Giving all of this thought, I wonder if adopting a post GB diet would enhance my weight loss, without actually having surgery.
To further that line of thought, below are a few tips taken from guidelines built for gastric bypass patients.
- When you eat, focus fully on eating and don't allow other distractions to be a part of that eating experience (don't eat while reading, don't eat while watching the game, don't eat while surfing the web, etc)
- Use a smaller eating utensil such as a child-sized spoon, fork, etc.
- Chew more! The bariatric surgery guide suggest chewing 30 times per bite.
- Take smaller bites. Try for pea-size.
- Eat slowly and savor each bite. Make your meal last 30 minutes to an hour.
- Stop eating the moment you feel full, even if there is still food on your plate.
- Stop if you feel pressure or fullness in the center below your rib cage
- Stop if you feel nausea
- Stop if you feel pressure in your shoulder or upper chest
More tips from the bariatric surgery guidelines:
- Eat meals and do not snack. Snacking can cause you to gain weight (I assume that's because the bariatric patient is restricted in how much they can eat only until their stomach processes the meal, and then they could eat another meal, and another and another. In doing so, they would be sabotaging their surgery
- Stay hydrated, drink water, (skim, low fat or soy milk ... not for us unless it's low carb!)
- Sip beverages slowly and carry a bottle of water with you at all times.
- Avoid high calorie drinks such as milkshakes, soda, fruit juices, beer, alcohol, meal substitutes. They can add calories without making you feel full.
- Avoid carbonated beverages which can cause bloating.
- Eat a balanced diet (for us, eat a low carb diet!)
- Take a multi-vitamin every day (I think that is good advice for us too)
- Exercise daily for 15 minutes or until tired.
- Avoid supplements with ephedra.
SAMPLE STARTER WEEK MEAL PLAN (for GB patient):
*Each day you will eat five times. Always START with the protein source when
eating. Remember to eat slowly and stop when you feel full.
BREAKFAST: (7 a.m.)
1⁄2 Cup Carnation Instant Breakfast (no sugar added)- made with skim milk
1⁄2 Cup Sugar free jello
Mid-morning: (10 a.m.)
1⁄2 Cup diluted fruit juice
LUNCH: (12 noon)
1⁄2 Cup smooth no sugar added, low fat “light” yogurt
1⁄2 Cup broth
Mid-afternoon (3:00 p.m.)
Sugar free Popsicle
DINNER: (6:00 p.m.)
1⁄2 Cup strained cream soup made with skim milk
1⁄2 Cup low sodium V-8 juice
Interesting (at least to me). If you want to see official Gastric Bypass surgery information, google "Bariatric surgery diet".