Jump to content
×
Are you looking for the BariatricPal Store? Go now!

Pre op Diet - Help!



Recommended Posts

Hi all,

I am having my gastric sleeve in 10 days, I have been on my pre op diet which is less than 1000 cal a day, no carbs, no refined sugar, and less than 60g carbs in other foods.
IM STRUGGLING.

So much so that I’ve had 5 slices of white bread today with butter.
It’s making me think I have binge eating disorder and I’m worried I won’t get my surgery because of my liver. Or my recovery will be bad.
Any stories welcome!!! Thank you :(

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

First of all, please know that the struggle is completely normal and you are not alone. I think the vast majority of us have some amount of disordered eating habits, be it BED, emotional eating, food addiction, etc. That being said, the surgery will not cure the mental piece of this; it is only a physical tool to help you along the way. If you have not already, I highly suggest you seek out some counseling from someone who works in the eating disorder space. Getting yourself into the best possible shape mentally & emotionally is just a critical as the physical part. Also the Food Addiction Recovery Workbook by Carolyn Coker Ross (available on Amazon) is a great resource and first step to healing some of those habits.

As for the LRD, you haven't blown it. Any measure of success should be celebrated. Dust yourself off, start over again tomorrow, and do the best you can. If your liver does not sufficiently shrink then, yes, you may end up with an extra incision or two, and yes, it may make recovery a little more painful, but its not impossible and it won't set you back. You can do this!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

don't panic! The pre-op diet was hard. I found that it was easier for me if I kept busy and drank a lot of sugar free beverages. Maybe try some peppermint tea, or other herbal tea, either plain or with Splenda/Stevia? Also, make sure you have all the things you will need for the first week or so after surgery. Like, get some Protein Drinks, clean your home because it will be hard to bend/move for a time, do your laundry, pay your bills, etc.

Best of luck!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The pre-op diet is difficult not only due to fewer calories, but because you are going through withdrawal from carbs. Every time you stray from the food plan, you with struggle more because withdrawal starts all over again.

Consider the possibility that you are a sugar/food addict. Trigger foods are often sugar, flour, rice, potatoes, bread, Pasta, processed foods. If you abstain from these things the food plan gets easier every day. If you doubt it, look at my pre-surgery losses in the chart below. I confess that I have strayed and the setbacks were painful, but I now know that this is what I must do for life.

Any of these books may be helpful.

986147613_Suggaraddiction.jpg.3618d29bb28df030df01815f91c2680f.jpg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Pre-Op diet right now as I am on my liquid diet phase sounded like a dream 😂

Trust me first 3 days are worse during Pre-Op diet phase. But then you get hang on things.

I had my surgery postponed twice and I was on my Pre-Op both times (about 7 and 10 days respectively). So I kinda got hang of it and even lost weight doing so. Third time doing it for another 10 days wasn't as difficult but I was someone who had to have something *minor or small* snack to eat. So I would graze 2 or 3 chips or spicy snack almost daily (Don't go overboard ofc and if you're the kind who can't control beyond couple of chips, then don't take this advise). But for me this kept my sanity in the Pre-Op phase. I still lost weight and got the surgery meaning my liver had shrunk. At the same time overall I had lost about 25 pounds within 2 months so they would have made a difference too.

Point is 1 or 2 bites of unhealthy snack won't hurt as long as you don't slip through it.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

  • Trending Products

  • Trending Topics

  • Recent Status Updates

    • HaseenS

      Has anyone had problems with the bariatric miltivitamin? I am struggling to get them down. If they don't make me throw up, they make me feel sick to my stomach!! Does anyone do something different when it comes to vitamins?
      · 0 replies
      1. This update has no replies.
    • Kris10_78

      Any tips on what I should have on hand the first week post op? 
      2 days away!!!!!
      Thanks
      · 0 replies
      1. This update has no replies.
    • Kaguragetshealthy_87

      What I've learned this last 2 weeks is consistent. That's I've been able to lose a pound here and there. This morning sucked it was 48 degrees but I am working on being consistent and sticking to it. Am perfectly sticking to it? Hell no but I'm working my ass off!
      · 0 replies
      1. This update has no replies.
    • newsam1154

      A bit frustrated with my surgeon's office currently. Feeling like they are leaving everyone in the dark about when surgeries will start again. Told one thing, then told to do another. GRRR! I just want to be scheduled already! 😫🤬
      · 0 replies
      1. This update has no replies.
    • Meganator

      I'm losing more than weight. Ran labs to prep for my annual exam and since my pre-op labs in September (sleeved 10/13), I've lost:
      39pts off my Total Cholesterol including... 29pts off LDL 33pts off Triglycerides 18pts off fasting glucose & almost normal range A1C is lower on low end of "pre-diabetic" range My surgeon does labs at 6 months, so this is cool info to have in the meantime!
      · 1 reply
      1. Kaguragetshealthy_87

        Good for you! 😀

  • Recent Topics

  • Hot Products

  • Sign Up For
    Our Newsletter

    Follow us for the latest news
    and special product offers!
  • Together, we have lost...
      lbs

    PatchAid Vitamin Patches

    ×