lose 40 pounds in 40 days?
on 4/26/12 9:04 am
I think it is great that you're motivated to meet your surgeon's expectations and it is possible that you could lose a lot of weight in a month; however, I think it will be incredibly difficult to lose that amount of weight in such a short time. By restricting your diet so much, your body is likely to put the brakes on and slow your metabolism way down in an effort to hang on to your stored fat/energy.
Did your doctor give you any guidelines to help you in posing the 30 to 40 pounds he is wanting you to lose before he schedules surgery?
Two months would be much more realistic.
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8 years out; 190 pounds lost!
“You don't drown by falling in the water. You drown by staying there.”
Banded Oct 2008: 290
RNY Feb 2012: 245
Dr's set goal: 170 reached Oct 11, 2012
My goal: 160 reached Dec 1, 2012
Today : 145-150
I am half the person I was in 2008.
LIke stated about you need to burn 3500 calories for 1 pd of fat.
When I needed to lose 5% of my weight I ate 1200 calories and worked out 4 days a week. I averaged about 3 lbs a week. I was burning about 400-600 calories at the gym.
Here are some keys my nutritionist gave me that will help you lose weight. Maybe not as fast as you wish but it will help.
Drink water...you need water and after surgery it's VERY important. 64 oz.
Stay away from sugar, foods high in carbs, junk food, fast food etc.
I'm not a cook so I liked to eat Lean Cuisine - but I only bought the one's that were 250 calories or less for lunch and no more then 350 for dinner.
She also suggested adding a serving of veggies to each meal. Make sure to actually follow the serving size.
I also keep a food journal online and via an app through my phone. It's important to put EVERYTHING you eat in this. WHY? Because you have to hold yourself accountable. If you see that you went over 1200 calories every day that week then you know why you didn't lose any weight.
It's hard work...but if you stick to it you will be successful.
I'm currently Pre-op and on a 4 week Atkins diet - Low carbs (No more then 30 a day) - I have lost 4 pds already in a week and half and that's without the gym. Just a heads up though if you decide to go with this type of diet versus the one I stated above your body will probably have a reaction at first. The first 3 days I was very nauseated and didn't feel very well as my body adjusted. I'm great now..oh and watch your sodium! hahaha
Hope this helps!