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Hi everyone! I am newly sleeved (monday) and made it home yesterday, and I've made some serious improvements in the amount of liquid I am able to take in.

Whilst in the hospital I was only really able to consume one yoghurt or Soup a day, but being home today I've managed to have a Protein Shake, some sugar free juice (maybe 150ml) and I'm making my way steadily through a soup.

The thing is, I'm quite unsure of what is to be expected. My surgeon said to sip every 3 to 5 minutes in the day if I can, but I wonder what sort of ballpark in calories should I be trying to get in me?

Is 400-500 calories enough at the moment?

And I'm sure this is quite stupid, but today I've not felt too full. I've lost that tight chest feeling, is my sleeve not working? I've almost finished 200ml of soup and I'm comfortable... surely that's too much for right now?

I apologise, I'm just worrying.

I want this to work so much and I'm petrified of having been through the operation and still being able to eat quite a lot.

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first week home don't worry about calories just focus on fluids. your stomach is probably still swollen from surgery so just getting Fluid in is a challenge. over time fluids are easy and other food is harder. did your surgeon send you home with a diet plan? if so I would just stick to that for now. some of the things they give in the hospital might be a bit different than what they expect at home.

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After my surgery for four weeks on the liquid or puree diet, I was consuming 800 to 1100 calories per day.

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Congrats on your surgery.

We all worried if we were doing the right thing to begin. It’s such a change to how we ate before & we want to be successful.

I wasn’t consuming much at all the first fortnight. A diluted shake & a cup of Soup, which I often didn’t finish & I’d sip them for hours. Once I got onto puréed & soft foods, I only ate about 4 teaspoons three times a day. Even on solid food, I didn’t consume much for months - about 1/2 cup at each meal. I was probably getting in about 500 calories max & way less at the beginning. But that was me, you may be different.

Eating slowly is important so you get the message you’re satisfied before you eat more than you need. That tight chest feeling is because you’ve eaten too much & not what you want. Feeling comfortable is good. I ask myself do I really need the next spoonful or am I eating it out of habit.

Just take it slowly & listen to your body. You’ll work out what works for you.

Good luck.

PS - watch the juice. It’s still full of natural sugars & could upset you. Plus it’s high in carbs. It takes about three oranges to make 1 cup of juice but you wouldn’t eat 3 oranges at one sitting - just something to consider.

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8 hours ago, California Guy said:

After my surgery for four weeks on the liquid or puree diet, I was consuming 800 to 1100 calories per day.

That's insane... I didn't hit that until like 6 months out...

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I was sleeved 7/14 and I did the same thing, worried about my calories bc I wondered how was I surviving lol but honestly you don’t need any. Just focus on your Protein Shakes and Water and take your vitamins:.. you will be great!!!! Soon you’ll be able to eat Soup I did Bariatric soup low calorie and high protein... best of luck

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Hi everyone,

Thanks for the replies.

My surgeons diet plan seems to be very different to most others, he told me that I could have virtually any liquid I'd like, virtually anything can be blended he said, and as of week 4 according to my diet sheet I can have bread 1/2 times per day.

I'm really hoping to avoid that, as my problem has never really been too much of a sweet eater, but where carbs are concerned, I've never been able to help myself, so I'm hoping to steer away from my surgeons recommendations in that respect or I'll never lose any weight!

I've managed to get in about 350 calories a day, it's easier now than it was! I'm managing Soups and shakes and Water much easier than I was a few days ago!

Also, i will be keeping away from fruit juices too!

Thank you all for your kind advice to my messages! I've been so worried about it all going wrong (I'm a massive worrier!) But almost a week home, I'm realising that it's all going to be fine. I cant believe I'm 10 days out from my operation already!

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