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Hi! I'm just getting started met with the surgeon last week and have 30lbs to lose. They recommended that I start on Protein Shakes soon but there's so many options it's overwhelming and I'm very picky when it comes to taste. I use to be a big pop drinker so it's gonna be an adjustment. What Protein powders or shakes do you recommend that taste the best and where do u get them?

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ISOWHEY for low-sugar, high-protein, medium fibre. (Online or in pharmacies)

ALDI Slim & Trim for sweet taste and high-protein. (Aldi supermarkets)

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For taste, I prefer Atkins shakes, for the see through stage use liquid Isopure. I hate the powders, they don't mix well and I live way too busy life to spend my time mixing and shaking, and washing a blender.

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It is good to start out with sample packs and try the different ones. Individual packs can be bought at GNC. There are so many different types and different flavors available, you need to experiment. After surgery your taste buds may change and you may need to repeat this process.

I used Muscle Milk Light (Vanilla Creme) Protein Powder blended with Water and a half a banana. That worked for me. But on the opposite end of the spectrum, you might try premixed Isopure.

As far as recommendations:

1. Take a good before photograph of yourself, so that you have something to compare to after surgery. Many times we are blind to our obesity. We do not see ourselves. Therefore when the weight begins to drop off rather dramatically, we question if this is really happening. Photographs are a good visualization of our success. Many people carry a before and after photo with them, just to remind themselves of their success.
2. Walk 30 minutes each day, every day until surgery (or equivalent exercise). Walking helps the recovery process go smoothly and minimized the pain levels from surgery.
3. Wean yourself from caffeine and carbonated beverages now. After I gave up my 6 diet coke a day habit, I suffered from a week of severe withdrawal syndrome consisting of severe headaches and body aches. I was miserable. You don't want to combine the effects of caffeine withdrawal with the effects of surgery. (On this change alone, I lost 20 pounds pre-op.)

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It is good to start out with sample packs and try the different ones. Individual packs can be bought at GNC. There are so many different types and different flavors available, you need to experiment. After surgery your taste buds may change and you may need to repeat this process.
I used Muscle Milk Light (Vanilla Creme) Protein powder blended with Water and a half a banana. That worked for me. But on the opposite end of the spectrum, you might try premixed Isopure.< br> As far as recommendations:
1. Take a good before photograph of yourself, so that you have something to compare to after surgery. Many times we are blind to our obesity. We do not see ourselves. Therefore when the weight begins to drop off rather dramatically, we question if this is really happening. Photographs are a good visualization of our success. Many people carry a before and after photo with them, just to remind themselves of their success.
2. Walk 30 minutes each day, every day until surgery (or equivalent exercise). Walking helps the recovery process go smoothly and minimized the pain levels from surgery.
3. Wean yourself from caffeine and carbonated beverages now. After I gave up my 6 diet coke a day habit, I suffered from a week of severe withdrawal syndrome consisting of severe headaches and body aches. I was miserable. You don't want to combine the effects of caffeine withdrawal with the effects of surgery. (On this change alone, I lost 20 pounds pre-op.)

Thank u so much for all these tips! I'm a week without caffeine/pop so far and holding strong [emoji1320]


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I'm a ways away from my surgery date at the moment, but I've started a list of the shakes I've tried, if l liked them, if I tolerated them and the nutritional comparisons. i'm ready to be ready! Got to say, I was disappointed in any of the whey shakes - made me sick :(

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On 17/09/2017 at 1:25 PM, James Marusek said:

It is good to start out with sample packs and try the different ones. Individual packs can be bought at GNC. There are so many different types and different flavors available, you need to experiment. After surgery your taste buds may change and you may need to repeat this process.

I used Muscle Milk Light (Vanilla Creme) Protein Powder blended with Water and a half a banana. That worked for me. But on the opposite end of the spectrum, you might try premixed Isopure.

As far as recommendations:

1. Take a good before photograph of yourself, so that you have something to compare to after surgery. Many times we are blind to our obesity. We do not see ourselves. Therefore when the weight begins to drop off rather dramatically, we question if this is really happening. Photographs are a good visualization of our success. Many people carry a before and after photo with them, just to remind themselves of their success.
2. Walk 30 minutes each day, every day until surgery (or equivalent exercise). Walking helps the recovery process go smoothly and minimized the pain levels from surgery.
3. Wean yourself from caffeine and carbonated beverages now. After I gave up my 6 diet coke a day habit, I suffered from a week of severe withdrawal syndrome consisting of severe headaches and body aches. I was miserable. You don't want to combine the effects of caffeine withdrawal with the effects of surgery. (On this change alone, I lost 20 pounds pre-op.)

May I ask the benefit of weaning caffeine if allowed on someones plan post surgery? I do not have it often but allowed on my plan. But just wondered if there was a reason.

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