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Posted: 05 Nov 2014, 10:53
I have been recently diagnosed with hypothyroidism. My Endo (dr.) says that he can help with those symptoms. However since it has been out of control for so long, I need to do a bariatric procedure. He says because of my family history I am too at risk for things like diabetes, high blood pressure, and stroke. So here is my question. What kind of dieting did you do pre surgery? Is there things I can be doing now to make the transition easier? I am currently using weight watchers to manage my food intake but I don't know if I am doing enough. I am exhausted all the time due to my thyroid. So exercise is pretty much out. Any ideas that anyone has would be appreciated!Question


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Posted: 13 Nov 2014, 17:19
Which bariatric procedure are you having? I am having sleeve procedure in a month. I had to endure months of testing (cardio, pulmonary clearances) as well as psych evaluation and dietician appts.. The only pre surgery diet is 2 weeks prior to follow a high protein, low carb, diet with non starchy veggies.
I, too, am exhausted all time. My reason is because of the 150 extra pounds I am carrying around. Weight watchers is a GREAT diet. This diet teaches you how to eat like a "normal" person Smile
Please keep in touch and let me know how you are making out.

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Posted: 22 Apr 2015, 09:32
I had the sleeve....the 1st 6 weeks were an adjustment...but now feeling and doing great!! Good luck to you and getting just 25lbs of extra weight made me feel for energized.

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Posted: 29 Mar 2016, 02:58
My doctor well only preform the sleeve on me due to medication. I will not be able to get the surgery unless I lose 50 # before surgery. I have one more blood test to do before the results are reviewed, if I pass these test then I get sent to a cardiologist to review my medical history, maybe a stress test. Then it's meeting with the nutritionist, psychological consultants, weight lost from meeting doctor with weight loss goal given. 50 lbs total to lose 8 lbs gone, 42 to go after 21 days. Not earth shattering yet down. I have been reading about others pre-open diets, about the liquid shakes, the chewable vitamin, calcium does, b-12 needs, losing marriages, angry family members bad mouthing the surgery choice. He'll if I could lose without an additional tool I would be down to a more reasonable weight. I am going to attempt to get an additional tool to attempt to lose weight which will help this jumbo marshmallow mamma become smaller mini marshmallow mamma at least.
Robin Machado
Lebanon OR USA

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Posted: 28 Jun 2018, 15:10
I'm ten weeks out. Most insurance companies want a certain amount of months worth of a "doctor's supervised diet" basically most surgeons will have their dietician have you drastically cut your calories (obviously depending on your weight) and most are on our on a high protein, low carb diet. All surgeons are different, as are all insurance companies. Many doctors require you to lose a percentage of weight before surgery, it's really not terrible. THEN there's the pre-op diet. Most of my people I've talked to have had to do a 2 week full liquids ONLY diet that's generally 1000 calories or less. Some surgeons don't do them, some do them for 3 days, some just do 1 day of just clear liquids. I personally think the full liquids is (while hard at first) is the best because it prepares people more for the reality after surgery, which isn't bad either but at least you know. I do agree with weight watchers, but for me personally getting rid of all the crap like soda, any carb like bread, rice, etc, all sugars. You don't have to give up carbs and sugar obviously, but when you have so little space eating pasta, bread, rice, that kind of stuff is not worth it when you struggle in the beginning to get 70-90 grams of protein. Some people take off right out of the gates, some struggle with food for months. I'm only 10 (almost 11 weeks) I can tell you my roommate from the hospital were the same height, same weight, she's more active but doesn't track anything at all (start doing that now) and she eats the old stuff she did before. I'm down 50, she's down 35, it could be just out bodies being different but I say no to carbs and sugar and started that as early as I possibly could pre op.

Phew sorry for that long post!

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Posted: 22 Sep 2019, 10:08
My doc has me on a high protien, low carb, 1400 cal a day diet readying for surgery. It's not that hard. I will have to use Premier Protein shakes after for the liquid diet so they suggested substituting breakfast or snack with one now. So far I've lost 10 lbs in 3 weeks. It's not been that hard. No potatoes, rice or pasta (which I used to live on) and no sugar. Mostly fish.

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Posted: 11 Jan 2020, 18:43
Have you had your surgery yet?

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