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I had my gastric sleeve surgery ten days ago. Was having difficulty tolerating Water. Today was my first followup with my doctor. He gave me the greenlight to proceed with soft food phase (a week earlier than the expected date on the center's program). I managed to eat some of the food suggested (e.g. chicken salad for lunch, tuna salad and soft veggies for dinner) with absolutely no discomfort nor feeling of any restriction. I only had to stop to stay within 2 oz but I could probably eat twice of three times as much as that amount. I feel hunger pains and I can drink the 11 oz Premier Protein within a few minutes.

I thought the whole point of the surgery is to feel less hunger, or to only be able to eat very tiny amounts without feeling hungry. Should I be worried? Has this happened to you? Any suggestions? I mean I am happy I can keep the food I eat, but wonder if I will lose weight this way!!

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Don't worry. Most of us have this issue with soft foods. When you get to real food you'll feel the restriction.

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Surgery helps, but you still have to follow a diet and be accountable. I was incredibly hungry after my surgery. Within a few days, I wanted to gnaw my leg off, I was starving. Luckily, we progressed to reasonable calorie levels rapidly. At about 1200 calories a day, I didn't feel like I was starving to death anymore. LOL. Getting there helped. Stayed there during all of loss phase and it wasn't too uncomfortable. For maintenance, I eat more.

You will eventually have less casual hunger due to reduction of hunger hormones....it will be easier than before the surgery. But right now, with SUPER restricted calories, you might feel weak and hungry AF for a while.

It gets better. You can eat more of "slider" foods....stuff that zips right through...like the shakes. More solid food will slow you down a lot.

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I'm RNY, but it's similar. LIke others have said, you'll notice the restriction when you start on solid food. I still feel it six years later when I eat something dense like a chicken breast.

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1 hour ago, catwoman7 said:

I'm RNY, but it's similar. LIke others have said, you'll notice the restriction when you start on solid food. I still feel it six years later when I eat something dense like a chicken breast.

6 years. Good. I'm hoping mine lasts.

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On 3/18/2021 at 9:17 PM, 171MaxH said:

I had my gastric sleeve surgery ten days ago. Was having difficulty tolerating Water. Today was my first followup with my doctor. He gave me the greenlight to proceed with soft food phase (a week earlier than the expected date on the center's program). I managed to eat some of the food suggested (e.g. chicken salad for lunch, tuna salad and soft veggies for dinner) with absolutely no discomfort nor feeling of any restriction. I only had to stop to stay within 2 oz but I could probably eat twice of three times as much as that amount. I feel hunger pains and I can drink the 11 oz Premier Protein within a few minutes.

I thought the whole point of the surgery is to feel less hunger, or to only be able to eat very tiny amounts without feeling hungry. Should I be worried? Has this happened to you? Any suggestions? I mean I am happy I can keep the food I eat, but wonder if I will lose weight this way!!

I had the same concern. Everyone says you feel the real restriction when you get to solid foods. I’m not there yet but also learned that most people eat about 6 times a day on the puréed and liquid diets.

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