Average weight loss for 2 week pre-op liquid diet?
I was wondering if anyone could tell me what their average weight loss was for the pre-op liquid diet. I know some people only had to do 5 days, or a week, but I am supposed to do 2 weeks! And I can only have shakes made by Bariatric Advantage, or disgusting milk and instant breakfast shakes. I can have broth and jell-o and sugar-free popsicles, but that is it. For 2 frickin' weeks! I also need to quit smoking, yet they will not allow me to use any nicotine replacement products. No patches, no gum, no E-ciggs, because they do a blood test to verify, and they will cancel the surgery if I have any nicotine in my system.
Honestly, I wouldn't even bother doing the full two weeks, if it wasn't for the fact that I am required to lose 15 to 20 pounds in that time period or they will cancel my surgery date. So, if I don't lose that amount by the date of my surgery, it will all have been for naught!
Any advice or tips, especially advice on how to encourage the weight loss, and on how to help flush the nicotine out of my system faster. I have already quit, but I looked online and saw that some heavy smokers can take up to 2 months to detox ALL of the nicotine, and now I am worried.
I know a lot of people online keep saying that it is worth it, but I honestly think that I am going to back out. This is too rigid, for too long.
I didnt have to do 2 weeks liquid diet. I only had to do the day before. I did have to quit smoking. I started taking chantix 4 months before my sugery. I quit on my 2nd week of chantix. While I quit, I chewed gum. That helped a LOT. I was also told it takes 2 months to get out of your system. They tested me too but it was urine not blood. Good luck !!!!! Its not easy to quit smoking.
Hello, I did a medically supervised, shake only diet for 3 weeks prior to surgery and lost 15 lbs during that time. I was also allowed broth and sugar free jello.
It wasn't too bad actually. I liked not having to think about what I was eating, trying to plan or make decisions while trying to follow some specific diet.
This part is only a small part of your whole journey. It will fly by and then you will be on the flip side. I am slightly concerned that if you feel the rigidity of this part will be hard to follow, how will you be after surgery? It is very strict and a lot of hard work.This is definitely not an easy journey and you should be very sure it is what you want.
Best of luck!
Referral to Ottawa: Jan/11 Info Session: May/11 Nurse: Feb/12 Dietician/Behavourist/Abdominal Scan: Apr/12 Pre-op Education Class: Feb. 6/13 Meet Surgeon Feb.15/13 Surgery with Dr. Raiche March 12/13!!
The race isn't given to the swift nor the strong, but it's given to the ones who endure it to the end...
It's hard but it's worth it! Don't give up! I'm on day 6 of my 2 wk pre op liquid part and it's not been easy but nothing ever comes easy. I have been keeping myself busy as much as possible so I don't dwell/think about it as much. If you truly want this you will NOT throw in the towel.
Thank you all for the responses, every word helps! I look at what I wrote now, and am feeling frustrated at myself for being so willing to give up! I think I am going to experience a LOT of these ups and downs, but the ups will make it easier. Thanks again guys! :)
on 7/6/13 7:28 pm
I was on the liquid diet for 22 days. Two weeks is pretty standard here. Mine was due to a scheduling snafu. I was also on a business trip for 9 of those days with AMAZING food being served at dinner and brought in at lunch. But the question is, do you want to have the rest of your life with health or not? Keep that top of mind and you'll not have any issues. You can drink anytime you are hungry, it isn't like you are being starved. And the weight loss is a nice 'YAY' in that phase, too.
Why do they care what brand shakes you do on the diet? That seems too 'sales oriented/kickback' to me, personally.
Rarely will you meet someone more anti-smoking than I am, but am a fan of the e-cigarettes for cessation. I thought the benefit was that they had no nicotine and allowed you to have the 'habit' of smoking as you ceased the disgusting cigarette smoking. You might want to look into that. I might be 100% wrong, but thought the vapor was plain water.
HW333--SW 289--GW of 160 5' 11" woman. I only know the way I know & when you ask for input/advice, you'll get the way I've been successful through my surgeon & nutritionist. Please consult your surgeon & nutritionist for how to do it their way. Biggest regret? Not doing this 10 years ago! Every day is better than the day before...and it was a pretty great day!
The most popular E-ciggs have nicotine. I actually only found out that a few of them are nicotine-free earlier today!
And I agree about the brand crap. They also will not go through with the surgery unless I have already purchased a 90 day ($120!) vitamin supply for my post-op from Bariatric Advantage, and Bariatric Advantage ONLY. They claim that other vitamins are not adequate for bariatric surgeries.
I had to do a 3 week liquid diet. I lost 18 pounds on it. I won't lie and say it was easy. It SUCKED!!!!!!! I had to host 2 parties in that time also.
So about the smoking.....I also had to quit. I used Chantix and E-ciggs when I thought I was going to cave. Mad Vapes has almost every flavor and you can get it nicotine free.
I had surgery on 5/30/13 and with the pre op and weight loss to date I am down 43 pounds. I won't tell you its easy but I will tell you it is worth it!
on 7/7/13 6:54 am
I only had to do 4 days preop liquid diet but i lost 5lbs during that time.
on 7/7/13 12:27 pm
When I did liquids my first week I lost 17 and second week 4 , so total 21 lbs . But the first week is mainly water . I retain a lot.