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6 hours ago, huskymama said:

I only have/had 80 pounds to loose I have been on the liquid diet for a week now and already lost 10 pounds. My surgery isn’t until December 22. I have been starving for a week where my hubby can hear my tummy growling and my blood sugars are in the mid 200s with medication! I meet with my dietician in the morning. I am hoping she will shed some light on what more I can do. I’m only allowed 2 Protein Shakes a day also. Anyone else starving? If so what do you do that helps?

My surgery is Dec. 22nd and I don't start my preop diet until Saturday. I'm not looking forward to it. Keep me posted.

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Tomorrow is the day! I’m freaking out a little bit.

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51 minutes ago, Ash45 said:

Tomorrow is the day! I’m freaking out a little bit.

Same! I have a 7 am OR time. I’m getting scared.

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8 hours ago, huskymama said:

I only have/had 80 pounds to loose I have been on the liquid diet for a week now and already lost 10 pounds. My surgery isn’t until December 22. I have been starving for a week where my hubby can hear my tummy growling and my blood sugars are in the mid 200s with medication! I meet with my dietician in the morning. I am hoping she will shed some light on what more I can do. I’m only allowed 2 Protein Shakes a day also. Anyone else starving? If so what do you do that helps?

First, I am so happy you've already lost 10#. Way to stick to that freaking miserable diet!!

Second, I started my liquid diet today. After 3 hours, it's ok so far--hah! But I know I'll be facing what you're facing very soon. I have written down at the top of each day in my planner to think on 1. Freedom (from food/cooking/cleanup/obsessing/trying to make choices/decisions related to food) 2. Relief (from feeling too full, bloated, less than clear-headed, guilty, due to too much food/food choices.) 3. Loveliness (from how the diet will help to heal/remodel/clear and clean out my system and body.)

I don't know if that helps, but that's where I'm trying to start.

Thanks for posting--it's really great to see things working and a role model for being tough throughout the diet.

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1 hour ago, NikoNiko said:

Same! I have a 7 am OR time. I’m getting scared.

Mine is at 9. Wishing you luck and a speedy recovery! We got this 😊

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14 hours ago, NikoNiko said:

One thing I can tell you from my very experience is, you can have 20 physicians in a room and still won't find 2 to agree on anything. So evidence shows that to decrease the size of the liver, there is no consensus on how long the diet should go on for. With bypass, given they have to access the gastro-esophageal junction which the left lobe of the liver can obscure, this will definitely warrant a diet of longer duration. In the paper I read, generally the longer the diet the more shrinkage, however... A greater decrease in size was noted with higher Protein diets. Also you risk being in a catabolic state (this is not good for healing) if you are on these low calorie liquid diets for too long.

All this to say, some surgeons change their practices to reflect the evidence. Some were just trained a certain way and stuck with it.

Im on a week long diet and my BMI is 41

I'm getting gastric sleeve, my BMI is 38, and I have a 2 weeks liquid diet. You're right about every doc doing things differently! Thanks for all the info.

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On 12/01/2021 at 09:14, LadyH said:






First, I am so happy you've already lost 10#. Way to stick to that freaking miserable diet!!




Second, I started my liquid diet today. After 3 hours, it's ok so far--hah! But I know I'll be facing what you're facing very soon. I have written down at the top of each day in my planner to think on 1. Freedom (from food/cooking/cleanup/obsessing/trying to make choices/decisions related to food) 2. Relief (from feeling too full, bloated, less than clear-headed, guilty, due to too much food/food choices.) 3. Loveliness (from how the diet will help to heal/remodel/clear and clean out my system and body.)




I don't know if that helps, but that's where I'm trying to start.




Thanks for posting--it's really great to see things working and a role model for being tough throughout the diet.


Saw my dietitian yesterday and I’m down 14 pounds in one week. She said I’m loosing to much to fast so we went over my food diary and because I’m diabetic no juice and I’m lactose intolerant since a baby no milk so she tweaked and adjusted my food (liquid diet) I’ve already dropped a pant size and 14 shirts are to big now. Also no one told me I was to start Vitamins when I started the liquid phase so she had me get those yesterday. I feel a million times better now and I’m not starving anymore! I have 20 more days of this before surgery date and she is meeting with me again next week. I am so glad I reached out to her!!!

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On 12/01/2021 at 07:19, armartin98 said:






My surgery is Dec. 22nd and I don't start my preop diet until Saturday. I'm not looking forward to it. Keep me posted.


We are surgery twins!! I get the sleeve the same day! I met with the dietitian who saved me! Also no one told me to take Vitamins at the start of the liquid phase. I only have 20 more days but I think I can now handle it. Already down 14 pounds and a pant size and 2 shirt sizes in just over a week!

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Hey everyone, I got my surgery for 12/09/2021, but may get pull forward to 12/06/2021. Any last minute advice, on the liquid since 11/24/2021, was permitted 1 very strict solid meal on thanksgiving, I am doing well. Family is super supportive. Which is very good. Any last minute advice will be greatly appreciated.

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So liquid diet... I'm down 25lbs since starting it two weeks ago. I was 288lbs at my pre-op bloodwork visit and 263 today. This means I still have about 100lbs to get to a "normal" BMI.

I switched to Fairlife Protein Shakes because I hated the Premier but my doctor wanted me to switch back. He says he has much better results with liver shrinking and Premier.

Anyway - TOMORROW is surgery day! Covid test, packing bag... I'm getting ready!

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1 hour ago, huskymama said:

Saw my dietitian yesterday and I’m down 14 pounds in one week. She said I’m loosing to much to fast so we went over my food diary and because I’m diabetic no juice and I’m lactose intolerant since a baby no milk so she tweaked and adjusted my food (liquid diet) I’ve already dropped a pant size and 14 shirts are to big now. Also no one told me I was to start Vitamins when I started the liquid phase so she had me get those yesterday. I feel a million times better now and I’m not starving anymore! I have 20 more days of this before surgery date and she is meeting with me again next week. I am so glad I reached out to her!!!

14 is so much in a week! I can see why they’re worried. I got on the scale this morning and it’s exactly the same. I wonder if I’m supposed to be doing the bariatric Vitamins? I can’t even keep down the regular ones. 20 days is a lot, but you are strong.

I’m jealous of all you that actually get to go in to appointments and see your bari people. I haven’t seen a single one in person yet.

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56 minutes ago, AIM said:

So liquid diet... I'm down 25lbs since starting it two weeks ago. I was 288lbs at my pre-op bloodwork visit and 263 today. This means I still have about 100lbs to get to a "normal" BMI.

I switched to Fairlife Protein Shakes because I hated the Premier but my doctor wanted me to switch back. He says he has much better results with liver shrinking and Premier.

Anyway - TOMORROW is surgery day! Covid test, packing bag... I'm getting ready!

Omg you people that are losing so much weight on your liquid diet-I’m jealous! I figure I’ll be lucky to lose 6-8.
Good on you, and best of luck with your surgery:)

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Hi! I am scheduled for 12/28/21 in Fresno California

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On 12/02/2021 at 07:28, AIM said:



So liquid diet... I'm down 25lbs since starting it two weeks ago. I was 288lbs at my pre-op bloodwork visit and 263 today. This means I still have about 100lbs to get to a "normal" BMI.




I switched to Fairlife Protein Shakes because I hated the Premier but my doctor wanted me to switch back. He says he has much better results with liver shrinking and Premier.




Anyway - TOMORROW is surgery day! Covid test, packing bag... I'm getting ready!


Fairlife is seriously the best! I have to agree

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12/02/2021 03:20 PM, LadyH said:






14 is so much in a week! I can see why they’re worried. I got on the scale this morning and it’s exactly the same. I wonder if I’m supposed to be doing the bariatric Vitamins? I can’t even keep down the regular ones. 20 days is a lot, but you are strong.




I’m jealous of all you that actually get to go in to appointments and see your bari people. I haven’t seen a single one in person yet.







Oh man that is so tough not seeing your Bari team. My dietitian moved to KS last visit and I actually cried. But she is still seeing me via teledoc so that helped so much being able to see her instead of someone new. I actually had to do 28 days I must say I think the first week was the hardest. I got prenatal gummy vitamins and I’m tolerating them well on the liquid but I’ll have to see what I can do after surgery. I see a lot of people get the kids flinstone chewable a. She said I need B12, Calcium. D3 as well. My sons took me to Olive Garden today for lunch and I had Soup broth no chunks etc the server was great and tried to get just the broth. It may not be approved but omg is was good and I got so full from just one bowl. I wasn’t tempted to eat the food, salad or breadsticks. I was super proud of myself and left holding my head high realizing I can do this!!! It’s just for a few weeks and anything is possible for a few weeks Good luck!!!

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