Gastric Bypass Diet with No Surgery?

August 8, 2007 · 3 comments

As I have mentioned before, I don’t think Gastric Bypass surgery is for me.  I don’t want to go under the knife for this, particularly if I think there is a good chance I would fall back into my bad habits, which I think there is.  I think I need the mental victory that will hopefully come by conquering my weight “myself.”

But a post on fatbloggers.net called “Weighin Week 66” got me thinking.  If you had enough willpower to do it you should be able to technically go on a medically supervised low calorie diet just like a GP patient, and presumably reap the same rewards.  I’m just learning about these things but I don’t think there is anything unique to the surgery other than just making it physically impossible to eat too much.

So it’s kind of ridiculous to think I could go from my current overeating, gorging self to someone on a gastric bypass diet – but maybe that is worth talking about at least.  I’m on a 2500 calorie per day diet right now as recommended by Daily Plate (5 pounds per month loss for me at my current weight, obviously that will go down as I get smaller) and I am having a hard time keeping to it so a 1000-1200 calories per day diet (I would imagine there is no way that a guy would go down to 800) seems impossible, but who knows.  Certainly would not try it without talking to my doctor, which I’m doing in October.  If I can find a way to get some things under control between then and now it may not need to be discussed.  If I’m still really struggling it may be.

 Getting the benefits of the surgery without the surgery is intriguing though.

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Lady Rose August 8, 2007 at 11:30 am

I am currently thinking of doing the Medifast diet – or at least trying it for a month.
It’s 800 to 1000 calories – very nutritional, protein packed pre-packaged foods.

It’s sorta of what I do already, but big difference is the food is backed by medical research (and backed by several doctors as well), been around for 25 years and seems to work. I am talking with someone tonight by phone (for the second time) and will probably take the plunge and give it a try for at least month.

The reason I’m thinking of doing it – just to make my day to day easier – it’s all done for me.

GroovyBabe August 8, 2007 at 12:11 pm

I’ve been considering wls for some time but always told myself I didn’t have the nerve to go under the knife. I tried everything so many times but in the end told myself that I have one more year to lose weight naturally and if I do not manage it then I will have to go under the knife. I am 2 months in and 27lbs lighter! The fear worked!

A friend of mine was useless at losing weight, had no willpower at all and had wls and it worked for her. I wouldnt have thought it would due to her eating habits but the surgery really does stop you from overeating. She lost 6 stone in a year afterwards and now shes lighter and better looking she will not dare to over eat.

I do think its worth doing if nothing else works, but should be a last resort.

john August 8, 2007 at 1:34 pm

Lady Rose – I could certainly see some benefits to having everything prepared for you, yet I enjoy food shopping and cooking so much I know that could never work for me long term (nor would any of the other pre-packaged programs). I’ve got to learn how to shop, cook and eat within my limits!

GroovyBabe – Fear is a great motivator! Good luck to you and to your friend. My concern with the wls is that while she can only eat so much right now I understand that the stomch can slowly expand such that you can eat more and more. My biggest fear would be going under the surgery, losing a ton of weight, but then slowly growing back the stomach so I could eat more and then put back on the weight.

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