Will my liver shrink????
Also, your liver keeps glycogen stores (thats misspelled, but it sounds like it) in your liver. After three days of low carbs, your liver gives up that glycogen store, and shrinks that way.
on 1/11/08 8:08 am - Sweden
Fat does not automatically turn to fat in the body - that is kind of like thinking that if you eat broccoli, you will turn green.
The principles behind low-carb diets are that fat and protein satiate hunger much better, and for much longer, than do carbohydrates, and are metabolized into glucose much more slowly. So, even though a gram of fat contains 9 calories and a gram of carbohydrate contains 4, you will generally need far more grams of carbohydrates to feel satisfied than you would if you were eating only fat (and who the heck sits down and eats a block of butter, anyway?). It is much harder for the body to metabolize protein and fat to glucose (and thus, eventually, store the calories as fat) than it is to metabolize carbohydrates into glucose, which happens almost immediately.
The glucose causes insulin to be released, and in most obese people, that means too much insulin (due to insulin resistance) and the insulin is what causes the extra calories (extra as in beyond the calories you burn during the day, even simply to breathe) to be stored as fat. It must be said, of course, that no matter what you are eating, if you are eating more calories than you need, you will gain weight. A high protein, high-fat diet promotes reduction in calorie intake in part because it staves off hunger (rather than stimulating hunger, as carbohydrates do), but, yeah, if you gorge beyond hunger (i.e., the pound of bacon your doctor mentioned).
I would try to stay away from processed meats like bacon and deli meats (almost always made with sugar, by the way) if you can, and stick with whole, natural sources of fat and protein like regular meat, cheese and eggs, and try to limit fluid milk, which is high in lactose (milk sugar) - and the lower the fat content, the higher the lactose, by the way.
I don't think you should worry too much, because your doctor knows what he/she is doing. If you follow the advice you were given, you should be fine.
My Dr wants me to follow a 2-week liquid diet. I mean am I really that fat! Come On you gotta be kidding me!!!! I have heard some same their Dr says 3-4 days or less. Then what the HELL is My DR doing!?!?! Anyhow. I am really struggling. Any suggestion are welcomed, because I am a MEAT person, No reality check! I AM A FOOD PERSON! I love food, but can no longer continue to be OVERWIEGHT, BUT I don't know if I can manage being on a liquid diet knowing hopw much I am addicted to meat, andstuff. I need help!! If anyone out there can relate to what I am going through please HELP! I am only on Day 2 and feel like I am not going to be able to make it for another 8 days! HELP!!!
on 12/30/08 6:02 am
it does get easier (especially when you feel better in your clothes)
IMO this is a much better pre sleeve surgery, "Adkins style" low carb diet then all that stuff you mentioned... a good warm up for whats to come... Either way your going to get sleeved, YEA.....good luck with your surgery....
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on 5/17/13 11:27 am
Good afternoon everyone, I am scheduled for my gastric sleeve 5 JUNE 13. I am so excited but scared too. I am dreading the low carb high protein liquid diet. I am right at 200lbs and 5'2 and the reason I was approved for the surgery is because of my high blood pressure, GERD, hypothyroidism. I have been doing a lot of research and found some articles that don't support to liquid diet before surgery. I am considering only doing a version of the Atkins diet. Does anyone have any advice on this? Thank you
on 5/17/13 12:32 pm, edited 5/17/13 12:34 pm
you want to do low carb/no sugar, and little to NO FAT. like as little as humanly possible, and no saturated. of course there will be some in the meat you are eating, but only eat lean and do not cook with oil or butter (bake, broil). processing fat is what inflames the liver. the low carb /calorie is to help get rid of the fat around your liver.
For your meats, try to stick the fish and eggs which are higher in omega3 fatty acids vs omega6. omega 6 fatty acids in oils, wheat, nuts ... these increase liver inflammation and shoudl be avoided 100%.
atkins diet IS NOT good for your liver in terms of surgery prep or liver health. a low carb, low fat diet is. lots of water and a good portion of low carb vegetables will help prepare you liver also.
on 5/17/13 12:38 pm
atikins diet IS NOT good for your liver. very low carb/no saturated fat/low fat is good for your liver. atikins diet is way to much fat, and is high in bad fat. it's not good, at all, certainly not pre-surgery
Atkins diet is perfect for liver issues. As someone else explained we don't get fat from fat, we get fat from carbs.
Doctors always refer to a couple of weeks of low carb as a liver shrinking diet and I think it is because they don't want to take the time to explain.
A couple of weeks of a LSD isn't going to shrink your liver one little bit. To shrink your liver it takes weeks, if not months. BUT... what the diet does do is remove the slime from your liver.
When you cut out carbs your body begins to absorb something called Glycogen. Glycogen is a carbohydrate that is stored in your liver and muscles. It produces a slime that looks and feels a bit like snot on the surface of your liver. They have to hold your liver out of the way during stomach surgery and if it's covered in snotty glycogen it merely makes it harder for the surgeon. If it is harder for him it's less safe for you.
There is NONONO value in a low carb liquid diet over a low carb solid food diet. There is value over a low carb solid food diet over a low carb liquid diet because people are more likely to follow it.
Fat is not your enemy, carbs are. Are you aware that you need a little fat in your diet to burn fat?
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