the Tool No Longer Works
of us who are post-op know that right after surgery, the weight
tends to fall off at a rate that you have never known before.
Your former foe, the scale, suddenly becomes your best friend
– at least until that first plateau occurs! If you had Roux en-Y
(RNY) gastric bypass surgery, your new pouch is very swollen right
after surgery and
there is little room for food, much less your water.
After two bites, you are full.
You get used to losing 15 to 20 pounds per month and you
start to calculate that at that rate what you will weigh after 12
months or 16 months, believing that your weight loss will continue
at that rate, month after month until you are positively svelte! You
have little desire for food. It
tastes somehow different, and despite any nausea you may feel, any
falling hair, or the occasional dumping, life is grand!!!
then your weight loss slows. You
wonder if this is another plateau or is it the end of your weight
Along with this
comes the return of the food demons.
And you realize that your dreams of never feeling hungry
again are not realistic. How
you deal with these issues will determine your true success. Yes,
you will know hunger for the rest of your life.
However, this is when the tool can be used to your best
advantage. You will not
experience the truly ravenous hunger that may have plagued you in
the past, however you will experience a hunger that is now much more
quickly satisfied than prior to surgery.
You are able to eat less and your appetite is able to be
satisfied. The tool works, but you now know that you control that
tool. It is no longer
automatic. This can be
a psychological barrier that some have to overcome.
advantage of those early months when the weight comes off the easiest by
following the four “Rules of Success.”
Eat protein first at every meal.
2. Do not graze.
3. Try to drink 64
ounces of water every day
4. Exercise regularly
Realize that the weight loss will come to an end
and it may end before you want it to.
Do not doubt how wonderful this surgery is, but it truly is a
tool that you control.