I am flying w/o a net because of only once a month contact with nutritionist vs WW weekly weigh-in. I usually have better results as well.

I have a vitreous hemorrage in my only eye with vision, it happened 16 days ago and it is clearing 'maybe' 1% a day - but it means I can't drive, not suposed to bend over/down, lift anything over a couple pounds, walking only( no square dancing), rest at 45° incline. I can't see well enough to do my hobbies - sewing, smocking, beading. The hobbies usually keep me from thinking about eating. I have txt set to xlarge so I can type for short periods before eye strain takes over. This bites!!!

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I had to lose 5% of my heaviest weight, which was 298 lbs. So I had to lose basically 14 lbs in six months. It took me all six months to lose that 14 lbs, due to having PCOS. I couldn't exercise so it was all diet. It was the toughest six months of my life. But it also helped me to learn how to persevere and get it done. That experience has helped me with my eating lifestyle now.


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I had to lose 15lbs, she wants me to be at 280 for surgery. I essentially quit sugar cold turkey. After about 3 days I knew what foods I just couldn't stop eating in my house (I'd grab a handful of trail mix, all candy, cheetos etc) and asked my fiance to take it all to work. Now I was without sugar, and my nutritionist listed the veg I couldn't have (corn,potatoes,snap peas-essentially high carb veg, and no fruit). I lost all 15 Lbs within the first week without sugar.

I ate meals that were small meat portions, and vegetables. If I was hungry I'd munch green vegetables, or even grab a pre made portion of Protein from the fridge. I more or less learned how to stay out of the kitchen eventually after learning that opening cupboards wasn't going to make snack food magically appear. We don't have Snacks at work at all, and my fiance would never let me eat sugar at home haha

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On 6/27/2017 at 1:15 PM, blizair09 said:

My surgeon didn't give me a requirement, but since my insurance required a six month pre-op diet program, I decided to lose as much as possible before surgery day. I lost 99 pounds during those six months (from 397 to 298), changed my relationship with food, and set myself up for success post op (I've lost an additional 105 pounds since the surgery day).

I followed a keto way of eating during those six months, and I have done the same thing post-op (including during the post-op food stages). I don't eat more than 20 carbs per day.

This is awesome!!! What a true success!!!

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